Our preparations for the 80th Round the Island Race over the past week have been a mix of the important, the essential and the seemingly frivolous.
Let's start with the seemingly frivolous. The lovely people at Wadworth brewery agreed to sponsor our team kit - which was brilliant news. When I say 'team kit' this equates to four polo shirts with the Wadworth 6X logo on the back and the name of the boat and the RTIR logo on the front.
6X was named after the Wadworth beer because she was built in the brewery yard and launched with a barrel of 6X on board, way back in 1977. Both boat and beer are still going strong, which says something about the brand life of a good product: both Trapper 300s and well-brewed beer. The metal label from the barrel is still knocking around the shelves of the boat somewhere.