It is now 6 months since I returned from my adventure and I thought you might like one last update. I am very pleased to be able to tell you that I have beaten my fund raising target! With your help, some £2,400 is already helping the terribly underprivileged poor in Rwanda. I understand one … Continue reading Epitaph
Now I have the time and space to look back on my adventure I see quite clearly just how mad I must have been to have embarked on such an exercise. It was most certainly not for the faint-hearted and proved, in places, more exhilarating and tougher than anything I imagined. I have purposely taken … Continue reading And in conclusion…..
This is a quote from the master of ocean racing himself - Sir Robin Knox Johnston and it is oh so true! At the moment the fleet is spread over 25 miles and we are watching the boat in front of us very carefully. Why is Seattle going a little faster than us although we … Continue reading if you are not trimming you are not sailing!
They say ladies glow whilst gentlemen perspire but I can assure you that neither gender fully understood just how wrong this saying is as we left the wonderful town of Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia to sail some 4,200 miles up to the Chinese playground of Sanya. I have proof both sexes sweat buckets! But … Continue reading Reflections on our trip up to China from Airlie Beach
The Doldrums turn out to be an enigma as everything panned out the wrong way round! We had no wind as we approached them and as we entered the Doldrums on our way up to Sanya from Australia the wind came up and we could have made a fair pace under sail. But having decided … Continue reading Sailing the High Seas
Some of you might know that my 5 year old Australian grandson, Zac, is addicted to the Clipper Race Viewer and he has been talking about it to all his friends. I have therefore taken the liberty to write this blog directly to his school teacher in the hope that she can share some of … Continue reading For Joy Wikaire, a blog especially for your class at All Saints School on the Gold Coast
Since leaving Airlie Beach some six days ago I have been pondering how to write my next blog and have been somewhat stuck. But this evening as I carry out my navigator’s duties (these include such exotic treats such as cleaning the heads and emptying the bilges if you recall from one of my previous … Continue reading The Magnificence of the Sun!
As we research and plan our Clipper adventure over those many months prior to actually getting on the boat in some faraway port there is one aspect that we all fail to take into consideration and that is the implication of the time we spend in port between races - and there is a great … Continue reading The “Dreaded Deep Clean”
You know that saying, “Things that can go wrong, will go wrong”? Well, that’s sailing! Today is January 14th and the arrival window for the fleet to arrive in Airlie Beach as set by Clipper was the 13th to the 15th but we are still just off the Gold Coast with some 550 miles to … Continue reading After the euphoria of Hobart – a reality check!
TAnd so, after 1 hour 42 minutes, we resumed racing. What an experience, thorough professionalism, complete calmness with the right result - one safely rescued fellow sailor returned to his own boat! But would this ruin our chances of doing well in the race? Fortunately, the race rules clearly allow for exceptions to be made … Continue reading Victorious!
The alarm goes at 6.30 and a group of excited but nervous crew quickly shower, have a last minute clear up of the Airbnb that has been our home over Christmas and we pack all our luggage into a couple of Ubers to take us down to the headquarters of CYCA (Cruising Yacht Club of … Continue reading Drama on the Sydney-Hobart Race!
On Boxing Day we are off on the Sydney/Hobart race - one of the world’s most iconic sailing races and will try to update you on that in a few days. But in the meantime I thought you might like to read something I wrote on my way round from Fremantle. Hope you are all … Continue reading Changing Watch
I have been in Sydney now for 4 days and have completed the deep clean (very messy!) and many of the maintenance tasks resulting from the trip around from Fremantle and the prep for the Hobart race starting on Boxing Day. I am only now able to piece together my thoughts on those 3000 odd … Continue reading And I arrive safely in Sydney
They say that in life it is the little things that really matter and I thought you might like to hear of some of those “little things” I have experienced since arriving in Australia. In no particular order...... As I sit here writing this in the saloon (aka a white painted bench before I ruin … Continue reading Funny things happen at sea.
I have just had one of those moments in life that I will never forget! But first, let me set the scene. We are six days out of Fremantle and gradually settling into life on board. We have rounded Cape Leeuwin (first seaman’s earring earned!) and are halfway across the south of Australia. It is … Continue reading The most surreal night of my life!
Mary is now well on your way to Oz by now if not already there but the difference is that she will be nice and hot whilst I am in the Southwater Ocean where the temperature is rather different and the waves are somewhat higher. Possible 3-4m swells last night (too dark to use a … Continue reading Five days in and I’m in the Southern Ocean!
Here's a great video that shows what the teams had to deal with on Leg 3. Let's hope Leg 4 is less eventful. https://www.facebook.com/clipperroundtheworld/videos/10155878956377726/
Today I took off my wedding ring. I have spoken in the past about the dangers of blue water sailing and there are many things you have to do look after your own personal safety - so I took off my wedding ring! I have had reports of ropes becoming wrapped around hands and fingers … Continue reading Sydney Here I Come!
This was sunset over Fremantle Yacht Club yesterday as we await the arrival of Great Britain. We understand they will be crossing the line around late afternoon today (Saturday) or around early morning UK time. I think there will be a lot of people there to cheer them home. It will be an emotional homecoming … Continue reading A Somber Day
It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that one of the crew on Great Britain was washed overboard yesterday and was pronounced dead when he was recovered onto the boat. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and all his crew mates on Great Britain. Take care everyone - … Continue reading It is with great sadness ……