late breaking news! we expect the Spirit of Bermuda in tonight … here is a blog from the captain yesterday and she’s headed our way between 3-5 as the first over the charleston – Boston leg of the Tall ships challenge.
By Capt. Simon Colley Capt. Log-v14-09 Charleston-Boston Day 6
Spirit’s position at 1200 EDT: Saturday July 4th.
40º 46’N’ x 68º41’W
SOG 9-10 knots
WxS’ly breeze, Force 5-6, moderate sea.
Barometer 1006 mb and steady.
Beam reach under full canvas.
Noon run: 169 NM as the crow flies.
724 NM from Charleston
141 NM to Finish line off Boston
A phenomenal day, surging along at 12 to 14 knots through the water, fighting quite a current as we near Nantucket. When that turns in our favour we shall really pick up speed.
It was a tight race as we rounded Waypoint 2, second on the water. We had caught up 32 miles on Rona II overnight, but Urania was only 13 Miles behind us at the noon check in, Tecla some 30 Miles behind her. Crew are steering and trimming brilliantly and there’s a buzz as we near the finish line with such excellent competition.
All three of our young Bermudian watch leaders, Jake Burchall, Denzel Todd, and Kristen Greene, have recently worked their way up from trainees by demonstrating maturity, leadership and a commitment to the ship. They are doing an outstanding job and continue to take advantage of opportunities to improve their skills and knowledge.
We expect to cross the finish line early tomorrow morning, and will be proceeding to Gloucester for a guest appearance in a local Tall Ships festival, while the rest of the fleet catches up for the main Boston event.