Final countdown..

May 31, 2015




Now in the final countdown to The start of the Figaro Eric Bompard cashmere. Everyone is exited after been docked up in Bordeaux for the past 8 days.


Personal preparations have been going well with my sleep patterns has evolved over the past few days from a singular 8 hour sleep to a biphasic and in to Poly phaseic sleep pattern in preparation for leg one and in an attempt to get my body used to been more efficient over a smaller sleep period. Having dined well for the week , lots of steak and vegetables I started to snack a lot more and carbo loading in an attempt to build up some energy reserves. Lots of water has been taken on board to ensure I start the race fully hydrated allowing me to be fully focused and energetic!


The fine vessel magma structures is also in great shape having passed through Jauge ( measurement) and ticking of the final small jobs throughout the week, she is now clean , loaded with food and water and ready to race.

As for the course , It's looking like a tough one, forecast had been changing quite a bit over the past few days but starting to settle now.


Looks like a low pressure off Ireland and one over Spain. A couple of ridges passing over with some significant wind changes making for some very interesting racing. See attached a picture of some routing ideas crossing the bay of Biscay to give you an idea of the ranges between forecasts.

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