Today is Bermuda Day and we’ve arrived just in time for the parade! Front Street is lined with people waiting. A cruise ship is in port contributing to the crowd. We stand on the street for an hour, it is hot, eventually some motorcycles drive by, 30 minutes later a car with a dignitary, 30 minutes later a band marches by, then a long gap….we decide snacks and drinks might be better use of our time. When we return to our boats we find them in the same spot, thankfully, but still remain uncomfortable with the holding. So we weigh anchor and move to another spot, anchor won’t grab here either, on to plan C, finally we get a good anchor set in a spot surrounded by islands in all directions but northwest.
We have a great view of the race course and can see three of the teams practicing with their chase boats and helicopters. These boats are wickedly fast! Jim and I take the tender back to town to pick up race and ferry tickets from Hamilton to the venue at Dockyard and learn Friday, opening day, is sold out. So we get tickets for Saturday. Unfortunately a front with predicted gale force winds caused cancelation of all events on Friday leaving us uncertain as to how events will unfold Saturday. Time will tell. Today we will hunker down on Tivoli for the approaching storm (predicted gusts to 35-40 knots). Generator is on, Deanna is washing clothes, we are charging batteries and making water. Another day on the hook in paradise!
Only one other boat here besides Roam and that is a sailboat that came in with a second (spare?) sailboat tied alongside. Naturally he chooses to anchor directly in front of Tivoli and puts out a tiny anchor, doesn’t set it, and lets out enough rode to achieve a scope of 2. Then he leaves! We will have to keep a close eye on this one as the wind builds.