Part of the crew allocation presentation, before we got told who our skipper and teammates are going to be, was a speech by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in which he addressed the topic of not going through your life with any regrets. He said that as Clipper 13-14 crew members, we would not regret taking part.
For me I was sitting there thinking that’s not quite true. I have always been interested in two legs: the Asia Pacific leg from Australia to Singapore and China and the US coast to coast leg.
In fact I had initially signed up for the Asia Pacific leg, and only swapped after my retake of Level 1 training. Back then, the idea of me doing two legs was too much for me to cope with.
So I was toying with the idea of adding the extra leg even before crew allocation.
Then I discovered that there were vacancies for that leg in Team Eric.
Toying became serious thinking. I was a bit troubled at the Saturday evening crew event.
By end of the weekend I had decided to do both, and am considering whether to add the bit between the two – crossing the Pacific in winter from Qingdao to San Francisco Bay.
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