Clipper Race training involves 4 core weeks of training over about 18 months. The weeks are notoriously intense, they’re hard work, incredibly tiring and most definitely not for the faint hearted. Later this week I will be sailing off on my 1st week of Clipper Race training.
Week 1 is apparently the toughest. This is perhaps to do with the fact that it is the 1st time that most people will have lived in such an environment… i.e. a 70ft racing yacht out on the high seas, with 18 strangers! Working hard rigging decks and hauling sails, whilst at the same time learning continuously about the art of becoming a highly efficient crew member for an ocean yacht race.
Continue reading Clipper Race Training Preparation
This section of my blog is a bit more personal than others. Here I will be documenting (what I hope will be) my personal fitness transformation, as I train for the Clipper Race and generally for sailing and boating.
In order to partake in a transatlantic ocean sailing race, one should rightly assume that a certain level of fitness and stamina is required. Currently… as it stands, I am perhaps at the lowest level of fitness that I have ever been at. And I am pretty appalled at myself for this! Yes, I have 3 young children, but I don’t feel that that is a valid excuse. My current state of affairs is more to do with the rubbish that I love to eat (Camembert, pate, the list goes on…) and the wine that I love to drink!
Continue reading Getting fit for sailing…
This awesome quote by Mark Twain is one of my personal favourites…
“In 20yrs time you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than the things you did. So throw off the bow lines and sail away from the safe harbour”