Last Friday Temerity had her safety inspection, with inspector Michael Caplan performing this service for us. The previous weekend Char and I had spent a full day on the boat marking gear, applying reflecting tape, and performing a host of other checklist items, to be fully in compliance with the 38-page Special Offshore Regulations, Category I. There were a few minor items, such as a leaky bilge pump (since fixed) and no sail number banner (I did not understand the requirement, and it is since been ordered), but overall there were no deficiencies that needed to be checked prior to race start, and Michael was in fact very complementary, much to my pleasure (and relief). We chatted afterward, and he had some very useful suggestions beyond safety issues, and put me on to a local source for landjaeger, a critical provisioning item.
Afterwards, I called my crew to share the good news, and she said “Wow, this is getting pretty real.” Yep.
EDIT: I’ve since learned that Temerity was the very first boat in the Pac Cup fleet to pass inspection. Let’s hope this sets a precedent as far as other finishings are concerned!