Sat May 25 1:42 2019 NZST
Run: 139nm (251.6km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 154.8nm
32 22.8N 064 40.4W
Weather: 9 kts SSW cc25% sunny 74F

DAY 8 Anchored, Convict Bay, St George's Isl, Bermuda. Yesterday was a long day beating hard to weather close-hauled on starboard, against the confused seas remnant from TS Andrea. Kailani and crew took a beating. The wind died around 9pm local, then it was squally for a few hours so we sailed when we could, and motored on and off as necessary. Finally, the wind just died completely so we had to motor the last 6 hours, making the Town Cut entrance at about 0730 local. We are all checked in, and now anchored amongst many cruising yachts. A big breakfast is brewing and we are happy to be here!

Fri May 24 4:09 2019 NZST
Run: 13.8nm (25km)
30 31.6N 063 45.4W
Weather: 17 kts NE

DAY 7 119 nm to Bermuda. After 16 hrs hove to waiting for the strong Nly to get some E, we set sail this morning at 0715 local. We have a 24 hr window to make landfall before the wind dies completely. We are pounding to windward stretching Kailani and crew limits with the associated pounding thru confused 2m seas.

Thu May 23 7:06 2019 NZST
Run: 23.2nm (42km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 195.4nm
30 019.7N 063 47.2W
Weather: 20 kts N

DAY6 130 nm to Bermuda. Hove to. Just after posting our noon update we passed through the "Post Tropical Cyclone Andrea" , essentially just a few squalls and gusty variable winds. Coming out the other side, the Nly winds increased and we have decided to heave to hoping wind goes to NE sooner than forecast.

Thu May 23 4:15 2019 NZST
Run: 191.4nm (346.4km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 193.4nm
30 02.7N 063 59.7W
Weather: 20 kts SE, seas 1.5m SE, cc 100%

DAY6 144 nm to Bermuda. Port beam reach 1st reef main plus staysail, 9.5 kts at 022T. The winds died as forecast and we motored 7 hrs yesterday until they filled in from the SSE. Tropical Storm Andrea at first strengthened and changed heading toward us, but then dissipated in the night. Now our dominant winds are being created by the H to the N of us, and as predicted the wind continues to build and veer. By this evening it is anticipated to be 25-30 from due N, so we will heave to then and wait until there is more E and we can sail again (12-14 hrs). Our arrival ETA is still Friday unless we have to stay hove to longer.

Greetings! Wanted to update: tell Sophia that Rapture had a filly on Mother's Day!
Wed May 22 4:30 2019 NZST
Run: 178.4nm (322.9km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.5nm
27 19N 063 27W
Weather: 10 kts NE, seas 1m SE, cc 100%

DAY 5 310 nm to Bermuda. Port beam reach main plus jib, 5.0 kts at 310T. As forecast the winds have been waning as a L 300nm off to our NW strengthens. This low has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Andrea, and is headed right for Bermuda, but it is anticipated to dissipate within 48 hrs, which will mean we will extend our arrival ETA to Friday subject to change based on the changing forecasts. Once it passes a H to the East will dominate, giving us wind on the nose for the last leg into Bermuda. We are tracking this TS closely, and will alter sail plan as needed. For now, the humidity has kicked up, the skies are gloomy looking, and the winds are anticipated to strengthen and veer this afternoon.

Watching your progress with great interest. I hope Andrea leaves you alone! Take care. Love, Bill.
Tue May 21 4:06 2019 NZST
Run: 182.3nm (330km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.4nm
24 45.2N 063 06.9W
Weather: 12 kts ESE, seas 1m ESE, cc 50%

DAY 4 463 nm to Bermuda. Stbd beam reach main plus jib, 7.0 kts at 001T. Just passed the half way mark, which usually calls for celebration. Maybe a cake, but it is still very hot despite our steady sail north. We motored 6hrs yesterday until the winds filled in just before sundown, and all on board, even our "Elf on the Shelf" (Bill's self proclaimed nickname referencing his high side bunk in the 3rd cabin) finally got restful sleep as Kailani sailed along at 5-7 kts thru the calm night.

Mon May 20 4:45 2019 NZST
Run: 180.4nm (326.5km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.7nm
22 08.2N 062 44.9W
Weather: 8 kts ESE, seas 1m ESE, cc 50%

DAY 3 623 nm to Bermuda. Motor sailing, 7.5 kts at 355T. Winds have been less than 15 kts and this morning veered aft and dropped to 8-9 kts. We are motorsailing on course but the prospect for better winds anytime soon is poor. The forecast for later in the week is for 15-20kts on the nose so it looks like we will be battling upwind to make Bermuda by the weekend. We'll see as the weather has a way of changing, particularly when you consider that none of this was in the forecast 2 days ago!

Sun May 19 4:15 2019 NZST
Run: 522.3nm (945.4km)
Avg: 27.9knts
24hr: 668.5nm
19 31.9N 062 34.3W
Weather: 12 kts ESE, seas 1m E, cc 10%

DAY 2 777 nm to Grenada. Stbd beam reach run sgl rf main and jib, 6.8 kts at 355T. We upped anchor yesterday afternoon at 1600 local, departing Falmouth Harbour in light winds. The wind settled in for great sailing once we were headed north along the west side of Antigua, and it has steadily veered to allow us to be close to the rhumbline humming along. Our stopover in Falmouth Harbour was great for rest, the usual ashore food breaks, and we really enjoyed visiting historic English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard. Jen and Sophia are both reading Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey Maturin series for the first time so exploring the museum, seeing the old forts, walls, careening pillars, cannons, sail loft, etc made the stopover particularly fun.

Keeping an eye on you all. Glad to hear things are as good as they look on the map. Safe passage.
Sat May 18 9:30 2019 NZST
Run: 32.5nm (58.8km)
12 01.380N 061 40.722W
Weather: 12 kts ENE

Day 1 - 937nm to Bermuda. Sailing 1RM plus Jib. Under way from Antigua! Sorry for no updates here. Jen's hand injury has tightened up our crew situation so no updates until she can type roughly now. Thank goodness our friend Bill has been aboard for our sail since Grenada. We as a family spent about a month in Grenada and St Vincent and had to haul out just the day before departing northward to Antigua. We had a short 36 hour sail to Antigua and awaited arrival of good wx window for this leg to Bermuda. Wish us luck as we head into the TRIANGLE:). If you want to read more of our time in Grenada check out our website Travels and Photo pages LaughterJourney.com. Great to be back to sailing north!

Thu Apr 11 9:21 2019 NZST
Run: 32.5nm (58.8km)
12 27.403N 061 29.457W
Weather: partly cloudy, wind E 18-20 gust 25

We are back aboard after an 11 month hiatus taking care of family back home. Anchored in Tyrell Bay on Carriacou, Grenada West Indies. Will be gunkholing around the Grenadines for a month before heading north to Newport via Bermuda.

Best wishes for the rest of your journey. Great to hear from you again.

YEAH! Great to hear of you guys. Lots of snow/rain mix here! Flooding in the low lands all around us. Cheers! Jill

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