The big day

So after years of dreaming & 3 years of planning, today we leave Las Palmas for the Caribbean!

The last week has been spent at seminars relating to emergencies at sea, provisioning, communications, weather & routing … not to mention parties.

Charlotte went to the ARC office to tell them how many persons were attending each seminar and accidentally signed Silhouette up as one of the SSB net controllers….. thanks Charlotte!

The fancy dress party was themed as “a night in Rio” which was a big success. Many crews made a big effort, with prizes for the best fancy dress in various categories. Silhouette didn’t win despite a valiant attempt, but well done to the winners with their own interpretation of the theme ๐Ÿ˜Š

Provisioning was made easier than it could’ve been by the various supermarkets & others delivering directly to the boat. This is a great service which they are well practiced at…. all we had to do was find space to put it all.

Our yellow brick tracker has been fitted and transmits our position every 4 hours. You can see where we are either by going onto the ARC website, clicking fleet viewer and search for Silhouette or download the app for the YB tracker.

As long as we get a good signal, we’ll update daily without photos giving you our thoughts on ocean sailing. The idea is to get all onboard to contribute which might be a challenge as we’ll need to factor in the “can’t be arsed” contingent !!!

Next sight of land should be in about 6 days and 900 miles.

 

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