Posted by: Helena Smalman-Smith | December 4, 2011

Race start postponed for 24 hrs

The wind really was whistling round the mountains, rooftops and masts in the marina last night, leading to a pretty rough sea state out there, so we were relieved when it was announced this morning that the start is being postponed by 24 hours. The exact start time tomorrow is still to be confirmed but will be about the same – 12 or 12.30pm.

The wind has already dropped actually, but it will take a day for the sea to follow suit. Toby and Nick from crew Box Number 8, who have both sailed round the world, and whose experience of matters oceanic we greatly respect, also felt this was a wise decision, so that’s good for us too! And it should give us all a much calmer first few days. Discretion is definitely the better part of valour when it comes to the sea. The legendary French solo ocean rower Gerard d’Aboville once said after a successful crossing I didn’t conquer the ocean, the ocean let me pass.” and we all always have to set ourselves up as best we can to encourage it to do so.

I am NOT going to end this blog “next blog from the sea…”!……………how about a quote then (land ed)?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain



  1. Good luck guys!


  2. Fingers crossed you get away tomorrow!

  3. Deja vu. Funny as I told a friend that the race had started at 1200. They said: ‘how do you know?’. And indeed it hasn’t. So, more pasta tonight and fingers crossed for tomorrow.

    All the best,


  4. All the very best for tomorrow.the race delay made the national news today, surprisingly because of the help for heroes boat rather than yours!

  5. A worthwhile distraction from preparing for AS Oral retakes tomorrow! You’ve now been added to “my favourites” so I can easily keep track of you! Wishing you lots of luck and hope you’ll be off by this time tomorrow…

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