“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 still had some work to do to prepare for our Pacific crossing. I spent the time downloading several books and playlists to ward off boredom during the first long passage. I fell asleep during my last night on land before a 20 day passage with their rendition of “Brandy” by Looking Glass drifting through the crisp California air.
The next morning we had breakfast, downloaded a five day weather forecast via GRIB files, and discussed our potential routes. The best course appeared to be to hug the Mexican coast down to Cabo San Lucas since the wind looked better closer to shore. I never had been there and we would pass some very fertile fishing grounds, so I was happy with that plan. If the wind filled in on our way and we didn’t burn much fuel, we could alter course and go straight to the Marquesas Islands since we prepared for the long haul.
That morning 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 looked fresh, the batteries were fully charged, and we planned to top off our water tanks, refuel, and head off to the great unknown (or Mexico) shortly.
The send off party consisted of a few local members of our family and my mom, who took our crazy idea to sail around the world very well. She was the official send off photographer and removed the last of our frivolous cruising supplies. Since we decided to do alcohol free passages, her reward for letting us do the trip was leaving with the Brandy!
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