Before i get into the nitty gritty, i want to first thank everyone who has supported me and made this trip happen. I feel privileged to have all of your support, its a huge boost to me and the campaign.
On Wednesday Mary and I met Ru and Nikki at Heathrow and boarded our flight to Miami. I was a little disappointed when the stewards asked me to turn right instead of left as I boarded the plane, but I will assume it was a honest mistake and not kick up a fuss. The 9 hour flight flew by (excellent pun) After a number of inflight movies and the entire Gregory Alan Isakov (stunning musician) back catalogue we touched down in the USA. Following a full wrestling match with the finger print scanning machine i eventually made it through customs.
The first of the American errands was to sort the Hire car, and i think its fair to say we nailed it. After some deliberation we decided to go with an estate car, but on collection we were told that we could have an SUV instead. After selecting the biggest car in the row, we all felt very proud of ourselves. After a fairly unintentional scenic tour of Miami's finest suburban streets we eventually found our apartment, and it has a pretty awesome view.
After a very early start due to jet lag, we were ready and raring to go. Having got to the container ahead of schedule we took the time to have a look around and get our bearings. Once the container arrived we launched straight into rigging. Having traveled half way around the world Blink was looking good. Following a few little changes she was rigged and ready. After a full day in the sun putting the boat together we thought it was a good time to sample some of the local culture, a beer in Hooters was just what the doctor ordered! And thank you to Iris for being so helpful and attentive.
Finally it was a sailing time. We have now had 2 amazing days on the water. Perfect conditions, and amazingly warm clear water. The sailing has been going really well, and we seem to have great pace. We are working closely with Rupert and Nikki which is great. The plan over the next few days is to put many more hours in on the water and make the most of this awesome place.
This evening we made it home before sunset and took the opportunity for a quick dip in our roof terrace pool, not a bad view from up there.
Stand by for more photos and updates.