On May 25-28 the crew got together for the Shakedown sail. After a lovely christening ceremony at Sidney Marina, where she is moored, 'Giant Corn' was ready for us to take her out for a spin... or a paddle. While we did have a motor with us, we were determined to practice our human propulsion. Which worked - much to the bemusement of the other boaters in our vicinity. many kind people came over to offer us a tow and then carried on laughing & shaking their heads.
We shook out the sails and had a great 2.5 days. We were blessed with great weather & nice winds. Fingers crossed that luck carries with us all in the race :) Below is a snippet of footage from the trip. Thanks to Colin for whipping this up!
These guys explain this event better than we can... because we've never done it before! Here's some choice bits for you to chew on :)
Windy.com is this nifty tool that allows us to visualize the wind speed, patterns & forecasts. Super handy!
Basic rule = green is good, orange is exciting, anything above that is hopefully short-lived.
Where to find us (sort of) and when (perhaps):
June 13 - Port Townsend, WA for the Pre-Race Ruckus
June 14 - Port Townsend, WA for the 5am race start. This is the 40mile 'Proving Ground' leg of the race. Must arrive at Victoria Harbour before 5pm on June 15th
June 15 - Victoria, BC for the Racer Party at 7pm
June 16 - Victoria, BC. Open Boat. Come visit us on Giant Corn at the docks from 3-6pm
June 17 - RACE DAY will begin on the Empress Hotel seawall at Inner Harbor in Victoria at high noon. It is a bell start with all participants positioned on the seawall. To quote: "Yes, you will be dashing to your boat to get that 2-minute head start on this 700 mile leg of the race… we are pretty sure this is called a Le Mans start."
Race route from Victoria’s Inner Harbor to Ketchikan’s Thomas Basin:
Hard to say. Any route between the two is apparently acceptable as long as we pass through Seymour Narrows and through Lama Passage, in front of Bella Bella.