Cape Town: prepping to leave

Preparing to leave is always an interesting time.  We spend lots of time fixing things when we arrive only to put everything back in it’s place when we get ready to depart.

Food bags prepared at the crew house

Food bags prepared at the crew house

Watched a Young one coming to visit Mom while fueling the boat

Watched a Young one coming to visit Mom while fueling the boat

I am really here and yes the seals are right there!

I am really here and yes the seals are right there!

Bye for now

Bye for now

Alex and Eelco takking down the Yankee sail from the bow

Alex and Eelco takking down the Yankee sail from the bow

Getting sail bag ready to begin flaking the sail

Getting sail bag ready to begin flaking the sail

Nigel leading us in the first folds.

Nigel leading us in the first folds.

As we go we continue to reach out, plant one hand to produce the fold area, then grab more to fold over with the other

As we go we continue to reach out, plant one hand to produce the fold area, then grab more to fold over with the other

This is a big sail! Alex and I are not the only ones working at this endeavor.

This is a big sail! Alex and I are not the only ones working at this endeavor.

Yes, this is getting heavy!

Yes, this is getting heavy!

Now to place sail bag around it, tie ties, zip it up and tie final ties. And yes I am trapped underneath here!

Now to place sail bag around it, tie ties, zip it up and tie final ties. And yes I am trapped underneath here!

Almost ready to put away

Almost ready to put away

Now to "heave ho" it to the sail locker hatch

Now to “heave ho” it to the sail locker hatch

A lot of manpower to move the sail and then slide it into the sail locker.

A lot of manpower to move the sail and then slide it into the sail locker.

Goes in little by little so as not to smash the crew below moving it into its place

Goes in little by little so as not to smash the crew below moving it into its place

How long is this sail?

How long is this sail?

And for you marching band geeks, Clipper has a container that travels around the world with us.

And for you marching band geeks, Clipper has a container that travels around the world with us.

et up like inside of your instrument truck but carries all needed repair equipment for 12 boats

et up like inside of your instrument truck but carries all needed repair equipment for 12 boats

Crew celebrating almost ready tio go!

Crew celebrating almost ready tio go!

One final good meal! Escargot!

One final good meal! Escargot!

Yes I am a happy camper!

Yes I am a happy camper!

Love that seafood!

Love that seafood!

One more item, check the life jackets. Use wind player chops to blow the thing up.

One more item, check the life jackets. Use wind player chops to blow the thing up.

And this is what it is all about!

And this is what it is all about!  Click and read!!! Really says it all!

Looks like a repair job soon to happen at top of mast on spinnaker block strop.

Looks like a repair job soon to happen at top of mast on spinnaker block strop.

Ex Mac Tubist Jeff Allen and his kids. Beth, his wife taking picture.

Ex Mac Tubist Jeff Allen and his kids. Beth, his wife taking picture.  This is it for a few weeks as we race up to Airlie Beach Australia.  Take care and make the most of each day in 2016.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Cape Town: prepping to leave

  1. Haven’t heard anything about your new “fearless leader”… hope he/she realizes what a great crew he/she gets the privilege of sailing with!! Happy New Year…2016
    Sharon and John

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