Richard has been sailing most of his 61 years while Kay has been going to sea for the past 6. Kay prefers the rank of "vice captain" and so she is. Her knowledge and skills are amazing given her relative short time on the water. Together we are a great team, well prepared for the adventure of sailing south together.
Atalanta is a strong and capable blue water boat that has seen her share of East Coast ports. She is 44 feet, 34,000 lbs, sloop rigged and carries a scant 3 sails. Once Ted Hood's Robin Too, she has sailed primarily along the coast. Recent upgrades include a gen-set, watermaker (to be installed), new windlass, life raft, EPIRB, engine repairs, upgrades to navigation software, and more. She currently (winter 2012-3) sits on the hard in Bristol, RI awaiting warmer waters.
This blog will initally focus on our thought and preparations for the trip and eventually the trip itself. We hope you will use it to follow and communicate with us as it all unfolds. Best always, Richard and Kay