2010-05-11 Honest facts so far…according to Annette

Here are the facts I know so far…
-This is only the delivery. This is only the delivery. My mantra of the trip.
-I don’t hate sailing or the boat-yet.
-I have only wanted to sell the boat and get a plane home once or twice.
-I am willing to keep going knowing that the more experience I get and the more used to the new environment I get the more I will develop confidence. With more confidence I’ll enjoy it all more.
-It’s not bad at all at the dock especially with decent showers.
-It’s stinking hot in south Florida in May and even hotter on the dock at noon. I didn’t know I could sweat so much.
-Four hour watches are ok. You can’t fall asleep if you are standing. Naps are encouraged which is good.
-You can have as many boat pretzels (peanut butter centers) as you want on watch. (Thanks, Suzanne for introducing us to boat pretzels.)
-We couldn’t have done this ourselves. We are currently in over our heads.
-We are extremely fortunate to have our friends, Greg and Marie, helping us.
-My husband is about as happy as I’ve seen him and that is worth a lot.
-Annette

2010-05-09 Midwatch #2 aboard Magnolia

Magnolia is currently motor sailing off Key Largo in the Hawk Channel under single reefed main. We have 273nm under our keel thus far. I have not had the opportunity to upload a track yet but will try to do so on Monday. We are making good progress with excellent weather thus far. Conditions on Tuesday look unfavorable are planning to head into a marina on monday evenning likely in Lake Worth-Palm Beach area. Weds conditions will improve.

Greg and Marie have been excellent and have shared their 30 plus years of sailing experience. They live full time on a boat of this very size. It was very nice of them to leave their boat and come sailing to make sure Magnolia finds her way home safely.

Prior to departing Tampa we took delivery of our Caribe 9ft Dingy. We have named her Blossom. I am sure you see my finger prints all over this naming thing!! Blossom is currently hoisted aboard and resting comfortable on the fore deck.

All for now!!! Have to go navigate!!

2010-04-30 Magnolia Preperations

Preparations to sail Magnolia back to the Chesapeake from Tampa have reached a fevered pitch. All major boat systems have been checked out and are ready. A small number of items still remain but the biggest item at this time is provisioning for the crew, got feed the crew!!! Provided we have a good weather window, we will depart Tampa a week from tomorrow. Wish us luck!
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