Is it a bird, a plane, a dolphin or a porpoise?

A few weeks ago, I enjoyed a fantastic weekend on the water – what has now turned out to be my last full weekend on the water before I head across the pond for my Atlantic race.  There’s not much to tell, as it was simply a quiet, relaxing cruise up the east coast and back, but I did want to share some pics with you…

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We were treated to a beautiful sun set at Woolvestone

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The 4 Month Countdown To Race Start

4 months from today, I will be on-board Garmin. Lining up with 10 other identical boats on the start line of Clipper Race Leg 8, ready to race the North Atlantic to the UK.  This moment has been over 2 years in the making, and a lifetime of dreaming. And with it so close to reality, I have been working hard to make sure I am fit, healthy and prepared.

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Sailing London to Chatham … and 2 Lessons On Going Aground

My first sail of the year was my first ever delivery job. Taking a Bavaria 46’ from Limehouse, London to Chatham. A straight forward 50 nm sail you may think, alas you’d be wrong.

A gloomy early morning at Limehouse, London
A gloomy early morning at Limehouse, London

I joined the boat at Limehouse basin in central London, which in itself was a bizarre experience. I’ve never sailed in central London before, and am more used to coastal or offshore sailing, so hopping aboard amongst a sea of skyscrapers was quite an experience. Continue reading Sailing London to Chatham … and 2 Lessons On Going Aground