Thursday, April 22, 2010
Ready set-Don't go!!
They went without me!
The day started Ok checking out of the Royal Sunset resort. Sybilla from the Ministry of tourism rushed our life Jackets through customs and procured a badly needed battery for our camera lights, found us a bamboo running pole and drove the crew around for some last minute things..the plan was then for Quilter to sail Talisker Bounty Boat to another Island and the support team , having now moved onboard the support boat would all meet up on another Island about five miles away...I would go out on the resort boat a couple of hours later . So everyone left..and then I found out there was a problem with my credit card paying the bill...19000 tongan dollars...all technical issues so I had to stay and talk to my bank etc...looks like it will now be sorted in the morning and I will be able to get back onboard TBB...right now I am sitting at the Royal Sunset resort by myself..I did not realise how tired I was getting until I stopped!
So we are another day behind but I get to spend some Quality time by myself in a bed for the last time till June 14th...Margie is frantically still trying to sort comms plans and crisis management plans that need to be in place within the next week and logged with the Rescue Coordination Centres in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Fiji so still plenty going on. I have been doing quite a few radio interviews and many outlets are after me as Jessica Watson is getting closer to home...she has some tough weather behind her so it will be hard work right to the end for her but what a Champion!
Our forecast is now suggesting the blow is moving further back, so not looking good for the 28th..when Bligh had the mutiny they were becalmed..it is now looking like 35kts for us on that day, in that spot??
I think we are about ready to go..the tracker did not move on the web site when the boat moved, so Dave our web builder is working on that, but the wait is just about over!
Just to let you know how organised we are...it was in 1990 that I last had to use a sextant for real..that was when I sailed solo from Sydney to Tonga as my 2000 mile qualifying voyage before the BOC Challenge single handed around the world yacht race...I can still remember packing my sextant away when I dropped anchor just a few miles from here ..I have never used a sextant in earnest since..anyway I now have to learn how to do it again...I will be using an Octant.. Bligh had a head start but hey..I like a challenge!. For now I am off to that bed!..Don