Jay Jay - 25-11-12 Non Starters!
We were all geared up to depart today, but the a combination of the
impending change in the weather and the decision made at the Skippers’ briefing
yesterday put paid to that. However, we had the advantage of being able to stand
on the start line and watch the start of the ARC as spectators. As the starting
signals were being fired, I felt a pang of regret, but our day will come on
Tuesday instead. It has given us the chance to relax a bit after the frenetic
checking of the various parts of the boat, provisioning, and general
organisation. Our afternoon was more relaxed, a couple of beers in the bar on
the way back to Jay Jay after collecting our freshly baked bread from the
minimarket. In fact, the bread was so fresh it came straight from the ovens into
a paper bag and into my hands. I learnt to juggle within seconds.
Some (15 we think) of the racing division boats that crossed the start line
have turned around and returned to the marina until the weather front passes
over, and they hope to resume their crossing immediately afterwards. We however,
need to remain until the next starting signal on Tuesday regardless of any
improvement in the weather in between time. So we are enjoying our enforced rest
with good grace.
True to the forecast, the wind is picking up with a vengeance, the rain
will follow and we realise it is all for the best that we are tied up in