I knew through a friend about a skipper in Cascais looking for crew to continue his voyage to Caen. It would be on a IMOCA Open 60 and the skipper was Richard Tolkien. I got excited immediately and said yes. I got the skipper’s email and got in touch with him on the 1st of October informing I was available to be part of the crew though my only sailing experience was with dinghies and 40ft cruisers. I had not a single offshore mile sailed on yachts, despite a few days on board tall ships, let alone on a racing yacht.
I got a positive reply and straight away the date of departure was scheduled to the afternoon of the 6th of October.
Going to sail offshore on a racing yacht felt such an endeavour I still was a bit skeptical.
I was only sure I was going to board on this voyage when the skipper asked me if I could bring bread and fruits just 2 days before the departure day.
I met with boat in Cascais marine on the afternoon of the 6th and we departed straight away! It was a hot day and we were just using shorts and t-shirts. Around just after 15 minutes, already motoring to open ocean we notice in the distance a wall of fog. As we were finishing trimming the sails and getting the ropes fixed we were already in the middle of the fog battling 25 knots wind upwind and everything on deck was already completely soaked so we quickly changed to foul weather gear. Things were happening fast but I finally could snap some photos to send and say goodbyes before the cell phone signal broke. Oh and just as usual, this time I forgot my sleeping bag at home. Glad there was a spare one on board!