This delivery included 26 other boats all headed to Bermuda in preparation for continuing on to Azores and Portugal. We came in second place on the 840 mile trip. The Benneteau 47.3 First is a fast sailboat with sufficient comfort. With the three of us, we completed the trip in nearly 5 days, only to wait for an hour outside of Bermuda while two other merchant ships were piloted into the channel.
Two days of minimal wind, and all motor depleted our fuel by 50%. Chased on our first night by three lightning storms in all directions blinked at us throughout the first night.
Then three days of sailing with and without the spinakkers all down-wind, at nine plus knots. our fastest day was 206 miles.
Photos coming soon.