Cowes week is in full swing and with a 2nd and a 3rd in the bag we are feeling buoyed up on Cazenove Capital Management. The weather for the last weekend has been amazing and the blistering hot sunshine has left us without much of a thought to what the Irish Sea might have to offer up to us next week.
Our Fastnet preparations to date have been very boat focussed; any boat owner will know there is a never ending job list attached to every vessel, always something to change, service, or upgrade. It is easy when thinking about making your boat as race worthy as possible to forget that the crew driving the boat also need to be race worthy, this is especially pertinent when slogging to windward for days on end offshore.
This week however, someone else has stepped in to prepare Ash and I for the Fastnet and we are really pleased to announce that Hudson Wight have become our official clothing sponsors for the Fastnet Race. It really does add an extra layer of confidence before an offshore race knowing that no matter how bad the weather you and your boat can stand up to it. Taking wave after wave on the chin is all well and good so long as it’s only the chin that gets wet.
The Irish sea and South West British Coast can offer up any sorts of seas and weather in August, my previous encounters with ‘the rock’ have all involved some sort of epic wind and waves but I have never been there at this time of year before. The excitement of this race is really starting to build and there is a weird contrast of focussing on the inshore racing at Cowes during the day with a building tension in the mornings and evenings as we start to look at the upcoming weather and go through our lists again and again. Today we will go to the RORC race office in the high street and pick up our sailing instructions.
With our new Hudson Wight kit one more piece of preparation is sorted and very soon the start gun will go and then it will be down to Ash Harris and I to make it all happen.