We now have less than one month before the big off on 20 November, which we
are very excited about. We are busy getting the boat in tip top condition
for the crossing and there are lots of conversations about watch systems,
weather, other participants, how to occupy the children, safety inspections,
menu plans, etc. On the crossing we will have two extra crew with us, Nick
and Amanda Deacon, who we have sailed with a great deal before, including
Cowes Week 2001. They will join us 3 days before we leave Gran Canaria, and
then leave St Lucia shortly before Christmas. They have not yet sailed on
Keoma at all so it will be a steep learning curve to get acquainted.
Around 7 November we will return to Las Palmas for the final run up to
departure. One of our main hatches has a broken hinge (we are blaming the
children for this) so we will need to obtain the parts to repair it. There
is also a host of other small jobs.
We would love to hear from anyone reading this, and can be emailed at the
One of our first names then the usual sign for "at" then dearloves dot net.
I have written it in this way to try to stop spammers, who will take up
valuable download time. While ashore we have been using internet cafes, but
at other times we have to use our satelite phone to download our mail, which
is slow and expensive.