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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE FINISH, LONDON

12 JUL 2014

The day started grey and cold, but as we came up the Thames the clouds drew back and the sun shone down ...  by the Thames Barrier, our own boat of purple clad supporters had arrived to cheer us in.  It was like having a mini-Derry dockside chasing us in, amongst them my wonderful mum who I've not seen for 11...

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GREAT BRITAIN - IONIE ROBINSON - RACE FINISH

12 JUL 2014

As close we are in the last few miles of this epic adventure, it’s time to reflect on the goals, aspirations, challenges we've conquered.  These challenges have been long and hard, so very long. Setting out we had aspirations and goes to achieve. This adventure has not just been about us but our loves ones w...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KYM SANDERSON - LEG 8 EMCT BLOG

11 JUL 2014

Ahoy there from the North Sea! It's been a wild few weeks since we left New York. Myself and the crew got back into our ocean crossing with a chilly race across the North Atlantic. It wasn't as rough as I thought it would be, phew! But it was scary at times. We came past New Foundland and the wreck of the Titanic (unfo...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - LEG 8 EMCT BLOG

11 JUL 2014

Hello Aled fans, Aled hopes you are all feeling better and says a big ‘Hello’ from the Netherlands.  A couple of days ago Aled took a trip from Den Helder to Amsterdam and passed several windmills on the way.  He learned that windmills were once very important for industry in the Netherlands and u...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DOUG BELLINGHAM - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

Afternoon Dixie Fans, What a day it has been. A fantastic spinnaker start out of Den Helder had everyone on their toes and must have looked a treat from the shore. Now we have spent a pretty tiring night trying to consolidate position. We all want to end with a podium. Strangely this evening was one of the wettest in m...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

So the last blog of the journey. Wow. One door closes and another one opens. And as the door closes on the end of this race, some people may look back. For me. Now is not the time. It’s a time just to end this. Box it up. And put it away in to storage. Then once all the dust is settled open the box up. Then all t...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

Today was the final race start of the final race of our round the world adventure. The sun was shining, there was enough breeze to run a kite and many supporters cheered us on from "Tromp" a very impressive Dutch warship. Yet aboard Invest Africa the mood is bittersweet - on the one hand we cannot wait to get home (exh...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

"Race Crew" When we won into Den Helder, we technically also won the round the world race.  At our team meeting before this final race, skipper Eric gave us the choice of whether we wanted to take it easy and have a cruise to London or keep racing.  We decided to keep racing. Our decision was evident on the s...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 16 DAY 1

11 JUL 2014

The final countdown!  Holland is one of my favourite countries. So a stopover in Den Helder was looked forward too. Nathan, my son and his girlfriend Gemma made a surprise visit. A nice way to end a year packed with adventure. We were given traditional marinated herring on arrival with local gin. A nice touch I th...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 15 DAY 6

05 JUL 2014

Derry Londonderry Doire to Den Helder  The welcome in Derry-Londonderry was second to none. As we motored the final few miles along the River Foyle the crowds increased. It began with a lone piper stood atop a small muddy dune puffing his guts out, saluting us as we passed by. A family picnicking cheering and clap...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

Apologies to our followers that we haven't been able to send regular blogs this race. Chris Payne (aka Farmer) drafted a long blog entitled "What's it all about?" A phrase he has uttered throughout his time on Mission Performance and decided he had found the answer. We have always wondered what he was referring to - wa...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

As I sit writing my last ever blog, it's just after 02:00am and my watch are back on deck for (hopefully) our final stint on this 800 mile journey. For such a relatively short race from Derry-Londonderry  to Den Helder, we've been lucky enough to experience light winds, gale force winds, no wind and of course some...

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TEAM GARMIN - DAVID GUNTHER - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

This is going to be close. No doubt you are all glued to Race Viewer at home watching the action. No? Fair enough, I know there are lives to be gotten on with. Well here is the situation. We currently have less than 60 nautical miles to run to Van Hellsing (that was a Hue Jackman movie who's title is much easier to rem...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

It is not really my turn to do the crew blog, you heard from me only a few days ago, but I have had such an action packed time that I thought I would tell you about it. The days blur into one, so I probably have this all in the wrong order, but the first excitement, for me, was seeing puffins.  Our course took us ...

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HENRI LLOYD - TASHA HACKER - RACE 15 DAY 5

04 JUL 2014

It feels like a homecoming of sorts, getting back on Henri Lloyd after seven months away from the boat. When I said good-bye to my crew in Albany, Australia, I had no plans to do any more legs of the Clipper Race, so I moved on with my life and revisited solely as a spectator and Henri Lloyd supporter. Now that I&rsquo...

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QINGDAO - ROBERT GRYLLS - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

After a few frustrating days of little wind we found ourselves with a steady 20 knots of breeze yesterday, helping to propel us through the Pentland Firth around the north of Scotland. We flew through the Pentland Firth at up to 14 knots thanks to the 9 knots of tide and at times it hardly looked as if we were moving t...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

Well readers this is it! Probably my last blog of the round the world adventure. Thank goodness I hear you cry! After what seems like forever of relatively calm conditions, only yesterday were we reminiscing of the Taiwan Straits, the last time we really had some breeze and uncomfortable conditions and today after bobb...

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ONE DLL - ADAM TSCHINSKI - RACE 15 DAY 3

03 JUL 2014

After an excellent stopover in Derry-Londonderry we went off for the next race to Den Helder. As this is a rather short race around the coast from Ireland, Scotland and England we can see our competition on the horizon and sometimes even only a couple of boat lengths next to us. After we lost places over the first two ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

It has been an eventful 24 hours on board PSP Logistics. Yesterday afternoon and evening we were treated to some truly spectacular scenery as we sailed past the northern isles of the Outer Hebrides. Dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops interspersed with rolling greenery and untouched beaches. The weather was very un-Scot...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 15 DAY 3

03 JUL 2014

I have to start by saying that the stopover we had in Derry-Londonderry was something I will never forget. The warm hearted friendliness of all the people, the hospitality,  the positivity and hope of the citizens of the city are things that one doesn't come across very often.  After the wonderful days in Der...

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SWITZERLAND - SHELLY BEARD - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

Greetings from the North Sea Well it has certainly been an eventful 24 hours.  Yesterday lunchtime we came on watch braced for the gale that had been forecast.  During my 2 months on board ‘Heidi’, I've not yet experienced winds this strong, and so it was nervous anticipation that I went up on dec...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW RICHARDSON - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

After leaving the pleasant conditions of the Irish coast and round the top of Scotland the wind has increased on day 4 with forecasts of gale force 8 gusting 9 (about 30 knots). The boat is heeling at 45 degrees making life below and on deck very difficult. A front is passing over and although there is lots of salt wat...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

I knew it was my underwear. It had fallen from the black bin bag and was lying in a damp black heap on the floor, but surely there was something familiar – yes, there the hole in the left cuff, and just here had the moths eaten that pattern of holes in the leg. My trusty Icebreakers for sure. It had not been in t...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 15 DAY 4

03 JUL 2014

And so, the end is near... The sea looks reassuringly familiar. You see each ocean has its own character and they are in fact very different. But this is unmistakably the North Sea and it reminds me very much of home. The short chop, rather than long rolling waves, the multiple different cloud patterns seen together in...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

I have to start by saying that the stopover we had in Derry-Londonderry was something I will never forget. The warm hearted friendliness of all the people, the hospitality, the positivity and hope of the citizens of the city  are things that one doesn't come across very often.  After the wonderful days in Der...

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QINGDAO - PETER BRUMBY - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

The Round the World crew members are a bundle of mixed emotions at the moment. So much has happened over the last year to wonder at, the places, the people, the seascapes. Although we are all ready for home it is probably impossible to measure how these experiences will impact us in the future. However one of the parts...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

Captain Seaweed signing on for (hopefully) his last blog... The third day of Race 15 has seen much of a muchness as previously mentioned, seals, puffins, lots of sunshine quite late into the evening hours and then quite early and not really getting dark as we know it, beautiful coastline of the Outer Hebrides Islands a...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

Good morning from the top of Scotland! It is 02:30 and we are on watch with some breeze at long last pulling us closer to home. The past couple of days since leaving Derry-Londonderry have been simply beautiful, gorgeous weather, beautiful skies and of course the landscapes of Northern Ireland and Scotland to admire fr...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 15 DAY 3

02 JUL 2014

Third day of Race 15 and most impressively sailing day 213! Having just asked Rich how many days we have been at sea, I don't quite believe it! Although at times it feels like the clocks have stopped on board especially during a 6 hour watch in very light winds, but overall this experience flew by so quickly. Whenever ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Good morning dearest fans, friends and families, We are on our way again - for the penultimate race. It's the second morning on board ‘Heidi’ and I'm going to blog quickly, before going to bed. It's been very busy here. This race is exciting, but having boats within our vicinity at all times is also very st...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NEIL REYNOLDS - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Hello fans of PSP Logistics and my final crew blog of the Clipper Round the World Yacht  Race. This is indeed the leg of lasts and notable ones include my last mother watch, the last time I have to clean the dunnies, the last time I call the toilets the dunnies for the benefit of the mostly Australian crew, and th...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

This will almost certainly be my last blog. First I must reiterate what is said above about the welcome in Derry-Londonderry and add my thanks to everyone who made it such an enjoyable stopover. I will certainly be coming back to explore the city and area more thoroughly. I am now on the penultimate race of my Clipper ...

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INVEST AFRICA - WENDY BAKER - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

What a great week we had in Derry-Londonderry! A very big thank you to the people of the city and surrounds for the very warm welcome given to us. From the crowds that lined the riverfront when we arrived and left, to the taxi drivers, shopkeepers and barmen, my B&B hosts (Rose Park House) to the bus driver at the ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEVE MABEY - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

We are currently battling with 7 boats just of the coast of Isle of Lewis in fickle winds. It has been a mixed shift with us catching the leaders and getting within 1.5 miles of some of them, only to find our own personal wind hole and watching OneDLL truck past within quarter of a mile with a spinnaker up. Frustrating...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

"A well-oiled machine" It's 1 July, the first of the month, the last month of this race.  Way back when at the beginning of the race, 12 July (Race Finish) seemed so far away.  Now it's so close we can feel it. A lot has changed since race start 1 September.  People with no real sailing experience, mysel...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Almost certainly my last blog from the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire, as we start down the hours and not days until we arrive in London. This morning has seen the most amazing sunrise, albeit at around 03:00am as we come up the west coast of the Harris and the Isle of Lewis in the outer Hebrides, it serves to remin...

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QINGDAO - GEORGE BAYLES - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

Morning Qingdao followers Yet again we have found a wind hole and are in a similar place with our friends Invest Africa. But we are enjoying the nice Scottish weather, for a change it’s sunny and warm. On board the boat most of the round the world crew members are counting down the days to Race Finish. I'm excite...

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TEAM GARMIN - BARRY GROVES - RACE 15 DAY 2

01 JUL 2014

I have to comment on the week in Derry-Londonderry and say what a fabulous reception the whole city provided to the Clipper Race fleet.  I suppose we could have wished for a better result but on reflection the whole crew are happy that we lost to Derry~Londonderry~Doire.  It was great for the city and great f...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

The departure from Derry Londonderry started with a bang...literally. With a countdown from 10 from the crowd, a cannon was shot and the lines of the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire were slipped.  After an amazing Parade of Sail by the Peace Bridge to wave good bye to our amazing supporters in Derry Londond...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

"The Sun Also Rises" "THANK YOU, DERRY-LONDONDERRY!" Mike yelled from the bow as we motored past the warm, Derry-Londonderry crowd along the shore during our parade of sail.  And a big thank you was due indeed.  After a very tough Atlantic crossing on our crew, we couldn't have asked for a more pleasant stopo...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

We are back at sea and unfortunately back in a wind hole - although we have recently increased speed from 0.9 knots to 4.7 knots.  The good news is that it is giving us all time to reflect on (and recover from?) the amazing stopover in Derry-Londonderry.  What a week! It was very humbling to see so many peopl...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

We left the pontoon in Foyle Marine Derry-Londonderry at 11:00 this morning surrounded by a crowd of hundreds if not thousands led by Brenda the Mayor. We couldn't believe how many people of Derry-Londonderry came to wave us off and wish us bon voyage. The send-off was as warm as the welcome earlier this week. The chan...

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INVEST AFRICA - LEBALANG MOLOBELE - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

Hi everyone, Another day, another dawn at sea (well where I come from they would say another day another dollar which always surprises me because we use Rand). We seem to be slowly going nowhere at this point as the wind is nowhere near us, I am therefore putting in a request for all crew from Leg 1 to come help push, ...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES ALLAN - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

So life at sea begins again. It hardly seems any time since the excitement of first spotting the Emerald Isle after the Transatlantic crossing and the ‘Legenderry’ welcome that we received but that is now all behind us. The stopover in Derry-Londonderry certainly lived up to expectations with a warm welcome...

