We left Hawaii with a fairly good forecast. Strong breeze from the E out of Hawaii for 2 days and fairly big sea then dropping as we approached the High zone, then 1.5 days of motoring, then squeeze through the middle of 2 big low pressure systems moving north towards the high up N then a reach and downwinder into BC. The trip was 2766 miles in total and took us 10 days. Crew : Helena, Arthur, Mars, Jeff.
Fantastic race and fantastic crew. The start was a bit disappointing with the big wind hole for 24hrs, however after that the breeze filled in and we had a blast. Flat water reaching at 30kts for 500nm then into downwind surfing for the other 2500nm:) Finished at noon and perfect timing for some well deserved man tai action!
Great team and good fun race despite the light air.
Light wind was forecast for the race to everyones surprise. Newport to Bermuda can be anything from flat calms as we had for this race to gales, big seas and tide sea state at the Gulf Stream. This race was light but we done it in style. Cabin each, nice food and showers. Sailing with friends and good people makes the whole thing so worth wild. Hopefully next time now multihulls are booked in we get more breeze.
We left Newport in -5'C on the 11th November and arrived in Antigua on the 20th November. Forecast was 30kts NW slowly dropping and shifting to NE then eventually going round to the SW and we had to get to Bermuda before it shifted to not be banging into the breeze too long. All went to plan, the Gulf Stream was perfect and w managed to keep fair current most of the trip. It warmed up after a day and it was lovely to arrive in Bermuda after the upwind section but in warmer temperatures.