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Date: 03 Jul 2010 06:34:08
Title: 5,4,3,2,1 Launch

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This post is going to our blog, which you can log into using this link; http://blog.mailasail.com Then just select our Yacht, "coolrunnins" from the list, and you can read the blog and check where oh where we are on any given day using the google earth tool. Simple.
 
So, after months of preparation, packing and shipping, Cool Runnings leaves her slip at La Paz, heading out on the 1st leg of her epic tomorrow at 6am. This leg will actually be one of the longest at sea without a break (some 3-4 days + or - ). We have hired a Mexican guy we found hanging around the boat, to stand watches and help out, and after his recent spell in the Cali jail, I think its just the chance he needs, and he seems keen to leave as soon as possible.
 
Delays were caused by heated arguments over the cast iron cooking pot (pictured). Uselfulness versus weight (my place was also on the negotiating table throughout). This argument was played out over many items of clothing, tools, books, and nick nacks. We of course decided to take everything except the cooking pot and the boat sits now, semi submersed at the dock, along with my credit card and cheque book.
 
Our route takes us South East from La Paz, Baja California 400 miles open ocean to Puerto Vallarta (La Cruz actually, a short drive away and supposedly quieter and better marina wise). We will do our best to update positions daily along the way so you can follow us on Google earth as part of this blog/log thing and I hope Jason will take over my boring ramblings with his kids eye view of the "adventure" very soon.
 
Last but not least, a big hug and thanks to everyone who has supported encouraged and generally put up with us over the last year of planning this. Your help and support have been great, and you are very warmly invited to join us anytime for some sailing jollies along the way.
 
Rough plan is to get to Costa Rica/Panama mid summer, and Colombia late summer after the "canal". Then Guatemala/Roatan Sept/Oct, and back to Playa Del Carmen for Nov for a full service (and the boat too).
 
Thanks again everyone....keep in touch, your e mail mean a lot.
 
Paul/Sol/Jason/ Seb
 
 

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