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TEAM GARMIN - MATTHEW WADE - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

Hey there Matt here, I got on the boat at Derry-Londonderry which in its self was a lot of fun. Sunny-ish weather, friendly local people a great place to be. So we're off racing and got a spectacular sight of the Red Arrows putting on a display for us. It is scary how close they fly next to each other - thought they we...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SCOTT MCCALLUM - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

One day like this a year will see me right! It was the longest day, it was the shortest day, it was the best of days. We woke on board at 07:00am to a beautiful Derry-Londonderry morning. A busy schedule followed comprising crew breakfast, photo-shoots. race briefing, pre-race prep but nothing could prepare us for the ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - MICHAEL RICHARDS - RACE 15 DAY 1

30 JUN 2014

Derry-Londonderry take a bow. From the Fairy Tale arrival of their winning home team to the entire population turning out to wish us 'Bon Voyage'--what a stopover! Some edited highlights: * Arrival on the quayside to be welcomed, crew-by-crew, by the City's dynamo Lady Mayoress * Prizegiving at the breathtakingly beaut...

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INVEST AFRICA - WENDY BAKER - RACE 14 DAY 16

23 JUN 2014

We have finished Race 14! After 16 days at sea we finished Race 14 a couple of hours ago. Hurray. No change in the sail plan however as we are still making best speed for Derry-Londonderry and the beers that are waiting for us. If we average 9 knots per hour we should be pulling up in Derry-Londonderry Monday evening a...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 14 DAY 16

23 JUN 2014

Each Race has its charms. For me, the highlights of Race 14 were the incredible wildlife (dolphins, Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, sharks and I saw my first ever Sperm Whale!), eerie fog off the Grand Banks, rapidly increasing day length (it is now getting dark well past 23:00pm and already light by 04:00am), helming t...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 14 DAY 16

23 JUN 2014

What a race! After almost 3,000 miles of ocean racing, we have just finished Race 14 and it must have been one of the closest yet. I suspect it was exciting viewing for the Race Viewer junkies back home, because it was certainly exciting for us! We spent the better part of 24 hours locked in a close quarter battle with...

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INVEST AFRICA - LEBALANG MOLOBELE - RACE 14 DAY 16

23 JUN 2014

It was hard, not like I had expected at all. It was physically draining and although I thought I was prepared for it, it turns out that I wasn’t. As I saw land I screamed with joy. It really was exciting but the biggest challenge I have ever had. At first when I got o board I didn’t even think that what I w...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Followers of Derry~LondonderryDoire would probably like to read here how very focused we all are right now on board in our fight for a podium finish into our home port. Well, that may be true for most of the crew but the evidence from my watch yesterday evening would suggest otherwise for yours truly.  First off, ...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

G'day All Craig has asked me to write his blog for him today for a change. So let me introduce myself. My name is Derek. I am a 22 year old Koala bear who is bezzie mates with Craig. And I have been on board Invest Africa since travelling down to Gosport last August. So a lot has happened since setting off from St Kath...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 14 DAY 14

22 JUN 2014

Bonjour à tous! Puisque Trulie (mon surnom pour Julie) n'a rien de particulier à dire aujourd'hui à part de souhaiter un Joyeux Anniversaire à Ed et d'embrasser toute sa famille, elle m'a demandé de raconter un peu plus mon experience à bord d'Invest Africa. Tout d'abord je m'a...

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INVEST AFRICA - LEBALANG MOLOBELE - RACE 14 DAY 14

22 JUN 2014

Hi everyone, It’s been a week since I joined Invest Africa and I have to say I have been walking around the boat at an angle for these past few days, so I console myself and say “its good exercise”. Whilst on board I have had the privilege of being on navigation (I did not trust myself at first) which...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEVE MABEY - RACE 14 DAY 14

22 JUN 2014

Well, we are reaching the last stages of another ocean crossing and an interesting race. The team are 'upstairs' trying to chase down some of the leading pack.... not sure if we can make it, and it will be close. It's been an interesting race with a variety of conditions - not quite what I was expecting for the North A...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

It's the morning of the 22 of June and I'm sitting in the nav station watching Race 14 coming to an end. After the Pacific leg I thought no leg could get any more frustrating. But I was wrong! This race must have been the most frustrating one. Or at least the most extreme one (in terms of highs and lows). We had an ext...

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QINGDAO - BRIAN PICKLES - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

We are coming to the end of another ocean crossing. For the round the world crew members this is their last major ocean crossing. We start these ocean crossing excited but with trepidation. Will there be too much wind? Will we be becalmed? What will break and we will have to fix somehow. There is no AA or RAC in the mi...

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ONE DLL - MARTA SANCHEZ - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Ahoy Clipper Race and OneDLL followers! Last racing day in the North Atlantic Ocean... For me the first crossing ocean and the first real sailing experience; not a bad start for this new hobby! But for many others this is the last long race after almost a year sailing around the world. This is very special and kind of ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NIALL HEALY - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

The Longest Day! Without doubt the longest day for everyone here on the ‘Derry Bus’ not the summer solstice but the hours between 06:00 this morning until race finish at 12:00. The anticipation of each 6 hourly update of the race schedule which delivered news of the hard fought lead that we had won over the...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 14 DAY 15

22 JUN 2014

Well, there we have it. The end of our final ocean crossing race of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race. For the round the world crew members like myself, there is a feeling of relief that we have completed the last "long" race and certainly being back on UTC time and heading back to the UK, there is an atmosphere...

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HENRI LLOYD - RYAN BATES - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Sunrise.  It's 3:45 UTC.  The last "nightwatch" is coming up for the 4 to 8 am shift but this is going to be a very different day. To start with, it's already daytime. Today marks the beginning of summer and it couldn't be more obvious than an early sunrise.  In fact, it's been a steelish grey sky most o...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER CHART - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Well it's June 21, the Summer Solstice, and day 15 of the North Atlantic leg of Clipper Race 2013-14. Today we finally changed our ship's time one more hour forward to British summer time, so our clocks are at the same time as in Derry-Londonderry ,our destination .  Over our five time changes across the Atlantic ...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Hi All Well its day 15 of our race across the North Atlantic Ocean and who could of thought that it could be so close between Qingdao and ourselves. The day started with them on the horizon behind us and slowly they made progress on us as we came back on watch they were in front of us by a few boat lengths. We were con...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - RICHARD WALL - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

The Longest Day So once again it has arrived and for most, if not all on Mission Performance, we find ourselves sharing the longest day or summer solstice on the Ocean. Given the splendour of the high seas and oceans could there be a more glorious place to celebrate it. My watch witnessed those first signs of daylight ...

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ONE DLL - CATRIONA SAVAGE - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

First light saw me at the top of the rig – a good spot from which to see in the grey dawn of the longest day of the year. About an hour before our 02:00-06:00am watch was due to start, many of us were woken by a tremendous bang and a shudder. Those of us that were in the Southern Ocean knew that sound only too we...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year. An important day in the Pagan calendar. It's older than Christianity and has an ever increasing number of modern day followers. I'm not superstitious. Some people are! Today, strange happenings were afoot on board that cannot be easily explained. I was on deck this morning ...

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SWITZERLAND - RALF NIELSEN - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Today, the summer solstice, is a very special day for me, having just  few days ago completed the 360 degree circling of our globe as we crossed the longitude of Rio de Janeiro on this tremendous round the world adventure. It all started last year I went to the annual boat show in Oakland, saw the Clipper Race fle...

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TEAM GARMIN - KERRY GOSLING - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Good Morning Team Garmin fans, friends and family. Quite content being down below at the moment baking brownies, whilst everyone else is up on deck trimming, like their life depended on it. Tracey is hard at work creating a garlic and herb concoction, that is making mouths water, due to the waft of scent throughou...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LUCIE CARRINGTON - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Going with the flow... 21st June 2004Today I needed three bags of blood and a platelets transfusion. Have been having Oxynorm dose more regularly due to general pain but particularly because of a sore mouth. Had an allergic reaction to Codeine ( another painkiller I now can’t have ). Mum's last note was "She is e...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SAMUEL GUNDRY - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Hello! So I think the last few days have been the most stressful of my life so far. Some of the older folk might say 'no Sam, you have so much to get stressed about in the future'. But I don't know if many people have experienced losing a 100 mile lead and sitting in a wind hole travelling at 4 knots. During the l...

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OLD PULTENEY - TOM TAGGART - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

So we're within our final day of racing, and after having written a blog on our first day it's time to share my thoughts about the crossing that's nearly complete. The analogy has probably been drawn before by others, but it does seem to me that the emotional experience of an Atlantic crossing mirrors its meteorologica...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Dawn at Dusk - Summer Sailstice 2014 Growing up, the summer solstice was just another summer day, only the sun would set a little bit later than the day before, but always before 22:00PM. Whether it be at a baseball game at the local park, a BBQ with friends, or a day out on the lake, the longer day allowed us to enjoy...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

The Summer Solstice has been one filed of frustration, despair, hope and happiness for all on board GREAT Britain. It is a day celebrated as being the longest in the calendar and for us yesterday, it certainly lived up to its reputation! The start of it saw us desperately struggling to hold on to our second place posit...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KYM SANDERSON - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

June 21st... The Summer Solstice and day 15 of this race, and certainly hands down winner for feeling like the longest day. After nearly 2,600 miles of ocean racing it's going to be the last few hours and miles that determine the top 6 boats... As the latest 'schedule' came in this morning we had confirmation we'd cont...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

The Longest Day June 21. The Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year and what a long day it has proven to be. As this latest race of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race to Derry-Londonderry draws to a nail biting finish with up to half the fleet battling to get a precious podium place, every minute feels like a...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 14 DAY 14

21 JUN 2014

Happy hours returned to Switzerland for the first time on this leg this evening as our battles with high pressure wind holes subsided into steady but rather tedious progress in pursuit of the boats ahead. It was the opportunity for the ‘Lazarette Chamber Choir’ to make a comeback by popular demand and with ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Sharp Left!  It's Day 13 on the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire, and we're making good progress towards home.  Earlier today, around 06:00, I'd just woken from a good 8 hours sleep having been on mother duties the day before.  I was chatting with our Chief of Staff, Michelle Porter, in the nav station ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

We have 24 days (not that we are counting!) to go before sailing up the Thames to St Katherine Dock in London and re-joining civvy street. It will feel very strange wearing normal clothes that only take seconds to get on and off, having a shower at least once a day and knowing that 'things' will be where you left them ...

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TEAM GARMIN - BARRY GROVES - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Exciting times for us here on Team Garmin, we have been sailing well and the tactics employed seem to be working as we currently are catching those ahead and taking miles on those behind.  With only 14 crew including Jan the skipper everybody has had to be on their game both in the helming and general seamanship. ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

"The Poop Deck" Finally!  Our aft head (may) be fixed! But there was a lot of crap to go through before we were in the clear. [WARNING: This blog will contain a plethora of bad poo puns and toilet humor] Our dynamic duo was at it again, Herb and Kevin just wouldn't give up on the aft head and were determined to ge...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

A blog from Russ the Tiger to the children at Mont a L'Abbe School, Jersey Hello children, I hope you are enjoying some good summer weather, don't forget your sunhats and sun cream if the sun is shining. It is very chilly here, in fact it is so cold that we have been looking out for icebergs. I have made a new friend o...

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INVEST AFRICA - LEBALANG MOLOBELE - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

I miss my Sapinda Rain bow Project team ;-( more than I miss my family and friends, but I think it’s because I will be seeing all you guys in London after such a long time. Since I left New York things have been different: Firstly I have such a wonderful crew, on my watch I have the “Three Musketeers”...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

So here we are making reasonable progress across the Atlantic with Derry-Londonderry getting ever closer. Days are merging into each other and I need to keep checking my watch to confirm what day it is. This is relevant as we need to know what our other responsibility is for the day. My least favourite and the one I wi...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

My watch is right for the first time since we left London 10 months ago. The reason is that I have kept it set to UTC (aka GMT, Zulu Time etc) and the only adjustment I have had to make was to change the date when we crossed the International Date Line. So by that measure I have now gone round the world. We also crosse...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

"The Final Sprint" Last night we completed our final sprint for the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Race.  As this was our last major ocean crossing and voyage over one week, this is likely the last race that will have mid-race points up for grabs such as Scoring Gates and Ocean Sprints. This sprint was pretty muc...

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QINGDAO - KUN (VICKY) SONG - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Hi Qingdao Fans, Here we are, we have just come out of Stealth Mode and not giving much of a surprise, still there is 650 miles to go, speed 7.8 knot. It seems like it’s going to be another late arrival, sorry to keep you all waiting for us! ( Skipper Gareth tried, he has barely got any hair left now after thinki...

