One more day at work and then I head down to Gosport to help out with the race preparations on the Jamaica boat, then departing Sunday for a last training week/delivery to St Katherine's Dock where the boats will remain until race start on Sunday 1st September. No doubt all will go smoothly as St Kats is managed by GVA. The arrangements are all falling into place with briefings, a party or two and the details of the start procedure. On Tuesday 28th we have been invited to a reception by Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assama, the High Commissioner for Jamaica at the Jamaican High Commission in London which is exciting and is a real sign of what it means to be representing that country.
Packing is almost complete having whittled down my original pile of " essentials" to the 20 kg limit imposed on all crew to keep the racing weight down. When you start with sea boots, foul weather gear and sleeping bag, base layers, mid layers and wet wipes, leaves about 50 g for everything else. The excitement and trepidation are growing in equal measure and really just can't wait to start racing. First stop Brest in Brittany and then across the Atlantic to Rio. Let's go!