And so, the race to Cape Town has finished for us, and the race to get Azzam on the ship has started. It always amazes me that some of the world’s best sailors have other skills as well.
Yesterday saw Satterthwaite and associates carpentry masterclass. For four hours, Craig, Justin Ferris and Simon Fisher toiled away with chip board, 2x4 planks of wood and a selection of power tools and screws, to manufacture or new mast cradles that will hold our precious spar on the deck of the yacht all the way to Cape Town.
While there is still a real sense of loss, there is also a real sense of camaraderie amongst the team that warms the heart… having trained for three months in Cascais near Lisbon we have many friends here who have dropped everything.
Vincent, and his wife Joana have even left their 1-year-old daughter with their in-laws and become our lifesavers here on the dock, shipping, organising and even brining the food down to the lads.
It's at times like these that we should remember what a special sport sailing is, to have friends around the world, who are prepared to put family aside, to help a fellow racer in a time of need.