Still Here!


The weather situation is going from bad to worse.


In our weather briefing last night the course meteorologist showed us slide after slide of weather fronts, low pressure systems and never a sign of any let up from the winds that are going to ravage Cape Finisterre and the Portuguese.


The grib files are pretty; swathes of blue, and purple march their way across the screen as the forecast advances by each day but the reality is very ugly and tough news for minis.


At the latest estimation it is unlikely we will be leaving France before the 23rd October and even then we are not sure.


The fleet is flat; we all have issues and concerns arising from this delay. No one planned for this occurrence, though a large proportion of the fleet are local to Douarnenez and still living at home most of the fleet have travelled many miles to be here and the problems created by staying for an unscheduled 10 days are many.


Further on we are starting to wonder about the stopover, will the restart be postponed and therefore our arrival in the Caribbean; are our return flights at risk, what about the shipping?


In short there is not point in thinking about this other than to sort out problems as they present; we must take every day as it comes.


The fleet has been put on standby with a series of codes which will be notified at the race office.


Code Red – the fleet will not leave within the next 36hrs

Code Orange – there is a chance we may leave within 36hrs

Code Green – there is a chance we may leave within the next 24 hrs


This at least will allow those that live close enough to go home, perhaps to work and to travel away from Douarnenez. The rest of us must stay put.


Today the fleet will move back into the river in Douarnenez, locked in again so sailing will be difficult.


I have decided to use my time as pragmatically as I can, running, sleeping, eating well and I will be blogging everyday ‘Pip’s guide to the mini transat’.


This will be a good chance for me to share with you all every aspect of my boat and my preparations, my choice of sails, my rescue and emergency procedures and equipment, clothing, navigation, food and everything.  I’ll have a chance to take photos of each part of my boat, explain the choices I have made and give you all a bit more of an idea of what I expect to encounter when eventually we do go sailing.




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