It’s been a frantic couple of days. I arrived in Sausalito on Thursday evening, Cheryl and Tony had arrived with the boat and it was good to know we have all made it safely. Although C & T were stopped by the California Highway Patrol for speeding and towing in the outside lane, when they explained what the boat was for they were let off with just a warning.

They had made great time, driving 4157km in just two and a half days.

We had looked at the weather and things are looking a bit strange Monday and Tuesday and then there is a good blow coming late Tuesday / early Wednesday so we thought it would be a good idea to try and leave Saturday (today) night to get offshore before the big weather arrives. However with so much to do we decided to leave things as planned and I am scheduled to leave at 10.30 (local) tomorrow night.

The boat is in good shape now, looking a bit heavy for my liking but it is mainly food (810,000 calories is a bit heavy). We have a little to do in the morning and then at around 3pm I am rowing around to Horseshoe Bay. It’s right under the bridge so will save an hours rowing compared to leaving from the Yacht Club as I did last year.

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Row to Horseshoe Bay

Then it will be time to try and get some rest before leaving at around 10.30 on the outgoing tide. The first few days will be hard going but with my experience from last year I know what the deal is and I’m prepared for it. Also this time around as I am not going to Hawaii but well south, there is no pressure to go hard west.

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Day one should look like this

I will try and do another small blog tomorrow before I leave but for now: