Of course there was some scepticism as to the state of the boat and as we are of the noble age where comfort over pure adventure is considered important to take into account, a preliminary inspection of the proposed transatlantic vessel was arranged.
Below is a quote of the outcome;
“Thanks for arranging to meet Mark and to see Hot Ice in HoutBay ñast saturday.
She certainly is a beautiful boat, although there remains much to do, to bring her up to appropriate standards for the Rio crossing. We have reviewed in some detail with Mark and request confirmation that these remaining items will be attended to by Ocean.
Some issues concern safety and others comfort, all were discussed with Mark.
We are happy to pay in the remaining deposits on confirmation that these items will be attended to in time for Rio being approx mid december. We have also offered to assist Mark where possible.
We would also like to agree that future remaining payments will be made after inspections of the boat and confirmation of progress.
Mark has suggested a shakedown cruise shorthly before Rio to confirm all issues and crew subject to your approval.
I confirm my attendance of the Theory course for Oct 26-30 as discussed but if at all possible would appreciate it being held in Cape Town
Looking forward to hearing from you and getting ready for Rio”
I am pleased to announce that the response was positive and I can now say we are extremely happy that our requirements have been met as this conversation took place in September 2013 and the work was done over the last few months for our boarding on the 30th December. Of course the race itself requires a full safety inspection of all yachts partaking which I will cover in another post.