Little Rogue’s Island

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    • Day75

      The Sportiest Sail Yet

      December 4, 2015 in Bermuda ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      We left at sunset from Moorhead City, NC on Monday November 30th. I was on watch when we approached the Gulf Stream but through the dark couldn’t see it coming. Once we were in it, WOW, you felt it! The whole ocean turned into a washing machine with pyramid like waves sloshing about the boat. Mike was in the V-birth trying to get some zzzz’s and quickly poked his head up to see what the commotion was. From this point forward sleeping in the V-birth was like trying to sleep on a rollercoaster.
      Once you’re out at sea away from shipping channels, all you need is a trustworthy autopilot (kinda like an R2D2 sidekick), GPS, good foulies, and a hot bowl of ramen noodles every so often. All day long all you see is ocean, you wake up you sail and you fall asleep to it. The first 36 hours were bouncy and tested our sea legs. I was surprised the absence of land never phased me. It didn’t really occur that I hadn’t seen land in a few days until I started a countdown to our expected landfall in Bermuda.
      I no longer thought in days… it was watches. We aimed for 4 hours on, 4 hours off but since we were “only” out at sea for about 4 days… it was far more fluid and flexible. I wasn’t sure when to brush my teeth. And I don’t think I really changed my clothes.
      I didn’t shower. But life was overall good.

      We had a bit of a scare on Thursday when we radioed via SSB into our weather router Chris Parker. He mentioned we should be weary of squalls all day and to keep our sails conservative. We were on watch but managed to outrun the squall front. We hit a few squalls, of course, at night and saw winds wail up to 36 knots and seas up to 17 feet. At this point, a light sleeper doesn't "sleep", you close your eyes and pretend you're comfortable and resting. So as the boat began crashing about I poked my head up to see Mike, as always, sitting in the cockpit but what unnerved me were these giant moving walls of blackness rolling the boat to and froe. I felt my first case of anxiety wash over me as I felt afraid in the truest sense. Mike assured me the boat can handle it. And all you can really do is nod and say okay and try and rest on your "off shift".

      Chris described most of our passage as ” well…. it’ll be….. (pause)….sporty”. Of all the subscribed vessels we listened into, we were by far the least risk averse vessel. We could also tell Chris thought us to be a bit cavalier by his responses from time to time like when he started one mornings weather read-out with: “So last night must have been bumpy.”

      Before I continue, I need to extoll Chris Parker & his services for a moment. Chris Parker is a weather reading machine! He reads and interprets weather data from multiple sources for the Caribbean and Eastern US seaboard and for a fee you can call into/transmit via SSB on an established Chris Parker station at particular times depending on where you’re located. So at 7:30 AM each day he reads the weather for the Bahamas/ Caribbean Sea/ West Indies and receives requests on SSB radio for particular clients heading to their next port. Once he finishes the overall forecast he allows for subscribed vessels to hail him. At that point it’s a bit of a free for all. For example, we would hail in transmitting as “ Gaia” and if he heard you, he’d respond. “I heard a Gaia. Go ahead Gaia.” And we would respond with a general “Good Morning Chris, here’s our position…” provide the current lat. and long. and destination.He’d pull up the info on your vessel and crew and passage and let you know of the weather expected and advise you how to sail, and direction. Once we felt secure on the days agenda we’d respond with “Copy that. That’s a good read. Over” And Chris would await the next vessel to hail him.

      Friday morning, day of our expected land fall… I literally counted down in 30 minute increments how long it would take to arrive as far out as 5 hours…. Every 15 minutes I’d recalculate our expected landfall by checking our distance covered and speed ….. This lasted for 3 hours before I went a little stir crazy and just laid down to wait out the last 2 hours. Bermuda is fairly flat so you don’t see land easily upon initial approach. We knew extensive reefs stretched out as far as 10 miles East from Bermuda. Thankfully Bermuda marks this with a lighthouse. When I spotted the faintest line of a lighthouse in the distance I said it in such disbelief. For the past four days it was nothing but ocean and our sails. I didn’t even believe it when Mike said it outloud as well. We passed the lighthouse at a conservative distance on our starboard. What’s even more peculiar is how excited I was when I saw a large “stick” protruding out of the water denoting the Northern part of the shoals….
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    • Day10

      Last day diving 🥺

      December 10, 2021 in Bermuda ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Perfect conditions 🤗 flat sea, no wind, clear blue sky .
      Diving North Rock which is the most north coral reef of the world and - again - the „Corinthian“… this time including engine room 😎

    • Day2

      Check the divestation

      December 2, 2021 in Bermuda ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Check in at Dive Bermuda / Grotto Bay Resort
      As it’s low season and there are only two dive stations left (2 are gone due to COVID 😷 😞) I will try another one then last time.

