Lanzarote, Canary Islands... almost

Sun 22 Dec 2013 16:10
This time next week I will have spent two nights aboard Carpe Diem, a 41ft Beneteau currently moored in Lanzarote. We (my father, Christian, Stefan and myself) will have spent the last two days provisioning, checking the boat over and storing our gear ahead of our little adventure. Depending on how much we we'll have managed to do, come either the 30th December our New Year's Eve, we will set sail and head towards Antigua, about 2,700 national miles west south west distant. 

If we can achieve an average speed of 5 knots, allowing for more speed as well as days without any wind, we should reach the Caribbean after 22 days non-stop sailing... 

I have dreamt of doing this since the age of 11. On the eve of setting off the prospect of crossing the Atlantic, being away from my family for a month, not seeing any land for three weeks, having no option but to deal with whatever mother nature throws at us is a sobering and slightly daunting one. The strongest emotion, however, is that after 18 months of planning I can't wait to get started!

If my 10 year old, eBay-acquired, satellite phone which is plugged into a similarly ancient laptop doesn't let me down, I should be able to share the occasional thoughts from mid ocean here. 

Bis dann,