Crew member on GBR9922T R&W
“Hello, Bonjour, Ciao, Hola....
A big ‘HELLO” from the “good ship R&W’ and all of her crew to who ever reads this, to RORC, to our family and all our friends. Andy, Andy, Brian, Andrew, Nicholas, John and myself (Howard) wanted to start our journey’s blog so here we go......
Well it’s been a long time coming, from the initial conversation that went along the lines of “anyone fancy a race around Britain & Ireland?”, to where we are today but we are nearly there! The race is upon us and in true form the weather has changed and we will start with a damp sail to Cowes for the Pre Race Briefing and BBQ, hosted by our race organisers the RORC team
As an RBI ‘virgin’ I’m very excited to be taking part in the race and I have offered to forward through updates on behalf of the R&W crew as part of my role. It’s a great opportunity and a thrilling adventure we’re all about to embark on and something I’m proud to be a part of.
The boat’s ready and during the preparations we’ve made some startling revelations during the planning stages. Things such as trying to work out how many tea bags you need for crew of 7 have been a challenge as we were concerned about a potential mutiny when it was suggested that they should be rationed!, to trivial matters such as trying to get certain members of the crew to understand that packing their body weight in chocolate for the voyage is not acceptable have been ‘enlightening’. But, by far the biggest revelation for me has been actually finding out that the boat’s fuel tank does hold more than the 5 litres when we’re racing, a fact that we’ve never before discovered during our trips! Who’d have thought it!
Tonight will be a sound, if not slightly nervous, sleep for me with a brief trip to join our beautiful J122 in the morning for the short trip across the Solent to Cowes. I’m looking forward to meeting you all there for the BBQ. I am also especially excited at the promise from the RORC Team that after the race has been completed that they will be there to meet us on the quayside in Cowes again with a cold beer, perfect!
A great quote from Angele Ewell Hunt that sums up my thoughts for the race;
“Life is not being sure what will come next or how it will come. We guess at everything we do. We take leap after leap in the dark and that’s the joy of living and the beauty of faith. When we grow tired, when we sit still, that’s when we begin to die.....One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time”
Good luck to all and here’s to a fair wind for the voyage. Let the adventure begin!