Well this is it folks, our last day at home, no longer can we claim we ‘live close to Reading’, all packed up and ready to set sail. That is at least what the plan was. Yes we did have a plan, albeit a short lived one!
For those of you not aware, three days before vacating the house, six days before setting sail, we got some bad and yet very bizarre news. The boat was no longer going, not allowed to leave the UK, arrested no less! We were, as you can imagine, Gutted with a capital g! Shortly to be homeless and no boat to get on. OUCH!
Once the shock had subsided and we pulled ourselves together we got right back in there and started a new search, what was the point in hurrying to finish packing if we had no place to hurry to. However fate is a funny thing and luck was on our side it seems. A few posts on the relevant websites and a phone call or two later and by the following day we had found a new boat to sail on.
Apart from some admin issues around furniture deliveries for our rental tenants, the rest of the week went smoothly.
We moved out Friday as planned and into the P’s house, it being Huw’s mum’s birthday we couldn’t delay. What we were able to do though was go back and finish cleaning the next day and source an alternative bed – the furniture issue!!!
Sunday through to Thursday has been filled with admin, admin and more admin. Goodness only knows how we thought we would ever have been ready to get on a boat Saturday morning! I guess we thought that we could do some of it during the three week proposed lay-up in Portugal (Lagos) but hey, ho, thats not happening now. So a blessing maybe to have the extra time before we go. First major slip-up from us though – we’ve been lucky enough to be able to stay at said P’s house (Ann & Jan) till we now leave, but that said, here, under their roof, we forgot, overlooked their wedding anniversary, ouch!!! Sorry guys, hope the lovely evening made up for us working on our ‘stuff’ all day and ignoring you!
So, what IS the plan now I here you all ask? Well, we are now on a new delivery yacht, still headed for The Canaries as was the original one, but directly this time, leaving on the 9th October, expecting to arrive around the 25th October – all route plans and timescales weather dependent! What this has meant is that we have also been able to commit to a further leg on a 93ft Catamaran, joining her in The Canaries on the 1st November – something we would have been unable to do previously as the original trip was leaving UK on 27th Sept, stopping at Lagos for three weeks while the skipper took part in the Mid-Sea race in Malta, and the onto The Canaries but not arriving till the 14th November. We should then get to St Martin’s in the Caribbean by mid-late November. Birthday in the Caribbean, bring it on! O:)
When we first started this venture, one of the 1st boats we contacted was in the Caribbean already, looking for extra crew to assist her across the Pacific. We’ve knick-named her the Batmobile, but thats a story for much later on. We are still in contact and are hoping it comes to fruition, not least because it means a sail in the Pacific, but also because since it entered the equation, we have been joking about reaching NZ for the Rugby World Cup – this has now become an unwritten mission :O) So wish us luck, we’ll keep you posted obviously!!!