Mike and crew are doing well. Stacy and Marshall and the folks in the yard are great. We spent time with Professor Jim and made a great new friend from the UK. Actually, David fits into the longer range scheme… He lives and owns a restaurant in the Canary Islands. We met him on B dock soon after arriving. He had been there for a bit, waiting for the first of May to cross the Atlantic. He has a very nice Gulf Star (47 foot). Soon after meeting David, he shared that he needed crew to help with the passage. I won’t keep the suspense building any longer. Patrick is currently in the middle of the Atlantic with David. They actually just arrived in Bermuda yesterday. The next leg will be the longest. That is the trip to the Azores. It should be about 14-15 days. Then, they will go southeast to the Canaries. The final leg should be about 8 days. It was with mixed emotion that I went along with this plan. Actually, I am thrilled for Patrick. What an adventure. If you think about it, trips like this are when he is at his best. Exploring and solving problems (OK… and I am more than hoping for not too many problems and simple ones to solve J ). The last week or two at the Cape were spent helping David do final preparations. And, I built a bimini for his boat. He had a very nice hard top but no sides or back. For a crossing, they needed coverage… thus several days of intense sewing. I must say it looks good. I hope I can do as well when it comes to making our new pieces. We had a great time with David prior to their departure. Days filled with projects and in the evenings, we enjoyed movies and wine on David’s boat (Ocean Babe) on his super nice HDTV and sound system. He introduced us to Phantom of the Opera with Gerard Butler. New favorite!OK, I have been fanatical about listening to Chris Parker each day. Plus, we rented a Satellite Phone from Chris. It worked well. Patrick called several times while he was crossing to Bermuda. The Spot Connect was “spotty.” I need to call the company to find out why it is less than dependable. Some days the messages didn’t come through at all.
And, while I am waiting for my Mr. Sailor Man to return, I am focusing on consulting jobs and Gaia projects. Our list is long. Lots to do. Dobbie misses Patrick a lot. He has not been the same. Grumpy and not as playful. He does his best rendition though of “velicoraptor” in the mornings. I honestly think he is trying to do it. Not the usual claw in a sensitive spot but instead, he climbs on my back and does his best to do the extended growl. Funniest thing ever! He stomps around and meow/growls. Thank you Patrick.I will keep everyone posted on Patrick’s progress. What a journey!