I will be posting this week! But… not about boating. Roberta and I are doing an insane trip, to the North Pole!
It was an idea of Roberta’s. She and a friend were talking about bucket list items when the idea came up to “see an eclipse from the north pole.” To make a long story short, on Thursday we will fly to Iceland, then to Oslo, then to an island which is the northern most populated island on earth — Spitsbergen. And… look at an eclipse. I did explain to Roberta that there is an eclipse in our closet at home, but she was not amused.
So .. anyway…. I will blog as we go, and hopefully there will be nothing exciting to write about.
Speaking of which, there is some boating news.
Our GSSR group of three boats that crossed the Bering Sea a few years back (Seabird, Ocean Pearl and Sans Souci) has been speaking about how to reunite the team. Currently Seabird is in Sicily (the south side by Malta), Sans Souci is just outside Monaco in San Remo, and Ocean Pearl is in London. Our common goal for this summer is to unite in Mallorca Spain and then venture to the Caribbean to cruise together this winter (starting in Jan 2016). Many thousands of miles separate our group, so it may not be practical, but there is a good chance it will happen.
I have signed up Sans Souci with a shipping company called Sevenstars to ship our boat from Mallorca to St Thomas. Ocean Pearl and Seabird are leaning that direction, but may decide to run across the Atlantic on their own bottoms.
I did think about taking Sans Souci across the Atlantic. The chance to do it with Ocean Pearl and Seabird was very compelling, and speaking of bucket lists, the Canary Islands are on mine. I do hope to cruise there some day. But .. this will be a very unusual year. Normally we are only on the boat four or five months. But, because of the need to cruise the Med in the summer, followed by the Caribbean in the winter, we’ll be seven or eight months on the boat. We need to see our family once in a while! Also, the truth is that we’ve already crossed the Atlantic (in 2004) and we just don’t really enjoy the super-long ocean passages that much. So, we’ll fly home while the boat is delivered to the Caribbean and let a freighter move the boat for us.
There is a whole trip to the North Pole and a lot of Med Cruising (France and Spain) ahead before I need to think about the Caribbean!
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Ken and Roberta Williams
MV Sans Souci