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The last few days of this passage are a bit of a weird experience for me. We are actively trying to slow the boat down rather than the usual do everything we can to go as fast as we can. Why are we doing this you ask?
Well, we were so successful getting the boat to go as fast as we could during the first few days of this passage that we ended up massively ahead of schedule. Usually, this would have me jumping up and down (or perhaps more accurately, bobbing from side to side with the waves) with joy. However, the increase in speed would have meant that we’d arrive in Bermuda during the middle of the night.
As a general rule, I don’t like arriving somewhere new during night time hours since channel markers can be hard to make out, or not even lit, land can be hard to spot, finding a place to anchor without easy visual reference to other boats can be problematic, etc, etc. We didn’t get a great start following this rule, as our arrival into Spain after crossing the Bay of Biscay was in the middle of the night (we had studied the charts/Google Earth and everything else we could think of to make sure we knew where we were going, the arrival was pretty straight forward and the staying in the weather in the Bay was worse than the arrival at night option) but since then we’ve been good. We even spent a night at anchor on the Great Bahama Bank on our Atlantic crossing in order to get through a tricky cut in the morning and arrive in Miami during the same day.
So while it’s no fun to go slow, we will enjoy this last day at sea and arrive tomorrow morning in Bermuda, with a celebratory hot chocolate of course.