Crew member on FRA26 Aparito
It’s Sunday morning and we are about to kick off our 1850 mile race with a cup of tea and the first freeze dried porridge of many.
It’s been a hectic couple of days pulling everything together onboard and the three of us are looking forward to getting into our racing rhythm and in some contradictory way finding a bit of calm as we beat our way to the breezy West of the course.
There’s hardly been time to reflect but I’ve managed to grab a couple of seconds think about what we three sailors are trying to achieve over the next ten days or so.
There are many reasons people take to the water and as far as I am concerned Yacht racing is one of the finest. The Seven Star Round Britain and Ireland Race is one of the toughest yacht races there is and it’s held once every four years. Elin set her sights on this race when it was last held in 2014 and here we are just about ready to go. Our boat is the oldest in Class 40 and pretty dated compared to modern designs so though between the three of us we have oceans of experience this will not be a race where we are chasing for first. Our goal is get get round and enjoy. In reality only one team can take first place but that doesn’t and shouldn’t devalue the experience of the rest of the fleet. This is an epic race and we have the opportunity to take part - what better reason to set sail on a rainy Sunday in August.