As the planning for The Gemini Project moves forward we are beginning to acquire the resources necessary to achieve our goal. Today we received storage containers for food and memory cards for the cameras; while the end grain balsa wood should be in this week allowing us to finish repairs on the companionway hatch cover. If the Kickstarter campaign is successful we will get the boat painted and completely refitted.
We are currently working on the ICW route from Fort Washington, Maryland to Key West, Florida.
Starting from Fort Washington Marina on August 1st 2014, we will try to make Colonial Beach, Virginia by the end of the first day. That may prove to be an ambitious plan because it is about a 12 hour sail at 5 miles an hour.
We would like to make Martin National Wildlife Refuge and anchor for the night on day two , then take half of day three to film in the area before making a seven-hour run for Windmill Point Marina on the north bank of the Rappahannock River.
If all goes well it would should be a nine hour run to Norfolk, Virginia where we will spend the night.
The official start of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is at mile marker 1 in Norfolk, Virginia.
The total journey will be approximately 2000 miles in distance and we will be sailing about 5 miles per hour, so the total voyage will take about 3 months.
We plan on reaching Key West Florida by December 1st in time for Pirates in Paradice which starts on December 4th and ends on December 7th.