Finally the day arrived for the start of the ARC and for
us to leave Gran Canaria. We had had a truly amazing fortnight of partying and
preparation, but we were all ready to leave when the big day came.
Julia provisioned the boat well. In fact, I'm sure we
are the best provisioned boat in the entire fleet!! Word of her outstanding
culinary skills had got round the other boats and we had several offers of
positions on other (far more glamorous)boats. However, sense prevailed and she
remained as part of the Chiscos crew!
As departure time arrived there were some frantic photo
sessions with crews all in their official 'kit'. The Chiscos crew looked very
We then helped a number of our friends leave the pontoon
and played a suitable tune on the trumpet as they departed. It was a very good
humored and joyous affair.
Finally it was our turn to leave and we slipped quietly
out. The sight which greeted us around the corner of 300+ boats was breath
taking. The skipper played 'We are sailing' as we left the marina which received
We kept well clear of the racing boats at the start
and crossed the line 6'40'' after the gun had gone off.
It was a truly amazing day and one we will all treasure
for a long time.
We are now two days into the crossing and life on board
has settled into something of a routine. The watch system has been going well.
Despite leaving with 225 other boats, all going to the same destination, we
can no longer see a single other boat! The daily radio sked is
working well and it is good to hear everyone on the ssb.
We are now 50 hours into the crossing and have covered
297 miles 2503 to go!!!