It is wonderful to be the focus of so much care and concern. Every one was wonderful and helpful without reservation. People brought us so many last minute gifts of food that we had a hard time finding places to put things. We sure aren't going to be hungry. Donna Austin and Kim Ickler stand out as people who carried us on their shoulders and launched us on our way.
The tide was low when we left the dock and we needed time to settle in and impose some order below on the chaos of the last minute provisioning push, so we motored over to the main shipping channel. Out in the ocean it was gusty and squally, with 15-20 knot winds and hard short bumpy seas. It felt like we were a rag doll being shaken to pieces by a puppy. Pretty rough way to get started. We just plugged along with a reef in the main and furled the jib in and out to accommodate to conditions. Finally around noon today conditions mellowed out and now we have the full main and jib, and the wind and sea are smooth and the sky is blue. We are cooking along at 6.5-7 knots. (Still straight north.)
At 6/2/2010 8:15 PM (utc) our position was 23°10.84'N 157°22.77'W
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