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Old 07-20-2014, 01:59 AM   #1
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Itís Showtime

OK, Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the time has finally come to get this show on the road

Dauntless is loaded, (I wish I was) and most stuff is put away, well, at least on the outside of the boat.

After more than 5 years of dreaming, hoping, wishing, planning, reading and even some arithmetic, the time has finally come to shove off.

In about 4 hours, Sunday, 20 July 2014, Dauntless, with Julie and I will depart our home away from home in Providence, Rhode Island and set our sights on the Portuguese islands of the Azores.

But before we can even go east, we must travel down the Narragansett River, then northeast through Buzzards Bay, to pass through the Cape Cod Canal in midafternoon when we will have favorable currents.

From then, weíll see how we feel, whether to anchor one last time in North America at the tip of Cape Cod or to turn right and head east.

While our route is somewhat dependent on weather and seas, we are planning on the great circle route (course 082į T) from Cape Cod to the Azores as it takes one southeast of Nova Scotia, east along 42įN then east-southeast.

1900 nm, it will take 13 days, maybe 12 with the following seas we hope to have, we will pretty much be riding over the top of the Bermuda/Azores High.

We now have a Delorme InReach Satellite Phone. It will only do texts, but it does allow two way communications all the way across the ocean. You can follow our route with updates every 10 minutes and/or contact us by going to the website https://share.delorme.com/Dauntless

Once on the above page, on the left column, you click on my name, which allows you to select the other buttons above, Locate, Message, and Center. So Locate pings the phone, basically updating the map. Message allows you to send us a text message and Center, does just that, it re-centers the map.

Iíll pretty much have the InReach on until I get to winter quarters, probably in Ireland, probably at the end of September.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:29 AM   #2
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Richard,

Needless to say most of us are envious of your adventure!

Fair winds and following seas.. have a safe voyage!

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Old 07-20-2014, 02:41 AM   #3
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You Guys have a great adventure ahead of you.
Stay safe out there and we will all be with you.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:57 AM   #4
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Nordhavn eat your heart out

Good luck and fair seas. What no brass bands, news reporters, tv interviews, no corporate sponsors . You mean your just going to do it. No convoy with parts support! Wow, a big wow.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:11 AM   #5
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:54 AM   #6
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:16 AM   #7
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When is that low of Hatteras and Greenland going to let you through?

Today looks pretty messy for the first 1000 miles (probably won't do all that today anyway)
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:14 AM   #8
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Absolutely awesome, Richard. My Admiral and I will be following with jealousy and anticipation. I just added the DeLorme site to my bookmark bar so it's there in front of me every time I turn on the computer.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:16 AM   #9
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Richard and Julie have a great safe trip. Will be following your adventure!
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:41 AM   #10
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Richard and Julie,

How Awesome! We on TF will be following along, but not without a little envy. Fair winds and following seas to you.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:58 AM   #11
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Looks like he is going past Prudence park now
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Making the trip many will only dream about! Good luck and fair winds! We will be following closely.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:25 AM   #13
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Awesome! Safe travels
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:36 AM   #14
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Too Cool Richard and Julie . Safe travels and fair winds .
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:30 PM   #15
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Hope them all the best and a great adventure. Wonder if he has plans to top off the tanks one last time Ocean crossings would not be me, that's for sure.

Here's the forecast, looks a little sporty:

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Old 07-20-2014, 12:30 PM   #16
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Wow, too much pucker for me, I am never out of site of land for more than a couple hours. We wish you a fabulous voyage, stay safe! Will be following you.
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:17 PM   #17
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As members may receive texts? from Dauntless, perhaps they could be posted here to share?
I too, as others have said, created a short cut to follow the cruise.
Safe sailing Dauntless! Although web browsing may be out of the question for the crew at this stage of voyage.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:06 PM   #18
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You are a true Mariner!

You will have a fantastic voyage, please keep us up to date on your travels!
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:16 PM   #20
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Best of luck-Richard and Julie. You are travelling our dream-we look to make that trip in 5-6 years. Fair winds, following seas and safe trawlering (not sailing!) We will be following you with envy! Hope you brought the right anchor!
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