Preparation For Departure
07 May 2012 | Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
If all goes well, we plan to leave Antigus tomorrow morning. The TROF is still sitting right over us so the weather has been very unsettled with 100% overcast skies and periods of rain. As I write this it is raining heavily and has been doing that for at least 20 minutes. These rains in TROF conditions can be torrential at times, and ther goes some thunder for good measure. A few days ago we decided that before getting underway we would first move to a mooring. What this allows us to do is pull the anchor up, while scrubbing marine growth off the chain, and secure it for the passage. That way when it comes time to get underway we just have to slip the mooring, just makes it easier. This morning when we got a break in the rain, the sun actually shined for about 45 minutes, we weighed anchor and moved to one of Sea Pony's mooring for $20 per night. After that we complted most of the rest of our topside preparation before going ashore to clear Customs. After clear out we met friends Tom and Abby for lunch at Hot, Hot, Spot over in the Dock Yard. Upon saying our farewells a few tears were close to being shed and we proclaimed our wanting to stay in touch, at which time we were off towards Foggy for final preparations. This means getting the dinghy motor secured inside the dinghy, get the dinghy on deck, secured and covered. All of which we mangaged to do just before this torrential downpour started. It is our sincerest hope that we can get underway tomorrow morning without a rain like this. The weather forecasts indicate that we need to get about 100 miles north of here to start to get out from under the TROF's influence. However, we may not be able to sail that first hundred miles due to light winds being forecasted. So we shall see. If our next blog update is underway you will know that we left Antigua and are on our way to North Palm Beach, please wish us a swift and safe passage.