At 1530 on the 15th May, Atlantis slipped her moorings in Plymouth and we were off. It is always something of a relief to have found the way through the muddles of stowage, victualling, last minute crises; all is now below, most things have a home and, one day, we may find them again.
Pre departure day was a misery. Incessant rain and strong squalls with mid~May snow falling not far away on Dartmoor. Through all this we managed to keep most things dry as they disappeared below, although the same could not be said for the crew. There are so many people to thank for helping to get us away on time I am bound to miss someone out. Particular thanks, though, to all at the Mayflower Marina, to Inmarsat for granting me the time to pursue a dream and lending us the superb Sailor 250 FleetBroadband unit through which we will update this web blog, to Margaret in Hessenford for hand delivering lifejackets, to Betsy for the hand sewn Norwegian courtesy flag and, of course, to Ilana and Fiona for getting us both ready to go in every sense.