Day before the race, crew assembled on the vessel and made final preparations, stowing gear and provisions for the race.
The Skipper's Briefing at 17:00 covered start and arrival logistics, weather, and current data. Compared to the 2013 race, where brisk start weather gave way to a steady wind until the fleet arrival to dead air near Bermuda, the 2015 weather is expected to be variable, with constantly rotating wind direction, and opposing currents that will add to the sea state. Remnants of hurricane Bill appeared prominently on the weather maps, and the word "Gale" appeared at one point. Hang on to your seats, it's going to be a bumpy ride!
At 18:00, a crew cookout was held at the start host club, Beverly Yacht Club. Accompanied by Dark & Stormies, Bright & Breazies, and Rum Swizzles, great cheer and camaraderie ensued.
After returning to the boat, in anticipation of brisk following winds, the crew swapped-out the jib sheet for a smaller heavy-weather jib that should serve us better.
As we begin this adventure, I cannot help but feel like Jacques Cousteau, on the shores of Lake Titicaca… "As I survey the great expanse, I am concerned for my crew, diving at the highest altitudes ever for the AquaLung, and at the same time am compelled by the adventures and creatures we will encounter in her depths".
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