The boat is prepped. Lunch is on the table and I am sitting next to my co-skipper Christa ten Brinke waiting to go.
The course for the Solent 650 is over 200 miles of the best sailing the south coast can offer. Strong tides, fickle winds and seven mini’s who all want to win.
We start off Lymington at 1500 this afternoon and the course will take us East around the isle of Wight, back to the Needles Fairway bouy, over to Poole and then a long stretch to the end of the world as they knew it – Wolf Rock, perched just off Lands End.
We round the rock to Stbd and then leg it back into Plymouth and the warm welcome as always at the Royal Western Yacht Club.
I am as ever, nervous excited and looking forward to sailing, this time with a great friend.
Many Many thanks to Keith Willis our race organiser and PRO, and Lymington Town Sailing club. Also to my sponsors who have also sponsored this race, namely Flag Antifouling, Barton Marine and Fuel Cell Systems. Thank you guys yet again for supporting our fantastic sport.