I planned to have the morning off today and wait for our guests to arrive. Members of Action for Children, family and friends planned to meet us in the afternoon. However, Paul Pratt invited us to race with the Liverpool yacht club and offered to take passengers out on the committee boat to take photos.
On the downwind leg with the spinnaker flying we crept into first place! Then the wind died leaving us all drifting with the tide. Lou noticed that the spinnaker line was caught at the top of the mast so she donned the Bosun’s chair and was hoisted aloft to sort it out. As she was working away at the top of the mast the wind kicked in with a vengeance. With sails and lines flapping everywhere she worked hard fixed the problem and was soon back on deck.
We were back in the race but slipped to third place. Not bad for a relatively novice crew in a little boat that has sailed over 1500 miles loaded with food, spares and other kit.
We retired to the club house and spent the evening with our family and friends telling our stories. It was the icing on the cake and inspiation to keep going knowing so many are following and supporting us.
Thank you all.