This morning I got an email from my weatherman, Lee Bruce, saying that the forecast for Friday has shifted slightly, making Friday rather less attractive as a launch day. He went into much more detail, but for me the phrase that leaped out was: “Since the starting conditions are the only ones we get a chance to pick, I’m leaning toward Tuesday.”
When your weatherman says that, you have to take it seriously. But Lee is also very deferential to local experts, those who know the regional weather patterns. So today when I was down at the Royal Perth Yacht Club Annexe, working on my boat, I asked around. Two of the weather gurus that I inherited from Sarah Outen (now several days into her epic adventure London To London Via The World) also voiced doubts about Friday, and liked the look of Tuesday.
Then my new favourite photographer and cameraman, Col Leonhardt, called up to say that it might be a bit tricky to get the helicopter for Friday. Not a major factor in the decision, but that just about clinched it.
The boat really is about ready to go. Today was a super-productive day. June and Pippa went shopping for the last few items on the shopping list while I worked on the boat – stowing, testing, installing, tidying. Michael from Fibrelite Boats added a few extra inches of antifoul to bring it up above the waterline – my boat seems to be riding lower in the water this year, probably due to unfeasibly enormous quantities of food. I reckon I have enough to last at least 6 months. Apart from a final provisioning with fresh bread, fruit and veg to last me the first few days of the voyage, Sedna is now ready and raring to go.
And I’m also ready to go. The ocean is calling.
Not to mention that it is now the end of mango season here in Australia (my favourite breakfast is mango, with organic yogurt, nuts and beansprouts). The seasons are shifting, change is in the air, and it’s time I was gone.
Soon, I will be. I’ll make the most of these last few days on land to do work on my website, tie off loose ends, putter around with technology. Even when you’re ready, there is always stuff to do.
Today was the crucial meeting at City Hall in London, deciding whether the 2012 London Olympics will be plastic bag free. I’ve got everything crossed. In the final days we got some big names on board to support our campaign, including actor Jeff Bridges, musician Jackson Browne, and businesswoman Natalie Massenet of Net a Porter. But will it be enough to convince the powers-that-be? We can only hope… and I will let you know as soon as I hear anything!
Forthcoming blogs, by popular demand:
– what I eat at sea
– how to follow my voyage online.