The crew is assembling in Marion, and supplies are being shipped in from around New England in preparation for the race tomorrow.
Part of the crew will stow gear and supplies into all the nooks and crannies of the boat, while others attend the weather briefing and skipper's meeting to receive final details of the race and latest updates on Atlantic weather. There have been some positive and negative indications in the prior weeks… surface maps show quiet winds around Bermuda, while rainstorms around Narraganset bay are making for a gloomy day. Storms should exit by morning, giving us a breezy and sunny start.
Meanwhile the gulf stream is showing both negative and positive currents directly in our path, so some strategizing will be needed on how to navigate the currents for shortest path and highest benefit.
Tonight, Beverly Yacht Club will have their work cut out for them as they host the crew dinner with BBQ amid downpours. Race sponsor Goslings will be on hand with rum drinks to prepare us for the tastes of the island. Looking forward to seeing new and old friends, and the other boat crews. It is especially nice to spend time with our shore crew and families who have provided so much time and energy to help us prepare for this adventure – we love you!
Mahina Kai is Hawaiian for "Moon over water". Coincidentally we will be sailing with the waxing moon, reaching full on Monday during the race.