The Clock is counting down for Sailors Run and Crew. Dec. 2014.
Debbie and I have been very much enjoying our time here in Mazatlan, at the Mazatlan Marina. I’m pretty sure if Sailors Run had a voice she would say she loves the long showers with lots of soap and water to freshen her up a bit as well the batteries getting all the juice being plugged in
Now when you go to a marina, as most of you know your financial resources hemorrhage and nearly bleed out. For us this is especially true as the next adventure forces one to dig deep and spend heavily on the side of safety at sea. I think I have installed so many bells and whistles that when they start going off the challenge might be to figure out what the problem really is. My hearing being what it is means bigger and louder alarms, so now it is three audible alarms for engine overheating, collision course with another vessel, and high water alarm and two of them sound the same but can’t remember which ones those are. The engine alarm should be no problem as I won’t be using that on the solo circumnavigation. The high water alarm and collision alarm should both require getting up and if my socks stay dry then it might be imperative that I take a look around top sides.
It was just yesterday that I realized on my trip around the Horn I never had a dry suit for survival in cold water. I had a mustang work suit, but nothing that you would want to bob around in the ocean in. I believe the magnitude of the upcoming jaunt in the southern ocean has sharpened my survival senses and I put out a call on the net here in Mazatlan looking for a dry suit and low and behold I was able to pick one up for about $75 dollars.
As you might all imagine I’m looking in all directions right now trying to pull together any and everything that will lead to my success on a most serious upcoming adventure, so hang in there you will all be with me when the “Shit” hits the fan, via email every three days as long as the radio link keeps working.
Debbie and I have spent the past month training here in Mazatlan, and ran a 5K and a 10K in conjunction with the Marathon, one of the top 50-rated in the world. Debbie and I hung out with the Kenyans before our races and were truly impressed with their friendly nature. Mazatlan knows how to put on a truly fun event and the local people just love being part of it. Debbie was happy as she bettered her time from last year by two minutes in the 5-K doing it in 32 mins and I was happy to run a 56’45” 10-K. We are both dropping weight and feeling better each day. Debbie likes fitting into clothes that she had out grown and with me it’s about building my endurance for what lays ahead.
We are leaving on the 9th 0f December for Puerto Vallarta to visit friend s there, as we gradually sail south towards Ecuador.
Christmas is almost here and we want to wish you all a fantastic one and a Happy New Year.
Your Amigos Jeff & Debbie #Go Sea Hawks”
PS. See photos on blog site. [www.sailorsrun.com]