Finally Leaving London

Whew, thought we would never get away!

Finally met my Niece July’s friend Dana who is doing 7 of the 8 legs and is on Visit Seattle!

Dana and me

Dana and me

Talking with Tom (Telemed Sponsor Rep) and whipping (making doughnuts) with Ryan.

All the things that I am learning!

All the things that I am learning!

So the beginning of the race is a big ceremony with entertainment, teams entering a podium with their song playing.  And ours is “THE Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.

So for entertainment, drummers in the spreaders!

check the masts out!

check the masts out!

And check out our drummer!

Only disappointment was that he would not let me show him how to stand on his head and play

Only disappointment was that he would not let me show him how to stand on his head and play

A bit of their performance once I get set up on YouTube!

Our team nervously waiting for our turn to go.

Mike and Chris looking like pros ready to go!

Mike and Chris looking like pros ready to go!

Ready and waiting!!!

Ready and waiting!!!

On the podium after getting to tell the Audience what I did to get in shape for the race.

Never again will I tell what I am doing!! Now I have an interview with ESPN tomorrow!

Never again will I tell what I am doing!! Now I have an interview with ESPN tomorrow!

Interesting watching the boats leave in the tiny space.

Good thing the little rib is there to help push the boats around!

Good thing the little rib is there to help push the boats around!  This actually looked like it might be a bow sprite (the pointy thing at the front of the boat that sticks out) kiss but luckily not.

And now an empty area until we return on July 30, 2016!

Looks a bit sad!

Looks a bit sad!

The parade on the Thames has begun!

Looking pretty good! Practice makes perfect!

Looking pretty good! Practice makes perfect!

And there are people lined up along the water’s edge watching this happy parade!

Unbelievable

Unbelievable

Under the Tower Bridge!

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A bit of Unique architecture along the way.

The Shard!

The Shard!

City Hall

City Hall

What a Parade!

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Last time through.  Oh, we did journey up to London Bridge and then we turned around to head down the Thames.  And London Bridge did not fall down even if the song said it did.  It is still standing.

And the Tower Bridge closes and now the race is only hours away!

And the Tower Bridge closes and now the race is only hours away!

Spectator boats lined the shores also carrying family, friends and just people wondering what was going on!  Great to be able to wave to friends that I have met along the way as they wished us safe journey!!

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Passing Greenwich and getting a close fix on our navstation.

Check out bottom right hand corner for longtitude and latitude. Tells exactly where we are. all the red mess on the screen is all the boats and where they are. this is the screen we look at and figure what's happening when we have Nav duty! Just missed the all 0s by 2 seconds!

Check out bottom right hand corner for longtitude and latitude. Tells exactly where we are. all the red mess on the screen is all the boats and where they are. this is the screen we look at and figure what’s happening when we have Nav duty! Just missed the all 0s by  .001!

So tomorrow we will FINALLY hear about the first leg.

At South End Pier with Sir Robin Knox wishing each boat skipper well as he sends the boats to the start line.

At South End Pier with Sir Robin Knox wishing each boat skipper well as he sends the boats to the start line.

3 thoughts on “Finally Leaving London

  1. Hey Linda,

    Great posts, very interesting. I just took the FJ dingy sailing class at AYC . I asked one of the girls in the class, “… have you ever been at the helm of a sailboat or have any sailing experience?”. Her reply was, ” … I have only recently been at the helm of a 70 foot racing boat with a wheel and signed up for this class to get a better feel for sailing.”. She is doing the Rio to Good Hope leg, but I don’t remember which boat. Pretty interesting that we have 2 AYC chicks in the race! Is Tiffany on your boat?

    I am all in when they have a leg from Key West to the Bahamas, now back to watching TV from my dry warm Lazy-Boy recliner 🙂

    Bob Leonard

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  2. Linda, keep those posts coming….really miss the ocean. Now that you have tasted salt can you ever come back and sail the “Big Ditch”? Please keep sharing your Dream.

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