Lagos feels like home it is lovely to meet up with people who we had loved spending time with over the Winter and Spring. The activities are just beginning and even the Christmas lunch is booked. It all feels quite animal in one way – some making safe nests for the winter and others packing away stores to survive (us!) We have had a buffet of emotions about crossing the Atlantic – the over riding one is bloody minded determination – we said we are going to do this so we doing it! Then there are others …. anxiety – what will it be like? How long will it take? Will the equipment hold up?- Will the weather be kind? some years people have a wonderful time and other years its horrendous. This is an El Nino year – what will that mean to our crossing? etc etc
and then there is a healthy dose of fear. The fear that is driven by respect for such an incredible Ocean and for the weather.
We know we have an amazing crew with hundred of thousands of sea miles and an exhilarating range of skills:
- Qualified Professional Plumber
- RYA/MCA Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster
- RYA/MCA Master of vessels up to 200ft
- Expert Fisherman
- World Class Dish Washer
- Cleaners and Cooks
- RYA & St John Ambulance Resuscitation and First Aid
- Certificated Sextant and Celestial Navigator
- PADi Open Water Diver
- MCA Sea Survival Certificate
- MCA Fire Fighting Certificate
- SPSA Rock Climbing Certificate (hope we won’t need this)
- 7th Kup TaeKwon-Do
- Mountain Bike Instructor
- Clipper Race Crew Trainer
- Open Canoe Instructor
- VHF and Radar Certificated Users
- Swedish Yachtmaster
- 8 languages
23 Atlantic Crossings ( 5 of which were races with 3 firsts and 2 second)
Total nm experience of the Crew =
285,000+8039+7800+34 000+12 000+2 000
= 348 839 nm
Simon, Nisse, Lottie, John, and May we make an incredible crew with wonderful skills and Mark and I are so happy and honored to be able to sail with them. Another interesting thing about our crew is that each of is an entrepreneur that currently runs their own business…. fascinating
But today the only fear is – a fear of cupboards and organization – what would that be called ?
Listening to Van Morrisson and Queen is helping …and so is Jackie – we have been following each others blogs for almost a year and now she is here to overwinter in Lagos. Jackie is so organized and I am the complete other end of that spectrum so Mark suggested (as kindly as he could !) that we should as. It took us from 8am to 5pm to complete the stowage of the food and drink and that was 3 of us – so 24 hours. Then – as all this has taken up so much space we had to spend another 16 hours the following day sorting and stowing all the displaced stuff. Mark and I have been happily nesting on Magic for almost a year but now it is time to make room for four other people and all their gear and the food and drink for all of them for the Atlantic Crossing.
We really didn’t understand the size of the task – when we bought Magic we thought – how amazing we are going to sail our yacht across the Atlantic. What we didn’t know was that it would take us 12 months of preparation and A LOT of money to prepare. Everyone who sails will tell you that it is harder work and costs more than you could ever plan for – so there is no sympathetic ear in the sailing community – oh well – that’s sailing! Is what you get….But we all stick with it. Why? Because as I have blogged before – those perfect sailing days are our high and they are worth it.
So it feels like the adventure has really begun now and my greatest hope is that Mark, May and I will enjoy it more – there certainly has been more pain than pleasure or as Van Morrisson says too many problems and not enough bliss.
Today 7th October we will go the airport and collect Nissa who is sailing with us – we hope until we get to St Lucia. The plan is to moor Magic on the visitors pontoon tonight and then set sail at 6am on the 8th – although we may leave tonight. We are heading for Porto Santo and then on to Madeira – it is 435nm and that should take us around 2 or 3 nights. It will be wonderful to be heading South and making our way to the start of the ARC.
As to day is a prep to leave day – we have hours of work to do – more stowage, sails prepped, fresh food, safety equipment checked, engine checked, Log Book ready, instruments ready, Jack Stays in place, Life Jackets and tethers ready, Grab Bag ready …drop hire car back, pay marina fees
Say good bye Lagos we love you
Slip the lines…