June 14, 2011
We’re On Our Way
Phew! After a few crazy-busy weeks of boat prep, equipment research, last minute fundraising, a few interviews, and of course our own work-work, we have finally cut the docklines and are off to find an iceberg—although we did leave a day later than anticipated!
On the morning of our departure, we loaded groceries aboard, took on diesel and topped off our water tanks, then quickly waved good by to our friends and family. It was so hot that day, we couldn’t wait to get out on the water and cool off.
The first few days have been anything but normal! Two nights of intense thunder and lightening with squall lines packing 45-50 knot gusts have been followed by bone chilling Nor-easterly winds which have slowed our progress. Our course has taken us farther North than anticipated in order to get a better slant on Nova Scotia.
Currently we’re anchored in Maine, with plans to make the jump across tomorrow and the next day. Continuing North-easterlies are forecasted for the crossing, but by the end of week, the weatherman promises a return to the more typical Southwesterlies… a favorable wind for making our way towards iceberg alley.
Dory is doing well. He’s adjusting to life aboard slowly, but surely. He’s finding the quarter berth to be his favorite hideout spot. It’s a good ‘sea bunk’ he says.
-Ben, Teresa, & Dory