The day has arrived!

We are set to leave this morning, June 2, 2008. We have spent the last 3 days on the boat making final preparations and getting her loaded.

I can’t believe that 3 full rooms of equipment, food and clothing has all fit aboard, and there is still room to move (some room, anyway).

We have met with friends and family over the last couple days, and said our goodbyes, the weather appears right, and we are as ready as we are going to be.

It is now 4:30 am, I am draining our waterbed, we will be getting a ride to the marina at 8:00, and we will be off. How exciting for us!

As I reflect on the last 5 years of planning, preparing, studying and practicing, I have to wonder if it will all be worth it, or will some great calamity interfere with our plans. Even with all the preparation, fate will play the major role in whether this will be the enjoyable adventure of a lifetime, or a disaster that some will say, I told you so.

Our camera is on the boat, as is everything else we will need, so I will not post any goodbye pictures. I am unsure when we will have internet access, but when I do, I will make our next posting, with pictures. We bought this mini satellite dish that is supposed to increase our wifi access “exponentially”, I guess we will see.

We will click the “OK” button on our SPOT every day, so you will be able to follow our progress, if you wish.

Dorman, we still owe you that sail, I expect you down south this winter to collect!

Love to all,

Joe & MaryBeth

S/V “Pot ‘O’ Gold”

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4 Responses to “The day has arrived!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I hope everything works out the way you want it to,,, but I guess they wouldn’t call it an adventure if that happened. have the best time! and good luck

    Mike amelia

  2. Anonymous Says:

    How exciting you two! Hope you encounter “smooth sailing” Don’t forget “don’t vomit in the wind!” What an adventure this will be. Watch out for pirates! Best of luck,

    Rachel

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Bon Voyage, Pot ‘O’ Gold! We’ll be tuning in regularly, Joe.
    Jim T.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Hey, we are enjoying tracking your trip and we are thinking of you as you head up through Gaspe taker easy and enjoy the wind and sun! Love ya lots – Keep on Tracking!
    Karen Trevor & Kids

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