CREAN GOES SOUTH…. a change of plan.
I have entered CREAN in the South Atlantic race. www.southatlanticrace.co.za/sa/index.php which takes place at the end of this year.
This race is 3300 miles long, starting in Table Bay, Cape Town and finishing in Salvador, Brazil. The race starts on January 4th 2006, should take three to four weeks and means Helen and I having to spend both Xmas and New Year in Cape Town. (What a blow!).
Essentially the challenge is the same as the Mini-Transat, the race I was originally planning to compete in. The big difference is that this is not just a race for Open 6.5 Minis but has classes for all types and sizes of boats. There will even be square riggers taking part in the cruising section of the race so plenty of variety. I am hoping that there are several minis to race against (five entered so far) and I know of a couple that will be joining me and shipping their boats down to South Africa at the end of the year. Latest 'Mini class' newsletter - (photo of Crean on page 2).
19/8/05 - Royal Southampton Yacht Club - Le Havre Double Handed Race
16/7/05 - Royal Southampton Yacht Club - Island Double Handed Race
Although all ready to go, I had to cancel my entry into the Mini-Pavois at the last minute, due to circumstances beyond my control. A great disappointment, but a good sail back from Brixham.
Crean is safely back in the water and ready to go. I plan to move
her to the West Country over the next two weekends and then
sail her to La Rochelle for the start of the Mini-Pavois.
My training this year will consist of more miles and one long race, the Mini-Pavois which takes place in May. The Pavois will be my biggest challenge so far, one single-handed leg from La-Rochelle to St. Quay en Portrieux (just West of St.Malo). A total of 400 miles crossing the top half of the Bay of Biscay and through the 'Raz de Sein'.
Jobs for the next month are to re-antifoul the hull, check and service all equipment and generally make the boat ready for the season.
Last week I invested in a new set of waterproofs as last year I struggled with my six year old set which were neither breathable or even waterproof! New mid layers are needed but the budget is not limitless.
Before the South Atlantic race I will need a spare autopilot, a generator, and a new comms system. Hopefully, during the race, I will be able to use a satellite phone and keep in contact with you all.
I would like to thank all of you who helped and supported me through last season and encourage you all to do the same this year.