Wow the day has finally arrived after 45 years of dreaming I am sailing away to the Caribbean, Wow. \two hours from now we set sail and I am as ready as I can be, I have the right gear the right attitude and a skipper and crew that are far more experienced than me. I am a bit nervous but I always am before any big trip. I am going to try to keep a daily log which I will put on the blog when we have wi-fi. So until you see an update I am on my way to Bermuda 735 NM and then from there to the British Virgin Islands another 1100 nm. Will catch up soon:)
Our weather window continues too look good for a Sunday departure with some strong winds out of the North on Thursday, at least its going the right direction. We may be down one crew member who's Mom was taken into emergency yesterday. That will put a bit of pressure on us going with three, and its pretty late to arrange for a replacement crew member at this point. Good news ours Crew's Mom is doing a lot better so He is back on for the trip, Woo! Hoo! Twenty four hours from now we should be almost underway:)
I just received word from the skipper that Oct 30th around noon will be our new departure time. It looks like we should have 25 out of the north to start which will drop later in the day. Monday and Tuesday morning also look favorable. Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday might be a bit rough since it looks like we might be beating into it for 24 hours but this time of year it seems like a pretty decent window. Can't wait to get going:)
We are anxiously waiting for a good weather window which will take us to Bermuda. Our date was Monday Oct 24th however the sea state and wind were pretty wild for us so we moved our departure ahead until today at noon which looked good three days ago. Yesterday we saw a low pressure system was forecasted to form in the great lakes. This system once formed will move west to east across the entire Atlantic region between NS and Bermuda. We would have gotten into the stream by Friday but then would have to face 30-40 on the nose with large confused seas. Grant (our skipper) has decided to wait it out for a better window which I think is a great move even though I would like to get going. I will continue to work until we get a new window hopefully sometime around November 1st or 2nd.
I wilSorry I haven't posted anything since the spring but this summer has been a bit crazy. We started off our summer by purchasing a little house down in Lahave. With the fixing up and the final closing for the sale we spent the 1st part of the summer working on the house. We did take the boat down to Lahave and used it as a base to work from so we did get an opportunity to enjoy Rose Lee. We also worked in a few sails between Halifax and Mahone bay which were fantastic as always. Our summer was capped off by our participation int the annual Bean crock harbour race which was great fun with our friends. This year the weather was perfect. The main reason we didn't sail too much was to allow me to save my vacation for November. My friend Grant is taking his boat to the BVI's and offered me a spot as crew. I couldn't resist such a great opportunity to get some offshore experience with such an skilled Captain and crew who also happen to be great friends. We are hoping to depart Tuesday Oct 25th around noon or possibly the next morning depending on seat state and wind. Our course will take us directly from Halifax to Bermuda and after a brief layover to get refreshed we will continue on to Jost Van Dyke BVI. The boat is a Morgan 37 and the crew will consist of Grant skipper (very experienced offshore sailor) Jim (very experienced offshore sailor who has sailed with Grant a great deal) Stuart (some offshore experience with Grant) and Me (lots of coastal sailing but no offshore experience). I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit nervous about the trip but this is the way we grow by pushing ourselves. Let the adventure begin:) I will keep you up to date when I have wi fi.
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