We have been based at Plymouth for the last 5 days and
working on jobs that never get done because of time constraints .this
will make the trip a lot more comfortable.
The first safety inspection went ok , with only a small
amount of extra work , which was all completed the next day.
The rest of the boats have been arriving and everybody seem
very amenable with a diverse range of characters and boats. Everyone is now in
the “rally mood “ All the boats are dressed overall with as many
flags flying as possible , in the best Rally Traditions.
We have done our final Sainsbury shop which we were transported
to , by a minibus provided by a Sailing charity Horizons , and our driver John
is a great bloke. We now have enough provisions to not only cross the Biscay
but go to America if we want to !!!!!
The first Rally briefing was held at the local Royal Albion
Rugby Club , and it was the first time we were able to see all the crews from
the 15 boats going , it was a very convivial evening. A presentation of the
various stops down the Portuguese coast was given, supported by an
excellent slide show, and everyone was smiling at the prospect of the
next 3 weeks.
A good meal with wine was provided and the
evening ended with everyone knowing each other a lot more than previously ,
with an indication of what was to come, at these party stop over’s in
We are now 24 hours away from the start and with the
wind predicted easterly at 4 to 5 it seems a perfect start for the first
leg crossing the Biscay, to Bayona.
All the best
The crew from Andiamo Dell ,Alan and Steve
Ps next report from Bayona.