The count down is here. We are expecting to leave later this week for Canada and we are prep, prep, prepping! We WERE totally on budget until we got to Ft. Lauderdale, and now everything we couldn't do over the last year is being fixed and cha ching! We are hemorrhaging money at the moment and we get multiple packages a day delivered; parts, parts and more boat parts. We need to get off shore, or somewhere we can’t use our credit cards very soon! That said, the boat is in great shape and things just need to be fixed and replaced in this environment. Hopefully all this preparation will set us up nicely for the next year of cruising. Next leg: Maine to Newfoundland, Canada and then on to Ireland.
The plan, today at least, is to have Porter and Ana fly to Alaska and spend a few weeks with my parents before they all meet us in Ireland in mid August. It is a long time to be without the kids, but they don’t really care about ocean crossing bragging rights and honestly, I feel better about having two less souls to be responsible for during a high latitude crossing. Seems to be a win, win. How is a high latitude crossing different from any other crossing? Not so different, there still is just a lot of ocean in front of you, but cold water is a little more unforgiving if anything does go wrong. On the positive side, we won’t be too far from shipping routes, so in the event we ever had any trouble, we actually may be able to get some assistance. On our last cruise from Easter Island to Southern Chile we were bobbing around in the Southern Ocean for 20 days and only one ship ever traveled that route, so in comparison, this should be a walk in the park. Not surprising, when you have your kids, or kid along, nothing is a walk in the park anymore. Anyway, the difficult thing about this crossing, aside from the cold water is the fog.Where the Labrador current and the warm Gulf Stream meet, off the Grand Banks, it can be foggy, extremely foggy and accompanied by strong wind. Normally winds can be expected to disperse fog, but off Newfoundland the fog is frequently so dense and widespread that the winds have little clearing effect. What does this mean for us? Just that we have to be a little more diligent with our watches. No worries, we have radar, AIS and three and a half adults to keep careful watch and we are crossing at the exact best time of the year to cross. We are almost ready!