One more sleep

Published on 13 January 2024 at 02:16

Thanks everyone for your comments - they've made Amanda cry twice, but in a good way!

 

Just one more sleep now - we have to be off the dock at 10am, ready for the start at midday tomorrow (4pm UK time) - sailing straight to Santa Marta in Colombia which should take about 6 days

 

It's been a hectic week of boat preparation,  provisioning, briefings and social events getting to know all the other crews - there's quite a tight knit community developing between the 30 or so participating boats.

 

Very few boats seem to be 100% prepared - 2 boats were out of the water yesterday for various issues, and one is having to have the mast taken down for some welding work tomorrow so will be 18 hours late leaving, and most boats seem to have various minor issues. But we're all keen to get going now,  these niggles will never all be fixed, and there's an air of quiet anticipation and tension building.

 

We had a farewell party last night, with the deputy prime minister of St. Lucia (they held it a day early to try and avoid too many hangovers on the start line!)

 

We've done all our safety briefings, completed a man overboard recovery exercise, we've filled every nook and cranny of the boat with provisions, and we still had crew at the top of the mast as it was getting dark tonight, but we're ready!

 

So one last meal out, a few quiet (?!) beers, and try to get a good nights sleep - then we're off!

 

 

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Bob
5 months ago

Looking forward to seeing your start after Tom’s impressive attempt at the start of the ARC+. Have a great trip!

Bob

Sue
5 months ago

Bon voyage! How exciting to actually be setting off! Looks like you’ve provisioned yourselves admirably - not an inch to spare. Have a fantastic sail to Colombia and look forward to hearing all about it. Much love xxx

Craig
5 months ago

So excited for you. Looking forward to the updates. Have a great sail ⛵️🌴

Sarah Barnes
5 months ago

Crikey! There’s not a spare inch in the galley but that blue sky! Bon voyage, fair winds, nameste xx

Helen Newbold
5 months ago

Best of luck to you all. We'll be following your progress. So exciting. We've even our tennis match today for you. A good omen xx

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