The Journey To Race Start

I can hardly believe that it has finally arrived… this time next week I will have been offshore for 2 days, racing towards the UK. I signed up to the Clipper Race nearly 3 years ago. And what a journey it has been since signing up. As I sit here, just a few days away from ‘The race of my life’ I can’t help but reflect on this tumultuous journey.

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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…

We were treated to a beautiful sun set at Woolvestone

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Sailing The Beast From The East

When you find yourself working on the bow in sub-zero temperatures, in force 7 conditions, amidst some of the most severe weather the UK has endured in recent years, you can either go one of two way’s – quit or carry on. Last weekend, I was faced with this challenge and I made the choice to carry on. Overcoming so many challenges – the cold, the wind, de-icing the boat, and in fact just getting to the boat! I sailed the Beast from the East.

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Spot the winch handle

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