The start is getting closer …

As I write it is Wednesday, 21 September 2011. The start is now just four days away. The boat is getting close to being ready, with just a few last-minute jobs remaining.

I did all my safety checks at the very first opportunity – last Thursday – and passed them all without a problem. I did have to repaint the boat numbers on the deck yesterday, but I found someone else who was doing the same thing and we shared paint and masking tape, so that made things a little quicker.

Chris Tutmark, who did the Mini Transat in 2009 and who I know from my days sailing in Vancouver and Seattle, has come out for the start. He is a professional rigger and has been very helpful the last couple of days working on the boat – splicing and doing whippings and odd jobs. He has really helped me get through the jobs list a lot quicker.

There are still some jobs ahead – final shopping, replacing some bungee around the boat, stowing my gear, food and water, checking the rig – but it looks a lot less intimidating than it did on Sunday.

I also have to do a lot of navigation work – inputting waypoints on the GPS so I don’t hit the rocks while I’m approaching Madeira, for example! – but I should have time to do that over the next couple of days.

Still, I think this may be my last opportunity to update the blog before I go, so I’ll provide the link to the race website. Our trackers have not been installed so I can’t provide a direct link to the tracking page, but if you go to the race website you should be able to find it.

My next update may be from Madeira!

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3 Comments on “The start is getting closer …”

  1. Colin G Says:

    Good stuff! Best of luck with the rest of the prep.

  2. Ancient Mariner Says:

    Great, Bruce. Good to see that you have had a Mini-Transat veteran to help you with rigging etc.. C. & I will be watching with great interest over the next 5 to 6 weeks, until you are safely moored in Salvador .

    Cheers and Good Fortune.


  3. Glenn D Says:

    best of luck Bruce, will be following your progress.

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