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TEAM GARMIN - ALEX CURTIS - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Hello world, Alex here! Well after being heavily involved in prep week in Gosport and getting Team Garmin to Race Start in London during which time I whipped, spliced and "Doughnutted" everything within an inch of its life I have now returned to complete Leg 8 and am happy to see the majority of my handwork still intac...

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PSP LOGISTICS - SALLY SLACK - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

There is a new contender for the top 10 best Dad memories of all time. A mid-Atlantic VHF conversation with my old man on Father’s Day 2014. It was class, especially as the good ship PSP Logistics was a good few miles ahead of Qingdao at the time of the communication. Just to clarify we are still ahead of Qingdao...

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ONE DLL - CORINNE MACCARTY - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Sailor or Mountain Climber? The answer is both! Today we are back to light winds and calm seas, but the past few days we were heeled over at 40 degrees. At least this time I am not sea sick! That being said, it's still like climbing a mountain to get from one side of the boat to the other. We actually put a rope with k...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 14 DAY 13

20 JUN 2014

Secret Squirrels! This is a very auspicious day for us on Mission Performance as we are in Stealth Mode. This is only the second time that we have used the tactic during the whole Clipper Race, across 8 legs. The first time was on Leg 1 when the team was wallowing in the Doldrums. Unfortunately, at the end of that peri...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DOUG BELLINGHAM - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

 Afternoon Dixie Fans,  It is difficult to know where to start, to finish or even how to pad out the middle bits in this. As a JAFLE originally only on Leg 8, this should be the start of  the great adventure for me. However after a last minute decision to do Leg 6 as well, this is merely the continuation...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Well to say that the last few days have been anything but eventful would be an understatement! Since I last messaged you all, we have experienced a series of high and lows that would rival any Bruce Forsyth TV Game Show, only this time the cards have been a little riskier in their value! Perhaps the card of great...

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INVEST AFRICA - LEBALANG MOLOBELE - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

I was inspired to take this adventure because I wanted a different experience from what I already know around my environment and I also thought it would be a challenge that would benefit my personal development which would in turn benefit my community. I could also say I was inspired to join this adventure so I can hav...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

So the last leg has begun. The first four days were spent bobbing around in glorious sunshine. Not at all what I was expecting. Eventually the wind arrived and the boats all spread out before once again getting stuck in a wind hole. I saw both Switzerland and Derry~Londonderry~Doire turn about and h...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

We're on the move again. Ok, so we took the hit and plummeted down the fleet. It was tough to take. Some got over it faster than others, but in the end we all did. And ‘Heidi’ is moving again! That's the main point. We've all realised it wasn't so much the fact that we were dropping down the places - it was...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

An unprecedented second blog in only a matter of days, and there was me thinking the previous could possibly have been my last for the year. Aren't you all lucky! The flip side of this is that, as usual, the blog writing is fairly mutually exclusive to mother watch, which means I've spent my day slaving away in the gal...

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GREAT BRITAIN - ROBERT BAKER - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

 If I was asked what was the best bit of this trip so far I would be hard pushed to give an answer, as there have been so many, some obviously better then others. As I write this we are crossing the North Atlantic and are currently 900 miles from reaching Derry Londonderry in Northern Ireland  and we have jus...

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INVEST AFRICA - JD (JOHN) FENTIE - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

This is the first leg where I have seen any meaningful quantity of sea life.  It may be that the other legs were a  bit bouncy and a bit blowy (big waves and strong winds).  We have had some gentle breezes and calm seas, which appear to make for good sightseeing if not great racing. Dolphins in big and s...

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INVEST AFRICA - NEVILLE GIBSON - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Taking time out from the day to day life and to race the Atlantic  has been 2 years in the planning. Now I have crossed over the halfway point of the Atlantic crossing, I do feel I have chosen to holiday in a rather exotic retreat akin to “The Best Exotic Marigold Boat (Hotel)” that is Invest Africa. T...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES ALLAN - ACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

During this race so far we have experienced what I can only describe as extremely beautiful sailing days. Although the wind was very light at stages, our efforts to keep the boat moving was always successful and we are gradually making our way to Derry-Londonderry. But on our way, we are experiencing long hours of day ...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

During this race so far we have experienced what I can only describe as extremely beautiful sailing days. Although the wind was very light at stages, our efforts to keep the boat moving was always successful and we are gradually making our way to Derry-Londonderry. But on our way, we are experiencing long hours of day ...

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OLD PULTENEY - CATHERINE PEAT - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

As we plough our way through the waves finally making some speed towards Derry-Londonderry nearing the end of Old Pulteney's  epic adventure around the world, it  has occurred to me that this may be the last blog I write for the Clipper Race as we only have a matter of days left at sea. I therefore thought it...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAUL BARTLETT - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success. No, not a Clipper Race recruitment advertisement but Ernest Shackleton's small ad in the Times for his Endurance Antartic expedition of 1915. Sh...

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QINGDAO - NICHOLAS TIDD - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Well what a peaceful ocean crossing this has turned out to be, not what we expected from the North Atlantic. The temperature has started to drop off again but it's still a good deal warmer than the Pacific and far few layers are currently needed. Two sperm whales swam passed the boat this morning, no more than 10 metre...

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ONE DLL - MARIELOUISE TEKLENBURG - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Strange angles, dolphins and birthday cake After three weeks of training, one week theory course, crew allocation day, team building weekend and a prep week, I finally ended up in London, at St Katharine's Dock to see off my fellow crew members on the ‘Big Blue’. They were off, set to France for Race 1. It ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JIM MOLLOY - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Hi everyone, It has been an odd couple of days on the ‘Derry Bus’. We continue to make our way home with a bit less pace than we would like, but still leading the pack. As I write we are less than 700 miles from home and 65 clear of Jamaica Get All Right, we are expected to encounter more light air as a res...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PATRICK HAYES - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

Yet again we are stuck in a potential wind hole. If a wind hole was a winning lottery ticket, you wouldn't be able to buy one. This time it's in the mid-Atlantic on the final ocean crossing of this fantastic adventure. Time to look back and reflect for a while, then quickly move on as the future awaits. Only two things...

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GREAT BRITAIN - JONATHAN PADLEY - RACE 14 DAY 12

19 JUN 2014

So sports fans, here I am, finally after 3 years  6 months, a false start on Leg 2 and the floods in December Christmas 2010 I was sat reading the Telegraph at the outlaws after a Boxing Day lunch when I saw the advert, it was the second time it had caught my eye but the previous time a couple of years prior my wo...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SCOTT MCCALLUM - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Well, this is what it is all about, for me in any case! We are now 48 hours after the Scoring Gate and as the race schedules have been coming in we have been taking mileage out of most of the fleet barring Derry~Londonderry~Doire, the team that now appears to be our main competitor in the current race. They are current...

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GREAT BRITAIN - MICHAEL RICHARDS - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

So...we finally made it. After signing up for this adventure in February 2011, followed by the most punctuated of training regimes and endless "Haven't you been on that boat yet?" questions, here we are, somewhere in the middle of the North Atlantic. It already seems an age away since the bittersweet departure from New...

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TEAM GARMIN - ALAN BARTLEY - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Here I am again. Blog writing coincides with me mothering away flatstick for the second time on this leg. I am mothering with my little mate Kira (I Can Fit You in my Freezer) Pecherska and we find ourselves curiously enjoying the opportunity to concoct exciting (or not) creations for the culinary delight of the great ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - TOM MURRAY - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Race 14, the start of Leg 8 is finally here - New York to Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland. I found out that I changed watch so my watch leader is now Ollie. We had three new starters and seven returning leggers. Lucie Carrington joins us from the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust to take on the mighty Atlantic Ocean. ...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

One thing this race has not been short of is wildlife. We have seen several types of whales, dolphins, sharks, lots of birds and jellyfish. Right now we are being followed by a pod of playful pilot whales. It is fantastic to see so much abundance. When sailing in Papua New Guinean waters I was dismayed and concerned by...

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INVEST AFRICA - WENDY BAKER - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

On the last leg I described the sweat box that was our boat at the time. Now we have the opposite with a cool box*. Not only have all the cold weather foulies, thermal underwear and mid-layers been unearthed, but also sleeping bags and, for some like me, the fleecy sleeping bag inner as well. I am also quite pleased at...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

New York - OneDLL The Panama Canal took us from Pacific to AtlanticThe locks were impressive and the passage less franticThrough the locks and the high lake Big Blue partied and celebratedOur achievements to date have definitely been rated A short stop on the Atlantic side in a spa called MelinaWhere the infinity pool ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

As we pass the 1,000 miles to Derry-Londonderry point on our navigation, thoughts of arrival and seeing family and friends for the first time in nearly a year fill any little spare time I have. We are racing as hard as we can to get to Derry-Londonderry fast, holding our breath for a result as we hold out a strong posi...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 14 DAY 11

18 JUN 2014

Well, racing continues aboard Mission Performance and we are working our way back up through the ranks following our encounter with high pressure ridges and the resulting light winds. There are still 957 miles left of this race to Derry-Londonderry and a lot yet to play for tactically. When we find ourselves in the fru...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

The Pacific nightmare I know you've already heard from me today. But things have taken a turn for the worse in terms of ‘Heidi's’ progress towards Derry-Londonderry. So I thought I'd fill you in. em>GREAT Britain has now made it through the wind hole - like Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Jamaica Get All Right....

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW RICHARDSON - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Ask any Derry~Londodnerry~Doire crew member which two races they would enjoy to win and it would be the Rolex Sydney-Hobart and the race into Derry-Londonderry, our home port. Today when the latest schedules came in there was a whoop of joy when we had moved ahead of Jamaica Get All Right into first place. But there ar...

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ONE DLL - JENNIFER THOMPSON - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

 “This Was a Dream Come True”   A cheer went up today on deck as Big Blue (our nickname for the boat) crossed the line of longitude at 43?10.0W. Ten crew aboard had technically completed a circumnavigation of the globe as the line of longitude coincided with the marina in Rio where they started th...

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OLD PULTENEY - LIZZY FITZSIMMONS - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Having read some of the more recent skipper diaries from this race, I have seen a common theme, the re-occurrence of the phantom ‘kitemare’. This is generally when, due to a change in wind, a temporary lack in concentration, a failure of equipment or just general bad luck, a kite which was flying absolutely...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Hello all the Mission Performance dads! Sorry this is a bit belated for father's day, but there's been a lot happening on board, what with us crossing all the lines of longitude and lots of sail changes! We've not forgotten you :) Hi Dad, happy Fathers Day! Hope you've got the news already that you will have a new gran...

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ONE DLL - JENNIFER THOMPSON - RACE 14 – DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

“This Was a Dream Come True”A cheer went up today on deck as Big Blue (our name for the boat) crossed the line of longitude at 43?10.0W. Ten crew aboard had technically completed a circumnavigation of the globe as the line of longitude coincided with the marina in Rio where they started their...

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HENRI LLOYD - EMMA JACKSON - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

“Finally” After 21 months since that fateful day when I stepped foot on my first Clipper 68 on a corporate race day, I am finally on this lovely 70-foot yacht sailing across the Atlantic. So how did I get here...well... as someone who is not the biggest believer in fate I have to admit I cannot think of any...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

"Father's Day" Yesterday was Father's Day in the US, marking another holiday we spent away from our families.  On our boat, we have plenty of dads, granddads, daughters and sons who had to celebrate the holiday without their fathers and children, but we do have one lucky guy who at least got to have his wife on bo...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - RICHARD DAWSON - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Unusually the watch had collected together in the cockpit and was able to start one of those often bizarre conversations we have in rare periods of inactivity. Oberstumbanfuerer Nick started the conversion with the statement that he thought the film 'Anaconda' was rubbish, then to general agreement someone said that th...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE MORAWA - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

What to write, what to write.... A you can possibly guess I have writers block...I could write about the parade out of New York when we passed by the Statue of Liberty on a beautiful sunny day and shortly after Henri Lloyd's exhaust started to smoke as if a car tyre was on fire...the journalist on OneDLL that sought me...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ALEX LUND - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

I have just finished my second mother watch: cooking and cleaning for the 17 of us as the boat continues to slice through the water. We are thinking at the moment our arrival will be Sunday, it feels like I have been on here for a long time in some ways but in others it has gone really quickly. I try to take it in as m...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SHARON DOHERTY - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Best way to get into foulies! Oh the absolute bliss of being able to stand upright in the heads without having to hold on for dear life! Such a change from this morning when, after climbing up out of my bunk, I had to resort yet again to sitting on the floor to get into my foulies. If ever there was a Kodak moment. Lif...

