My 16 year old son and I are planning a three-week trip to Bermuda
aboard our 28' Pearson
Triton in June. We'll be departing from the Hampton Roads
area in Virginia, 6-8 days each way, with about 7 days in Bermuda
. We've been preparing the boat and buying gear
. I feel confident in the boat's ability to make this passage
. Although this will be my first offshore passage
(other than aboard a 425' frigate while in the Navy), I've been sailing for 32 years and feel confident in my own ability to make the trip.
The other day, however, I started wondering about a few things. My biggest concern is this: What happens if, two days from (or out of) Bermuda, we lose the mast
? I'm sure we could get to (or back to) Bermuda under a jury rig, but then what? 1. I'm only going to have three weeks of vacation
time, so I wouldn't have time to remain in Bermuda for any reason. 2. I'm not going to have money
to have a new or used mast
shipped out. 3. I don't think I'll even have enough money
for two airline tickets back to Virginia. (The mast and boom are original -- 45 years old. The standing rigging
was replaced six years ago.)
Here's another thing I started thinking about. We have a tillerpilot, but no windvane
. I figure we'll be spending a lot of time on the helm
. With just two of us, I'm thinking we're going to be pretty tired when we get to Bermuda. Will we have the strength/stamina/desire to turn around in six or seven days and sail back?
Would those of you with a lot of experience/time at sea make this trip under these circumstances? I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this matter. Thanks!