Race 2 start at Pangkor...it was one of those mornings... you wake up at 6.30 to the sound of a tropical storm battering the roof of your chalet at Seaview hotel, Pangkor, with the vengeance of tribal drums banging out a call to war. Ah, you say, that's good, the rain will have passed over by breakfast and we'll have a gentle start at lunchtime. No such luck today... by breakfast time the first wave had passed over and another more vicious downpour was doing it's best to fill the gutters faster than they could drain into the sea... many sailors stood by the baggage drop area wondering whether they would ever find their boat at anchor later. Most of them could be seen looking at the YB Tracker app on their phone and saying; "it's somewhere over there". Even the photographers were supping their coffee and pondering whether they should have brought an infrared camera as well.
By the time the secretariat had packed the last of the mobile office onto the baggage boat, switched off the portable hotspot and finished the final cups of teh tarik, the rain had subsided to a drizzle and visibility had increased to more than 200 metres, but things didnt look good for an on time start..... as the writer headed north at an unpublished rate of knots using 4 wheels a sunshine laden Penang could be seen in the far distance. We now sit at Healy Mac's bar in Straits quay looking at the slow curved tracks of the participants on the tracker pages looking forward to seeing their arrival at port. It certainly doesn't look like yesterday's near record breaking dash, rather than a slow meander through the fishing grounds of the Kra bank.... more news later