BattPack - Final BattPack Log - Days 19 & 20
ARC team - please note that we sent you our Log for days 17&18 on the 12th December but it hasn't been uploaded onto the log page. We then had trouble with our keyboard, thus the delay in sending this final log. Please could you ensure that days 17&18 are posted and also post the following, thank you so much:
BattPack Log Day 19 - Dec 13th – We launch into action – today is the day, we will have landed before the day is out! Much cleaning and boat prep to do, sorting washing (loads!) ready for the laundrette, tidying away the things that we needed for the crossing and getting out the things that we need for cruising eg: paddleboard! There is much excitement on the boat. We all work hard and treat ourselves to the first fresh water shower – a warm one too – divine!! We are a clean, mean floating machine!!
We see land! Liberty is the first to spot it, she squeals and shouts “Land Ahoy!” as loud as she can! We all leap up on deck and join in with the squeals and shouts – then we stare in wonder – land, beautiful land. We are so relieved, feel incredibly grateful and very happy indeed.
We are bedazzled by the lights as we near shore. We radio in our arrival and are met by the ARC team who welcome us with a basket of fruit, a bottle of rum and a rum punch for all! We jump off onto the pontoon and kiss it with delight!!
I ask each of our wonderful crew to sum up in a few words their experience of the last 3 weeks. Here goes:
Jason – Un unforgettable slice of wild and free family time!
Alex – Invaluable lessons learned, sea legs definitely earned. The journey of a lifetime, always follow the sunshine!
Dad – Land at Last!!
Rex – An adventure I will never ever forget!
Ruby – An exciting adventure that few get to experience. I am so glad that I am one of them!
Jago – One of the best experiences of my life!
Liberty – A fun and exciting adventure!
Dulcie – An intense challenge with many beautiful moments amidst the very best of crew. We surrendered to the flow, are feeling humbled by the whole affair and utterly euphoric at the sight of land!
BattPack Log Day 20 – Dec 14th – Rex is 14 today!! The balloons are out & the birthday boy is delighted to have his birthday on arrival! The day begins with pressies and cards, followed by a delicious breakfast ashore. We clear customs and check in with the ARC office and then enjoy a pizza and ice cream lunch – heaven! Then we are free to set sail again – just out into the bay where there is an awesome Wibits water park. The kids have dreamed of swimming and we all indulge merrily! We return to the boat, hungry and happily tired and enjoy every mouthful of Rex’s birthday cake! The day is topped off with a meal ashore with Dad and Linda. What a day, everything feels novel and extra glorious after life at sea. Rex declares it to be the best birthday he has ever had!