Saturday, April 19, 2014

AMARA's 2014 Sailing Schedule

I had a chance yesterday to update AMARA's 2014 Sailing Schedule.   Take a moment and check out where AMARA plans to be sailing over the next year by clicking on "Our Route" at the top of the page.  I can't believe how much ground...err...ocean AMARA will be covering.  It will be so fun to visit all the countries and islands that we plan on seeing during this voyage.  After typing up the schedule, it seems like it will be forever before AMARA makes it to the Caribbean in December.  However, December will be here soon enough and there is so much to see in between.

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Since Lily and I aren't joining the crew just yet, Sue sent me some photos of how they are celebrating their Easter weekend in Brisbane.  The menu for Saturday night included fish pie and hot cross buns.  A perfect dinner to celebrate Easter.
The rest of the photos are of AMARA under construction.  Sue has been busy cleaning out cabinets and swapping out old cans of food with new cans of food.  Martin and David are busy swapping out the Eplex system (all the electrical units that keep AMARA moving forward).  Sue reports that it all seems to be going well.  From the pictures, it makes me secretly happy that I'm not there having to deal with the mess!

All 9 of the Eplex modules that had to be replaced.  
These do not come cheap, so let's hope we don't have to replace the new ones for a long time!
The headliners down...AGAIN! They had to be taken down so that the guys can get up into the ceiling to replace an Eplex module. 
Martin working on the now infamous Eplex System.
I love this picture of David with his head up in the ceiling.  This is a typical photo of him.
David is usually coming out of some hole or stuck in some nook or cranny in the boat fixing something.  

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I spoke to Martin this morning as he was on his way to church.  He reported that John and Tamrika arrived safely and have already gone in to check out Brisbane.  In fact, while they were walking around the city, they were lucky enough to see Kate Middleton and Prince William who are currently visiting Australia.  Can I tell you how jealous I am right now?

Martin says that they went to the grocery store last night and brought home 5 grocery carts "trolleys" worth of food.  I am now content knowing that Martin won't starve.  Since provisioning is done and the electrical system is now up and working, Martin says that they will be ready to pull up anchor on Monday and start the first leg of this journey.  I feel bad that I am not there for this part but Lily and I will be there soon enough.
Lot's of provisioning!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter weekend!  I am just settling down to watch The Ten Commandments... it never gets old.