Arriving in Bermuda waters at night!

The last stretch of sailing was great! We had winds from behind and goose wing most of the time after dark. A lot of planning and if’s and when’s has been contemplated and the Captain has decided that we will be sailing into Bermuda waters, drop sails and just motor in. Well to make it more interesting is that we did not have any electronic charts on our Raymarine system to know how deep it is, which of the thousand flashing lights we could see is which and on contacting Bermuda Radio, we got the message loud and clear to get our search lights ready because a lot of the buoys were not lit and might be hard to see…especially on a dark night (moon disguised by clouds!) ! The wind picked up to 25 knots and it was pretty cold and bouncy coming in!
So out came the paper charts to determine where to go. John was sitting on the deck and with concern flashing on and off in his voice , wanting to know if this is land we see infront of us! It is and yes we are heading for land! The dark buoys revealed them one by one … after I was told not to show them out to the captain with a search light because he saw them better without a light… does that make sense? It did not to me so a lot of back-chatting in pretty colourful language was happening at times! Ha! Then we found the entrance! We have heard Custom control talking to Nimfea (a boat that was sailing behind us most of the time but overtook us about 30nm before Bermuda (we wanted to spike her wheels but did not in the end!) Sana also passed us – another one we thought of sabotaging but let them off the hook as they passed us at sunset. It was handy having them in front of us just to see where they are going!
The anchoring in a dark harbour was another test of nerves! My hat was lifted in awe and respect for the captain’s judgement and skills to do this at night.
Anchor down and secured! Crew tired and glad that we can now go and rest! John made the comment that it was “Fantastic! This is great sh*t… man!” He was pumped about the excitement and adrenaline rush of the last hour of the guessing game! Well, the Captain obviously knew what he was doing!
We slept well. Woke up after 3 hours ready for the usual shift just to realise there will not be one and then back to sleep again!

Big winds and rain causing boats to collide ... havoc in heaven!
Big winds and rain causing boats to collide ... havoc in heaven!

First thing in the morning we will need to go to customs. We were told to take the dingy in and let the crew go along to clear in. Rocking up in the dinghy we were told in no uncertain terms that we need to bring the whole boat alongside to clear in! For goodness sake! So back again in choppy waters with the dinghy to lift anchor and go to customs with Scolamanzi! I still cannot see the purpose of it but you don’t ask questions when it comes to customs!

A Girl Moment please:

First night after a big trip from BVI to Bermuda! Great crew!!! Loved to have John on board!
First night after a big trip from BVI to Bermuda! Great crew!!! Loved to have John on board!
I basically had to beg the guys to leave the boat and go and have a coffee somewhere ashore and just give me some space! I badly needed to have a hair colour session before taking on Bermuda! The comments of don’t worry about the hair! It’s raining anyway why do you care about hair?”Justr don’t take the whole day ok?” were the usual … so I could not care and shoo them off! It was just wonderful to feel good again and not wanting to hide behind big sunglasses and cover up with hats! I don’t care who is going to notice or care! I do and that is all that matters! Thanks guys for giving me my moment!
Fuelling at the docks... it was a loooong wait!
Fuelling at the docks... it was a loooong wait!

Next Day … Fuelling and getting John to the shore to explore the island before he leaves the next day…and tonight the Pirate Party!! HaHa! The guys were sooo nervous getting dressed up – and guess what – they loved the make-up and dressing up more than me!??
Best effort at the party for dressing up like pirates
Best effort at the party for dressing up like pirates!! Great evening!
Johann and Dennis ... with his Pirate Parrot dragon on his head ... just because it would not stay on his shoulder! Ha!
Johann and Dennis ... with his Pirate Parrot dragon on his head ... just because it would not stay on his shoulder! Ha
Such a fun night meeting so many walks of life sailing together – love the couple from Halo…Mike and Alex … early 30’s sailing this trip only the two of them both lawyers form the UK! Great spirit amongst all of them … the Irish are my favourites! Just love their sense of humour!
Field trip ... Mike and Sarah ... great to see you guys again!! Well done on the Atlantic Cup mates!!
Field trip ... Mike and Sarah ... great to see you guys again!! Well done on the Atlantic Cup mates!!

A few big nights out – Price giving! ha Ha! Scolamanzi first in the multi-hull division… granted we were only two boats! LOL! And about 8th in line honours? Not sure about that ranking yet! Was not disclosed!

The our big trip with our next dream boat – Nordhaven

LOVELY  NORDHAVEN ...Cloudy Bay ... Henry and Janice's from the UK
LOVELY NORDHAVEN ...Cloudy Bay ... Henry and Janice's from the UK
… Cloudy Bay took us to Hamilton on the other side of Bermuda! What an experience to travel without sails! Sort of miss it and love it? But trust me – the luxury hit me between the eyes!! HaHa! Anyway – Henry and Janice are just jewels! Hope to see and deal with them again in future – who knows?
Cloudy Bay ... another dream?
Cloudy Bay ... another dream?

Hamilton is another story – just out of this world! I don’t have the pictures handy – so to make it fair …let’s do this as a separate blog… it is worth the waiting!
All we know is that we have to come back to this 24km limestone island and experience more of it – do the diving on the more than 500 wrecks and the people and food and pristine towns and beaches are to die for!
While having dinner and annoying the Captain doing this blog while eating and having good NZ wine … I will have to say goodbye for now and see if I can get a slide show up by Wednesday before we head off to the big ocean…

am freeeeezing out here in front of the INFO to get fast enough WIFI … got to go … some pictures on the Gallery and the slide show of all of Bermuda to follow soon .. so dark here I can hardly see the keyboard! A lot of swearing and stuff around me… captain J calling … got to go!!xMiss my fiends and family now to share this AWESOME, AWESOME place!!
Back soon again on this same page… watch this space!

Henriette

2 thoughts on “Arriving in Bermuda waters at night!”

  1. Nou eers die van Lientjie gekry, ek seker te dom. Ook nuus oor Outer Limits, kan darem seker nie twee keer in een race gebeur nie, my bene bewe nog. Baie liefde — Mamma

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