It’s been far too long since I posted anything, but we’ve been ultra busy over the last few weeks. Qualifying for The Fastnet is now all done! The crew have grown in stature of the last few months having covered more than 600 miles in both training weekends and races since April. The task ahead of them is now understood and having a few weeks off to reflect on lessons learned is probably a good thing.
We’ve had highs we’ve had lows. We’ve been stuck in Le Havre waiting for a storm to pass through and drifted around in thick fog in the middle of the English Channel. The Fastnet Campaign really is a unique way to gain experience and we haven’t even done the race yet.
My task over the next few weeks is to finalise the preparation of Polka. Over the course of this year I’ve pretty much replaced all the running rigging and added sails to her wardrobe. She’ll be coming out of the water in the next few weeks to polish up her bottom. There’s a new Vang (Kicker) going on and the final bits of running rigging will be checked over and replaced where necessary.
And of course, don’t forget, we’re raising money to support Sail4Cancer, so whilst the crew are putting in all the effort, all you have to do is open your wallet! Please do give what you can to this amazing charity.