or around June 1, 2005, we are planning to depart from Milford on
our Impromptu, an HR 46, for Montauk, New York - one more night
of rest before we embark on our trip of a lifetime, sailing to Europe.
Weather will guide us as to an exact departure date, which, right
now, is scheduled for June 2nd. Horta on the Azores will be our
first landfall after approximately 2,000 nautical miles (1.8 km
per nm or 1.1 statute miles per nm) and hopefully uneventful weather.
this website, we will keep you posted as to our progress, assuming
that our Iridium satellite phone will work and weather, power supply,
and my bout(s) with "mal de mer" remain in check. We are
very much looking forward to seeing some of you in Germany upon
our arrival, and others at later points in time.
are prepared well - with a new life raft, AIS (automatic identification
system), an Iridium satellite phone which transmits voice and data,
single side band and other electronics, lots of fuel (almost 300
gallons of Diesel) to be used for our Yanmar engine, our generator
and our ESPAR heating system, should the days or nights be cold.
We have radar on board and a strong autopilot of which we hope it
will relieve us from steering during the entire journey.
have approximately 290 gallons of water, plus 20 gallons of bottled
water plus another approximately 8 gallons of juices, 24 bottles
of beer and - for our time in the Azores and England - 18 or so
bottles of wine). We have lots of food on board already, mostly
frozen vegetables and fruits, jams, jellies, butter, crackers, flour,
sugar, maple syrup, baking supplies, cereal, Parmalat milk, crushed
tomatoes, vegetable and chicken broth; the fresh food will be loaded
on May 31st only. Dry goods like toilet paper, paper towel, shampoo,
laundry detergent (we have a washing machine on board), toothpaste,
suntan lotion, etc. we think are all on board for our total round
trip, i.e., even for our return trip presently planned for next
year (via the Canary Islands, the Caribbean etc.).
of parties are happening with friends and family who all want to
see us before we leave, some on a one on one basis, others in groups.
It is a great feeling to know that so many of you take part in our
lives and in our trip in your minds and/or via this website. We
hope that we can keep you updated as often as every two or three
days, but circumstances may not permit us to do so. Please do not
get nervous if you don't "hear" from us in a while. We
may be too busy or too exhausted or may not have sufficient power
to use the phone for the website updates. Latest in the Azores we
will definitely update and let you know what we encountered.
So, we are saying farewell at this stage - until ...
of our friends and family called, sent e-mails, cards, or even arranged
for get-togethers over dinner, drinks, as you can see on some of
the selection below:
on foto to expand!
from Karin and the kids
Voyage Cake from the Family
and Luise wishing us well...
at the Good-bye Party
(98 1/2 Years old) with Silvi
Bodick, President of Milford Boat Works, where we keep our
boat, meanwhile friend, together with one of the guests (Richard