Archive for May, 2009

Pictures from the start

Monday, May 25th, 2009

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The family are flying the flags in the picture above right (click to enlarge).

Last Day!

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

It’s getting quite hectic here in Plymouth, but we’re in good shape as Dinah’s to-do list is reduced to fetching water, diesel, gas, and fresh fruit. Easy!

This morning Bob took her up the river Tamar, where a team of divers lovingly wiped her clean underneath, just to make sure any sea-life that had gathered over the few weeks in plymouth wasn’t going to slow me down along the way.

We spent the morning listening to official briefings, weather and ice forecasts, accepting keepsakes, signing our lives away, filling out customs forms, etc, etc. So everybody is now rushing around to finish off the last bits.

We’ve had a lot of press coverage during the week also. BBC did several live pieces from the pontoon. Elaine Bunting came and did an interview for Yachting World Magazine. An American documentary maker has been interviewing all the skippers and on Friday night I was on Tom McSweeneys Seascapes program on RTE Radio 1. I believe RTE television are also going to air an interview I did with them a few weeks ago during the 6-1 news over the next few days.

This time tomorrow the spectator boats will be peeling back to shore and each of us will be all alone for the rest of the trip. I imagine that will be quite emotional. We’ll see tomorrow!

Must go organise the last of my provisions. Talk to you more regularly once the excitement of the race start is over.


RTE Six-One TV News

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Barry and Dinah featured on the Six-One TV news broadcast on Friday, 22 May.

Two Of A Kind

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

More and more boats are arriving in Plymouth every day. Dinah is sitting at the top of the marina, with Ninjod (another JOD 35, almost identical to Dinah) and FIBRA (and Italian Open 35) moored outside. The race stickers went on this morning, which you can see on Dinah’s bow in the photo below. I must say I felt very proud when I arrived to see an Irish flag flying proudly over the “race village”. You can just about make it out in the background of the photo.
Dinah & Ninjod in front of the race village
Everything is falling into place quite nicely. The new lightweight liferaft went on this morning. Brand new high power alternator yesterday. Not much left to do! Bob arrives tonight with all the provisions and clothes, so once they’re on board I’m pretty much ready to go. I’ve even had time to work on some weather routing for next week. The first few days aren’t looking very pretty which is of course what nobody wants to hear, but hey, if it was easy then everyone would be doing it! Hopefully the offending depressions in question will decide to move East a bit quicker than expected over the next few days leaving more clement conditions for the start. We’ll see…