We were ready to go. Everything had been put away. Our route had been planned out. Delicious snacks had been prepared. A big pot of sweet potato chili was waiting on the stove so we didn’t have to cook while we were underway.
But this morning we woke up to the skies looking like this:
|Grey, cloudy, miserable skies|
And the forecast looking like this:
We contemplated just going around to Horseshoe Bay on the other side of the island anyway… just so we could finally get out of the Marina. But then we gave ourselves a reality check and bunkering down at anchor during a strong wind warning and days of rain is not how we want to introduce almost one year old I. to life at sea! Nor, for that matter, is it the introduction that we want for ourselves to life at sea with her!
|Forecast courtesy of the BoM|
So, reluctantly, we called it off.
This is a huge letdown and the disappointment is real. We have been trying to leave, what seems like, forever and for one reason or another (Haul-out plans being a big reason!), have always put it off. All of the stars had finally aligned and we were ready. As disappointing as it is, we know better then to fight the wind and weather.
However, ever the optimist, there are silver linings to this delay. Firstly, we have friends arriving on the island today and Friday who we were going to just miss! Now we get to spend time with them and their babies! Yay! Secondly, after the berth next to us being empty for a year (yikes - that is how long we’ve had the boat here!), we woke up this morning to very silent neighbours. They seemed to be in a hurry to catch a plane and promptly unloaded the contents of their fridge on us! Ah-mazing!
So… we will try again soon! Watch this space!