The day starts early for the Ospreys. Not only are they responsible for rescue duties during racing, but before any boats can go out on the water Osprey need to set the turnbuoys.
Following this, the begin to set the boats up. They cover the course using two drop-front boats, each of which must carry exactly the same medical equipment.
One the boats are ready, it is then the turn of the crew themselves to ensure they have all their gear on board. This is a slick, well-drilled process, and having got to know a few of them over time I can see that as much as they like a laugh, they know whilst wearing the Osprey babe they have one job and one job only.
The GT30’s are launching for qualifying as I write, and Osprey are on station. The last thing I’ll hear on my radio before the competitors head out will be the words “Safety Officer to OOD (Officer of the Day), water is clear.”