above: The Melodians :)
above: Melody coming in to collect her final provisions.
above: My family comes to visit
above: Me in our Cabin
above: My brothers Philip and Stephan and nephew, James.
above: Testing our twin running head sails in the Bay.
above: Phils spends the night and we take hime for a sunset sail.
above: Saldanha Bay
above: Saldanha sunset
above: Twin running head sails, how we plan on sailing the Atlantic
above: Wilhelms parents, Lizette and Theunis come to visit
above: Lizette and Theunis
above: Wil and I
above: Family photo time
above: Prepping the Frikkadels for the cockpit picnic.
above: So long Saldanha
The day has arrived - we're leaving today. The past few days have been filled with a mixture of nerves and excitement and the added visits from all of our families have made them an emotional few too. Two years after deciding to take on this journey we are finally ready to leave. The feelings are difficult to convey. Let the exciting times begin!
We plan on heading slightly north for a the first few days and then we'll veer off into the trade winds. We expect to arrive in St Helena in about two weeks. We are fortunate enough to have a Sat phone for emergencies and for weather updates. The added bonus is that you can send us 160 characters sms/text messages from the Inmarsat website (http://www.isatphonelive.com/), free of charge. Click on the button that says "send free message" on the top right hand side of the page, insert our number +870776411804, write a message and press send. It will be great to hear from you. We plan on doing updates to our twitter account during the crossing, so please follow us @off_the_line