June 26, 2011

green light

After three rain-soaked days, things finally shifted.

For days now, James has been studying the weather files on Metvuw, Meteo France, NOAA, and listening to all the local reports, trying to get us into the westerly flow.  He talked to Ken Campbell at Commanders' Weather this morning.

We've got the green light from all directions to go!

Everything on the boat has been topped off:  water, provisions, fuel.
All the safety equipment serviced and updated.
The last two months exhausting, but completely worth it.
It's a  huge stress relief to know that James did all the preparation on Anasazi Girl, down to even the tiniest details.
Everything tested and operational.

Anasazi Girl is perfect.  Just Perfect.
She is the safest boat I could imagine taking my family on an ocean crossing in.
Huge pressure on both of us to make this voyage successful and safe, with our precious cargo on board.
James the best person to drive her with the family on board after practicing for 30,000 miles solo.

A wild mixture of emotions inside making my insides flip:  excited, nervous, anxious.
Difficult and challenging to say goodbye to my family and friends.
I can't believe we get to go Transatlantic with our two babies!
We get to give our kids the gift of experiencing power and peacefulness of the ocean.

We leave Sunday 26 June at first light.

Our blog will be updated with video and photos when we arrive in France.

Please check our media links for current updates while we are sailing:

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June 22, 2011

waiting for wind

The last time I waited with James for a weather window was winter, in Wellington, New Zealand.   We had just sailed Anasazi Girl from Nelson - a smooth squeeze through French Pass in the moonlight and across Cook Strait - to tie up at Chaffer's Marina.  Four weeks in the rain and four farmer's markets later, we were able to piece together a 3-day window to Tauranga.

For the last three summer seasons, we watched all the alpinists in El Chalten wait for "La Ventana."  Now we wait.

Only this time, we have our two kids Tormentina and Raivo on board.  We are in Portland, Maine, waiting for a nice high pressure system to develop.  We want to make a fast clean passage past Cape Sable and the Grand Banks, out into the open ocean.

Thanks to Richard and Keegan at Hallett Canvas & Sails for making Raivo's sea-bed:  http://www.hallettcanvasandsails.com/

We are on stand-by, ready to start our non-stop voyage 3000nm +/- to Caen, France.

June 6, 2011

Anasazi Girl - Table Bay, South Africa
Photography by BRYAN TRAYLOR, Locker 14:  http://www.locker14.com/

June 1, 2011

Transatlantic Sponors

Anasazi Girl is back in the water.
We are currently looking for sponsors for a summer 2011 Transatlantic world speed record attempt.  Good marketing potential:  links on our blog, logo on the hull and/or sails of the boat.  For more information, please contact us:  Somira Sao (somirasao[at]yahoo.com) or James Burwick (jmburwick[at]gmail.com).  
Many thanks to our sponsors who are currently on board.