We don’t actually “Head ‘em Up” because a sail boat can’t go anywhere when it’s head up into the wind. (Although we do head her up into the wind to set the mainsail, and then we turn away from the wind in order to move the boat. So it’s kind of the same thing.)
We will (finally) be moving her out. All sent-for parts and mail have arrived on the island of St. Thomas and should be delivered to Cousin Jeff today. The weather looks good for a Wednesday morning departure after we make one last run to Crown Bay for water and gas and fresh fruit before hauling the dinghy and dropping the mooring. We are finally going west – only 9 days later than our June 1st projection. In the general scheme of things, that’s not bad.
Having said farewell and giving everyone hugs at Tickles open mic last week, we need to get gone before anyone starts singing the Dan Hicks Song, “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” We love that song. We love Dan Hicks. But I digress.
So we are provisioned up (except for fresh fruits and veggies and a very few other things), our Choice Wi-Fi will conveniently take us into tomorrow, EW’s cell phone still has $9.00 on it, and things are winding down. Emotionally, I’m ready to go. It’s past time, and we are looking forward to the next adventure.
While I haven’t been as prolific on the blog, my writing has been forefront in my mind. I even dream about it. I’ll be working on magazine articles and a book or two over the next few months, in addition to boat projects. (One of the planned books is about one of the planned major projects. It’s how we roll.) We’re looking forward to exploring new areas, and to seeing how we do in a place as remote as the San Blas.
I will blog nearly every day at sea and will test the system tonight or tomorrow to make sure that Sailmail and this new laptop communicate. No photos or fun images, but hopefully interesting, pithy, descriptive, and mildly funny commentary about our crossing of the Caribbean Sea. It should take about 8-10 days. Along the way I’ll finish sewing the Panamanian courtesy flag and we will make sure that we’ve imported all the waypoints regarding rocks and reefs into three different navigation devices.
I know our non-sailing friends and family have a number of questions, so here goes:
- 8-12 days.
- No hurricanes are predicted for the next few days. We will get weather every day on our trip and keep watch. All we have to do to avoid any is to head south for a couple of days.
- Yes, we will have time to do that.
- We are sailing to a point south of the hurricane zone. That is one reason we are going there.
- No, we aren’t worried about “pirates”.
- Dangers? Well, EW says we’ll have to be vigilant about checking the radar at night so we don’t hit any oil platforms. Also, we have to watch for rocks and reefs as we the near the islands.
- No, I’m not worried. But we know things can happen and we’ll keep watch, and we won’t enter the shallow areas at the end of our journey until morning. We are very good at sailing back and forth while we wait for the right time to enter a new harbor. Patience is a virtue I can pretend to have when it’s necessary.
Most close friends and family already have the Sailmail email address. If you don’t and want it, email my Gmail account. Remember, keep them relatively short, do not hit reply—start a new email instead, and don’t send photos or jokes.
Also remember, it’s a little lonely out there. I can count the number of emails we received on each Atlantic crossing on two hands. You may realize we are a little more social than that. Just sayin’.
On Wednesday, we’ll be heading up and moving out. Going west. Roll On! (Here’s the Wagon Train “more modern” theme song. Scary.)
And according to Wikipedia, one of my favorite movies mentioned Wagon Train.
In the 1986 film Stand by Me, Gordie (Wil Wheaton) quips while the boys are camping (in their quest to find the dead body of Ray Brower), "Wagon Train is a cool show, but you ever notice they never get anywhere? They just keep on wagon training."
And we just keep on sailing.