You dont see much information on the web about folks making passages from the Chesapeake to the Abacos in the spring. We are planning a 10 week cruise
starting May 1st to the Abacos and possibly returing via Bermuda
to be back in the Chesapeake around the 4th of July.
the boat: completely refit Beneteau
First 35, with Hydrovane self steering
, raymarine wheel
, storm sails
, life raft, sat phone
, loaded with provisions and emergency equipment
and supplies, new diesel engine
, new main sail, storm trysail, and storm jib
on a removable inner forestay.
the crew: Myself and my wife, experience- two round trip passages chesapeake to Bermuda
in may\june. I am a life long sailor and have done 95% of the refit
work on all my boats over the years. also skippered a Morgan
30 from Stuart Fl to the Chesapeake in May.
the planned route
: down the chesapeake to little creek for final fuel
etc. depart bay, work south to Outer Banks\Hatteras, go SE to cross the stream and then head
straight for Man-o-war Cay. Spend 2-3 weeks in the sea of abacos and then head
back out , rhumb line to Bermuda, spend 2-3 weeks there and then back to the Chesapeake- rhumb line toward hatteras then WNW to chesapeake.
Are we crazy or is this an ideal little cruise
to paradise and back at the best time of year to do it ? should we skip bermuda and spend more time in the Abacos and then return home directly ?