And so we come to the night before the big race. D2D sets out from Dun Laoghaire harbour and runs around the South Coast of Ireland towards Dingle in County Kerry. I have no idea how long it will take us to complete this voyage, but I think the other crew are estimating that we’ll arrive in Dingle around Friday or Saturday.
I’ll be aboard the Cambrinus, skippered by Robert Marchant. Robert runs the Dunmore East Sea School in Waterford, so I’m hoping to learn a lot from sailing with him.
As it happened, Robert also needed some help delivering Cambrinus to Dun Laoghaire from Waterford in preparation for the race. Seeing as it was only a day-long trip and was scheduled to depart on Bank Holiday Monday, I signed on to see if I could pick up a few quick hints before jumping into the thick of things tomorrow. That was the first time I have ever been actively involved in crewing a boat. I wasn’t much use, but the other crew members were extraordinarily patient and helpful.
Despite a sudden bout of seasickness which lasted about an hour, I really enjoyed the experience. Although, even after only one day, I’m considerably more tired than I thought I would be. I’m going to reserve any summary thoughts or reflections for after I have completed the full voyage, but I’m optimistic after yesterday. I do expect to be utterly wrecked by the finish though.
After we complete D2D I’ll stay on the Cambrinus and help Robert to bring it up the West coast to Derry. That voyage is scheduled to take a week. All-in-all if I pay attention and practise what I’m shown, I’m going to learn a lot.
From talking to the other crewmates this morning, apparently we have northerly winds which means we’ll need to tack our way down the East Coast. That will mean rougher sailing than we had yesterday. So I may need to brace for more seasickness, but it’s all in the name of building experience.
In other good news, I was finally able to resolve my insurance woes as multitrip.com eventually agreed to offer me the policy they had originally suggested more than a week ago. One of my crewmates recommended getcover.ie as another outlet for purchasing personal insurance for a short sailing trip. I was also able to get the last of my foul weather gear just in the nick of time. So in the event of any rain, I should manage to stay relatively dry. Hopefully.
If you’re interested you can keep track of our progress during D2D on the map below, managed and maintained by D2D on their official website. You can also watch us on Marine Traffic to see our voyage towards Derry after the race.