We've enjoyed our winter in the Virgins and St. Martin, but we are ready to head north once again. This time, we'll take a turn eastward and head to Europe instead of back to North America. It will be sad to say goodbye to the warm water and swimming holes, but we've dreamed of sailing to Europe for many years, and it is nice to finally be taking that leap.
We’ll be leaving St. Martin on May 12 headed for Bermuda. We’ll stay there a few days and then head off to the Azores. The trip to Bermuda is about a week, and the trip from there to the Azores is 2 to 3 weeks.
This time you might be able to track us at https://farkwar.com/boats/rockhoppers. I plan to send an update email to them at least once a day, but I'm not sure it will work the entire trip.
We’ll try to keep the stopover in Bermuda on the short side, 7-10 days, weather permitting. We’d like to be in the Azores by June 20, which would give us about a month to enjoy those islands. We believe we’ll head to the UK from there. enjoy our Autumn along the English Channel, and then look for a good spot to keep Rockhopper for the winter. It will be interesting to see how much time we choose to spend on Rockhopper over the winter, and how much we spend taking advantage of everyone's hospitality.
Once we get over there, Rockhopper will most likely stay a few years. Reinhart and I would make long trips back to the US every winter to visit. We’ll stick around northern Europe for a few seasons, and then most likely head down to the Mediterranean for a few more years. As always, plans are written in the sand. We may abandon the trip to Europe and go back to gorgeous Nova Scotia instead. Or we could get to Europe and decide not to stay, but to come back to the Caribbean via the Canaries. Whatever we do, I'll probably post about it here a few months after we've left.