"I will go to South Georgia but with a few conditions", Keri announces before we are even through the hatch. I tried not to get too excited, nor get my hopes sky high again, wanting first of all to hear her out as she explained the circumstances with which she would be willing to take us to South Georgia. As well, I felt very protective as to how emotionally attached I got to this new possibility of going to Sth G. Having previously worked through the disappointment of it feeling very much out of reach I felt myself treading very cautiously.
Without having the expertise of Greg onboard, Keri established the following conditions.
-She would make conservative calls as to our movements particularly related to weather and sea conditions.
-If there is another major injury with one of the crew, we turn back and the expedition will be over.
-All crew will take sea-sickness medication and do their best to eat and drink on the ocean crossing.
-As I paddle, the Northanger and I will communicate regularly, they may travel a little closer than originally planned and the SW coast will only be an option if we have a decent wide weather window.
-Open up the return date so there is no time restraints or pressure to get back to catch a flight.
Followed by the fabulous news and reasonable conditions, I called up Brian hoping he was still interested. Yep, he was still keen and his wife Lin was still willing to let her husband head to sea with 3 women and a marvelous Magnus.
I spoke with Richard McKee who has been dealing with our permits and he was pleased too hear the news and wished us a safe journey. I think that means we are still permitted to continue with the expedition :)
And so today we:
-Took on diesel and propane
-I returned the kayak and charts to Steve
-Bought enough Salt n Vinegar chips to keep Me and Magnus happy kiwis.
-Brian came onboard and had a good look at the engine, electrics and other workings of the boat.
This nasty SW wind that has kicked up a storm surrounding the Falklands, causing snow, hail, rain and sunshine to fall upon us in a matter of minutes, is moving through. It looks as though our time of departure will be..... WEDNESDAY - Feb 17th in the early wee hours of the morn. Yippeee! Phew!
Later today Dean will be posting a few photos along side the previous blog entry, just to put a few images to the words.