closing in. Over the last few weeks more and more preparation has made its
mark. I’ve looked at provisioning the boat, taking into account that one of the
crew will only eat two types of meat, pig and beef! A couple of weeks ago I met
up with Wally (crew 1) and discussed the menus that I had planned for the passage. All
the required ingredients have been put in a spread sheet a la ‘Phillip Hammond’
style, separate pages for; meat, veg, tins, pasta, oils, herbs, spices etc,
etc. This ought to make it relatively easy to buy what is needed, quickly,
without forgetting anything. We shall see! Have also spoken to Ian (crew 2) and emailed
Guido (crew 3).
days time I shall be driving out to Gibraltar to unload the yacht of all the
‘non essential’ items that have accumulated on Corryvreckan in the past two
years. I’m not sure whether there will be any weight gained as I shall also be
taken out a car load of ‘essential’ equipment that I’ve been asked to have as a
participant in the Arc+.
visited my old school, St. Gabriel’s College, and gave a presentation to the
year 9 students about my forthcoming Atlantic crossing. They’re aware that I’m
raising funds for the college and were attentive and inquisitive during the hour.
The talk included a look at the largest and smallest vessels to cross (or
attempting to cross) the Atlantic, a brief history of John Harrison and his
timepiece, latitude and longitude, and the planning that goes into such a
surprise phone call from an old sailing friend, Cedric. He wanted dates of
departure from La Linea and Gran Canaria. We had spoken about sailing together
to Gran Canaria but I thought maybe it was all forgotten. Another call later
that day to confirm that he was part of the crew to Gran Canaria. Excellent. Cedric has already
completed two circumnavigations himself in his own yachts, the last one two or
three years ago.
the last lot of safety equipment that I need for the Arc+. One life buoy light,
sea drogue, rigging cutters, a number of split pins and rings. Still need to
contact ‘MailASail’ to sort out Satellite phone number, buy credit, and set up
an email account at sea. Account now set up but need to get credit.
packages arrive. Three brand new service batteries as replacements for those on
the boat, pipes and tee sections for the water maker. Thought I’d better order
these as I might have to fit this myself as I’ve not heard from Eric, despite
emails and text messages sent.
get a call from Eric in La Linea. He is the chap I’ve asked to fit the
Hydrovane and Water maker. He also had my head sail, which needed the foot to
be repaired. I’m pleased to report that he tells me the sail is back on the
yacht and he plans to have the two jobs completed by the 12th.
haven’t heard from the chap in Gran Canaria as to the number of coats of
Coppercoat he intends putting on the hull. Have sent him a ‘reminder’ email
today as I am concerned the longer I leave it, the less likely it will get
done. Having bought a new folding prop I really want the hull anti fouled
because, with the boat out of the water, the new prop can be fitted.
Trip down to Worthing to see mum before I set off next Monday for Gibraltar. Have received email from the chap I've asked to do the CopperCoat. Told me I would receive the 'offer' tomorrow. We shall see.
More items bought for the passage; a vacuum sealing machine to keep the food fresh for a longer period of time, items for the themed party on 07.11.18 and some crew polo shirts. Just the ticket!