The lyrics of the 1975 Typically Tropical hit don’t exactly match our intended plans. We are not travelling by Coconut Airways with Captain Wilcock, for example, nor am I going to see my girlfriend in the sunny Caribbean sea.

We are, however, heading for Bridgetown and specifically the Careenage if we can get in there. This is a relatively small marina and we understand it fills up quickly.

The distance to Barbados is approximately 2020 nautical miles, so we expect it to take around 17 days from Mindelo. The weather is looking good, at least for the next couple of weeks. The wind is predicted to be at the side of us for a while and then behind us for the rest of the voyage. And we will be receiving daily weather updates from the rally coordinators to be aware of any change.

Lady Jane is ready, bar a quick hull clean tomorrow, and we are ready too.

So, we are spending the next couple of days stocking up with fresh fruit and veg for the trip with the help of Tom from the Simpatico Sports Bar. Tom has offered to use his contacts to help the Odyssey fleet with provisioning. This is more than welcome as it reduces time and hassle. And he has offered to cook come cadjupa, the local stew, for us to take with us. 

In typically lazy style, we are not planning an early start, preferring instead to leave late morning on the 23rd November. Luc will clear all the boats out the day before, so we should be good to go. And I’ll try to send out daily updates while we are at sea.