Yellow Brick watching throughout the day, saw MP slightly pull away from Jamaica + then maintain the distance. With a VMG (velocity made good) of around 10 knots the prediction was for Jamaica to arrive late this evening. Thus the bike plan had been dropped in favour of charting a couple of RIBs to drive out to greet Jamaica under the Bridge. I was most definitely up for this – Jamaica might well be at the back of the fleet for this race on account of having to spend 48 hours parked-up in Japanese waters but they would receive an unrivalled welcome from us waiting crew + families.
In the event the wind picked up (Yay!!!) + instead of slowing down as all the other boats had done Jamaica actually gathered speed approaching the finish. So in the event it was a real scramble to get down to the quay in time + a belt out to the bridge to get there before Jamaica. Don’t know who wrote the script of this story but it could not have been better – drama, surprise, the amazing light of the setting sun, azure blue sky and a full moon. The fact that it was still daylight has to be a bonus + quite something being a part of the drama, clutching the handrail on the RIB as we slammed our way to the Golden Gate Bridge – and then there was Jamaica powering into view, kite full + sailing fast.
What a moment! I felt just so proud, we all felt just that proud. Jamaica just looked heart-burstingly majestic. Out came the Jamaica flags as we belted out to greet them; our two little supporters boats escorting Jamaica home at the end of Race 10.
Formalities completed newbies were invited on-board for beers + the plan of action for the days to come.
The adventure is beginning, tonight has made it real.