November 29, 2013

It's now just 48 hours, and I am still relaxed and ready. Some last minute shopping for green bananas and avocados, fresh bread and other perishables will be done tomorrow.


The hydraulic leaks have been fixed, all the new lines installed - ready. The weather forecast i...

November 28, 2013

Commanders Weather, who will be providing me with weather and routing services, have two other boats out there at present. One is David Resnick, who is in the South Atlantic but is making multiple stops. The other was David Liano, who unfortunately had to return to Aca...

November 26, 2013

There is no question of the time and date of my departure. By contrast sailing records, such as a transatlantic bid, are usually weather dependent. The crew and support crew have the boat fully ready but wait for the most favorable conditions to attempt the speed recor...

November 25, 2013

We have had several parties at our dock, and with two more to go before my departure, literally hundreds have taken a tour of the boat in groups of six. First on Friday, it was faculty and staff of the University. Saturday it was several yacht clubs in the area and a r...

November 20, 2013

Suspecting that I would be very busy at this time, I prepared in advance several blogs for posting. They seem so irrelevant now and do not capture the level of activity happening. It’s been my goal to have everything done a week before I leave so that in the last week...

November 13, 2013

Yesterday I worked on securing most of the contents of the boat from being thrown about in rough weather. A nor’easter was blowing as I made my preparations, but Kiwi Spirit is safely docked at my home overlooking the City of St. Augustine. But safety is an issue. I ha...

November 7, 2013

It’s getting close and I am trying to stay cool. On Friday I flew to England and came back Sunday night - true! It was for the AGM of the Channel Swimming Association, and due to my involvement with the sailing project, I have not attended a meeting in the past year. S...

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