Saturday, 13 April 2013

2013 Normandy Channel Race

It's been a busy few weeks for us.  We picked up our new Class 40, Concise 2, in Hamble, UK, found some exciting new campaign partners, and even got in a few days of sailing!   Right now we're finishing up our final day of preparations before the start of the 1000nm Normandy Channel Race in Caen, France.

We're very happy to announce that Gill is now our official clothing partner.   With our upcoming, springtime jaunt around Tuskar and Fastnet, knowing we have brand-new offshore kit is fantastic!   Our freezing cold delivery across the Channel earlier this week confirmed our suspicions that Gill is making some truly high-performance wet weather gear.

In addition, we're now all set up with satellite email and weather compression software from Global Marine Networks.  We've got XGate installed and running on the boat computer, and thus far it's been quick and easy, just what you want when you're emailing and downloading weather offshore!

Last but certainly not least, we have a website!   Fellow Tufts sailor, Liz Haddad of EVH Design has created a logo and website for us.

Tomorrow afternoon, our fleet of 22 Class 40s will head off from Caen- follow our progress on the race tracker.  Link on our website. We anticipate it taking about 5 days to complete the course.  The weather is looking great for the start and we should be on the English coast early on monday morning, we leave the Isle of Wight to port and head west along the coast before heading north to SE Ireland.  From here we head to Fastnet and return via the channel Islands to Caen.  We are racing against an extremely competitive, international group of sailors, we've got our work cut out for us.  What a way to start the season in our new boat!

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