Sunday, May 2, 2010
"Leaving Tofua after 27 years of Planning"
At Dawn tomrrow we are off! it has been a long time coming and we are humbled by the number of people following this Adventure..thanks for all the emails and messages of good luck..I feel like you are wishing Bligh good luck too. It is starting to get very spooky knowing that Bligh really was here just 221 years ago..that is not long when you think about it!
We moved anchorage again today as the wind shifted to the SE, did a few jobs for final preperation, stock takes of water and food, safety gear checks and looked at what lay ahead. Everyone has differing emotions, I just want to get going now as do all the others, but to my surprise Dave Wilkinson confided that yesterday he was having some seriously mixed emotions about the whole trip..but now was ready to go, He was not worried about any one thing , just a realization of the magnitude of what we are all about to do and how tough it will be.Standing an anchor watch all last night we were uncomfortable trying to sleep, there is not much room. Dave thought the water was making him sick, then he felt the food was making him sick. He had headaches which he conceeded could be caffine withdrawls so he was not having fun. At 2.30 this morning I found him filling his water bottle when he should not have been.We are on strict rations . It was a missunderstanding as he did not pick up that we are only filling at 6am and 6 pm with Chris incharge of filling.
It was really good to talk with Dave about his whole rollercoaster of emotions. He is a straight talke. I like that. He said he could have killed someone yesterday..you would never have guessed it. Quilter and I were really surprised.
So we have the most amazing crew...Quilter/Dave Pryce my mate who can do anything, Chris who has taken on huge responsibilities and all the ribbing you can give a cabin boy!! and is as strong and committed as any of us...and Dave Wilkinson the perfect Gentleman who keeps us laughing with his one liners..and ME!..you can decide...Something will happen in the next seven weeks and I really have no way to suggest what...I just know it will.
For me this started 27 years ago...now I am dreaming of the finish...Don