To go or not to go, that is the question...

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Just a quick update as it could be our last in the States - we'll see! 

We had a breakfast meeting this morning back at Grampa's Bakery (breakfast sandwiches the size of your face). Pete had walked over to see Dennis and Vicky off this morning, and he said that Dennis, once again, reiterated that the weather is pretty ideal to cross.  We discussed the various options - we could get going by midday today, sail through the night and aim for Nassau or we could wait for this next weather system to move through and just kill time until we could go... There are always projects that we could be doing on the boat, and we could always be preparing more for leaving the country - but in general, we have accomplished the majority of the tasks that we set out to complete here.

I think we have pretty much reached the decision to go for it. We're getting in our last showers, internets, and uses of the shore head, and we're going to reconvene at the boat, take a look at the charts to plan out a course, and take one last look at the weather.  If it all looks right, we'll head out. If it looks at all sketchy, we'll play it safe and stick around here or maybe move down to Miami in the meantime (as you get pushed north by the Gulf Stream in the crossing, it doesn't hurt to be farther south).

Wish us luck! Hopefully the next time we'll be in touch will be from Nassau!

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DaSlippa on

Ellie, I hope that the flip-flops made it in time and that all things are in order. I am just checking in here after not checking in for awile. So happy that you'll are doing so well way down in the southland . Good on Ya! Very cold here in WH but the ice is making fast and we should be skating and playing pond hockey soon. Love reading and catching up with you all via this blog. You are doing a great job with all of the large and small details about your awesome adventure...! Grady skipped town so we are now planning a (Christmas) party as he is and will be missed by all who have had the fortunate experience of being in his presence.
One thing though, just not sure about the term, "dinghied", how about, "took the skiff" or "we took the tender". "Dinghied" is that a term from "Down Under or is that from way Over. Go Anna!

Edgewood on

If you headed out, good luck! The Portsmouth crowd will be thinking of you Pete. Have a blast, enjoy the sun, and we hope the crossing goes smoothly

TER on

Wishing you all the best of luck on your crossing, and of course a very Merry Christmas. Sounds like it will be an quite Christmas at the Rowell household, thankfully there's enough family around to be with. Ellie great job on all your updates, we have all really enjoyed keeping track of your trip. Sounds like Connor will be missed by you all. Pete take care of your little brother and have a safe trip.

JewlsG on

Hope you have made it across safely. Wishing you the very best and be safe. Waiting for the next installment I have been running a few days behind.

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