    • Day13

      Saint George and South Shore

      October 31, 2016 in Bermuda ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Saint George liegt am östlichsten Ende von Bermuda und ist ein wunderschönes Städtchen.

      Noch beeindruckender sind aber die Strände mit weißem Sand und azurblauem Wasser...

    • Day3

      Coopers island

      September 18, 2016 in Bermuda ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Sporty Sunday- It was a PB day out in Coopers island OCAB 5km, my last race before we head off. Dolf's first sub 30 with 28.54 (impressive for a forward) I managed a sub 24 (finally) and surprisingly earned myself a medal by placing 3rd in the 18-39 agegroup. Durnas and Abbie also outperformed themselves .
      The humidity is finally lower or rather more manageable, definitely a highlight that Hopday made his appearance . Blessed to have shared my last hoera with the Paget triangle and Abster. Great when the boys also come out to run.

      Watching Madhatters with lots of Fomo today but trying to be wise &save the body-parts for all our active adventures over the next few months. Feeling really weird (and a tad frustrating) not to be on the pitch but fun to hang out with the police crew.
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    • Day3

      Saint Georges

      September 18, 2016 in Bermuda ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      The Roof's off in Saint Georges, our last convertible drive with the Suzuki but typically Bermuda has other plans... it's bucketing down. We never spend a lot of time here, only with events like the Island Challenge, Christmas Walkabout, Paget Island days, the odd cricket match & if we have visitors. Nevertheless had a nice goodbye-drive and an "excellent service" Bda style breakfast with the newlyweds.

      We spend a couple of hours clearing cupboards, throwing out stuff & selling the iron and ironingboard #beingproductive

      This eventful Sunday was topped with a lovely Italian evening at the Homers. We Always have such a great time& good laughs with the Scottish & Saffer trio.
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    • Day1

      Living the dream

      October 1, 2016 in Bermuda ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      I took my first trip to the UK in 2004 after I failed CTA which planted the dream of traveling, i had the option to work at a small audit firm in 2005, but I chose to study full-time for another year in order to work for PwC as they frequently offered secondments to different locations in the world, as I would always be curious to see whats on the other side of the ocean. However at the end of my 3 year articles there was limited secondment opportunities available and i was devastated when all efforts to get a secondment was unsuccessful.
      When the Bermuda opportunity came about I wanted to grab it with both hands. We always planned to do an around the world trip after our initial 18 month contract with Deloitte Bermuda. We obviously did not factor in how great it would be to live in Bemuda, hence the reason for staying twice as long as planned.

      New years eve 2012, in a bar in Toronto, instead of new years resolution we set ourself goals to achieve in Bermuda, with the idea to go back home after we achieve those or at least start planning to move back home. Traveling around the world before we have kids was one of the goals.
      In the last 12 months we achieved all those goals.

      Naturally we started planing to move home but not until we do the trip of a life time.

      Initially we wanted to spend time in South America to start the trip, but the ZIKA virus had other plans. However as anyone who's planned a trip like this before will tell you that after doing the budget calculation you probably have to cut the trip by one third to make it feasible, so thats what we did by skipping South America. ZIKA really did us a favor then.

      Our idea was always to just buy an around the world ticket and go from there. While there are great deals for students, prices for 30 somethings are not as favorable. Deciding on a route also proved to be easier said than done.
      Without the backbone that a around the world ticket will give a trip like this we found ourselves questioning the feasibility of what we are trying to achieve here. Randomly Isabel found a repositioning cruise, that cross the Pacific from Seattle and takes you all the way down-under to Sydney and along the way stopping at most of the islands we would only have dreamt of visiting and boom we were back on track to live the dream.

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