Saturday, October 30, 2010

Waiting to Start

We are sitting in a Marina in Hampton, VA, with the boat nearly ready to go, but just found that the start of the rally will be delayed. There is weather offshore that the organizers think is not suitable. We do not know if the delay will be 1 day, 2 days, or more.

Once the event starts, we will have a satellite transponder on board. To watch our progress, follow these instructions:

Go to You will see a blue box in the middle of the page that says "Follow the Fleet of the 21st Caribbean 1500." In the box you will see "Positions" Click on that link.

This brings you to a page that has the boats divided into groups. Look for "Cruising Class 7" and click on the link.

You will then see a map, and a list of boats down the left. Click on the yellow box to the left of "Callisto" to see us highlighted on the map (not much to see yet). You can click on the little arrow to the right of "Callisto" to get some more details, and even more if you click on "details."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It starts now

We're leaving early tomorrow on the adventure of our lives. We travel by plane to Washington, spend a few days of preparation in Virginia, and then head offshore about Nov. 1. The weather forecasts are unreliable this far in advance, but still positive. VERY excited.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Event Tracker

Hi Everyone,

We will be leaving about November 1 on a 1400 mile passage from Virginia to the British Virgin Islands. We will be one of about 80 boats all traveling at the same time, as part of an event called the Caribbean 1500 Rally. Some of the boats will be racing, but many (including us) are not being timed.

As part of the event, we will be loaned a satellite device that sends a message with our location every four hours or so. You will be able to see a map of our path and current location on the internet, and I wanted to give some instructions on how to get to the map. This is a little bit generic, since the internet site isn’t available until the rally starts.

First, go to the Rally main site at Once the voyage starts, there will be a prominent box at the top of the page that says "All about the Caribbean 1500" with three buttons under it that say “News,” ”Photos,” and “Positions”. If you click on “Positions,” you will able to input the name of our boat, Callisto, to see our latest location.

We don’t have any way to share photos during the trip, but we will be in daily radio contact with the rally organizers, so we could get mentioned in the news.

We are getting really excited about the trip. I have been watching the weather closely for a while. We are hoping for highs in the 60s when we leave, and steadily warmer as we head south. The rally will start the morning of November 1, unless the weather is bad. In past years, the rally has started 1-5 days later than the planned dates in about half the years.

If all goes well, we’ll be lounging in the islands 8-10 days after we depart.