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QINGDAO - JAY KEMPE - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Who killed the albatross?! When I signed up for Leg 8, I did not expect to be drifting around in the North Atlantic for days on end. Anyway, that is what is currently happening! The last 36 hours have definitely been a drifting match as many have been caught between two systems and the wind cannot decide where to settl...

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ONE DLL - ROSIE GOSLING - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Dauphinoise, growlers and whales Today I am mother. The conditions are good for a fairly easy mother watch - calm seas, a flat boat and the sun is shining meaning all crew can eat on deck at pretty much the same time. This will probably be my last mother watch before we finish this crazy adventure, so for one last time...

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PSP LOGISTICS - TRISTAN GRIGALIS - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

Afternoon armchair sailors. So we are slowly trundling our way towards Derry-Londonderry whilst trying to skirt around a trough that is causing havoc for some of the fleet whilst others seem to have shot off into the distance some 180 miles ahead of us, having managed to get across said trough and now beating towards t...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KATHY HALL - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

The Leg of Lasts (LOL) Hi to all supporters. So here we are, Leg 8, the last leg in the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Race. This leg has most significance for me as a round the world crew member (RTW) who embarked on this epic challenge commencing with the delivery of the boat to London from Gosport on...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 14 DAY 10

17 JUN 2014

There has been a flurry of activity on deck this evening, with skipper Rich running around tweaking various bits of sail trim, to eke out every last fraction of boat speed from Invest Africa. Now that we are receiving email again on board, the weather forecast is an even more precious commodity and it has revealed a ri...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 14, DAY 7

16 JUN 2014

Ever since i was a kid i've always thought that being a fireman would be 'cool'. I mean what's not to love; you get the opportunity to fight fires, jump off buildings, save lives, rescue peoples cats, slide down poles and best of all, you get to wear an awesome uniform!! Hollywood blockbusters like Ladder 49 and Backdr...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 14 – DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

WHAT'S HE ON ABOUT NOW?THE HEGGMEISTER MUSES ON TECHNICALITIES, THE MIRACLE OF THE GULF STREAM AND THE RELATIVITY OF TIME.Ever since arriving in San Francisco after the marathon crossing of the North Pacific, The Heggmeister has found it impossible not to feel in a “homeward bound” state of mind. This epic ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LINDSAY EVANS - RACE 14 – DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Well, it has been a long trip but today we have actually managed to sail around the world!  I have called for a helicopter - time to get off!Unfortunately the helicopter service would not accept my credit card, so on we go to Derry-Londonderry...  From the sounds of things it is going to b...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 14 – DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

So last night we crossed longitude 43º10'W. This is not just any line of longitude. It carries a special significance as it is the longitude of Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro where we completed our first Atlantic crossing way back in early October 2013 and the furthest West we travelled before turnin...

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ONE DLL - ESTHER WESTERBEEK - RACE 14 – DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

At the time that I'm writing this blog we have just finished our dinner of today; a spicy pasta. Food on board is really an important topic. It not only gives new energy to perform on deck; it also gives comfort after a cold shift. And it's bonding people during happy hour and during the mother watc...

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TEAM GARMIN - DANIEL HO - RACE 14 - DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

It's 27 days prior to race end, as we near the close of an adventure, we have decided to reflect on previous experiences, thoughts and comments from the current crew on board.We gathered the crew opinion for the very important question of…"How do you know when you have been at sea, on the boat for too ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LUCIE CARRINGTON - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Moments of light and dark...  Ahoy there! Yep that's right I have become a salty sea dog, I think I'm even starting to grow a beard.  From when I last wrote things have been quite tough, on one hand the wind has picked up which is great in terms of racing, we had started discussions on what we should make for...

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HENRI LLOYD - MAAIKE WASSENAAR - RACE 14 - DAY 8

16 JUN 2014

RTW?A little over a year ago I made the final and/or official decision to go Round the World (RTW].But what does that mean? Now that we are on the home stretch on this last leg of the big race it seems like there are different definitions. So far our most westerly point has been Rio de Janeiro at 43 degrees 14&nbs...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 14 – DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

As we are counting down the miles to Derry-Londonderry, discussions have been focusing on the changing conditions we are experiencing. In my last blog of Leg 7 I talked about angles and how hard life was at an angle. We were fortunate in Leg 7 that we did not spend too much time heeled over,&nb...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 14 – DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Whales and stake night!Today we went 'blue' (the colour of our friends OneDLL) and had our very first, very own steak night! It all started in Leg 7 during the motoring phase.We did an exchange dinner with them and on OneDLL that night they had steak! Since then stake night has been on our radar. Why can't we...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Whales and stake night! Today we went 'blue' (the colour of our friends OneDLL) and had our very first, very own stake night! It all started in Leg 7 during the motoring phase. We did an exchange dinner with them and on OneDLL that night they had stake! Since then stake night has been on our radar. Why can't we have st...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

As we are counting down the miles to Derry-Londonderry, discussions have been focusing on the changing conditions we are experiencing.  In my last blog of Leg 7 I talked about angles and how hard life was at an angle.  We were fortunate in Leg 7 that we did not spend too much time heeled over, but it has been...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 14 DAY 9

16 JUN 2014

Bergy Bits and Growlers, whale watch, kitemares and flying saucers! After my last blog a few days ago when everything was warm, calm and sedate much has happened. I am now wearing so many layers of clothing I think I am possibly wider than I am high!  The sea state has been moderate to rough and life above and bel...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

With 1,400 miles to go, this race is anyone's for the taking, that said ourselves and Jamaica Get All Right will put on a good fight for any of the fleet who want to take on first or second position from us. Since setting off from New York 8 days ago, the crew of Derry~Londonderry~Doire have worked non-stop to keep the...

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OLD PULTENEY - CHRIS CARNELL - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

First, it is great to back with my crew mates whom last I saw in Rio in October 2013.  They have navigated Old Pulteney 37,000 to get to NYC and done a marvellous job. 7 June, our Le Mans start 30 miles east of NYC under light sunny conditions made for a great start for the entire  fleet. The thrill of offsho...

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PSP LOGISTICS - URSULA STROH - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

My birthday is on the 12th of June, and as the day ended I thought about the superficial little things that made the day quite special. It was actually such an example of how inane, but also how strangely significant, life on this boat has been in the past year. My birthday started on our midnight watch on the 11th wit...

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ONE DLL - NICK MULHOLLAND - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Incredible to think it is Father's Day, the London to Brighton bike ride as well as the Round the Island race back at home this weekend. It is day 8 on board 'Big Blue' and I am not even sure what day that makes it. Whilst those back at home are welcoming high pressure and good weather, we are seeking the low pressure ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - KATHERINE CAMILLERI - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

As a returning crew member, I’ve been finding it reasonably easy to settle back into the routine. It was great to see a few familiar faces and to meet a few crew members I'd not sailed with before. Something that is new to me and all the other crew on the board is the introduction of the ice watch. There have bee...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 14 - DAY 7

15 JUN 2014

Dear fans, friends and followers, Today we crossed 43 degrees west - the longitude of Rio de Janeiro - and according to one of the definitions now means that Heidi and her round-the- worlders have today finished their 'circumnavigation'! Weeeheeeey! Being the analytical, democratic and logical Swiss boat that we are, w...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DEREK BROWN - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

 Hi Fans of PSP Logistics  As a "Round the Worlder" it is starting to dawn on me that the adventure is slowly coming to an end. This is our last major ocean crossing and we have put the boat in a good position, to take advantage of our northerly route over the rest of the fleet. Time will tell if this will pa...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 14 – DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

At 18:08 local (22:08 UTC) Mission Performance crossed the line of longitude - 43 degrees 08 minutes 850 seconds.This line is very important, as this marks a buoy just outside of Rio de Janeiro where we passed last year, which now seems a long time ago. Leaving Rio, we started our journey East around the glob...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 14 – DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Good morning dear readers,We are now back into high pressure sailing! I.e. the sun is out, the layers are coming off, the boots are drying out and the boat is flat. It has its perks, but it also means it's rather slow.We've gone into stealth mode, but I personally am not too hopeful that this will beat s...

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QINGDAO - GEORGE BAYLES - RACE 14 – DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Morning Qingdao followersThe last couple days have not been that interesting on board the boat. We have just been trying to catch PSP Logistics as we are going the same way who knows if it is even the right way!At first I thought this leg was going to be quick and easy it has actually been quiet hard at looking at...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 14 - DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Bergy Bits and Growlers, whale watch, kitemares and flying saucers!After my last blog a few days ago when everything was warm, calm and sedate much has happened. I am now wearing so many layers of clothing I think I am possibly wider than I am high!The sea state has been moderate to rough and life above and below decks...

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QINGDAO - GEORGE BAYLES - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

Morning Qingdao followers The last couple days have not been that interesting on board the boat. We have just been trying to catch PSP Logistics as we are going the same way who knows if it is even the right way! Ha ha. At first I thought this leg was going to be quick and easy it has actually been quiet hard at lookin...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 14 DAY 8

15 JUN 2014

MY BIRTHDAY! 15 June 2014 is a birthday with a difference for me. Starting the day with mother duty, cooking breakfast for 17, is maybe not everyone's ideal start to a birthday but this is Clipper Race racing and the race doesn't falter for a second just because I admit to being one year older. I did however get a full...

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OLD PULTENEY - ANTONY FENNELL - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

When you start your Clipper Race Level 1 training, the manual gives a series of Sir Robin’s top tips: 'safety is the most important thing. Always clip on and keep an eye on your fellow crew to keep them safe as well. Remember one hand for you and one for the boat'. Wise words indeed.  There will always be ri...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CARLTON LEE - RACE 14 – DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

Well here we are, some seven days into our trans-Atlantic adventure – and what an adventure it has been so far...The time in New York was heavily dominated with boat work and corporate sailing but I was lucky enough to have been chosen with Paddy to attend a day at the New York Fire Department training ...

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QINGDAO - JUN (FIONA) LI - RACE 14 – DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

Yesterday 13 June is father’s day. Rob's daughter (Sarah as I remembered in PSP Logistics) asked me to deliver her father's day gift to Rob on the day before we departure.A gift card and a piece of chocolate. This gift drives me to count the date to 13 June. In the morning, during breakfast, saying happy fat...

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TEAM GARMIN - TRACEY POLGLAZE - RACE 16 – DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

"So what do most people think about when staring out at the ocean?"I was asked this recently by Lawrence the chef on Qingdao, when we caught up during the stopover in New York. He's doing his own little study on this matter, and has thus far concluded that in fact, 70 per cent of the Clipper Race crew think mostly abou...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ALEX LUND - RACE 14 – DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

More one handed typing... But here I go. This trip is more challenging in every way than I expected... So much more. Even going to the toilet is a total drama because it takes so long to undress and redress.It is like we are in no man's land. We have not seen another vessel or even a plane for 6 days, we see birds occa...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ALEX LUND - RACE 14 DAY 7

14 JUN 2014

More one handed typing… but here I go. This trip is more challenging in every way than I expected ...so much more. Even going to the toilet is a total drama because it takes so long to undress and redress. It is like we are in no man's land. We have not seen another vessel or even a plane for 6 days, we see bird...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 14 DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

"Friday, the 13th" Friday the 13th is supposed to be an unlucky day.  Sailors tend to be a quite superstitious lot, so when we initiated our 24 hour iceberg watch and sailed past the Titanic's resting place on this day, you could imagine it would cause a little bit of a stir. But after sailing around the world, on...

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OLD PULTENEY - MARTIN BEDFORD - RACE 14 - DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Back to the Future Part 2.Hello world. Todays blog from Old Pulteney comes in four parts:1. The impact of the Clipper 2013-14 Race on Old Pulteney Round the worlders (OP RTWs) which includes my observations of a returning crew member on Old Pulteney.2. An exclusive preview of my theory of dinosaurs.3. Parties in the No...

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ONE DLL - RONALD MEPPELINK - RACE 14 – DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

On the day that Holland meets Spain in the World Cup in Brazil, we are crossing the Atlantic Ocean. An amazing experience. Although I am a real football fan, I would never trade my space on this boat for a ticket at that soccer game.On this day, we cross the part of the ocean where the famous Titanic san...

