Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Atlantic Crossing Day 13 - Beyond Bermuda

When striving towards a goal there are mileposts by which to measure progress. Crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat requires two types of mileposts. The first is tactical in the form of specific latitude and longitude waypoints. These are used to plot a course to a specific location to take advantage or current, weather, or simply the shortest distance between start and finish. The other type is the psychological or feel-good mileposts. Our first feel good milepost was reached recently. We are now east of Bermuda. I think it held so much significance due to our starting out so far south. Bermuda has been visible on the chart plotter since Ft. Lauderdale. Now that little spot of islands will fade into the distance and off the plotter. Other key feel good milestones will be the halfway point and the first sight of land.

Good sailing today. A cold front passed today that cleared away the fog and clouds and provided 15 knots from the NE. We are moving south again to avoid some stronger weather north. It has been really good to have Herb Hilgenberg on the radio to assist with our weather routing.

All is well aboard Solstice.

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