The experience of this race can be overwhelming when you are in the middle of it, a never ending parade of attention grabbing experiences and demands. But as one of my first mentors at work used to say… if you can measure it you can manage it.
1, as in #1. The very first boat built to the Class40 rule, launched in early 2005 and given #1, is sailing in this race. What an awesome class where we can remain relevant and yet enable early boats to continue to participate.
4 long years that I have been planning for this race
7 tubes of sunblock tucked away to get me across the Spanish Trades
11thedition of the race
16 to 20 days of racing expected
25 days of water and food being carried. Hope the race doesn’t last longer than that!
28 years since I saw my first image of this race, Florence Arthaud winning in 1990. Talk about a crush.
40thAnniversary of the race
53 Class40s will start the race, part of….
123 boats in the fleet
728 pounds (331 kg) of gear on Dragon that gets moved from one side of the boat to the other side during each tack and gybe
3,542 nautical miles from start to finish (as a very tired crow flies)
18,000 fans expected to watch the race from the water
200,000 fans expected to watch the start of the race from the shore
2 million visitors to the Race Website with 15 million page views
2.2 million people expected to visit the race village