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Sailing At Last
This is the tale of our journey to fulfill a passion of learning to sail and a dream to circumnavigate. Welcome Aboard At Last!
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Are we there yet?Mark
November 19, 2011, 8:09 am, 19 30'N:65 04'W, Saturday 9 am eastern, 35 miles to Tortola, ETA 2 pm eastern
We have not seen a sail boat or even a cargo vessel for the last six days. Finally, we spy a sail boat on radar 12 miles in front of us early this morning. We were beginning to wonder if they called off the Rally and everyone went back home but forgot to tell us. We are nearing Tortola and there is a bit of competition to see who can claim right to be the first to say �"Land Ho�". Since we left, each of the crew has completed 25 watches lasting four hours. Needless to say, we can�'t wait to land at the dock with the Rally staff greeting us with a bottle of champagne.
Dodging the squallsMark
November 19, 2011, 7:49 am, 19 30'N:65 04'W, Saturday 3am eastern
We dodged a number of squalls over the past two evenings. The skies are clear in the morning. Then the afternoon heat creates the clouds and they stir up the wind and waves in the evening. We try our best to steer around the bigger squalls which are more than six square miles. Then they dissipate in the night and the cycle starts up again the next day.
24 Hrs to TortolaMark
November 18, 2011, 11:13 am, 21 17'N:65 57'W, Friday Noon eastern, 188 miles to Tortola, ETA late Saturday
We are on our last day at sea before arriving in Tortola late Saturday evening. Everyone is fine and can't wait to hit port. Beautiful weather. The seas have calmed down a bit. Andy won the fishing contest with this record breaking fish, but everyone passed on the idea of sushi.
Three Days to TortolaMark
November 17, 2011, 6:25 am, 24 00.3'N:67 26'W, Thursday 7:00 am eastern, 370 miles to Tortola, ETA late Saturday
The smooth ride with no wind ended 36 hours ago. Since then, we have had 15-20 kts on the nose and 8-12' seas. We have not seen another boat for the last 3 days. We know they are out there, mostly to the north of us, but it would be nice to see someone else out here. We are starting to feel like we may be in episode of the X-Files or an Outer Limits rerun. Could we have been transported to a parallel planet of endless ocean never to see another boat or land again? Ok, this is what happens to crew who are sleep deprived, our imaginations run wild.
Day four but whose countingMark
November 15, 2011, 5:21 am, 28 36.7'N:69 46.8'W, Thurday 6:00 am eastern, 677 miles to Tortola, ETA late Friday
The passage has been a bit boring, flat seas, little wind, no flying fish on deck. The crew is wondering about all this talk of the "challenges" of sailing around the world. I will be happy if they continue to doubt the rigors of our journey for the rest of the trip.
So far this is not a thrill ride ...Mark
November 14, 2011, 1:27 pm, 30 01.2'N:70 35.6'W,
But who's complaining. It is Tuesday at 3:21 pm Atlantic time. We are 777 miles from Tortola. Very litle wind. Very calm seas. To conserve fuel, we are sailing in the slightest of wind. It is shorts and T-shirt weather. Janet and Andy have been playing gin rummy on thier watch. Andy has kicked off the fishing contest. I think we are near the front of the Rally but it is hard to tell. WE are trying to head east for the next day or so then head south to Tortola to have some favorable winds off our port beam.
960 Miles to TortolaJanet
November 13, 2011, 6:37 am, 32 39.4'N:72 41.6'W,
We are having a good passage. Seas are flat with no wind so we are motoring. Everyone is fine. At last is fine. No cookies have been offered up to Posiden. This is last night's sunset.