Before now the countdown was just numbers at the top of my blog. Trying to focus me on the fact the race was not far away a reminder, a nudge in the ribs.
There is no need for numbers now; I know.
I arrived in the race village on Saturday morning and the world has been spinning fast since then. Briefings, the prologue race, paperwork and the security controls have all been whistling by with incredible pace.
It is now Tuesday morning and I am in goodish shape, and I finally feel like I am going to race across an ocean on Sunday.
I have passed my sails control, medical control, class mini paperwork, and most of my safety inspection.
Today I just have to finish of the final items on the safety inspection list and I will be given permission to race. This however includes sorting out an errant VHF cable which I replaced a couple of weeks ago when the mast was down but obviously did not do a good job on.
I am using the screw on non-solder co-ax connectors which are not making a good enough connection for the radio to transmit over distance. If anyone reading this blog has any VHF know how and can suggest a better way of connecting that will not involve taking the mast down and re-running a different cable the PLEASE email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s big shout goes to the amazing Pantaenius insurance company in the UK who are looking after my race insurance and covering the delivery back to France.
It can be pretty hard to find insurers for more adventurous sailing however, Pantaenius stepped up to the mark for me this year and have made everything so easy. I know them already to be a company that support sailors not just boats that stay in marinas as I have worked with them on the Sail Faster Sail Safer series for Yachting World.
So Thank You Pantaenius!