The Big Day – 11:40am Start

June 3, 2011 posted by admin

9am Friday June 3, 2011

Well today is the big day. The great yacht is ready to go. I got a good night’s sleep last night aboard a boat alongside the clubhouse.

It’s blowing like stink this morning out of the North North West. It’s forecast to blow like stink for a good part of the race, while shifting to the North North East.

Thank you to everyone who has made it possible to get here:
UK Halsey for making sure the sails cling together,
The Rigging Shoppe for the new standing rigging,
Lori Mason The Store for making sure we were all kitted out,
Aquafolia Skin Care for their amazing support and products, and
Guarantee Company of North America for their ongoing fantastic support with warm dry gear to wear.

Thank you also to all the individual people who have made this happen. There are too many to list, but you all know who you are. For those of you who don’t, there are about 20 people who could be named easily 🙂

I’m feeling good. Plan to approach the start with prudence and perspective. Things can go very wrong, very fast if one fails to keep a watchful eye.

Time for breakfast, then it’s out to the Girl and make our way to the start line. Our start is scheduled for 1140. Check out the race tracking. I will try to remember to push the Spot Tracker as well each day. The race tracking has numerous display options including tracking the other racers as well.

iBoat tracking is turned on. As of 9am, all the boats are clustered in and around Newport.

The three other minis competing against Diane are:
Pogo Loco, skippered by Philippe Laville of Quebec
Frogger, skippered by Christian Reimer of New York and
USA-415, skippered by Jay Sharkey a Newport native.
All three have all participated in past Bermuda 1-2 races.

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