San Francisco Day 7

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San Francisco Day 7

As we walked down to the park, the sun was shining and the birds were singing. The park was filled with varying groups of people fan dancing, doing marshall arts, stretching, walking their dogs and watching a group of women role playing mayday situations!! That’s what we were doing. Running through our flash cards of Man-Overboard, Capsize, Mayday and Evacuation drills.


Flash Cards

We headed to Alameda Marina, as we were hoping that Doris would be delivered between 10 and 12pm. No such luck! We busied ourselves in the meantime distributing protein shake power into 220 bags, buying 150 litres of bottled water (that we will be using as ballast or weight for the boat) and ensuring we had everything we needed to be packed onto Doris once we were actually re-united with her.

Water Protien

After 7 hours of waiting, she finally arrived. The exact reason for her delay is still a mystery as she was only being held in her container at customs a mere 15 minutes away but we were all very excited to see her!!

We managed to successfully pack away all the food (main meals and snack packs) and they take up 6 of our 11 deck hatches. Everything else needs to be packed tomorrow!

Doris Arrives







  1. David Warner says:

    Hi Laura and the team, great that you are finally reunited with Doris. With all best wishes, love from ,David & Jeannette

  2. At last your boat has arrived ! !
    it’s almost like a long lost friend has been found.again.
    Now you can get on and set a time and day for your departure from San Fransico.
    I am just a pensioner with background in the British Army as a radio technician. I did travel a bit, Berlin , Northern Ireland , Cyprus, Catterick and retired to Harrogate.
    When I first heard of your Charity and then your plan to. row from USA to Cairns I was captured by your enthusiastic
    story and the whole thing and now follow every word and event .
    My wife Sandra and I spent 2 weeks in Los Angeles last year
    Celebrating Thanksgiving with my brother .,so we can understand some of your problems getting to know the American system !,! But one thing has to be said ,all the people we met were kind and would go that little bit extra to help us out..
    Just checking your blogs and felt guilty missed the 16th April 2015
    I Look forward to following your journey and wish you all the best and a little prayer every night .
    John R P

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