Fastnet update: 6 August 2013

Maj Heidi Spencer writes about the crew’s preparation for the Fastnet race, which starts on 11 August…

We awoke this morning to very little wind, so carried out some dry land training on sail trim. We then set off an immediately had to return to the pontoon as we had sprung another diesel leak! All very frustrating! After another call-out to the engineer, it was fixed and we were on our way.

This afternoon was spent on the Solent practising sail changes with all the sails on board, and putting in and shaking out reefs (to reduce the size of the main sail). We’ve now had some supper afloat and are just heading into Cowes before some more sail change practice in the dark… We hope the wind picks up tomorrow!

Heading up to Cowes

Heading up to Cowes

Saskia Hart and Caz Olive washing up

Saskia Hart and Caz Olive washing up

Skipper at the helm

Skipper at the helm