Here we go!
22 March 2016 | English Harbor, Antigua
We have gotten most of our projects completed, provisioned food and other necessities for 6+ months, and are ready to actually leave the dock. Provisioning left me with an uneasy feeling, almost like I was hording food. Silly really. I mean, people all over the world eat food. There are markets everywhere. However, the upside to provisioning at home is the cost savings and knowing you will have your favorite items.
Our crew for the passage to St. Thomas included Alec, Josh, Kevin, Phil, and me. Josh and I throw our clothes in a few duffle bags on the day of departure (not advised), our kitchen is packed up with the help of Dale and Nancy (also not advised to do on your day of departure), and loaded the remains of our refrigerator onto the boat. We had a great send off from our friends. Thanks to all of you for your support and actually getting us off the dock. We left on November, 7th at 4:30pm. This also happened to be my 40th birthday. Within the first 12 hours we hit 21.4 knots. For those of you non-sailors, a typical good sailing speed is 8-10 knots. So this means we are on a fast rocket ship. So I give props to our friend, Brad Haverly, who knowing the performance of this boat, said “a good name for your blog is Zero to 18 knots in 3 months.” Thanks Brad for the title, we just had to up the speed a bit and shorten our timeline.