This weekend I managed to get back to Dartmouth (home) for the first time since January. It was great to get back even just for a few days, catching up with everyone as well as fitting in a bit of J80 training in preparation for the Worlds starting on the 9th June.
After catching a quick Roscoff – Plymouth ferry on Tuesday and a late night Plymouth – Roscoff last night I am now back in France to prepare for the ‘Transmanche’.
The ‘Transmanche 2012’ is the next race on the circuit, a 220nm cross channel race starting from L’Aberwrach on the very North West corner of France, looping around Plymouth breakwater to starboard before heading back across the channel to finish in L’Aberwrach, with a bit of ship dodging in between.
I am still feeling some effects of sleep deprivation from the last race so good sleeps, good food and lots of rest are the main order of business in the run up to our start day on Friday. My boat is pretty much sorted, she has now passed 2 jauge (or ‘George’ as we like to call it) scrutinising sessions by the class officials so I am confident I have everything onboard that I need safety wise, I have a few jobs to do post Solo Concarneau from things that broke or stopped working but generally 37 and I are in good shape.
The weather initially is showing a potentially very quick race, with a reach there and back in strong Easterly winds, each weather file I look at at the moment has the isobars compressing and squeezing together more and more meaning a 30+ knot, Petit Spi, all action white knuckle ride could be on the cards for the leg back south to France, fingers crossed