After all the weeks of planning we are going to head out from Tortola on Monday for home. It’s been a whirlwind of activity over the last few days with chores to get Pandora ready and having crew arrive but it’s time to head home.
My original plan was to head out on the 17th but the weather is very iffy for then so I have opted to leave a few days earlier with the fleet.
The big problem is that if I were to wait a few more days I’d run into heavy squalls on our second or third days out, hit a much longer windless patch of perhaps two or more days of motoring near Bermuda and run the risk of being clobbered by a front that is expected to head off of the NE coast around the 26th as we approached CT. All of which sounds like more work than fun.
Unfortunately, because of this change, moving our departure up by two days, one of my crew George, won’t be here in time to leave with us. It’s a total bummer but I guess that weather and safety trumps just about everything else when it comes to passage making.
Anyway, we still have a few chores to do in the morning but should be underway by noon. I’ll be sending out position reports to this site which you can access at this link. You can also right click on any particular position report and see how fast we were going when the tracker sent out the “ping” to the server.
I expect that our trip should be relatively uneventful with the exception of the squalls and will probably involve a day or more of motoring when the wind gets light. But hey, that’s a lot more appealing than the gales that we experienced on the way down in January.
So, you can track us a number of ways but I am not certain that the rally page will have us on it as I have had difficulty in getting that set up with all the last minute changes in our plans. Anyway, I wrote about the tracking options in a prior post. You can check it out at this link.
Underway on Monday. Finally! Wish us luck.
I’ll be writing more about how things are going most days while we are underway.
Yes, we are leaving and it’s going to be good to be homeward bound.
Details to come. Yes, that’s true.