36000ft. That’s my initial guess. A quick look at the touch screen in front of me displays 37001 ft....I was close! Heading 171 degrees, Speed 558 mph. Pretty sweet.
I am typing from the seat of a Boeing 787 on my way from Tokyo to Australia, and this is my first attempt to get a blog post typed up ...if I can’t make it happen on day 1 from a plane seat, it certainly won’t get done offshore.
The last 48 hours were a whirl wind. I got a call Wednesday night from Ty (the boat captain) asking if I was still up for the delivery....”When do I need to be on a plane?” I asked. “We’re trying to leave Sunday” was the reply...knowing one looses two days in transit to Australia, it became clear the latest I could leave was Friday morning. Apparently two of the planned crew’s paper work was not going to clear in time for the Sunday departure...so another North American based sailor and I were given calls.
A few advice seeking phone calls to friends, parents, and Kara, and all of the responses were unequivocal, if Kroova can get all of its work done then go go go! A few text messages later, and a quick google search and the flight was booked! Best yet the cheapest flight happened to be on a Boeing 787...the first commercial plane with a primarily composite structure...high aspect wings and modern interior. Google “Boeing 787 wing tip flex” (probably without quotations) , to see how much the high aspect wings flex under load...these wings are a cool example of a structure that is driven by stiffness, rather than strength!
Anyhow the packing list was made and I stated checking things off, foulies, meds (with great help from my dad), download books, pass off Kroova work (I am fortunate to have great friends and co-workers who helped make this possible!) and most importantly figure out what tools and information I needed to use a sextant! A phone call to Will Suto helped develop the list. On top of having the actual sextant and a book or two on how to use it, I needed reduction tables, a marine almanac, and plotting paper...a few hours later I was set. Dylan helped get the Kroova site set up to show tracking (via spot) and get the blog fired up. After a quick coffee stop we arrived at the airport.
Everything has gone smoothly so far. I am 1:45 out from Sydney, and the second meal service is coming through. I am excited as can be, and health and spirits are both great. My legs are a little swollen from the long flight but I have come to expect this, I am more prone to minor edema, since the great leg swelling incident if 2016 :). I hope I have time for a quick run when I touch down, as that usually helps clear up the swelling!
Ok, food is here, hopefully the next post is from the boat!