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Sod's law strikes

16/05/2011

Almost 2 months without rain, clear blue skies, continuos sunshine and temperatures in the mid 20s.  That all changed the moment Cosmic Dancer touched the water. 

For the past 6 weeks we have looked out of the shed enviously at the other yachts enjoying near per perfect sailing conditions, whilst we have been stuck working indoors. Now that we are on the water and needed some good weather for re commissioning we  found winter had returned.

Our first day of working outside on deck was continually interrupted by thunderstorms which had us scurrying for shelter every 20 minutes or so. Casting off the lines to give the engine a trial run was a signal for the rain to change to hail. Within 5 minutes the deck was like a skating rink covered  with a white coat of hailstones the size of large peas.

At the same time the wind , which has been blowing from the east for the last 5 weeks - perfect conditions for the 600 miles of westing we need to make to round Ushant - has gone round to the west.

But not all is doom and gloom. For the first time in 5 months Cosmic Dancer is looking like a proper yacht again.  All the hard work that went into polishing and varnishing, which for so long seemed to be leading nowhere,  has paid dividends. There cannot be too many 23 year old yachts around that look so good.

One more weekend of fitting out and then the adventure begins.  We may be later than most to get back on the water, but we have also got a lot more sailing ahead of us than most. We can't wait to get started.

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