What were you doing on Sunday September 2nd? Dreaming of your next holiday? Looking forward to getting the kids back to school? Planning a new fitness regime? For us, the day held significance as it marked 100 days until the start of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
It’s a day that’s come round quickly. Possibly a little too quickly. As with all the best projects it’s been planned to the final dot and comma, and as a result all the work is being carried out in the last few months.
Not that we’ve had a quiet August. We completed our qualifying hours with a very civilised five hour row off the Dorset coast, where we practised our para anchor and anchor techniques, and fried our brains with the subtleties of the auto helm.
We’ve spent hours working on the boat, and can now report that our AIS, radios, and other comms are in full working order, our hatches secure and cabins on the way to being a little less Spartan.
August is also the month of forms. We’ve had to get approval from doctors and dentists, register EPIRBS and PLBS and decide if we want to be told of any disasters at home. Putting your signature to some of these forms makes the adventure all too real.
Perhaps most decisively of all, we’ve paid the balance of our entry fee. So there really is no going back now.
The next few weeks sees more boat action, on both land and sea. Our final training session before Trilogy departs is at the end of September, and then it’s two weekends of boat packing before we wave her off in mid October.
In the meantime, there is lots to buy. 5000 calories a day equals a lot of chocolate (or nutrious balanced meals if anyone from the race organisers is reading this) as well as essential equipment such as buckets, signalling mirrors and wet wipes.
It’s going to be a busy old month.