The harbour at Hamilton has been a wave of colour this week as hundreds of flags fly over a flotilla of yachts sitting pretty waiting their next journey after the Newport to Bermuda Race
. The first yacht to reach Bermuda appeared over the reefs at St David's head at daylight on Tuesday morning. The 100-foot sloop called Speedboat
with a crew of 25 led for most of the race and completed the course in 59 hours.
However being first over the line does not constitute a winner
as there are 5 different divisions and 16 classes. The first crew into Bermuda does have the benefit though of spending more, er shall we say leisure time in Hamilton, unlike a guy I met on Thursday whose boat Atalanta came in that morning. To say he was exhausted and thirsty was an understatement!
On Thursday I was lucky to get invited to a drinks party to see the 185 yachts of all sizes up close. After a huge party at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
last night (there are 2,000 sailors in town at the moment), the boats and their crews leave Hamilton tomorrow after tonight's prizegiving ceremony at Government House.