Almost

It’s November, and Scott and I are in Alameda, CA at the Marina Village Yacht Harbor. We’ve been here for almost a week, awaiting sail repairs, a re-packing of our life raft, and the arrival of our new dingy.

Our life raft, vacuum sealed. Pull that red line and it explodes open.

Our life raft, vacuum sealed. Pull that red line and it explodes open.

Both our genoa and staysail need to have their sacrificial sailcloth replaced.

Both our genoa and staysail need to have their sacrificial sailcloth replaced.

We sold most of our stuff on Craigslist and eBay, moved everything we wanted to keep into storage, and gave back the keys to our San Francisco apartment on October 23rd.

Goodbye, John St!

Goodbye John St!

Hello storage!

Hello storage unit!

On Oct 26th, we left our slip at Pier 39 Marina, pretty stoked to be leaving that very rolly place that frustrated Scott to no end and left me and Sam the Cat seasick. From there, we went to KKMI in Richmond to have work done on our rigging.

Rigger up the mast.

Rigger up the mast.

While waiting in Alameda, we’re finishing up our preparations, provisioning, making repairs, and readying ourselves to leave the bay.

Troubleshooting the heater.

Scott troubleshooting the diesel heater.

We had planned to head out the gate mid October. We’re a little behind our plans but hope to be setting sail shortly, within the next two weeks, if possible. Keep your fingers crossed!

3 thoughts on “Almost

  1. This I know you and Scott are going to be very very careful but I’m still a little anxious about this major trip that you’re planning. Please keep in touch with family. Family has a vested interest in both of you we love you and we want you to keep us apprised of how things are going and good luck Godspeed on your voyage. Love mom and dad Askew.

  2. Viviane, I’m so proud of you as you set off on this adventure. Funny thing to say you’re “proud of” a friend, but I’m remembering a few years back as you were realizing Brooklyn wasn’t the place for you anymore and weighing what to do next. I advised you to take the conservative route and make sure you weren’t just moving away from a place you didn’t want to be, but TO a place you DID want to be. I was happy but a little nervous for you when you picked SF. I never imagined all that would be in store for you, and I couldn’t be more delighted. I’ll be following this blog closely. If you find yourself at the port of Mobile, or otherwise for some strange reason, near the benighted state of Alabama, holler. xoxoxox
    And Scott – I’ve never met you but TAKE CARE OF VIVIANE. And the cat. And good luck!! We’ll fix the not-having-met-you problem when you’re back from your voyage, I suppose.

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