All coming together...
Tue, 9 Oct 12 11:30
Everything is coming together now and we shouldn't be far from sailing. I think we could be ready for Thursday although we don't need to rush anything.
The wing is now mounted on the boat but has not been raised yet. We are just checking all the little bits and pieces and doing all the jobs properly. The boat really does go together nicely. We learnt so much from the first boat. Considering what an impractical boat it is... it works very well. We paid a lot of attention to making things functional as we know that oneday we will most likely have to pull it apart on a wind and sand swept beach at night. You might remember that during the last session we had a beam failure and dropped the wing over the front whilst out on the course. We managed to retrieve the lot and safely disassemble it on 'speed-spot' in 30 knots of wind with a couple of tools and NO damage at all to the wing. This wasn't by chance. For an impractical boat, she's pretty practical... and therefore a great 'tool' for the job.
I realised after we had fitted the wing that I hadn't actually climbed into the boat since our return. Obviously it's a special place for me for many reasons. I have to force myself out before I wander off to another world. There's work to do.
Whilst Alex and I sorted the wing out, Ben was putting the third 'skim' on the new foil.
I hope to get the templates delivered today although I have already followed up on it twice and the guys doing it are definitely working on African time. I forget when I say I need it 'now'... that I have to say that I actually need it 'now-now'. I kid you not. Miss that detail and 'now' means whenever the hell they feel like it. My mistake I guess!!!
The new rudder will also be mounted today after the new pintels were dry fitted yesterday. It all looks great. Nice work again by FORMAPLEX in the machining. I got a bit flashy and ordered some Gold anodised Titanium bolts to attach the pintels with. They do look the business. I love titanium. It's tough, light and it doesn't corrode. They are expensive... but so is corrosion.
Helena is flying in and will arrive imminently. This means that firstly... we have to clean the container up and secondly, it's time to move into a house. Seriously, Helena does so much of the often un-glamourous stuff behind the scenes that you don't realise exactly how much until it's not there. She really keeps the Sailrocket clock ticking true and we all miss her when she isn't here. I hope that we can finally get her in the hot seat once we get up to speed. Helena has worked at the coal-face of this project from the very start and backed it all the way. She deserves it more than anyone.
So it's all go. The weather is fine and as I write this there is almost exactly 2 hours until a guy called Felix takes mankinds greatest leap and jumps out of a balloon from around 125,000 feet so check this one out... www.redbullstratos.com/live/ I've been looking forward to this one for a while. This guy does not need an excuse or explanation as to why he's doing it. Just do it well!
Considering what I wrote above... there is one little conundrum. This guy is jumping at about the same time I'm supposed to pick Helena up from the airport! Don't even think about it... she will understand;)