We have finally received our last crew member, Lt. Cmdr Tomy from the Indian Navy, and are departing on the morning of the 13th for a 600 nm leg through the Gulf of Aden, trying to dodge pirates, ending up in Aden, Yemen. Seeing as our original departure date was about one month ago, and I have been here for almost six weeks, I am looking forward to getting out onto the seas again, pirates or no.
Tomy seems to be a good guy, and will likely prove to be a worthy addition to the crew. He recently spent some months in Cochin, India, working as a shoreside manager for one of the Volvo Ocean Race boats. He has the shoes to prove it to, red Pumas with the race logo imprinted on the inner sole. As for his skills as a sailor, I am both hopeful and skeptical: He worked alongside some pretty impressive projects and has some dinghy experience, but he was worried about not having sailing gloves. We’ll see.
Short update, feeling uninspired and stagnant. Look for something interesting around the 20th, perhaps.