After two days of sea trials where we practiced all our different sail configurations, tested our new engine, checked out the overhauled water-makers as well as shaking the 'rust' off all of us from not sailing for so long (yes, it really is like riding a bicycle... it comes back quickly!) we are back in the marina here in Auckland with the NZ Customs and Immigration team coming tomorrow morning to clear us out of NZ finally.
We’ll be doing a non-stop passage all the way to a tiny little island in Indonesia where, in a town called Tual (a city in Maluku Province of Indonesia), where will arrive at our first port in this exciting new country. We are so ready to leave civilization behind and get on with what we are all out here to do... SAIL and experience EXOTIC and WONDERFUL PLACES!
Feelin' Good is under the command of Andrea who has been our captain for the last two years and our 1st mate for two years before that. We are so lucky to have him in charge of this amazing adventure and are grateful for his perseverance at getting all our issues resolved with Feelin' Good leaving NZ in the best condition she has ever been in (even when she was new!. It’s been a long battle but we are finally ahead of the game and ready like never before thanks to him!
This year we have a new 1st mate, Daniele (also from Napoli, Italia). He has studied hard under Andrea for the past number of months and is a gifted sailor, skilled mechanic and wonderful man to have onboard. Always looking for something to do and keeping the deck in perfect shape he has come up to speed quickly and is a terrific 1st mate for us!
Then there is Elke, our extraordinary chef/deckhand from the BVI's (British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean). She surprises us with different and tantalizing dishes all the time regardless of what's in the 'fridge'. Her homemade desserts and cookies are spoiling us forever and she has planned our meals like never before preparing numerous tasty dishes for our passage as well as the most important job of provisioning us for many months away from supermarkets in New Zealand where we have access to everything one would want.
We also are lucky to have another gifted sailor, Thomas, who has done 8 transatlantic passages along with several trans-pacific passages. He is from Tahiti and arrived just a day ago but is already up-to-speed on sailing FG. We already feel the family connection with him and look forward to enjoying a wonderful passage together.
We’ll send regular updates to this blog post as we go along so be sure to check back, leave us some comments and share our journey as we sail to Indonesia!
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Ciao from Art, Tracy, Andrea, Daniele, Elke and Thomas