We are off to a wonderful start. We topped off the diesel tanks and spares and set off at 1:30 pm. The forecast had called for SW winds 10-15 knots with gusts to 20, but we found ourselves in a steady 18-20 knots. We had a blast tacking out of Newport, slightly overpowered but knowing we were to bear off shortly. We tacked near Castle Hill to wave at our gathered family. Saw 9.5 knots a few times. We were heeled over a bit but out careful stowage mostly stayed put. What a beautiful, crystalline day. clear skies and steady breezes. Dinner is in the oven (sesame-ginger grilled chicken, rice and veggies) and I hear laughter and chatter from the cockpit. After bearing off to 150 degrees, we have been on a sprightly beam reach doing an effortless 8-9 knots. Seas a little rocky so we have a few twisty stomachs, but nothing serious. Highly recommend Anchor Bars. Nice for us all to have a gentle beginning. The crew sends love to all of our loved ones. Thank you for all of your well wishes and prayers, please do not worry!