As I walked down to the marina this morning, all pumped and ready to race, it was no suprise to hear the sound of a hooter and see the AP raised to signal yet another postponement for the start of the Mini Transat. The Mini Transat is now programmed to start tomorrow at 0900 on the 13th of November 2013!
While frustrating that the race is delayed again it was a good decision by the race committee as having 80 boats racing out of a confined bay with a front approaching in complete darkness would not have been a pretty site. The delay gives the entire fleet the best opportunity to perform to 100% of their ability.
Preparations are all complete on the boat, so this delay gives me time to relax and concentrate on my routing and chart work.
My last routing forecasted my arrival in Guadalupe 22 days after the start, but with the winds forecasted exceeding 30kts from the NE until Lanzerote, and good winds all the way across the Atlantic, I expect that my boat speed will exceed my polars, so it is possible I could be in Guadalupe in just 20 days (touch wood).
Yesterday I made final preparations on the boat and prepared my food. You may notice in the photo I am sporting a good Mo on my face. This is not an attempt to make myself irritable to women, but it is for a good cause to support Mens Health as part of Movember. For more information on Movember check out http://au.movember.com/mospace/2114614 and donate to such a good cause!
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