“Brandy, you’re a fine girl, what a good wife you would be. But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea.”

The band was cranking it up on the deck at the SDYC fundraiser “For the Kids” last night and I could hear every song clearly through the fiberglass of the boat. Fortunately, the band was excellent and I had to download several books and playlists in preparation of our first long passage. I fell asleep with their rendition of “Brandy” by Looking Glass running through my head.

This morning we had a nice breakfast, downloaded some weather via GRIB files for the next 5 days, and discussed our potential routes. Right now, the best course is hugging the coast down to Cabo San Lucas since the wind looks better closer to shore. I have never been there and we will pass some very fertile fishing grounds, so I’m happy with that plan. If the wind fills in on our way and we don’t burn much fuel, we will alter course and go straight for the Marquesas Islands since we are prepared for the long haul.

Today was the most relaxed morning in weeks, maybe even months for my dad, although he still managed to go to West Marine three times to track down the proper hose fitting for our emergency petrol bilge pump. The boat is looking fresh, the batteries are fully charged, we will top off our water tanks, refuel, and head off to the great unknown (or Mexico).

The send off party will consist of a few local members of our family and my mom, who has taken all of this very well. She is the official send off photographer and removing the last of our frivolous cruising supplies. Since we are doing alcohol free passages, her reward for letting us do the trip is leaving with the Brandy!

The Family
Send off party

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