Passage to Bermuda

All items were checked off of the list and we were ready to depart North Palm Beach for Bermuda.  Our favored route kept us in the Gulf Stream for a day and a half as we traveled north, followed by a turn almost due east.  There was a fleet of six Nordhavns bound for Bermuda and beyond.  Roam and Tivoli were well matched and made the trip together.  

The weather forecast was calling for a rough first day followed by relatively calm conditions and winds picking back up upon arrival.  

This turned out to be the case.

Trawlers have a different motion at sea than sailboats.  There is both pitch and roll motion and the latter can be moderated by stabilizers.  These are essentially side-rudders that can be adjusted in angle and sensitivity to the seas.  This results in typical fore and aft pitch with less side to side roll, which overall Mark and I found somewhat similar to our catamaran’s motion in seas.  

However, stabilizers cannot eliminate a roll completely, as the first day out demonstrated.  Clark installed monitors on the compass to display pitch and roll.  On that first day we were rolling through 20˚!  

Winds were 25-30 knots on the beam in 6-8 foot beam seas.  Anything that wasn’t secured tightly was on the move… and even some things that were secured.  Two of the crew were feeling very ill that day and their names rhyme with “hell”.

Soon enough, the wind and seas started dropping as promised and the days and nights were extremely pleasant.  What a difference a day makes.  


We easily fell into a routine of watches with off times spent resting, reading or watching movies.  Roam has a NAS (Network Attached Storage) server to which we synched all of our movie collections.  Using a Plex application on our iPads we each had access to almost 1000 movies and even more TV series.  It was a good opportunity to watch a few chick flicks that Mark wouldn’t abide.


We would come together for lunches and dinners overlooking the ocean.  

Our pre-made meals worked perfectly and for the extra night without a meal plan, the sea provided!


The fishing lines went out in the morning and we caught three mahi-mahi over two days.  After the last one we had to bring in the lines due to lack of freezer space!!  

Sailor is quite the fisher-dog and gets more excited over these fish than she does squirrels!


Both Sailor and Tugboat handled the trip very well.  They got in some play-time once it calmed and [reluctantly] did their business on a grass mat on the stern or in the shower when it was too rough.  They are well-trained.

The trip was uneventful and took five and a half days, as expected.  Only a few mishaps occurred that quickly righted themselves.  One was a bilge-pump rebuild and the other was a twisted ankle!  Fortunately, no permanent damage done in either case (thanks to nurse Michelle).

We arrived in St. George’s Bermuda around midnight on the last day and were told to proceed to the Customs dock by Bermuda Radio.  They apparently work around the clock for checking into the country (in other countries you might anchor flying a quarantine “Q” flag and dinghy into customs in the morning when they open the next day).  The Bermuda check-in was good to get things taken care of right away, but tricky in the dark.  We wove our way through a dense anchorage and positioned in the tiny channel to the dock.  

The Customs and Immigration process was seamless.  

Clark and Michelle had filled out pre-arrival forms for the boat, crew and dogs and Bermuda Radio already had all of our information when we contacted them by VHF.  

Check-in complete, we anchored out and shared a toast at 2 AM to our arrival in Bermuda!

© M&M 2016