Qingdao

I wrote this in April and have just noticed that it had never been published, most likely because I needed to add the photograph of me and Peter that was taken by crewmate and friend Maaike Wassenaar. The morning of our arrival into Qingdao was cold, very cold, and I awoke after a mother watch…

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To Jamaica, Mon

From the start at crew allocation, our skipper Eric’s stated aim was to win the overall race, not just complete it. Quietly competitive and consistent, we realised by Panama that an overall win was a real possibility, though by no means guaranteed. We had narrowly come second in each of the previous two races, across…

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Songs from the Shows!

As Ray and I were in Texas when this wonderful show took place, I have been unable, until now, to give more details. (Anita apologises for adding the further delay before she could review the post, something that she has only just done!) Texas was half-way through our 11 week holiday touring the USA while…

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Well, they just … stopped

You probably noticed. There have been no posts on this blog since I had just passed through the Panama Canal. In May. Since then lots has happened. We raced to Jamaica. We raced to New York. I left the boat for my final time and went travelling in the eastern United States, ending up in…

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Wildlife

I wrote the following as a crew diary for Clipper, on the 4th May 2014. I have really enjoyed seeing the varied forms of wildlife on this leg. From sea turtles floating along to seals appearing to play as they pass, flying fish and the odd sea snake. What seals were doing way out here I…

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Panama

We arrived in Panama early – to be fed the customary beer for breakfast – and told that we would be transiting the Canal early the next day. The 12 boats were divided into three groups. We would be part of the first group of six to be followed by two groups of three on…

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