BIG News...It's Ocean Crossing Time!

  Monday, June 3, 2013 / Stephanie / Uncategorized  

I'm interrupting the previously scheduled blog post to bring you breaking news...that's right, this is real time information...this is a BIG deal so pay close attention... Rode Trip is setting sail today, Monday June 3, 2013 to begin our leap across the Atlantic Ocean! This is a BIG undertaking for us; approximately a four week long passage from Grand Cayman Island to the Azores (with only one potential stop at Bermuda, weather permitting). We've worked closely with our Admin to enable you to follow along this journey with us. We'll be providing real time updates by sending our exact location via SPOT. Make sure to check the tab at the top of our site labeled 'Atlantic Crossing' to our SPOT coordinates along our pre-planned route. On this progress map you'll also see wind and wave forecasts so that you can imagine how smooth or treacherous our passage is going. We'll miss you! In the meantime, please continue to enjoy the rest of our Caribbean adventures.


  1. From stephanie on Jun 20, 2013
    Thanks for this perfect weather report, Mark, that was exactly what Rode Trip was experiencing out on the water. In addition, we had 6-8 foot seas (probably higher) that did make us uncomfortable. But all that wind propelled our heavy, little boat onward and we were thankful it was in an appropriate direction so we could continue to sail. Of course, we were wishing for more wind once we got to the 10-15 knot range...but we're patient and we made it slow and steady!

  2. From stephanie on Jun 20, 2013
    CONGRATS! on your newly achieved JN status!

  3. From stephanie on Jun 20, 2013
    You'll be out on the high seas in no time, just have to play it smart and know that your Westsail will take care of you. Thanks for checking in with us!

  4. From stephanie on Jun 20, 2013
    Westsails hold their own out in the BIG ocean! We just met another W32 (from Rio Dulce to Azores; single handed delivery) here in Bermuda too, guess they've still got spunk, good 'ol boats!

  5. From Mark Morwood on Jun 06, 2013
    For those of you who might be a bit worried about TS Andrea and its location relative to Rode Trip, it looks like they should be fine, but a bit uncomfortable. At 4pm today, 6/6/13, Andrea was about 350 miles north of them and heading much more quickly than they are to the NNE. In their position they should be seeing winds in the 25 to 30 knot range from the S (behind them which is more comfortable than from the front). By tomorrow morning the winds should have dropped to closer to 20 knots from the SW and by tomorrow evening they'll be wishing for some more wind, and those of you in New England will be watching it approach you. Mark on "Por Dos" in the Azores.

  6. From Kit and Mark, newly minted JNs on Jun 05, 2013
    Fantastic goal! We are sure you will be just fine, have a blast!

  7. From Ken Jennings on Jun 04, 2013
    Be wise, be vigilant, sail smart, and don't slip on those banana peels! Love, Us Laser Guys from Portsmouth and Newburyport

  8. From Sunny, Berk, Kaya, and Baby Sadana on Jun 04, 2013
    God speed guys! You'll be in our thoughts... Can't wait to hear about your adventure across the pond!

  9. From J9 on Jun 04, 2013
    We have a Westsail, too, and have so enjoyed following you. We are still getting our feet wet in Cape Canaveral. Hope to be as brave as you someday. Wishing you the best!

  10. From David F. on Jun 03, 2013
    So Very COOL! Good luck and perfect seas!

  11. From Dani on Jun 03, 2013
    Hey guys! We have been following your progress for quite a while now and are loving your story:D. So excited for this big cross in a fellow Westsail 32. May she get you there safely. Dani

  12. From Grey McGown on Jun 03, 2013
    Fair winds and following seas...Sue and I will follow you trans Atlantic with inerest.

  13. From Christy on Jun 03, 2013
    Good luck!

  14. From Robert Ott on Jun 03, 2013
    Wish the two of you the best of luck and enjoy the adventure! Be safe!

  15. From Glenn on Jun 03, 2013
    God Speed! Keeping you in my prayers!

  16. From Jane and Paul Creteau on Jun 03, 2013
    Be safe. We are thoroughly enjoying your great adventure!!!

  17. From Bmac on Jun 03, 2013
    Good luck! Have fun!

  18. From bahama mama on Jun 03, 2013
    Praying for your safe sailing! ENJOY!!!!