Spirit Heads North

After spending the last seven months based in the British Virgin Islands, with journeys to Antigua for the Oyster Regatta and a leisurely island hopping adventure up the Leeward Islands, it’s time to head to New England for less hurricane prone waters. We left Tortola a few days ago for a trip due north, 865 nm’s, to Bermuda. This is a brief stopover point before we head to Newport, Rhode Island where Spirit will be based until September. Our plans are to explore the many incredible places around Cape Cod and the Maine coast before heading south again for another winter/spring season in the Caribbean.

The journey north to Bermuda was uneventful – a few great sailing days, a day full of squalls and our final couple hundred miles motor sailing as the winds died off and we had to start the engine. Uneventful is good, especially given we were skirting the boundary of the infamous Bermuda Triangle – if you believe that sort of stuff.

There are two major ports in Bermuda – Hamilton and St. George on the eastern most part of the island where we are now getting ready for the 645 nm trip northwest to Newport. This leg is always interesting given the variety of sea states and currents crossing the Gulf Stream. Stay tuned…

After over a year on Spirit, Tom and Hannah have headed back to England to pursue new opportunities – we wish them well. We’re also very happy to welcome Jake and Liz, our new crew couple from the U.S., whose strong sailing and crewing experiences will surely serve Spirit well.

Below are a few photos capturing Spirit’s most recent travels.

A mostly peaceful crossing from the BVI to Bermuda

A mostly peaceful crossing from the BVI to Bermuda

One of many glorious sunsets

One of many glorious sunsets

Only one ship encounter in over 800 miles

Only one ship encounter in over 800 miles

Spirit on the wharf in St. George, Bermuda

Spirit on the wharf in St. George, Bermuda

One of St. George's narrow stone streets in the early morning

One of St. George’s narrow stone streets in the early morning

Participating boats in the annual Newport to Bermuda yacht race at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

Participating boats in the annual Newport to Bermuda yacht race at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

Meet our new crew couple - Jake and Liz

Meet our new crew couple – Jake and Liz