Sailing the Pacific

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Getting Ready

10 February 2010
'All things are ready, if our minds be so.'
William Shakespeare

James making our spinnaker

It has taken us alot of preparation to get to this point of being ready to cross the pacific. We spent two months back in Australia over Christmas earning some money and preparing ourselves mentally for the trip we are about to take.

A big thank you to Jamie's parents Leona and Bob for giving us a place to stay over the last two months. Also for not only allowing but encouraging us to transform your car-port and lounge-room into a sailmaking factory. It would have been much more difficult to get as well prepared as we are now without your help.

The flight over here was a little more trouble than we expected.
We ended up having to stay an extra night in L.A. on our way through to Costa Rica because we didn't have proof that we were leaving the country- we had no return ticket as we are not flying out, we are sailing out. After much fuss and with the help of some staff (especially a man called Robbie who kept his cool the whole way through), the airline said that as long as we had a form with the dates the bond on our boat ends in Costa Rica, we could get on the plane. The people watching the boat emailed us the form and we got a flight with one stop-over in Denver the next day.

Robbie and James working away diligently for Frontier airlines

It was snowing in Denver. 6 hours after this photo was taken we were in the tropics

Now our thoughts are turned towards stocking up on food for the trip and getting last minute things like satellite credit. Fingers crossed, we will be leaving in a week for the Galapagos. We are both so excited and are itching to get started but I guess its all a part of the journey, isn't it!

Vessel Name: Dagmar
Vessel Make/Model: CAL 39
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Australia
Crew: James Thomson and Isabelle Chigros-Fraser
Hello and welcome to our new sailing blog! Our dream is to sail across the Pacific Ocean this year starting in Costa Rica and finishing in Australia. [...]
As we have been told by fellow sailors, when you live at the mercy of the elements plans are like "Jello and Sand"- wobbly and unsteady like Jello (jelly for us aussies) and when you write something in the sand often it will be washed away with the tide. It is for this reason that we didn't finish [...]
'Twenty years from now you will be more dissapointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' -Mark Twain
' I felt my pulse beating with suppressed excitement as I threw the mooring bouy overboard. It seemed as if that simple action had severed my connection with the life on the shore; that I had thereby cut adrift the ties of convention. The unrealities and illusions of cities and crowds, that I was free now, free to go where I chose, to do and to live and to conquer as I liked, to play the game wherin a man's qualities count for more than his appearance. 'Maurice Griffiths, The Magic of the Swatchways.