We have made our way down to Plymouth, via Portland and Dartmouth, and are now moored in Queen Anne's Battery, impatient to be off. The fleet are flying their flags proudly and the sun has come out. We spent a great reception night in the Royal Western Yacht Club, where we got to know a few of our competitors, along with meeting a few old friends among them. Although the field is reduced, compared to 2010, the experience among those racing this year is formidable. We will certainly have to race well and hard! Off for the race briefing now...
This evening we race across the channel to St Vaast, on the East side of the Cherbourg peninsula. Forecast looks good with a fresh wind and spinnaker run overnight, arriving in time for breakfast. Unfortunately the entrance to St Vaast dries out at low water, so we will turn around and head straight home. Hopefully crossing most of the channel before the wind dies completely. It will be a good to blow away the winter cobwebs as we ramp up preparations for the RBI, starting 1 June.