It’s twelve days now since race start and two week before this I travelled over to Gosport to prepare our boat CV31 with my mum. At this time I was told that my boat was being named as Jamacia and sponsored by the Jamacian Commission in London. We were offered the opportunity to go to the high Commission in London and learn’t a lot about jamacia, it’s famous ports and landscape and sampled their coffee and rum.
It became apparent on my arrival to Gosport that CV31 needed a lot of work to be completed to get the boat in a sailing condition. It would be easy to blame Clipper on the condition of the boat but the leg one team, round the worlders and fellow crew and my mum worked extremely hard to get the boat in a fair condition, pack with food to achieve a race worthy boat by the date of the delivery trip and race start which was fixed.
So withjust five days to go all knuckled down, picked up the spanners and other tools and got our boat up to sailing condition, it was during this time that I knew we had a special crew motivated and supporting each other to getting the job done. Even now that I am not on the boat I have some lovely text updates from crew on board which has been awsome.
So with a lot of the prep work completed, Clipper organised a parade of sail in the waters around Portsmouth and then out into the Solent. So the 12 Clipper Yachts in a line passed Gosport and Portsmouth with plenty of people along the quays waving, which was inspiring and exciting, It’s a beautiful sight 12 Yachts 70 feet long with their graphics on their hulls, I say that but 4 boats weren’t branded when we paraded. On the Monday it was the start of our Race/Delivery trip, a 400 mile race and delivery to St Katherine’s Dock, London, the race start port. The race was via a number of marks and close to the French Coastline. It started well with the team in high spirits and getting use to all on board and getting to know the boat and its limits.
So on the Friday morning we had made it to Southend and we drifted around near Sea end pier, the fleet gathered as a convoy ready to travel up theThames which would be the boats home for the next 9 days, St Katherines Dock, race start venue. This was great apart for the first 5 or 6 miles, as there is not a lot to see until you hit Gravesend, named aptly as it was the dumping place for dead bodies during the plague. From there Queen Elizabeth Bridge and now the sights were plentiful, the O2, Greenwich, and then finally Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge shadows our race village at St Kats. All in all a great motor up the Thames.
Lots of people waved outside their houses and when we had finally arrived I was suprised at somemany well wishers were out inconvoy. It was then the that it sunk in what I had signed upto do and how much more prep we needed to achieve with the boats, whilst having friends and family tours around the boat and I was please to know the friends and family would be able to follow the boat around the world from visiting the main Clipper website which also provides daily updates from Clipper on all the goings on in the race, http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com
The countdown is on, my emotions are high with excitement to sadness from missing those that have started the race and from my returning to work and madly getting ready for my perparations to start on my leg and fundraising for the BBC charity children in need. I now booked for the 12th october a nusic and drink festival and must now focus on gaining rafle prizes to help funraising and get that element of my adventure started too.
Chris Eakin e-mailed me to say the blog was looking good and to voice “Best of luck with raising the money and sailing. The Clipper race is co-owned by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson who became the first man to sail around the world non-stop on his own while, as it happens, living on one-pot, ongoing stews which went on for so long they had to become curries. So mind the catering! Good luck” <
Late in July 2013, the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race will leave the shores of the UK, the race will cover 40,000-miles, visit six continents in 15 stopovers during an eleven-month challenge.
I have had the opportunity to have a university education and a good job, but now I really want a challenge and to be part of an experience I can learn and develop from.
Taking on this race is one thing, but I can also raise funds for a charity. My charity is Children in Need. Do take a look at the footage and experience of those in the 2011-12 Race in the link below “Against The Tide, Parts 1,2,and 3.
So please donate via paypal or contact me direct firstname.lastname@example.org!