Today we finally did it. We finally left Grenada Marine!!! I am not going to lie to you. This time heading out to sail for the first time in a long time I was way more afraid. We himmed and haaaaed for quite a while and made sure everything was just right and then finally there was nothing left but the leaving. We made it out of the bay and hit the ocean and the weather was good but the waves were HUGE and they were hitting us on the side, so all of a sudden the boat is tipping from side to side and everything is crashing around down below. I thought I had secured everything but I had forgot about a few things.......not to mention the RUM!
I got everything put away as the waves hit us. The kids were shouting, "Wow, look at that one" and "Here comes a big one". Graham and I debated our options. We finally decided to just put our foresail and cut the engine and see what she does. Man I was worried. Everything was rocking and banging and I couldn't help but worry about the months of work that Grenada Marine had done and some of their past mistakes. My confidence in Artemo has to be built up again. She did great today though and Graham and I didn't yell at each other even once :-)!
We pulled into the bay and I took the helm and we anchored on the first try, like old pros! We did it, we did it, we did it! We have departed. Tonight we are eating pizza and brownies to celebrate.
I took a video of Artemo all cleaned up yesterday. We were in at the fuel docks getting diesel and water. Enjoy the video!