While we count down the days, we’re really enjoying the photos that Luke, our project manager, sends us. Today was our first real look at the chart table area (without the chart table) with all the electronics and blue backlit breaker panel. Also, we now have a stove in the galley – or as the British call it, the cooker.
As of today we have 99 days before Spirit embarks on the relatively long transit down the English Channel, across the Bay of Biscay, around Portugal to the Straights of Gibraltar then northeast to Palma in the Balearic Islands. Most of our 2015 sailing will be “Spirit in transit” – to and from the Mediterranean, down to the Canary Islands then across to the Caribbean in November. The first leg from Ipswich to Palma (with a few stops) is over 1,800 nautical miles (for our non-sailing friends that’s almost 2,100 statute miles).
It’s with much anticipation that Sue and I, and our good friends and investment partners Pat and Teri, will take Spirit’s helm. Almost a year ago we were in the UK looking at a hollow hull, climbing aboard other Oyster 575’s and letting our imagine fill in the blanks.
Also joining us will be a wonderful young crew couple we’ve hired from the UK, Tom and Hannah – experienced sailors who will help keep us out of trouble, keep Spirit in pristine condition and be terrific hosts for future charter guests in the Caribbean. Tom has made several Atlantic crossings and has over 50,000 logged sailing miles, and Hannah has terrific experience as a chef and first mate – there goes the diet!
The long time dream is fast approaching reality.