I want to thank all my family, friends and patients for all their kind wishes for my sailing trip. I really do hear them and appreciate them. I will give you a quick run-down of my travels.
First, the rule is that if it involves a boat it will not be simple or easy. The idea was for the boat to be ready to leave 10 days after it comes out of the factory. Well, that was October 28. I arrived in France on November 4th ready for my great adventure. Today is November 21st and I am still sitting at the dock. Yes, I am on board my beautiful new boat unable to cast off- yet.
A perfect storm of multiple events occurred to create a long delay. First, the boat came out of the factory just before the Vendee Global race was going to start. This race happens once every four years and is a very big deal in France. The race launches from the same town that my boat is in, so imagine a small French coastal (Les Sables-d’Olonne) town having 1.5 million people descending on it for their equivalent of the super bowl. So things were not getting done and the boat is late. That was a week delay. Followed the next week with France’s, independence Day- another day off!
Second, important items were not delivered. Safety items that are essential for proper Coast Guard readiness did not arrive on time. Third, the weather turned and it is not getting better for a long time. We are talking 25 foot seas and hurricane force winds- NOT good sailing weather to cross the Bay.
I am living on the boat with the official captain and another crew member trying to keep busy doing things that will make the trip better: we are going through the inventory again, checking it twice; retying the deflated dinghy down on the back of the boat (multiple times); putting things up, such as radar reflectors; and, checking the sails. Washing the boat is always good. Normal household duties such as cleaning your cabin, kitchen, sweep, wash dishes, organize the food and cooking the food.
I want to be on the water moving closer to the goal of having it on the other side of the Atlantic. Safety comes first and no matter how bad you want to leave and be on your way you better be smart. So there you have it. This one section of ocean is the problem; the first 500 miles. If the weather at the start had held steady, things would be great. It is what it is. So that is it for now. More info as it is available.