We’re underway!

The dreaming is done. The reality is here.

We departed Ipswich on the cold rainy morning of May 19th headed south for Guernsey in the Channel Islands, our intended first stop, to take care of Spirit’s export documentation and to officially enter the EU. Through the day we past acre after acre of windmill farms – giant propellers for as far as the eye could see. By 9:00 pm, after a day of heavy winds and tired wet and cold souls, we stopped in Dover overnight but not before capturing a glorious sunset behind the White Cliffs of Dover.

After only a few hours of sleep we were up by 4:30 am on the 20th for a 5:00 am departure to the Channel Islands. Given the significant tides and currents in this part of the world, entry into major ports needs to be timed properly to insure favorable currents – thus a 5:00 am departure for a 24 sail to Guernsey. Tropical sailing with a rum punch this isn’t.

Spirit is performing like a dream – her ability to handle the all the conditions that the English Channel is throwing at her is impressive and our entire crew is enjoying the “ride”.

Tomorrow morning we’ll be departing for a 5 day leg across the Bay of Biscay and down to Cascais, Portugal.

Dick, Pat & David - Dressed for the elements

Dick, Pat & David – Dressed for the elements

Spirit's oceanview side windows, underwater while heeled

Spirit’s ocean view side windows, underwater while heeled

It is what it is

It is what it is

Sunset over the White Cliffs of Dover

Sunset over the White Cliffs of Dover

Crossing the shipping lanes in the middle of the night

Crossing the shipping lanes in the middle of the night

Sunrise as we approach Guernsey

Sunrise as we approach Guernsey

St. Peter's Port, Guernsey

St. Peter’s Port, Guernsey