Ready to leave

Final preparations completed and just waiting for a weather window to leave

After a hectic few weeks since we launched Coriander we are approaching the time to depart the UK and head south.

We’ve sold our house, moved onboard Coriander, said cheerio to family and friends and had a great time with our son and grandson on a test sail for a few days.

We have loaded the non perishable and frozen provisions onto Coriander. We only have to sell our cars and load the fresh provisions.

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Washing machine in forward wardrobe

The toys bought previously have now been fitted, wired in and tested. This includes SSB radio, forward-looking sonar, Echomax active radar transponder, Nav6 Navtex, watermaker and washing machine.

The latter fits very neatly in the forward cabin wardrobe and has already proven its worth. The downside is that we empty one of the water tanks in just 4 washes!

We’ve successfully tested sending and receiving emails via sailmail on the SSB radio and getting weather forecast delivered so that we can know what the forecast is even when we’re miles offshore.

We had originally intended leaving on Wednesday the 31st May but the weather does not look like it is going to co-operate as you’ll see from the image below

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Weather Forecast Thursday 1st June

Trying to head south against 25-35kt winds through the Irish Sea is not what we signed up for. The current plan is to leave Ardrossan on Friday 2nd June and wait for a suitable weather window, possibly visiting some of the inner Hebrides for a final time.