First, Martin had a wonderful trip to Antarctica. So many beautiful photos. I'll make sure to go back and post some so you can see that this is a trip that many should not miss out on, namely me. I'm a little bummed after seeing all the beautiful pictures that I didn't go, but I didn't, and that's that.
Currently, Martin is in St. Martin. He is aboard AMARA with plans to have left last week. Alas, they are waiting on a boat part that was scheduled to arrive last Tuesday, yet it's now the following Monday and still no part. I just called FedEx and they said there was a weather delay and that the boat part is supposed to be on the next flight out tonight. Fingers crossed.
Since the part didn't arrive on time, John B. who sailed with Martin from Australia to Grenada had to go home. John B. had waited over a week and nothing looked like it was going to happen. So, he went back to Salt Lake City. Martin didn't blame him, at least he still has two more crew members, Garry and Dale. THANK HEAVENS!! If that part doesn't come tomorrow though there may be a mutiny, so let's
Now that AMARA has sat around the dock longer than expected, we had to cancel our plans to have Martin and crew meet us in the Bahamas with Martin's brother, John, and his family along with Martin's mom, Charlotte. Well, since the part has yet to arrive, so we had to scratch those plans and Martin is now trying to figure out where to sail AMARA to get her out of St. Martin before hurricane season. I am completely sad about missing this trip. I was so looking forward to seeing the family and relaxing in the Bahamas.
Martin can now either head towards the states or back over to Grenada then maybe over to Panama. It's all still up in the air and will be decided once AMARA is ready for sail. Hopefully, tomorrow.
* * * * * * * *Martin wrote a post last week that I thought I should post. It's always fun to get the lowdown in his words…
"Today was a great day! The long lost part for the AMARA rigging has finally been located in the UK, and should be here sometime the middle of next week. Garry, Dale and I fixed a bunch of things on the boat. My brother John visited the Raymarine Headquarters and, because he is now best friends with the guy in the warranty department, John managed to not only get us a brand new Automatic Identification System, he even managed to get a new speaker for our VHF radio.
This evening we hosted a party on AMARA for the local church congregation to say goodbye to Elder and Sister Thomson a missionary couple that is going home . See photos. And then to top off the evening, we had a beach bonfire party were we met a bunch of new friends and I was asked to say a few words about our adventures.
|LDS ward (congregation) fireside hosted by AMARA and crew|
|Saying Goodbye to the Thompsons|
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I'll make sure to keep everyone updated on what AMARA plans to do once this blasted part arrives.
Martin and crew went to church yesterday and were able to take a photo of the entire LDS ward/branch (congregation). It has grown since we were here 2 years ago. Amazing!
|The St. Martin LDS ward yesterday at church.|