All the talking is over....the boat is packed and
ready to go. Free Spirit looks tidy for the first time since we arrived on
Monday. Our position is 28 07.734N 15 25.504 W as we lie at our berth in Las
Palmas. Last footsteps on land have just been taken for around 18
The crew are waiting for me to send this diary
entry and we will be casting off. Everyone is quietly excited and looking
forward to the gun. I have not been so relaxed for 4 months as my job list
is down to zero for the first time since I saw Free Spirit in Lymington!
We are as well prepared as we can possibly be - (so I guess the one key thing we
have forgotten will come as a big surprise!) The crew has bonded really well. Wattie has done a sterling job on
the provisions (at least we think he has) and Nigel's job as
entertainment officer now takes on a more salty hue.
As far as the weather is concerned, judging by the
weather maps I think most of you reading this would rather be here. You have one
of the worst storms for many years. We have bright sunshine, a light following
breeze, good forecasts for the trades and absolutely no tropical disturbances
anywhere in the Atlantic. As the weather briefing said, they looked really
hard for some bad news but could not find any....dangerous talk.
I think it is time to go sailing......the whole
crew send their very best wishes to all our followers and lots of love to the
ones that should have it.