So how do you prepare for a trip across the Atlantic?

Do you get the sails and running rigging all sorted for a down wind passage?

Do you have enough food and water for possibly 4 weeks, possibly longer?

Have you checked all the boats systems and either replaced faulty equipment, set up back ups or stocked replacement parts?

What about the head (toilet)?  You know that will always play up!

Are you every going to be fully ready for all eventuallities?

Have you done the navigation work?

We have done our best and can see why ‘sea faring folk’ are a little supersticious, as we are confident that luck plays a major part.

We are spending our last night in Las Palmas.

Las Palmas Marina at night

Truth be told, we had intendended to get off yesturday, but by the time we got all the last jobs done and the boat filled with water it was dark.   It was also raining.  So a good night sleep and an early start were decided apon.


We are very excited to be heading out this morning and want to give the ‘guys from work’ a special thanks for the back up navigation system.

Who thought a blow up globe could be so handy

Winds allowing, we plan to head south and then start to turn west as the trade winds shift.  We think we will head for Martinique, as it will be easy for me to clear in and I can have a run about on the island after the long voyage.


We will try to update the blog using SSB but will not be able to add photos, videos or the map function until we get internet access at the other side.

Take care everyone and see you on the other side of the Pond!


  1. Thanks to helen and steve who are helping with the blog. Don’t understand the sailing terms but seems all going well. Still be glad when you get to land !
    Steer carefully and take care,
    Lots of love
    Mum & Dad XXXX

  2. chris and heather

    Good luck across the big pond Chris and Heather

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