Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mahina Kai – Day 6 Marion to Bermuda – Land Ho

Wind SW 12kts Seas 2-4ft
Mahina Kai – Day 6 Marion to Bermuda – Land Ho

The final task related to the race is to finish.  Bermuda is a figure-8 laying sideways with Hamilton Harbour and the Great Sound to the west, and St. Georges Harbour to the east.  The entire western and northern coastline is protected by over 300 square miles of coral reef which makes the race finish and approach into Hamilton Harbour especially complex. 

Many boats are converging on the finish now, and are popping up on our charts as they get closer.  As we approach, we have a half-dozen navigation aids that we need to pass to the right on the way to the finish line.  After the finish off St. Georges, we turn out to sea, loop around to the West and enter the channel.  Since this is a night finish, we will anchor at St. Georges, and sail to Hamilton in the morning.  It will take a couple hours for us to navigate the channel through the reefs to the Western end of Bermuda and the Great Sound to Hamilton.

This year, the America’s Cup is being held in Bermuda, and the boats are racing in the Great Sound, which we will need to pass through on the way to our port at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.  Additionally, this year, there will be large J-boat racing in the ocean along the south side of the island.  The J-boats are 100’ racers, and they will look quite spectacular racing in sight of the pink-sand beaches of Bermuda’s southern shore.  

Once we arrive at the RHADC, and give the boat a bath, I look forward to the RHADC fish stew served with Goslings rum and sherry peppers.

On the menu today breakfast burritos, sandwiches, tacos for dinner. Cookie of the day: Suns!

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