This is no joke, but punch line is we’re now within two hours or leaving to cross the Atlantic! Mama Mia! We have been given the green light from Michel, our weather router and looking at the forecast it looks like we have a near-perfect window--dear God may this be true! Taka Trois is packed to the gills with provisions, emergency equipment, spare parts, and extra diesel. The satellite phone, the generator, the de-salinator and the hydo-generator are all in working order. So, all being well, we’ll be setting sail later today for Cap Verde which should take us about six days.
Our new crew member Alan arrived on time on Tuesday and quickly jumped right into his new responsibilities which include first mate (I’ve gladly given up that role for this trip), chief electronics officer, chief medical officer and Sous Chef and we have already benefitted from his DIY/handyman skills, boating experience and sense of humor. He has also contributed something to our communications equipment called a yellow brick satellite tracker which updates our position every 4 hours. So, if you want to see where we are at any point in time, just click on the following link and a map will open up with the current location of Taka Trois: http://yb.tl/alanvkrasno. A yellow bubble will mark where we are and if you click on it, it will show you the details. Very cool n’est-ce pas?
I will not be able to post on this blog during our passage, but we will be sending a daily update to our daughters who have kindly volunteered to post it on the blog every day for us. No pictures, but you will have our position, notable events and experiences as well as our mood, morale, menu, and something called the “delight of the day.” Each day we will vote on whose behavior and/or conduct has been exceptional that day. You might also find it of interest that just for fun, we will be dropping a daily message in a bottle as we cross hoping that at least one of them will reach someone on a distant shore and let us know.
Before we depart I have to tell you how much we have appreciated all your kind messages and support. You have no idea how much it helps to know that there are people back home following us and sending up prayers for our safety and well-being--thank you so much dear followers. Rest assured, I will be in contact once we reach Cap Verde.
Debbie is first mate of Taka Trois as well as head cook and chief provisioning officer.