First 12 Car of 2018

Having driven on a couple of events in 2018, it was time to swap back to the left hand seat and navigate for Luis Gutierrez-Diaz on a 12 Car. When Luis’ normal navigator, Lucy, cannot make it, I’m the stand in!

The event started in the Stansted area and whilst the M25 was a little unkind I made it in time for some dinner as well as signing on and completing the pre-plot. Luis has bought a new car since I last navigated for him, and it turned out to be a little over a year since I’d last navigated for him. I’d only done one 12 Car since, so I was feeling a bit rusty!

I’d bought (and prepped) the two maps needed and before we knew it, it was time to go. The event started with clues relating to roads of arrival, depart and miss (YyY, YYy for those navigators reading this) which is one of my weakest areas. Thankfully there were not too many clues and I managed to get it sorted, but I felt slightly in at the deep end!

We were doing ok until a herringbone really got my brain working (see here for examples) but I got it working in the end. It felt like we were going ok, and we were picking up code boards (letters which prove we had gone the correct route) which is always a reassurance.

Whilst I took my time on some of the navigation, I managed to get it all down and plotted for the route and didn’t have to guess anything, which can sometimes happen on a bad night! To get back to the pub and find we had collected all the boards, it was great to finish 1st in class and 2nd overall – my best result since my return to navigating last year and first clean run (getting all the boards) in years, since I used to regularly do these events.

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