Well, fruit is stored in the port nets and veggies in the starboard nets. Will the fruit last more than a few days in this heat?
Crew briefing was exciting. The buzz in the assembly room was palpable. It was good to learn that the weather forecast for the next while, as we steer through "cyclone alley" in the coming days, is clear of developing "lows" - weather patterns that can potentially develop into cyclones. Even still, these boats are built like tanks for oceans. They can take whatever weather we encounter.
Today Matt, our intrepid skipper, met with the Leg 5 team on the boat for the first time. We decided we would discuss team goals and overall strategy tomorrow. There will be plenty of time while we motor out to the starting line - 145 miles to get us safely out beyond the Great Barrier Reef. We will do a "Le Mans" start, lead by team Great Britain. Then on past the Philippines to Vietnam. ETA February 20.
Han, my watch leader, from Korea, met with the 7 of us on the "Orca" watc. We decided that the joiners could try all the roles on the boat, and we figured out a system for 2 of us at a time to be on call to support the opposite "Dolphin" watch.
Tonight we got together for dinner at a steakhouse. No more steak for me for a while!