Well, we’re still here and still waiting. This seemingly unending spell of easterly, or north easterly, winds with persistent rain, is almost unprecedented and we’re assuming it must change soon. We’re thinking in terms of establishing ourselves on the boat next Monday or Tuesday and sailing some time between Wednesday 9th and Saturday 12th. The Windfinder forecasts only extend for seven days, but there is just the suggestion on Tuesday morning that the wind may finally be backing round to the west.
Meanwhile, the ‘farewell’ dinner on Saturday was, I believe, a great success. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves, Tom Isaacs spoke movingly about the impact of Parkinson’s on one’s life (producing a spectacular wave of donations from the guests) and Brian Thompson spoke quietly and calmly about some of the most spectacular multi-hull sailing there has ever been, with video footage of a 140’ trimaran on one wing at speeds of up to 48 knots! (Brian has circumnavigated the complete British Isles eight times in a total elapsed time of considerably less than we are allowing to do it once - and without using the engine!).
As a result of the dinner, HYC will be sending a cheque for £1550 to the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, and I think no-one present was in any doubt that this is a worthwhile cause.
Pray for sunshine and westerly winds!