Captain Jochen Hoffmann called me by cell phone saying that CELESTIAL, our IP440 departed Bermuda at 1700 EDT bound for Norfolk. Winds are moderate from the south which will allow them to sail off wind and possibly fly the cruising chute. Winds are expected to remain from the south and moderate further over the next two days. The weather map to the left shows conditions at departure.
Aboard CELESTIAL are: Captain Jochen Hoffmann (VA), First Mate Jim Bortnem (MN), and crewmembers Kevin Malloy (NJ), Rick Lane (NC), Edana Long (NC), and Chris Flemming (ME). CELESTIAL will make the passage to Norfolk via a planned non-stop ocean route. The cruise has an estimated distance of 670 miles, and will take approximately 6 days, sailing both day and night. Please read the COMMENTS to this post where we will follow their ocean cruise with reports from the crew, discussions on weather and reports on actual progress.