Only 15 hours to go, but we aren’t in any rush.

Only 80 miles from Sotogrande! Today the crew is enjoying catching up on some much needed rest after several nights of rocking and rolling in wind and waves made for less than favorable sleeping conditions. Through the past few nights I’ve grown to appreciate my berth in the aft cabin(nicknamed “the coffin” for its claustrophobia inducing size and shape); if I wedge my legs and back just right between the two walls of the berth I can manage to be stationary through almost any sea state and get some sleep, which has certainly been a struggle for other members of the crew.

Fortunately we are now into flat water. No one is complaining about light wind and slow boatspeed today; instead we are relaxing on the deck and soaking in the sun (with plenty of sunscreen of course!). We will need the sleep in the bank for our late night passage through the Strait of Gibraltar followed by our arrival in Sotogrande, all within the next 15 hours. While we are excited to be so near our destination, there’s no rush to be through with beautiful, blue water days like today.

Love to all. See you soon,

Liz

Cam testing the beanbags
Cam testing the beanbags
Jackie and Matt cuddling off the coast of Southern Spain
Jackie and Matt cuddling off the coast of Southern Spain

17 thoughts on “Only 15 hours to go, but we aren’t in any rush.

  1. great post Liz, thanks – and thanks for giving the captain a break 😉
    I guess you’ll se Gibraltar soon – ought be visibility from about 50mi I guess, though humidity thee must reduce that. must be bittersweet times, the last stretch of a great adventure.
    Hope you do get to take the ferry ride to Tangiers, sounds like a fascinating daytrip.

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  2. So-So-So-So excited to hear from my lovely Liz! Cannot believe you are on the tail end of the voyage! Enjoy every last second and looking forward to big hugs next Friday. Sounds like you had the best cabin and thanks for letting us know you are all wearing sunblock! XXXXOOOO

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  3. Your post is a wonderful surprise. Didn’t expect any more contact today. Thank you Liz for the good news that everyone is taking an opportunity to dry out, relax and get in top condition for the Strait of Gibraltar passage. May these final hours be the best for all the crew. Your destination port has certainly been well earned. Love to all!!

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  4. Miss Liz, thanks for this wonderful update! Xo
    The light wind, slow boat speed, sunny day, while wearing lots of sunscreen sounds like a perfect sailing day and seemingly couldn’t have happened at a better time, given the previous day’s weather. And, thanks for the sweet pics too! Love seeing Cam getting some rest, and the sweet pic of Matt & Jackie. Great pic of you w/some of the guys!
    Wie’ll look forward one of the next group shots being this beautiful Moondance Family ‘group shot’ on shore, smiling in SotoGrande! Our love to you all! XoXo

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  5. Can’t believe your magical voyage is almost done! You all have earned a lifetime of memories!! Looking forward to photos of the Rock and of the happy crew arriving at their destination! Safe travels for the remainder of the journey!!!

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  6. Dear Captain and Crew It has been such a joy following you on the trip of a lifetime. In the morning your journey will end and soon you will all be home in the arms of your loved ones. Embrace the final moments of your journey and marvel at you accomplishment. Not many in this world can make the claim they Sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a 56 foot sail boat. Captain Thank you Thank You Thank you for keep the youngsters safe! When Liz first came home and told us of the plan to do a trans Atlantic I may have been the only one to love the idea. Her Mom and Pop Pop sure did not like it so much but I was confident that you would keep her and Cam safe. Bravo Zulu! Job well done!! I cant wait to see her beautiful smile and Cam with his new goatee. They left us as young Dingy sailors and they will rectum seasoned Blue water sailors. I am so happy for all of you to be able to cross this off your bucket list.

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  7. … tracking map looks like you’re closer to shore than some of my parking spots @ some North Shore Beaches! … getting very excited! Xo

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  8. We Remember going through the strait of Gibraltar but we were in a huge ferry boat! So happy about the sunblock and that you have an enjoyable end to your journey with calmer seas! Congrats to all the crew!

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  9. Congratulations to the Captain and crew on the Moondance journey! The pictures and blogs have fascinated and astonished me; and also interested a few friends here and at the Exchange. Although I have never been friends with the high seas, I do admire your love of sailing.

    From your descriptions, you have handled your voyage with expertise, care and concern for one another and lots of humor thrown in. What an accomplishment! I hope you are planning on a book as the prose has been worthy to say the least.

    I stand in awe! Love, Mimi

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  10. Yay!!! …seeing Moondance safely tied up at the dock, … am completely exhilarated!!!! Congratulations on your safe and magnificent arrival upon completion of your trip of a lifetime! You’ve done what most of us can only dream about, and we will, in full color, with much detail, again and again, in reading and re-reading this phenomenal blog which captured so much of it, so well for us! We love you all!
    Again, am so grateful to you all for doing whatever it took to get yourselves there safely and with all the good spirit that was shown. Love you , Love you, Love you! Great big hugs and kisses to you all! ❤️

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  11. I will miss the daily blog updates————This has been an adventure to ALL of us who have made this journey with you!!!! — See you soon, Cam!!!!!

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  12. Congratulations on a successful voyage. Like a vacation when its over, the time passed quickly but your memories of this crossing will always be as sharp as if it happened yesterday. To cam, Liz and crew – thank you for taking me along via the blog.enjoy the rest of your time in sotogrande

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