Preparation for Atlantic Crossing (23rd November)

I am typing this note in a bit of a hurry in a small Internet cafe in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. Apologies for the slight hiatus in our updating the blog but as the departure date for Barbados has neared we have become increasingly preoccupied with our imminent trip and the 101 things that need (or seem to need) to be done before departure. It´s an interesting challenge dealing with the conflicting pressures that we will need to be entirely self-sufficient for close to a month but only have space on board for the bare essentials, even beer has been replaced by milk!

Our intention is to depart tomorrow bound towards Barbados and with a fair wind we hope to cover the 2800 miles in somewhere between 25 and 30 days. We have water and food (1.5 litres per person per day) for 30 days and washing is banned from tomorrow except in rain showers or over the side.

At the back end of last week we completed ´dry food´provisioning, engine servicing, boat checks etc. and we have just been to the market to buy 4 weeks worth of fruit and vegetables. The last week or so has generally been spent getting the boat ready and as ever the list of jobs feels never-ending despite the fact that we have done nothing else but work on her for the last 3 months ... still that´s boating for you. We installed a rather groovy radar transponder that Big Papa Yunus brought over and which makes sure that the sleak GSB is picked up on radar by other ships, it also notifies us audibly if we are being tracked on radar. With this invaluable bit of kit I have been able to confirm to Selma and the kids (repeatedly) that, as we sit in the marina, there are definitely vessels within 30 miles of us with radar on, they seem a little unimpressed!

As you can imagine we´re all excited and nervous at the same time and raring to go ... talk to you in a month.


Nina said...

All the best for a good crossing. Speak to you in a month!

Big love


turquoisenicki said...

Pooh! No washing for a month - hope the wind is in the other direction when you guys come sailing in! Much love,

Sarah said...

Wow - this is it - the big crossing!! I love all the vids and you all look sooo healthy though can I suggest we have a vid of mum and dad next please....!!

Sooo looking forward to hearing all about it when you reach Barbados!!!

Bilges full of love
Captain Morgan...xx

Viv and Chris said...

Hi found your blog at last,have a good crossing and do not overturn the dingy in the Barbados surf this time.
Lots of love Viv and Chris

Anonymous said...

Just found this newer blog page! Hope you had a safe crossing and have arrived nice and safe and stinky!
Lots of love

Anonymous said...

Hi this is Anthony.I was on board on the SAI SAI and we met at Fort De France harbor.Today I have manged find you on the internet.All of us hope you are doing well and we belive that by now you should have able to solve the provisions problem.We admire you and we also envy you for your voyage and we all acting as your propagators of it.I will try to keep a track off the Brimle.If me or any one off us can be usefull to you, in any way, we will be be very pleased do do so.

Lots of repect man


Anonymous said...

Hi there! you guys have a fan group in Greece now!!!
this is Adam from 'sai-sai'.
Me and Anthony will try to keep a track of the Brimble boat...
wishing fair winds and friendly seas.