It was far more miserable than it looks ........out at the start between HMS Kent, south of the breakwater and Penlee Point
Visibility was low and at times the boats disappeared from view on several occasions
Heading into the wind, waiting for the gun to signal the last five minutes
Making slow big turns and jockeying for position before heading down wind for the final turn before the start
one of the big crew support boats comes out to see them off
lots of boats came out to see them off. It got pretty crowded out there in the spectators area
final preparations, all support crews off the boats and onto the ribs
and then they were off...........the big gun of HMS Kent signifying the start of Transat Bakerly 2016
It was pretty swelly out there with some chop but our skipper tucked right into the lee of Penlee point
We had managed to obtain the last four tickets on one of the cruise boats - we almost didn't go but I am glad we did. My parents thoroughly enjoyed themselves; no one was sea sick and actually as the gun started the race, the sun came out and the gloom lifted.
All in all rather a good day out!