Since there is so much to cover over the last few months I’ll try to catch everyone up on what we’ve been doing. We moved into Nettles Island marina with Unwritten Timeline and were soon settled in our slip. I drove back to North Carolina to bring Starjewel down to Florida. Unfortunately, she didn’t sell in North Carolina so we brought her closer to us until she sold. I arrived back in FL with about a week to spare before our first class at Chapman's. Lisa and I were in school Monday through Friday from 0830 to 1700 for weeks. We both passed all our exams and sent off our paperwork to the USCG. After graduating the Professional Mariner Training I had a few weeks in between and spent that time getting Unwritten Timeline ready for our big trip. Then it was back to school for another 6 weeks of studying how to survey vessels. I’m no Joshua Slocum yet but I am certainly better prepared to sail around the world than I was 10 years ago when this plan first started.
After all our training was complete and we had our mariner credentials in hand we cast off the dock lines for the last time from Nettles Island Marina. Lucky for us we had a couple friends that were going to help with our maiden voyage across the Gulf Stream. We picked up Greg and Dana in West Palm Beach and headed out around the world.
But that is a story for another time.