Race tactics – anything you are able to share?
“The most strategic parts of the race are:
1. The crossing the Golfe de Gascogne
2. Rounding Cape Finisterre
3. Utilising the trade winds to Guadeloupe
“I am creating a ‘road book’ which gives me reminders on the best route to take in different wind conditions and wind strengths. My strategy will vary depending on the size and stability of the Azores high and the movement of the low pressure systems across the Atlantic.”
What excites you most about finally setting off?
“Simply the joy of being back on the water for days at a time – it has taken so much time, financial and physical commitment to get to the start line that I absolutely must get to the other side – not just for myself but for all those who have believed in me and supported me along the way!”
What scares you most about finally setting off?
“I am most worried about making a mistake with the weather forecast and consequently sailing in the ‘wrong’ direction. Our only source of weather information is by SSB, at 0700 each day. Often the signal can be quite poor so it is not easy to decipher the information.
“The rounding of Cape Finisterre is likely to be difficult as well – the coast line is scary, with huge high cliffs, and often strong winds – I remember in the Azores race last year taking 35-40 knots!”