By the time Rob and Jimmy Heath had returned from the skippers briefing, the fruit and veg were washed (to remove any stowaway bugs) dried, and stowed, the fridge had been filled, and dry stores were all packed away in lockers.
A calm and sunny day has made our last preparations much easier. We've rehearsed our downwind sailing rig - including rigging the spinnaker poles on the mast at the foredeck. Fred and Jimmy have checked out the fishing gear - taking advice form Kurt and Neil on SuperTaff next door - and have found little lacking thanks to Richard Shaw's helpful preparations earlier this year.
The atmosphere on the pontoon this evening is one of calm anticipation mixed with excitement.