Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jump Delayed A Few Days

The Bad News:

Today is the day we were supposed to leave, but due to circumstances beyond our control, the Raymarine auto pilot that we just paid beaucoup bucks for isn't working.  So much for their quality control.  GRRRRR!  We are trying to find a solution to this problem, including a fly back to the states to get a quick repair, or uninstalling the @###! thing and re-installing our old auto pilot which was limping along but still working.

We are still waiting for our spinnaker to clear customs. 

The Good News:

Garyn arrived yesterday and is already making himself useful as a crew member.  The To do list is almost completed.  It's great to see him.  The weather and weather conditions are beautiful for sailing this week, including a full moon.  We still are going to try to leave later this week.

We will keep you posted.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The To Do List

We have six days left before we cast off.  Garyn arrives in five days.  Thought you might be interested in seeing the To Do list before we leave or as we can on the fly:

  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer (Saturday)
  • Finish provisioning - get fresh produce, cheeses, eggs, coffee, (Monday)
  • Clean and store provisions (the shopping is easy!) (Monday evening)

Screw down, secure, install:
  • picture frames in V berth, lower saloon, and master stateroom
  • latches for floorboards and setee lids
  • hooks for bungee cords across bookshelves lower saloon and master stateroom
  • additional fans in galley, lower saloon, master stateroom
  • two additional DC plugs, upper saloon, master stateroom
  • coffee mug racks
  • all software on backup computer
  • straps for floor bags and shelves
  • foam sponges in cupboards to prevent rattles

Fix, clean,  and re-glue:
  • magnetic shade catches
  • bug screens
  • kitchen, undershelf light
  • clean boat interior - dusty from all the sanding and polishing
  • do final laundry (Monday)

Sewing projects:
  • thermal hatch covers for bow (these are almost done)
  • covers for 4 fuel cans (today-Thursday)
  • cover straps with snaps for cushions on cooler (today - Thursday)
  • stow sewing gear and sewing machine
Outside projects:
  • remark 50 foot sections of chain
  • attach block for new gennaker
  • convert wind generator to water generator
  • pump out heads (scheduled for Thursday - today)
  • refill propane bottles (scheduled for Friday)
  • fuel up (scheduleds for Tuesday)
  • clean bottom (scheduled for Monday)
  • pickup cutter sail (reefing points for storm sail being installed)
  • clean, fold, and store bicycles
  • clean, foldup, and lash down porta-bote
  • lashdown flopperstopper and fuel cans
  • take down and stow sunshades
  • check out with port captain and immigration
As you can see, I've got to get off the computer and get busy.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Pacific Puddle Jump Article

The March issue of Latitude 38 is out with profiles of all of the Puddle Jumpers and boat profiles.  Check out page 114.  Just a little over three weeks before we cast off for the South Pacific.