37:44.40N 25:39.59W Chilling out in Ponta Delgada

Rob Packham
Thu 14 Jun 2007 13:42
Thursday morning and we have had four nights in Ponta Delgada. A few boats are still to arrive having been pushed way east and are fighting a head-wind to get here. We feel for them bigtime.
Jenny managed to change flights and flew out on Tuesday direct from Gatwick. She will be here for a week which is great.
Robert flew back to Holland yesterday - a great friend and crewmate - we have some really great memories.
Looking forward to John arriving Sunday.

The Clube Naval de Ponta Delgada have been amazing hosts. They have kept a 24 hour watch from the clubhouse for every finisher and met them in a RIB and hooter whatever the hour as they cross the finish line.

We have eaten very well at various restaurants - great food and the beers and wine are very cheap. Worried about fitness for the return leg!

We have got to know many of the crews - from 'professional' racers to those who are cruising with race attitude. There is a great spirit across the boats in port.
Some of the boats have repairs to make. One new J Boat has cracks around the keel resulting in factory engineers flying out tomorrow - we hope they can be repaired and ready in time for the Tuesday start.