Club Med Back in the Yard
While in the yard the cat will undergo a full check and refit, as well as the repair to the bow. The crew will also be putting into place some of their ideas for modifications to the layout, after the several thousand miles of sailing they have already completed. When all the work has been done, hopefully by the end of September, Club Med will resume her preparation in the Western Approaches and off the Atlantic coast of Ireland, before heading down to Villamoura in Portugal. She will train out of there for a month - also a popular spot with Volvo Ocean Race programmes, because of the quick access to ‘proper’ deep ocean conditions. During this period the plan is also to do a couple of practice runs through the Straits of Gibraltar, in preparation for what will be a crucial opening to The Race - the exit from the Mediterranean after the start in Barcelona. They will finish the training in Antibes, before heading to Monaco for the prologue of The Race, scheduled for December 2nd and 3rd.