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QINGDAO - ANDREW HARPER - RACE 14 – DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Watch keeping on an ocean passage can be a boring affair with just the occasional sail trim and spell on the helm to relieve the boredom. However yesterday's watches for Qingdao's Starboard watch were the exceptions to that rule.It all started when we came on watch for our 1200-1800 stint. Port watch&nbs...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 13 - DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

We once again find ourselves in the 'home waters' of the Atlantic Ocean, although with the recent temperature drop we have all experienced it wouldn't be difficult to confuse it with something Arctic. It has been a long time since we sailed this way last, and while we're still over 1800nm from home,...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JIM MOLLOY - RACE 14 – DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Otherwise known as Friday the 13th!Well this Friday the 13th got off to a beautiful start with a dolphin on the bow, followed by a pod of pilot whales, including at least 1 calf.The Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht was also sailing along steadily at 10+ knots and only minor trimming required. The latest race updates ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 14 – DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Over the last 24 hours on Team Garmin there have certainly been some landmarks passed both literal and metaphorically. The Weather has changed significantly as we continue on a beat towards Derry-Londonderry and I fear that I have done my last full watch of the Clipper 13-14 Race in shorts and t-shirt, I guess we ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - JACOB CARTER - RACE 14 – DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Well its been a cold one and to start off the crew of team GREAT Britain would all like to wish Sophie Talbot a speedy recovery as she dislocated her leg today. We want you back right as rain to start giving Daddy the run around again.As I said above the temperature has plummeted over the last 24 hours meaning I h...

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SWITZERLAND - SHELLY BEARD - RACE 14 – DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

What a difference four days makes! Relative to my previous blog...Welcome to the Atlantic proper - huge rolling waves crashing over the deck, winds gusting up to 30 knots, boat speeds of up to 20 knots. This is exciting sailing, we're all soaking wet and cold, having to be super careful about clippi...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 14 – DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Passing the site where the Titanic sank 102 years earlier is just another addition to the wonders of this race. So it’s quite poignant that we are sailing to Northern Ireland. Although its Derry-Londonderry and not Belfast, where the great ship was built so many years ago.But in the last few days t...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 14 – DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

It has gotten rather chilly on Invest Africa, it really does not feel like summer is near as we are religiously layering base layer, midlayers, full foulies, gloves and hats.However it is all part of the game, and considering we only have 30 days on the boat left I have decided to enjoy all of it including every drops ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SCOTT MCCALLUM - RACE 14 – DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Be careful what you wish for!Well, seems a wee while ago now since we left New York and enjoyed several days 'Champagne' sailing in glorious weather, and calm sea conditions with music playing and much hilarity on board. After a few days I couldn't voice my views that this was 'not what we signed up for' and that it wa...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PATRICK HAYES - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

On this amazing adventure around the world we have seen some amazing and unbelievable sights and met some extraordinary people. In Albany, Australia, an eight year old girl came to see the boat as she was following us at school and was so excited when her mother brought her one night. We had just parked away the boat, ...

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ONE DLL - STEPHEN SMITH - RACE 14 DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

One month to go...  Hi Folks,  I was heading for my bunk on the off-watch yesterday when Katy reminded me I was down to do the daily blog. I went to check our rota on the galley wall and my eyes were drawn to the date... 12 June. So just one month and counting now till Race Finish in London on 12 July!  ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KATHY HALL - RACE 14 - DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

Today myself and Kym were on mother. It’s a little like Come Dine With Me but instead of 3 to 4 well behaved guests turning up for a evening meal our guests include 14 normal (ish!) people. 1 veggie, 2 faux veggies and a fussy... Who doesn't like anything too hot, anchovies, olives and a fair ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 14, DAY 6

13 JUN 2014

It is an emotional time amongst the Clipper fraternity at the moment. We have travelled around the globe, pitting our wares against each other, all in the name of healthy competition. We have fought tooth and nail for miles, angles and ultimately points, in order to try and secure the highest ranking possible within th...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 14 – DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Icebergs, the Titanic and 'The Perfect Storm'The ultimate challenge of sailing nearly three thousand miles across the Atlantic Ocean from New York has been on my mind since I went for my Clipper Race interview way back in September 2012. If I am honest it was the excitement of roller coaster waves that motiva...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 14 - DAY 6

12 JUN 2014

Earlier today, whilst fighting to stand up and tidy the lines we had just used to put a reef in the main sail, I muttered whose silly idea was it for me to do an extra leg… Overhearing me, the skipper pointed out that this was probably the last time I would ever sail across an ocean.He is right, i...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 14 - DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Sadly this blog and others may not make it to the web – we are currently without a working email system (nobody can log in) and it seems the only fix that technical support provide needs to be sent by, er, email...However, in case of miracles, herewith some snippets from boat life:Did you, I enq...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SCOTT MCCALLUM - RACE 14 DAY 8

12 JUN 2014

Be careful what you wish for! Well, seems a wee while ago now since we left New York and enjoyed several days 'Champagne' sailing in glorious weather, and calm sea conditions with music playing and much hilarity on board. After a few days I couldn't voice my views that this was 'not what we signed up for' and that it w...

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TEAM GARMIN - DANIEL HO - RACE 14 DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Day 5 – Daniel Ho  New York has been a memorable but very short stopover. The experience has definitely redefined my view of USA and the American people – they are frank and straight to the point but definitely friendly and welcoming! It is definitely one of my top stopovers and a place I will return t...

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GREAT BRITAIN - GIL SHARP - RACE 14 - DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

This is more like the sailing I experienced and grew to love in the Southern Ocean - getting across the boat down below is like being on a major assault course (the new handles in the passageway and beside the companionway make such a difference), those sleeping on the high side must have their bunks ratcheted up or ri...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DEBBIE CHUN - RACE 14 – DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

THE TRIAL AND TRIBULATIONS OF A HEELING BOATWhile we have had light winds for the last few days, our prayers have finally been answered... We are now averaging 10 knots with the Yankee 3 and staysail up - sun on our faces and wind in our hair - this is what yacht racing is all about. However, with these ...

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QINGDAO - PETER BRUMBY - RACE 14 – DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Wow, Ahh, Urgh, Zoom. That about sums up the start of our race to Derry-Londonderry from New York. Those following the Race Viewer will probably have a good idea what I mean.Wow was when we left the marina in Manhattan and motored down the river for the start. Stunning weather and the Manhattan skyline looked amazing g...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 14 – DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Here we are somewhere in the North Atlantic bouncing along the waves and my thoughts are very much on events elsewhere. Brazil to be precise. Because this will be the first time since I was three that I haven't spent a World Cup in front of a TV watching as many matches as I can. Instead I will be relying on family and...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 14 – DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Well the last 24 hours have made us think our Yankee 1 is cursed. Our biggest headsail, which is our favourite power reaching sail, has developed a bad habit of making our lives way more interesting than they need to be.Last night as we were woken up for watch, we could hear a headsail change in progress...

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HENRI LLOYD - FIONA GARFORTH-BIES - RACE 14 – DAY 5

12 JUN 2014

Oh, to be good mother...Let me explain, on our watch system there falls a 'good mother' and a 'bad mother'.Bad mother has the misfortune to come off a watch that started at 4 am, and at six thirty am, start preparing breakfast for 2 hungry crew - when all you really want to do is collapse into bed and have someone...

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OLD PULTENEY - LIZZY FITZSIMMONS - RACE 14 – DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

The transfer window is openAlthough this is my first blog from Old Pultney, I’m going to have to be honest with you, I have written a fair few crew diaries before. Yes, I am an imposter, a transfer from OneDLL just for the last leg, but don’t panic, I’m no spy, just a stray in search of a friendl...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES ALLAN - RACE 14 – DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

It seems like no time since we were all full of anticipation for the stopover in New York but that is now behind us. The stop although very brief, given our late arrival, was still enjoyable one with time to cram in some of the various Highlights of that city. There were iconic buildings visited but the most poignant m...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 14 – DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

We are well into the first week of our last ocean crossing, and as so many times in the past, the ocean has come up with something which we didn't expect: flat seas and light winds. Yesterday was, to say the least, a spectacular day when it comes to wild life: big groups of dolphins swimming playfully around the b...

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INVEST AFRICA - JD (JOHN) FENTIE - RACE 14 DAY 5

11 JUN 2014

Yes, yes, yes! Now we are sailing. The past few days of gentle holiday sailing, “friends and family” sailing has come to an end and the wind has come out to play.The day started with a flurry of activity as the sun was coming up. The first sign of what was to come was the call ...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PRESTON - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Three days into the race to Ireland and we are 200 metres in front of Derry~Londonderry~Doire as we cross gybes and trade first place.  Wonderful sailing in the Gulf Stream with flat water, sea temperatures of 21-26 degrees, reasonable wind apart from one period of calm when we just maintained steerage way and cre...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Love, love? Love, Love! LOVE? LOVE!!  It doesn't matter how you say it or in what context it is used. We all crave it! We need it! We can't live without it! It's what drives us forward and keeps us motivated.  Everybody, naturally, wants to feel loved; it is important we feel attractive, even if we are not al...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 14 - DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

New York! New York!  And then the final leg...Having visited New York in the past, I was really looking forward to the New York stopover and if we had arrived in New York during the day instead of during the night the stopover would have been perfect.  We did however also have a podium position...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 14 - DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

 "No Gybe"The last time I wrote you, the day was filled with gybes across the fleet and luckily they all had gone smoothly for us.  However as we rounded the midnight watch yesterday, not all went according to planMy watch had just gone off and the other watch was setting up for a gybe.Just by ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 14 - DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

 "No Gybe"The last time I wrote you, the day was filled with gybes across the fleet and luckily they all had gone smoothly for us.  However as we rounded the midnight watch yesterday, not all went according to planMy watch had just gone off and the other watch was setting up for a gybe.Just by ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 14 – DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Day four out of NYC saw us sailing in relatively light air but enough to keep us rolling along with Marty, the medium weight spinnaker filled quite nicely all afternoon and evening.The big news of today wasn't the fact of whales and sharks sunning themselves on the surface within a boat length as happened all day&...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CONOR O'BYRNE - RACE 14 - DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

So here we are on our last Ocean Race, 2,950 miles to our boat sponsors and host port, Derry~Londonderry~Doire. Its been a tough 9 1/2 months, which have seen many highs and some lows. As the saying goes sailors have short memories and so I have no lows to mention. Since we left New York we have had some beautiful weat...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 14 – DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Our journey is coming to its final conclusion with the start of the #lastleg out of New York. Three more races to go...It’s been more like Caribbean sailing up until now with the sun shining (and final top up of the 'farmers' tan), all we needed was the champagne. Oh but wait... this isn’t a cruis...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - RICHARD WALL - RACE 14 – DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

So here we are in the Atlantic heading towards Northern Ireland. We are four days in to our trans-Atlantic crossing and what a mixture of weather we have had.Today on day four we find ourselves flying along under our Yankee 2, Staysail, and main at up to 13kts - everyone is smiling.However even when the sailing is...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LUCIE CARRINGTON - RACE 14 DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Homemade bread and lone sea turtles... So it's day 4of the race and it seems that three is our lucky number, as we finally have WIND! As I type we have 10 knots of boat speed which is a heck of a lot better than the 0.6 we had yesterday. We are now in fifth so climbed 7 places in 24 hours, pretty good what. Although ye...

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GREAT BRITAIN - RICHARD BALCON - RACE 14 – DAY 4

11 JUN 2014

Hi to all followers of the GREAT Britain crew blogs. This will be my second blog since joining the boat in San Francisco which now seems quite a while ago. A synopsis and the highlights of my voyage so far: a great way to start a race going under the Golden Gate Bridge followed by 21 days of hard racing ...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 14 – DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

Bobbing around in the Atlantic with a flogging windseeker was not quite how I imagined this ocean crossing to go. It was an incredibly frustrating few hours this morning, when we dropped even the windseeker and sailed bareheaded, and then finally hoisted it when the wind picked up. Ish. Now, after dinner, we'...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 14 – DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

It's been a highly unusual 24 hours on-board Invest. It was still dark as we started smelling a strange citrus smell on our early morning watch. At first I thought it was emanating from someone peeling an orange in the cockpit, but no, this was not the origin of the pungent aroma. Shortly after, sea...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - LEG 7 EMCT BLOG

10 JUN 2014

Leg 7 was one of the most exciting legs of the circumnavigation so far, especially being a parrot. I was able to take flight from the boat at the beginning of the race from San Francisco down to Panama and fly above the boat around the Golden Gate Bridge. My boat, the Derry-Go-Round, was the first under the bridge lead...

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ONE DLL - RONALD MEPPELINK - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

 Today I would like to write about when things don't go as planned. We found a wind hole last night! Yeah shit happens! We were in a pretty good position compared to the rest of the fleet but unfortunately we lost that position.  It's good to see how Olly, our skipper keeps the crew motivated. The way he does...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JON SKIPWORTH-BUTTON - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

Oh the ups and downs of the Clipper Race! 24 hours ago we were in first position only to lead part of the fleet into a wind hole and to stand virtually stationary for 12 hours whilst watching others blast past us. Still we are in breeze now and can still relish our 15 minutes of fame atop the leader board, whilst worki...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CHRIS COURTNEY - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

A WHALE OF A DAY! Hi All! Here we are in downtown Northern Atlantic going nowhere but having a ball. The dawn broke with Dixie (our nickname for the boat) surrounded in fog and not a breath of breeze. Low and behold the good lord sent forth a great day for looking at his glorious creatures which inhabit this great ocea...

