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Plane checking us out
Tue May 13 1:55:02 EDT 2008, 48 34.9'N:005 17.2'W

Not sure who is flying the plane, they just came close for a look, and George got a picture.

We are west of France, sailing in light winds and seas.

Wind Vane Taking a Rest
Mon May 12 11:07:34 EDT 2008, Departing L'Aber Wrac'h

Downwind is tough for the wind vane (wind regulator, in French) so we hand-steer, SOG: 5kts.

Working with the Fisherman
Mon May 12 10:53:03 EDT 2008, Departing L'Aber Wrac'h

First time setting fisherman this way (without old roller furling rig).

Light winds are expected for the rest of week, so it will probably take longer than two weeks to get to the Azores.

Mon May 12 10:00:00 EDT 2008, 48 39.9'N:004 52.2'W

George's IPhone works really well.

Writing the blog
Sun May 11 15:25:02 EDT 2008, 48 35.98'N:004 33.69'W

blogging aboard

Mon May 19 16:25:43 EDT 2008 | sif
just read all the blog. Issuma is beautiful and I am glad things are going as planned. A special greeting from Snæbjört Sif and the rest of us in Iceland.
Every Boatyard Needs a Horse
Sun May 11 14:45:02 EDT 2008, 48 35.98'N:004 33.69'W

This boatyard actually has two horses. The horses are kept (partly) to keep the grass short, which they do a good job of by eating grass most of the day.

We have left this boatyard, and are further down in the harbor of L'Aber Wrac'h, where there is enough water that we can leave at any stage of tide.


Sun May 11 14:29:23 EDT 2008

Interior Layout
Fri May 9 14:33:02 EDT 2008

This is the interior layout plan of Issuma, as drawn by Yann Sergent, the previous owner.

Preparing the boat
Thu May 8 1:50:02 EDT 2008, 48 35.73'N:004 39.88'W

We've been working on getting Issuma ready to sail. Most of the sails are now on, the deck has been covered with non-skid paint and tape, a few electrical and fuel system projects have been completed, and we've been studying the way the boat systems work.

We are still at the boatyard where the ever-helpful previous owner, Yann Sergent lives. One couldn't ask for a better previous owner, as Yann and his wife Patricia have helped us with all sorts of questions and projects, as well as feeding us wonderful French dinners.

Fri May 9 13:15:36 EDT 2008 | Brittany
What a beautiful photo, Issuma looks lovely! I'm impressed with all you've accomplished so far, and feel envious of the delicious dinners Yann and Patricia have been making you. Can't wait for the next update! :) Brittany
Fri May 9 20:15:50 EDT 2008 | Sylwia
Sounds great and as if it's enough work. Best wishes as you make your final beginning preparations! The French dinners give me something good to dream about!
Sat May 10 10:33:58 EDT 2008 | Hank and Lisa
Good food, new friends and a new boat. Does it get any better?
Thu May 1 16:12:35 EDT 2008

Issuma is still in France, and George and I are at Newark airport.

Several people have asked how long the preparation has been for this trip. The preparation started in January, with a trip out to France to see the boat (I had it surveyed before I bought it, but I was not able to visit it until afterwards).

The departure date was decided upon in mid-January. The choice of departure date was determined mostly by these things:
* spring tides (the highest tides, about 8 metres or 25 feet in this area) were in the first week of May, and it was not certain if there would be enough water to move the boat from where it was any other time in May than at high water in the first week
* preparation before the first sail was expected to take the better part of a week
* southern routes across the Atlantic (East to West) seem best started before June to reduce the chance of encountering a tropical storm
* northern routes across the Atlantic seem best started later in June or July. If there were problems with the boat that caused delays, attempting to take the southern route in May would allow a fallback plan of taking the northern route in June

Fri May 2 11:59:32 EDT 2008 | des & jay
bon voyage to richard and his intrepid crew, for an exciting (and very safe) journey. we'll be thinking of you and entreating mother nature for calm seas and great weather for you. see you soon. :o) des, jay and gus
Sun May 4 4:59:02 EDT 2008 | Vetri
Hi Rich, Have a nice journey and enjoy every second of it. Post more photos.

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