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So first an explanation of the blog title… Bermuda is pretty much directly north of the BVI’s so during our sail south, we have been consistently within the range of 64 deg W Longitude the whole time, hence we’re taking I-64 Southbound.
Part of the attraction of heading to Bermuda straight from Maine, rather than making our way south along the East Coast, was the idea that the sail straight south from Bermuda would be easier (ie smoother) than fighting the headwinds we’d likely encounter during a sail from a more southerly East Coast departure point. Well, that was the theory at least…
We picked our weather window based on the trade winds (which generally blow east to west) filling in, which would give us a pretty awesome beam reach all the way down to the BVI’s. However, for some reason, the wave swell has had a south-north component to it, which means we’re sailing almost directly into the swells. Being able to sail at 8 or 9 knots isn’t as awesome when waves crash into the bow and then fly over the whole boat. Needless to say, it’s been a pretty rough ride.
The sails have been deeply reefed the whole trip, but we are still on pace for our fastest passage ever, and it’s looking like we should easily be into the BVI’s tomorrow before dark. Now if only the Department of Transportation would get out here and smooth out all these damn potholes!