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ONE DLL - WILHELMUS BATIST - RACE 14 DAY 2

10 JUN 2014

When I arrived in NY the previous team was already there and cleaning the boat after their journey from Jamaica. I have been looking forward to this trip for a long time and although excited to take part also had some trepidation as sailing one of the world's oceans is not for everyone. After last year's training of th...

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PSP LOGISTICS - VALERIE NICHOLLS - RACE 14 DAY 2

10 JUN 2014

Hi there landlubbers and pirates alike! This is a return to life on PSP Logistics for me having done Leg 4 back in December/January. So far, quite a different experience. I don't think I got down to anything less than 4 bulky layers in that previous Leg. I more or less had to be 'cut out' of my clothes at the end of th...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 14 DAY 2

10 JUN 2014

Race day 2 and we have slipped seamlessly back into the Derry~Londonderrry~Doire routine of ocean racing. We are currently cruising through some light winds and trying hard to keep focused on the helm to keep boat speed as high as possible. In this kind of weather there isn't much for the crew who aren't helming to do ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - CLAIRE WILKINSON - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

Well, Leg 8 is under way - the long awaited leg back to Europe and home for the round the world, the long awaited Clipper Race trip of a life time for the leggers! Leaving New York, setting sail from Manhattan, past the Statue of Liberty was something I never dreamed I would do - as Americans say, it was just awesome! ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - KATE DAVIDSON - RACE 14 DAY 2

10 JUN 2014

Good morning from the Atlantic!  We've had an interesting past 24 hours aboard Mission Performance. It's been close racing with the rest of the fleet. We caught up with Derry~Londonderry~Doire yesterday afternoon, before gybing north in an attempt to cut off Switzerland, Henri Lloyd, and several of the other boats...

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QINGDAO - ROBERT GRYLLS - RACE 14 DAY 2

10 JUN 2014

We are now three days into our Atlantic crossing but it really doesn't feel like it.  As a new legger joining the race I expected to be thrown into the rough stuff straight away, but for the first couple of days we had champagne sailing conditions: blue skies, sun out and tan on.  I'm not complaining!  A...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

Wool panic  Yesterday the pleasant conditions continued. We still have a very flat see, are able to fly spinnakers and are sailing in a part of the Gulf Stream that is giving us an unbelievable 4 knots of current (in the right direction)!  But yesterday we had to declare a state of "emergency": we currently h...

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SWITZERLAND - SHELLY BEARD - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

Greetings from the North Atlantic  This was the race I was expecting to find most challenging, but so far it's difficult in different ways to anticipated.  From a sailing perspective, it's been a very gentle start to Race 14 - lovely downwind sailing and a smooth sea state, allowing the newbies to get their s...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - RICHARD POPPER - RACE 14 DAY 3

10 JUN 2014

It's great to be back on board the Derry bus with our fabulous skipper & crew. I left the boat in Qingdao at the end of Leg 5 and have been so looking forward to linking up with the crew again. I had a few fun days in New York and fitted in a few touristy things like a trip out to the Ellis Island immigration museu...

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TEAM GARMIN - DAVID GUNTHER - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

8th of June 2014  Goodbye the America's and hello Europe. The fleet sailed from New York City yesterday afternoon to the cheers of well-wishers lining the marina and foreshore area of lower Manhattan. What a stop over, I have never been to NYC before this visit and I was lucky enough to be joined by my beloved. Al...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ROSE TODD - RACE 14, DAY 1

09 JUN 2014

New York has been a very welcome stopper over for the crews of the Clipper Round the World (2013-14) race and people have had the opportunity to do some enjoyable stuff both individually and collectively but nothing quite measures up to the truly awesome day that a small select band of crew members got to spend on 'The...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

We're off once again. For the third last time. And this time for our last ocean crossing!  The send-off from New York was magnificent. The skyline and weather were beautiful and the support we received unbelievable. Leaving leggers Abby, Yasmine, Lisa and Ali C. raised the roof for us and their cheering will reson...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

So we have left New York City and started on our last ocean crossing of the race and the final leg of this epic adventure. We are somewhat depleted here on Team Garmin as for various reasons our 18 strong crew has become 13, for those that have got off unexpectedly we of course wish you all the best and for those of yo...

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INVEST AFRICA - LEBALANG MOLOBELE - RACE 14 DAY 1

09 JUN 2014

My day started off with anxiety and I was quite nervous but that was before I met my Invest Africa crew, after a few minutes with them on board I was at ease. Leaving New York going past the Statue of Liberty is an experience on its own which is exciting, but my highlight was the Race Start. It’s difficult to fin...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER CHART - RACE 14 DAY 1

09 JUN 2014

Well here we go again, we`re about 80 miles offshore now after leaving New York this afternoon and motoring 3 hours down the river to the start line .It`s a moonlit night now and we can identify the other Clipper Race yachts around us by the dim glow of their decklights reflecting off the spinnaker that we are all flyi...

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OLD PULTENEY - TOM TAGGART - RACE 14 DAY 1

09 JUN 2014

R.E.M.'s 'Leaving New York Is Never Easy' is the song that the skipper was playing over the speakers behind the helm as we were getting ready to depart. North Cove Marina was buzzing as all the boats were making ready to go, and in some ways it didn't feel easy to leave New York. We'd had a week of fabulous weather in ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

“Little Ducklings"  It was almost 24 hours after Race Start and 11 boats out of the fleet could be spotted as little ducklings lined up along the horizon.  While GREAT Britain had gybed earlier than the rest of us, the majority of the fleet was on the same gybe and heading for day one as a row of little...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LUCIE CARRINGTON - RACE 14 - DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

So its begun, after emotional goodbyes in North Cove the fleet paraded down the Hudson river, taking in the iconic views of the most famous skyline in the world, it was quite simply amazing, we carried on past the statue of liberty something I'd been thinking about of months and it didn't disappoint truly something I w...

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TEAM GARMIN - KERRY GOSLING - RACE 14 – DAY 3

09 JUN 2014

"GRIND!... GRIND!... GRIIIIIIIIIND!", is constantly heard as I prepare breakfast with my mother buddy Kira. We are both giggling at the commotion above, mainly because, I am just getting used to my sea legs arriving back, (Silent thanks to the Weather Gods, for giving me my first smooth few days at sea).I decided ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LUCIE CARRINGTON - RACE 14 DAY 2

09 JUN 2014

The First 24 Hours So its begun, after emotional goodbyes in North Cove Marina the fleet paraded down the Hudson River, taking in the iconic views of the most famous skyline in the world, it was quite simply amazing, we carried on past the Statue of Liberty something I'd been thinking about of months and it didn't disa...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SHARON DOHERTY - RACE 14 DAY 2

08 JUN 2014

Daft cow! I should have known better than to tempt my fate with a "bring it on" comment. Experiences I wanted yes, but not the experience of jumping down the forward hatch. What an incredibly silly thing to do. There were dolphins on the bow and I was going quickly forward to watch them. I stood on the heads hatch - no...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

"Home Sweet Home(s)"  Today I left home in New Jersey and a fantastic stopover in my home port to sail the last leg of the Clipper Round the World Race.  But after a near year of living at sea on Henri Lloyd, today I really left my old home to come back to my new home.  Today I had to say goodbye to my f...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

So, that was New York!  Wow.  As we finished the Parade of Sail and headed out of the harbour towards the start line, we were all reflecting on the excellent, if brief, stopover.  This was my first time in New York and sailing in towards that iconic skyline was incredible, not to mention the fact it is s...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 14 DAY 2

08 JUN 2014

Greetings Mission Warriors and supporters!  Well, what a stopover we had in New York and what an incredible city. The arrival into, and journey up the Hudson River, with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground and the skyline of Manhattan rising up behind as our backdrop was one of the parts of the Race I was most...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CLODAGH WHELAN - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Hi Folks, Leg 8, Race Day 1 It's great to be back aboard the Derry bus for the last three stops on the Clipper RTW Race : Derry, Den Helder and London. It's been six months since I was last on the boat for Leg 3, from Cape Town to Albany, Western Australia. There has been a lot of water under the keel since then and th...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NEIL REYNOLDS - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

 Hello there fans of PSP Logistics and welcome to the North Atlantic Ocean. We set out from New York yesterday to embark on the final ocean crossing of what has for some of us been an epic journey since we first crossed this Ocean last year. We had a busy but good stay in New York and I managed to fit in a good ba...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ROSE TODD - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

New York has been a very welcome stopover for the crews of the Clipper 2013-14 Race and people have had the opportunity to do some enjoyable stuff both individually and collectively but nothing quite measures up to the truly awesome day that a small select band of crew members got to spend on 'The Island' with New York...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Jean Brandon ( RTW ) Day two   if you happened to read my last blog there was a mention about our fellow crew man BB (Brian Nottingham) and his 60th birthday approaching as we hit New York. Well I am very happy to say the day went with a bang, full on and terrific fun. NY is certainly a city to celebrate in. ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SHARON DOHERTY - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

New York on the horizon behind us. What a brilliant day so far. I woke early this morning to a quiet North Cove marina and had a freshly brewed coffee (what a great boat!) while I watched the city come to life. It's been an incredible place to have spent the last few days, nestled among the buildings of Lower Manhattan...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 14 DAY 1

08 JUN 2014

Day 1 Leg New York to Derry Londonderry Doire  Well here we are racing again but the first thing I must do on behalf of all the crew is thank Ale for sponsoring our race day start meals. They were brilliant a lovely Chicken Salad for lunch and spicy ribs with vegetables and potatoes for evening meal. Thank You Ale...

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INVEST AFRICA - WENDY BAKER - RACE 14 - DAY 2

08 JUN 2014

The stopover in New York was a very brief and busy one. Only one or two days off for all the crew from arrival Tuesday morning to departure Saturday morning. New York also marked the end of Leg 7 and start of Leg 8 and a crew changeover. It was sad to see crew leaving – Ale, Conrad, Di, Garth, James and Menc...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 14 – DAY 2

08 JUN 2014

It's been a very spooky night watch. It started off in normal manner – Lightning on deck at 1.55am, 5 knots of breeze, lightweight kite just about flying, starry night and a setting moon. First signs of strangeness appeared half an hour later when the moon turned bright orange and disappeared ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - LEG 7 EMCT BLOG

03 JUN 2014

Hallo Everybody! Well, Colin and all his friends on Mission Performance are approaching New York. As you can imagine we are very excited at seeing our family and friends who are waiting for us there and also at passing the famous Statue of Liberty on our way into New York! But to go back to the beginning. We left San F...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - LEG 7 ELLEN MACARTHUR CANCER TRUST BLOG

02 JUN 2014

Hello from in the middle of the Caribbean.  Since I last tweeted, we have visited San Francisco (where the original Levi Jeans were made), Panama (through the famous Canal) and Jamaica (where Hussain Bolt – the fastest man in the world comes from).  I'm now sailing back to America and up into New York, ...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - LEG 7 ELLEN MACARTHUR CANCER TRUST BLOG

02 JUN 2014

Sooooooooo when you read this I will have arrived in New York with my Old Pulteney crew. We are so excited to be arriving. We've travelled pretty far on this race, all the way from San Francisco to Costa Rica (this was a surprise stop off as we had to get fuel), then onto Panama. From Panama we went along the canal, I'...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - DEREK FURNISS - RACE 13 DAY 7

02 JUN 2014

Race over so we are now motor sailing up to New York. The conditions are light so we have got stuck into the beginnings of our routine cleaning and maintenance tasks. As task master I always seem to be busy helping lots of people get lots of jobs done, but I spotted an opportunity today and decided to allocate myself t...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ALISTAIR MURRELL - RACE 13 DAY 7

02 JUN 2014

Well the time has finally arrived! As we reach the exciting climax to the thirteenth instalment of the Clipper 13/14 Race, crossing the finishing line in the next 24 hours or so will also draw to a close my personal experience and contribution to the Derry-Go-Round challenge. So, perhaps this final blog would be a good...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 13 DAY 8

02 JUN 2014

It's amazing how exhausted I feel after this leg. It must be the heat and the sapping feeling of coming in last all three races on this leg. This last bit of motoring into the wind is not helping my mood much either.  To be honest, I just want this leg to be over. To be in NY, a city I know well and like intensely...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 13 DAY 7

02 JUN 2014

Hi All  We reluctantly seem to have been first to finish the race by accepting 12th place. We were sat in glassy seas with no wind and none forecast in the foreseeable future so there we are. In the last  24 hours we have started our deep clean and are well on our way with that to maximise our time in New Yor...

