Reality begins to set in

We are two weeks away from departing on our voyage and reality is now really setting in. Until now all the planning and preparation work seemed somewhat academic , as if we were doing this on behalf of someone else. Furthermore, every time I found myself daydreaming of the journey I had this image of wonderful high-pressure systems, good weather, everything working smoothly, and whales swimming along side us. La, la, la…

Spent a week in Newport fixing tons of things from the shakedown voyage, talking with the crew that brought the boat from Spain, not having my wife Kristi or the kids nearby, and suddenly the voyage doesn’t seem so rosy anymore.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still extremely excited about the whole thing, but a good serious dose of reality sets in when you go try on GoreTex off-shore foul weather gear. Now I have a picture of low-pressure systems, high winds and soaking waves, things breaking, missing my family. Blah, blah, blah…

I’m certain we will have a little bit of everything. That is the nature of these trips. Coming home from Newport and seeing my two precious kids running to hug me was awesome and all I could think of, was how on earth am I going to be away from them for three weeks?

I predict some sappy blog entries in the future. You’ve been warned …


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