The Spirit of Bermuda team awakened today to a school of dolphins just off the bow, a gorgeous sunrise, fairly flat seas and a nice pace of 7 to 8 knots as the vessel is now 85 miles along into the race. The vessel is on the continental shelf but will soon leave the shelf and head out into the true deep.
“So far, this is just a great way to introduce ocean sailing to people who have never done it before,” said Jim Butterfield, President and CEO of Butterfield & Vallis who is on the early morning watch. “What this is great for, too, is sleeping weather as we are not getting a great deal of rocking motion. It has been ideal conditions so far – especially for the first timers.”