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SWITZERLAND - YASMINE SCHINDLER - RACE 13 DAY 8

02 JUN 2014

Cultural Shock  Imagine you go on vacation, somewhere beautiful, somewhere you always wanted to be. Let's say: Coconut Islands, for examples (just for the sake of this wonderful name) While on Coconut Islands you would like to indulge yourself with that wonderful tasting red wine Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape from France a...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 13 DAY 8

02 JUN 2014

Hello dear fans, friends and followers!  We finished the race this morning in a tired, but happy 4th place. Although (compared to the Brisbane race where we finished in 1st) the place doesn't 100% reflect it, we had an awesome race! We pushed the boat as hard as we ever have, committed to a focus that we have neve...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 13 DAY 8

02 JUN 2014

 This was due to be the final blog of my 'Adventure before Dementia', however, confirming that maybe dementia has already set, I have signed up for Leg 8 so will be continuing to London with Invest Africa.  This is partly due to the feeling that my luggage has grown so much that even the generous allowance of...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 13 DAY 8

02 JUN 2014

As you know by now, we are more sailing to New York. The events of the past 24 hours, how people get frustrated and deal with their frustrations in different ways, and react in very different manners to the choice between motoring vs. continue racing made me realize how representative our small community on the boat is...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - LEG 7 ELLEN MACARTHUR CANCER TRUST BLOG

02 JUN 2014

Ahoy! Fellow PSP crew mates How are you doing? I hope you are feeling better than I was. My poor crock back was crocked (hah, hah) and I was sent home from Singapore by Pirate Pete (the doctor in Singapore). I didn't want to go but he said it was the best thing I could do. I think my fellow crewmates were plotting some...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 13 DAY 8

02 JUN 2014

New York calling  It’s the early hours of the morning, t-watch has just taken over from X watch and we are about 150 miles from our destination, New York. The engine is on at 1800 revs, the day tank is being topped up as we speak and we have the main and staysail up to help with speed and stability.  Mo...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 13 DAY 8

02 JUN 2014

The good ship Invest Africa is now about 36 hours or so from New York, my final stop in the Clipper 13-14 Race. After four and a half months on the boat this is as good a time as any for looking back. In fact I can't help it. Joining the boat in Brisbane in January feels like an age ago. In the intervening time I have ...

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OLD PULTENEY - CATHERINE PEAT - RACE 13 DAY 8

02 JUN 2014

End of Race 13. Jamaica to New York.  We have now finished our 13th race and are motoring the final 200 or so miles to New York. It has been a mixed race with good results and hope for a well placed finish in the first half to disappointment in the second half. We held our own against the front runners at the begi...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 12 – DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

It is 10:00 PM and we have just over 40 miles of motoring left until we enter the Hudson River and my home port of Jersey City and New York.The past 12 hours have been quite painful looking out over the water at the New Jersey coastline, knowing it would take me only an hour to drive by car into the City to see all my ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KYM SANDERSON - RACE 13 DAY 7

01 JUN 2014

 We are sailing, we are sailing.....  Still!! The last four boats have now accepted positions 9-12 in this race and are motoring to NY; we are part of the front group of eight so we are still racing for the revised finish line which is the second mandatory gate and around 200 miles shorter than the original r...

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ONE DLL - ANTHONY EDWARDS - RACE 13 DAY 7

01 JUN 2014

 As I write this, we are in the final stages of our race from Jamaica to New York. For me at least, this race has been an amazing experience and it is still too close to call the top 3. Right now, I know we are in the leading pack of 4 or 5 boats and the crew of OneDLL are all hoping for a podium position after sl...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 13 DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

And there we have it, another race comes to an end! Crossing the line in what I believe is 5th place after 8 days of faultless sailing by the crew of Derry~Londonderry~Doire.  Big congrats to our friends on Henri Lloyd GREAT Britain, OneDLL and Switzerland who raced hard and beat us over the line. It was always go...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 13 DAY 7

01 JUN 2014

“Clean sweep"  The Hat trick, trifecta, clean sweep, triple crown... We did it.  We set out at the beginning of this race to gather all the points available and we did.  The team couldn't be happier.  Team Henri Lloyd now holds the record for the most total points in one race for the 13-14 Cli...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DEBBIE CHUN - RACE 13 DAY 7

01 JUN 2014

Reflections on Leg 7  As the end of Leg 7 is fast approaching, I thought I would take some time out to reflect on my adventures to date.  While there have been some lowlights, I have to say that the highlights far exceed the lowlights - namely:  1.         &nb...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAULA SANTOS - RACE 13 DAY 8

01 JUN 2014

 Back at Sea, wind holes here and there, hot sun on our skin, and mash and beans for lunch. Tolerance is being built back into our bones. Day three in the sea after paradise and we just passed the first scoring gate in third place. The crew is excited and hopeful again, hoping for a podium in the big apple. It has...

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OLD PULTENEY - DEBORAH O'NEILL - RACE 13 DAY 6

31 MAY 2014

We are now five days and over halfway into our race to NYC where my time on board will sadly end. The race for me has been an incredible experience which has exceeded any of my expectations. Not only have I covered around 5800 miles (and hopefully learnt something about sailing along the way), I have made some interest...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 13 – DAY 6

31 MAY 2014

A Birthday blog and mixed emotionsMay 30th is a special day for me; it is the anniversary of the day I gave birth to a second beautiful boy to make my family complete. We named him Charlie; a name that has always suited his cheeky good natured personality. I won't be there on May 30th this year when Char...

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QINGDAO - SHONA MILNE - RACE 13 – DAY 6

31 MAY 2014

Motoring again...it was a relief to hear the sound of the engine being started this morning after a night of decision making on continuing racing or assuming positions for the last four in the fleet. We still have a long way to New York and this uncharacteristic high sitting over us has resulted in the inevitable short...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LESLEY JOHNSON - RACE 13 DAY 7

31 MAY 2014

As I write this we are in the final stages of our race up to New York. The last 24 hours have been a real mixed bag, bright sunshine flying our spinnakers at top speeds, squalls and driving rain, thunder and beating hard into the wind, with an Atlantic swell bouncing us around. I am determined to make the most of these...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ANDY RYAN - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Jamaica Get All Right arrives in its home port This was the stopover that the crew of CV31 had been looking forward to for seven long legs around the world and it came at last. We failed to bother the scorers on the race to Jamaica from Panama but this did not seem to bother our generous hosts. Being in Port Antonio as...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

How can anyone follow the last blog written from the heart by our engineer Mick Wood (RTW) on the disaster of considerable dimensions known as Head Blockage. I have said it before and I will say it again, the man is a genius. Whilst the mayhem of attempting to unblock the heads continued for some time, most of us could...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OWEN JONES - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Determination with a side order of focus seems to be the order of the day and from what I've seen so far, this crew has it in spades.  Having managed to sail passed Switzerland, we took some time to shake OneDLL last night, trading positions with them for a long period of time, before our continued focus on trim a...

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SWITZERLAND - ALISON CRAWLEY - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Well we are certainly living the High Life here at the moment. Or rather we are in the grip of the forecasted 220 mile high pressure system which leads into the Ocean Sprint. It is a life full of highs and lows. At first when we entered the system the winds were much better than anticipated leading us into a false sens...

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TEAM GARMIN - EDGAR HULATT - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

 Greetings from the Bermuda Triangle which, for the last 12 hours, has been glassy and smooth like a millpond.  We are bobbing along and watching the fronds of seaweed drift past at an alarmingly slow rate.  The wind speed is zero knots gusting to 1.5.  It reminds me of the time the sailing ships co...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

A birthday blog and mixed emotions May 30th is a special day for me; it is the anniversary of the day I gave birth to a second beautiful boy to make my family complete. We named him Charlie; a name that has always suited his cheeky good natured personality.  I won't be there on May 30th this year when Charlie will...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Dear dad, Happy 75th Birthday!! Sorry I can't be there to celebrate with you, but I'm busy racing a 70 foot yacht up to New York. I've just got off the helm and I'm sat in the navigation station next to skippy who is busy planning our next tactical move.  We have just been told that the race has been shortened, wh...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

A Birthday blog and mixed emotions  May 30th is a special day day for me; it is the anniversary of the day I gave birth to a second beautiful boy to make my family complete. We named him Charlie; a name that has always suited his cheeky good natured personality.  I won't be there on May 30th this year when Ch...

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INVEST AFRICA - CONRAD KIESER - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

The past few weeks on Invest Africa have felt like years going by. Seeing new countries and new cultures is always nice although Jamaica has given me many a story to be remembered.  (Dad this is not for you I want to tell you myself so just read the last line x)  The first of these stories is occurred when Ja...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

"The sprint of sprints" What the Ocean Sprints typically mean Henri Lloyd: no sleep, Eric just short of being hooked up to a caffeine IV, no reefs, numerous sail changes and flap jacks. This sprint, although the shortest at just a mere 12 hours, had all the usual characteristics of a sprint plus a few extra intense sur...

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INVEST AFRICA - DIANA RILEY - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Hi Everyone, and many apologies for those looking out for blogs from me, Due to the nature of our 'jobs' rota my last blog slot coincided with arriving in Panama, which took priority.  Still better late than never, plus this may be my last ever blog as we should (hopefully) arrive in The Big Apple where I sadly ta...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Time is ticking away! Much earlier today we sailed from the Caribbean Sea through to the north Atlantic trying to head north towards New York but the wind and sea state keeps pushing us east. We are still within the Bermuda Triangle. Today has been a yoyo sort of day with the Wind Seeker and the light weight kite takin...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Well Hello there guys.  I trust that this blog finds you all well in the world. Living the dream as I often reply. And it is a dream. Sitting on a yacht in the Caribbean Sea. Well that's not entirely true. We are now in the Atlantic Ocean heading towards New York. Oh how the other half live as one of my friends sa...

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ONE DLL - CATRIONA SAVAGE - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

 Random acts of muppetry  If you read Olly's blog you will know that yesterday I managed to stab myself in the leg with my own knife. I have no excuse. The boat was totally flat; the sea was glassy; there was no water over the deck; I was doing nothing more technical than removing some old tape from a split p...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - RICHARD WALL - RACE 13 DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Wind holes, Woolings and Waterspouts.  Sailing like many past times is always influenced by the weather, it influences our strategy, our sail plan and the direction of the boat amongst other things. It also dictates the amount the crew will be doing on any one watch. That leads me nicely into today's sailing or la...

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INVEST AFRICA - ALESSANDRA IACOVELLA - RACE 13 – DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

Losses and gainsHere we go again. Stuck in light winds and with still 650 miles to go to the finish, the worst decision for a sailor, especially the one competing in a race, has just been made: we motor to New York City.With only 2 votes against, the democratic decision we came across with, less than fiv...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 13 – DAY 6

30 MAY 2014

If losing doesn't hurt. Then you never wanted to win badly enough. And if you don't want to win badly enough. You simply won't win.So the day you accept losing, is the day you no longer WANT to be a winner. And if that ever happens to me. That will the day I stop competing.So whilst I disagree with some of what my...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

"The Bermuda Triangle" Well, it seems that we have apparently survived the infamous Bermuda Triangle.  But two nights ago, everything wasn't as it seemed...We came on to night watch at midnight and all of a sudden the wind stopped. The sea calmed and we were bobbing along a surface as smooth as glass. The night wa...

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QINGDAO - GAIL NATHAN - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

An ode to Qingdao The owl and the pussy catBy Edward Lear and adapted for the Ellen McArthur Cancer Trust by Gail Nathan The owl and the pussy cat went to seaIn a red 'n gold Clipper 70 boat, With their friend Bernie who was from KillernieThey all hoped to stay afloat, The owl looked up to the sky above and p...

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HENRI LLOYD - MICHAEL JAUNCEY - RACE 13 DAY 4

29 MAY 2014

So here we are – 3 to 4 days from Jamaica and half-way to New York already but memories of sleepy little Port Antonio, Jamaica have not faded. A quaint but ramshackle little place has left me with indelible memories. We were docked at the Errol Flynn Marina with great amenities, choices of bars and restaurants, c...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Random thoughts from aboard Heidi (our nickname for the boat) Here are a couple of random thoughts from today. # Wasabi peanuts - the love-hate of my life right now! Since Qingdao we've had them on board... those little green monsters that set your mouth, throat and lips on fire as soon as you crush them with your teet...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 13 DAY 4

29 MAY 2014

Angles  Angles play a large part in our lives, but we rarely think about them. However, on a boat we are constantly thinking of angles - generally the wind angle and therefore how to get the best speed out of the boat in the direction we wish to go in.  There are many other angles to think about though. ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - HUW BARTON - RACE 13 DAY 4

29 MAY 2014

Hello listeners and welcome to 98.5 DLD, coming to you live from the mid- west Atlantic, bringing you the hottest news on the waves.  Today's topic of conversation; "Boat Mentality". Boat mentality is a subject under constant scrutiny by teams amateur through to professional, but today we're going to put a differe...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHAEL HENDERSON - RACE 13 DAY 4

29 MAY 2014

Hello everyone....well this is something of a very special day for me! If I am not to spend my 60th birthday with family and friends, I cannot think of a better place than here amongst my new found friends on board the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire! I woke to find my bunk decorated with balloons, and then, after lu...

