Sunday, May 1, 2016

48 Hours and Counting.....

We are hoping to be leaving in the next 48 hours, casting off the lines to head for Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  So this may well be the last post on the blog before we make it to Mexico - and who knows what the internet situation will be there!
Midnight Sun II - almost ready for departure!

The only real uncertainty on the departure is the delivery of our liferaft - it should be here Monday, so fingers crossed.  A couple of small projects to finish up today - of course everything on the list is not done, but we are close and the essentials are done.  I plan to install the Iridium Satellite phone today and get that working.....well hopefully!
Replacing corroded wiring to Running Lights

Our crew list has changed a little - well actually, it has changed significantly and a few times.  Our great friends Chuck and Peg who started planning the trip with us months ago have unfortunately had to drop out due to Peg's injured foot.  We wish her well with a speedy recovery from her surgery, and will miss them both.  Long-time sailing friends from our Lake days, Brian Liddy has agreed to join us and just sailed his boat S/V Serendipity up from Tampa.  His girlfriend Raquel has very kindly agreed to house sit and dog sit while we are away, so Salty will not be sailing on this trip, but will have his buddy, Shiloh staying with him.   We would love to take him - he loves the adventure, but does not like long crossings as he insists on visiting "real grass" at least once a day.  So rather than put him through the misery of a long crossing, we have reluctantly decided that he would be better off at home - and Austin will be here soon!

Other crew - unfortunately Mike had to drop out due to a work commitment, but we have recruited Gale - one of Brian's crew members from his Tampa crossing.  So I am feeling good that we have a great crew for the trip.  It looks like we are going to have a core crew of 3 for the entire cruise, but we will loose Gale after Mexico.  We have a few friends that would like to join us on the way - and if you are interested, please drop me a note!
Brian and crew arrive from Tampa on S/V Serendipity
Rafted up along side Midnight Sun in the Canal
Rafted up along side us in the canal, Serendipity is almost the little sister to Midnight sun II - same manufacturer, Hunter, and a very similar interior.  Serendipity is a little shorter and rear cockpit, while Midnight Sun is a Passage 42 with center cockpit.

So what better way to prepare for a long crossing than to have a weekend of projects and parties!  Here we are at one of our favorite hangouts with the  "crew-to-be" and our other best friends Larry and Tracy (S/V TraSea) at the Pirates Ball - Pirates Cove.  Larry and Tracy will also be headed to Mexico a week behind us participating in the Pensacola to Isla race.

Tracking information - If you would like to track our progress, commencing around May 2, our tracker should be active.  Please visit our tracking link to see where we are:

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