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Warwick Long Bay, Bermuda.

Warwick Long Bay, Bermuda.

The photo above is of AAC’s temporary corporate offices for the next few days. Hum, may be a bit slow to respond to comments! Of course there is one fly in the ointment.

Even though I grew up and lived longer in Bermuda than anywhere else, the sheer beauty of the place always takes me by surprise when I visit.

Yes, the sand really is pink.

Yes, the sand really is pink.

And the water really is turquoise.

And the water really is turquoise.


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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Victor Raymond Sep 10, 2013, 11:33 am

    We (Judy and I) had the good fortune to visit 30 plus years ago. It was a delight and would love to go back (by boat of course.)
    Enjoy your time there. Hope you brought your shorts and jacket.

    • John Sep 11, 2013, 11:02 am

      Hi Victor,

      Shorts, but no jacket. Bermuda has got much less formal in recent years.

  • Marc Dacey Sep 10, 2013, 1:15 pm

    The closest I’ve come to your birthplace is seeing the loom of its lights about 35 NM to the northeast as we turned in a half-gale south for the USVIs out of Virginia. It was deemed too rough to stop in, and upon reflection, it was a good call.

    Nonetheless, it looks like an interesting place to be from. Certainly a nice spot to have a “temporary corporate office”, especially with good weather and a measure of the local Gosling’s at hand. Speaking of which, as a barstool dialectitian, I’d love to hear if your speaking voice hews to a modified British accent (I’ve heard Bermudan sound a touch Cornish) or the almost American accent I was hearing from clearly younger Bermudans over the SSB.

    • John Sep 11, 2013, 11:01 am

      Hi Marc,

      My accent can best be described as Trans-Atlantic-Mongrel.

  • Bob Morris Sep 11, 2013, 10:35 am

    Ann and I were married in St Georges in 1979 after a Marion Bermuda Race. For several years we would return for anniversaries. Now we usually visit when ducking some bad weather en route to/from Cape Cod to Caribbean. We should return when we are not apprehensively looking for a weather window to leave.

  • Peter McCrea Sep 11, 2013, 11:50 am

    When in St Georges, stop in and say hello to Steve Hollis, the owner of Ocean Sails and the new Ocean Cruising Club Port Officer for Bermuda.

    • John Sep 11, 2013, 12:38 pm

      Hi Peter,

      I know Steve well, in fact we worked together for 5 years back when I owned Ocean Sails, before he took it over from me some 35 years ago.

  • Ben Eriksen Carey Sep 11, 2013, 6:35 pm

    Bermuda is the first place outside the USA that my parents took me. It was a business trip for Dad, recruiting students for the boarding school of which he was headmaster. But, I remember the turquoise water and the big jellyfish on the beach fondly. I’ve since sailed in a few times, and it remains one of my favorite stops. I love riding the bus all around the island. One time I missed the last bus back to St George and figured I’d just sleep in the park in Hamilton. I wandered into a pub, to watch a band play and widdle away the night. A woman saw me, called me over, and asked if I was a couch surfer. With the loud music, I could barely make out what she said. My reply: No I’m not a surfer, I’m here on a sailboat. We spent the next few minutes yelling in each others ears sorting out when, where and why. In the end, I spent the night on her couch, and learned what couch surfing was all about. Always a good adventure to be had in Bermuda.

  • john dennis Sep 23, 2013, 9:24 pm

    Hi Folks,
    Just had my 9th visit to Bermuda under sail. Caught up with Bernie Oatly, John Moore ,John Barker and all.
    By the way Herb [Southbound ll] said we were his last contact as we sailed to Nova Scotia and on to P.E.I.
    Best to all

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