I wonder if anyone else has sailed from Bermuda across to Charleston? The time I did it is memorable because it was very squally and my cabin mate/fellow crew member was very, very seasick!
I recently saw the end of a television programme about the Bermuda Triangle that made me remember that trip across the Atlantic that we really thought at times would see us as a statistic as a lost boat!
Fortunately, despite high winds and the weather being very much against us we did survive to tell the tale. The sea certainly showed us who was in charge that trip and the trip that we thought would take us 5-6 days actually took us just into the 9th day of travelling before we reached harbour.
At times the wind and the noise seemed relentless; it was as though it would never end. The wind was frequently in front of us and then changing direction, seeming to build with the sole aim of tossing us about. We even had a period of over 48 hours of constant storms, wind direction changes and working to keep afloat. Then on the third morning, just as dawn was breaking the wind stopped, the sea calmed and we had a magical beautiful dawn. The rest of the journey after that was plain sailing, light breeze that we could use the sails.
Thankfully, as soon as we spotted the dark clouds in front, we strapped everything down. My crewmate was so ill we had to manage with 3 of us instead of 4 and at times, we doubled, up on watches, making it very tough for the skipper.
I learned a few things from that trip:
1. The sea is very, very powerful and with rough seas and strong winds there is no doubt how small we are in the greater scheme of things.
2. Just how awesome our manmade boats are and the punishment they will withstand to keep us alive.
3. I never want to make that trip again.
(edited to remove faulty emoji)!