I've done the Bermuda trip three times from the USA eastern seaboard..always in the spring/summer time....May-June....
each trip had it's "moments".
#1 is the Gulf Stream, you will have to contend with this one way or another. You can pay for a weather router or do your own homework, but the Gulf Stream has numerous meanders, twists and turns enroute to Bermuda...and there is a pretty good certainty that you will have to deal with this at some time or another. The worst is if the wind
is blowing against the stream. You will get some pretty big waves and may have to alter course or take other evasive action for a period of time. Planning your departure time will hinge on wind
#2. The wind can be fickle...my voyage times have ranged from 7-10 days leaving from Florida
. You can have dead calm, headwinds, and a lovely broad reach all within 24 hours.
#3. Bermuda is surrounded by reefs
. 400 some shipwrecks will attest to that. The north side being worse than the south side. Knowing your exact position is very helpful, as I have learned.
#4. I have always entered Bermuda at St. George's on the north-east end. The cut into St. George's is thru' a cut in the cliffs, which is hard to see. I would advise a day time entry. Additionally, inside the cut are some derelicts and sunken boats, so you need to keep a sharp eye out for these. If you arrive at night, my suggestion is to stand off until daybreak.
#5. Bermuda Harbor Radio is located in St. George's and they will be monitoring your whereabouts via radar
and vhf as well as SSB
. The custom office will be on your right after you enter the cut. Very friendly folk and you can tie up to their dock.
#6. Custom decrees you have a "dark and stormy" drink on arrival.
#7. Everything in Bermuda has to be imported there.. so things are very expensive....ie, food
and drink. Your wallet will be depleted in short order.
#8. Just about everybody in Bermuda owns a scooter and you can rent these to get around, but there is also excellent bus service
. The scooters are fun if you know how to handle these, otherwise the bus service
#9. Either going there, or leaving there, you are bound to have your butt handed to you, weatherwise. I could not say why this is so, but it is so.....and everyone I know that has sailed to Bermuda, will attest to this.
# 10. I've enjoyed all my trips there. I've had to endure some pretty intense weather, but that is par for the course.
#11. The place is very " British"...me personally, I find this very endearing.