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PSP LOGISTICS - HELEN SEELEY - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Mother watch So today was mother watch for Carina and I.  Unfortunately mother watch isn't like Mother’s Day where you get nice gifts and taken out for a lovely lunch, instead you have to look after all of your fellow crew mates all day long.  This is our fourth and final (yay!) turn at the sweat fest i...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Hello from Mission Performance! We are fighting our way through a rather frustrating patch of light, changeable wind at the moment. Although I am on mother watch with Pauline today, so we are not too involved in the sailing. Tea time was quite exciting today. Sadly not due to my cooking, but a waterspout which was spot...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OWEN JONES - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Determination with a side order of focus seems to be the order of the day and from what I've seen so far, this crew has it in spades. Having managed to sail passed Switzerland, we took some time to shake OneDLL last night, trading positions with them for a long period of time, before our continued focus on trim and on ...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE MORAWA - RACE 13 DAY 5

29 MAY 2014

Not much to report on the racing front from Tom, Tom (the nickname of our boat). After leaving Jamaica we had a good run for a few days until the wind left us. Once we came passed the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti the sea state settled and sailing conditions where close to perfect for a few days. A particular...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

So, all is fairly quiet on the good ship Mission Performance, thank god! We have settled back into our usual routine - eat, sleep, sail, repeat - after our very enjoyable stopover in Jamaica. The team is definitely revived after a decent break.  This leg has been an interesting one so far, as it has been broken up...

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ONE DLL - CHARLOTTE KOELINK - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

 We are back to racing again. Not that we were not racing to Panama and Jamaica. It is just that the feeling is back, now the boat is heeled over and we did some sail changes.  The racing is very close at the moment. Yesterday on our way to the Scoring Gate we had Old Pulteney and Derry~Londonderry~Doire on o...

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SWITZERLAND - LISA HURLEY - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

Greetings from Switzerland!  Well, our stopover in Jamaica was a welcome rest after succeeding to gain a podium place in Race 12.  The hospitality afforded by the Jamaican people was wonderful and we had a chance to see the local sights and enjoy the Jamaican fare.  On our last rest day which was also a ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KYM SANDERSON - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

I've had the song 'I was born under a wandering star' going round in my head for the last 2 days now - we have had the most amazing starry skies as we leave behind the Caribbean Islands and head past the Bahamas to New York. We racked our brains as to who sings it and what the rest of the lyrics are after that first li...

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OLD PULTENEY - RUTH CORDERO - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

Day 4 of our race towards New York, which will mark the end of this voyage for a few of us. It seems only yesterday that we embarked on the adventure, or at least to some of us 'leggers'! Time has a funny way of seeming interminable yet passing by at break-neck speed....no sooner does it feel like we have ages to go wh...

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ONE DLL - RONALD MEPPELINK - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

  I'd like to write about kites and peeling them with the memory in mind of Leg 1 from Brest to Rio (my last leg) and the kitemares we had then! I must say we have really improved our skills.  Last evening were alongside GREAT Britain and in a close race battle we did a full peel and hoist of the mediumw...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - MICK WOOD - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

SHIT HAPPENS! I have a pet saying from my old Risk Management days, that “shit happens, but not as frequently as you might fear”. As an example: you could fall overboard off a Clipper 70, and you need to plan for that eventuality, but the risk is not such that it should deter you from doing something like t...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

Jamaica take a bow!! After promising relaxation, rum and good times boy did you deliver. Port Antonio, situated to the North East of the island, a few hours from Kingston, was a much anticipated stop over. With little corporate activity, minimal boat maintenance and over a week or rest and recovery, many of the cr...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

Good morning dear friends, followers and families,  Today was our Scoring Gate day! And man it was close. It always seems to be at the moment. In fact every race seems to get closer and closer. All the teams are improving and pushing hard. There is no room for error any more. It makes for very exciting racing, but...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

 Following on from our on-board Poet's success, here is a wondrous sea shanty written for Heidi by one of her supporters that we wanted to share with you.  It is in need of a tune so get your thinking caps on!  The Heidi Grinder Shanty  We are the Pigtailed Matelots, of the Stormy Petrol,  ...

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QINGDAO - JOHN BARNES - RACE 13 DAY 3

28 MAY 2014

When I signed up to Legs 6 and 7 of the Clipper Race 13-14 I had some preconceptions as to what moments in time would be memorable; arriving in Qingdao, leaving Qingdao to cross the Pacific, being mid-Pacific ocean, arriving Golden Gate Bridge, traversing the Panama Canal etc.  All of these events have more than l...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

The stresses and strains of being the chief victualler can drive you to distraction sometimes. As a professional cook I am perhaps more qualified than most. However, when mistakes are made, I feel personally responsible.  The crew have to be fed! If they are not, it's not surprising how quickly they/we become grum...

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INVEST AFRICA - WENDY BAKER - RACE 13 DAY 4

28 MAY 2014

With Ed missing in action, and hopefully on his way to a speedy recovery, I have lost my partner in crime for the jobs rota. No problem though as the Lightning watch are stepping up to cover the other half of our duties. But today the crew blog is mine with no additional gems of wisdom of the particular kind we are use...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Well it has taken 9 months and over 40,000 miles already (not the only discrepancy in the brochure) but today the dream team of Dr Dan and myself have taken over the galley for Mother watch for the first time (unless you count breakfast en route to Jamaica)! It was a relief to discover that with the Rum and Fun of Port...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Emeralds and Sapphires  My crew mate Gem wrote about the stopover in Jamaica and its effect on all of us returning to the boat ready for race start; it’s called Jamaica time- very relaxed and laid back. We had a wonderful welcome from the Jamaican Tourist Board who very kindly provided two concierge personne...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEVE MABEY - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Well, it has been a frustrating race so far. We started in Port Antonio with a slow start, and things haven’t really improved. The race has been to windward so far, with some power reaching. We are keeping pace with most of the boats, but struggling to close the gap. It's a drag race and straight lines ...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Hello all  This will be my last blog for Old Pulteney as it is my last race. I have been on the boat since the 12th of January, taking part in Legs 5, 6 and 7.  As most of you can imagine, nearly 5 months at sea is a long time. I thought I would finish off my blog with a 60 second interview with mys...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Final race of Leg 7. We are currently sailing past Guantanamo Bay. There is an exclusion zone 12 miles off the Cuban coast and we are not too sure whether it is to keep people out or to keep people in. Not a bad metaphor for this boat and this race. On the one hand we all know how privileged we are to be able to partic...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CHARLOTTE WISEMAN - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Someone once said that Derry~Londonderry~Doire was powered by fairy dust, well we are now running on rum, ting and blue mountain coffee. It was inspiring to hear the crew chatter yesterday of how we were all feeling ready and raring to get back to racing, with words of how being back on board is like coming home. Jamai...

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TEAM GARMIN - JACQUELYN FORD - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

I am a little sad today because I suspect this will be my last crew blog. My motivations for doing the race have changed many times since signing up.  However, one thing that I recognise is that Clipper 13-14 Race has allowed me to see parts of our oceanic globe that I would never otherwise had the chance to exper...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

WHAT'S HE ON ABOUT NOW? THE HEGGMEISTER MUSES ON JAMAICAN HOSPITALITY.  Firstly, dear readers, apologies from Jamaica Get All Right for the lack of blogs recently. The concerted effort to do well sailing into our "home" port meant that all crew were fully occupied trying to eek some speed out of the boat. Unsucces...

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OLD PULTENEY - KATE HEPWORTH - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

 The Jamaican stopover has been a restful one, with for once, no corporate responsibilities and limited cleaning and maintenance, as this was mostly done in Panama. This was much needed by all the crew and skipper as most of our stopovers are very busy, with no time to properly rest up.  Jamaica is a beautifu...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

"The Gate"  3, 2, 1.  First through the gate, second and third.  When you have accumulated over a hundred points for the round the world race, a few points may seem petty.  But they surely are not.  Team Henri Lloyd pushed first through the Scoring Gate and we put 3 points in our pocket.  ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

After innumerable blogs about life on board the boat during the heat (usually literal) of racing, I thought I would provide a bit of insight into what happens during stopovers. Being a veteran of numerous hockey and squash team tours, I am very familiar with, and uphold, the maxim "what goes on tour, stays on tour" so ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSAN GRADY - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Day 3 of the race to New York sees us getting back into racing mode and life on board.  It’s difficult to get acclimatised to living life below decks at extreme angles and trying to get about without having to crawl everywhere! I have finally mastered the art of changing my bunk angle which still in bed, a s...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

Our boat rules. Well, of course it does, even if we are not always coming first. But what I had in mind was more the codified behaviours and customs that are written or evolve to bring order to life on board.  For example, we have a rule that states: If you use the last of something, replace it. Simple enough, you...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES ALLAN - RACE 13 DAY 3

27 MAY 2014

And on we continue. After having a 'relaxing' stopover in Jamaica during which we were treated to excellent hospitality from the marina staff and the locals we are now well on our way to New York.  Whilst everyone will their own perception as to the Caribbean and the various islands, possibly as a sunny paradise w...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN JOHNSTON - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

We are on our way to New York after an extremely welcoming visit to Jamaica where we were treated to local bands a fabulous crew prize giving party with great food and really good reggae music. Locals were very friendly and most crew enjoyed the local beaches and nearby Reach falls. I found it a great opportunity to me...

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ONE DLL - CATRIONA SAVAGE - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Back up to speed After a rum-soaked stopover in Jamaica, we are now on our way to New York, truly entering the closing stages of the overall race. The sun is shining, the sea is that special, intense shade of blue you only seem to get in the Caribbean, the coast of Cuba is looming close ahead (but not too close –...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Hello dear fans, friends and family, I'm precariously wedged into the navigation station between our navigator and skipper trying not to fall out by propping my foot up against the boson’s locker. We're on our way again! The memories of the lush green countryside of Jamaica, the beautiful but dilapidated colonial...

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QINGDAO - RICHARD RILEY - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Food Now please don't get me wrong, I pride myself in liking all foods and I am always ready to try something new, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out that our victualler (person who buys and plans the food) was a London restaurant owner. I had dreams of Chateaubriand with a piquant sauce, crispy vegetabl...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - NIKITA HORVEY - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Hey team!  Well the last 24 hours have proven to be eventful here on Mission Performance. Between snapping a Yankee sheet and being soaked to the bone from waves crashing over the bow it may have been the toughest night here on Mission Performance for Leg 7. But as usual we pulled through.  But onto happier t...

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ONE DLL - ERIC RIESBERG - RACE 13 DAY 2

26 MAY 2014

Some people are afraid of the bow of the Clipper 70. This part of the boat crashes into the waves which means that there is a lot of movement. It also means that you occasionally lose your footing and fall. It also means that you most certainly might get wet. I am not one of those people who are afraid of being on the ...

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QINGDAO - PETER BRUMBY - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Good morning So off we go to the US again. On race start day the crews would have been woken to an absolute deluge of rain. I know I was looking out at around 5am struggling to see the beach and palm trees through the pure volume of water - I am sure you can imagine the hell I was in. We have had a great stopover, the ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - HELEN BLACK - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Jamaica provided weary crew with all we needed during a 7 day stopover.  Apart from the obvious - clean bed, fresh linen, hot shower, cold beer - the people of Port Antonio were warm and funny and friendly and made us feel truly welcome. The crew have so many stories of joining is with the locals from experiences ...

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QINGDAO - PETER BRUMBY - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Good morning So off we go to the US again. On race start day the crews would have been woken to an absolute deluge of rain. I know I was looking out at around 05:00am struggling to see the beach and palm trees through the pure volume of water - I am sure you can imagine the hell I was in. We have had a great stopover, ...

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INVEST AFRICA - GARTH CAMPBELL - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

It's a new race! I thought I was done blogging for Leg 7, but we have started our rotation of duties for this race at Day 1 , so just as I did the first blog out of San Francisco SO many days ago, here I am again. Jamaica was perfect. Island Time was soothing, with a balance between time alone and time with new friends...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

"Full Circle" We came to Jamaica, and we felt more than all right.  The finish was one of the best; beating our rival GREAT Britain by 31 seconds was an amazing victory after coming second to them in the previous two races and pushing so hard in this last race. Jamaica definitely provided a perfect setting for vic...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

"Who's in first?" That's the game.  If we're not in first, we need to know who is so that we can chase them down.  But sometimes it is a lot easier than others to determine who is in first, and you always have to be playing the game. Out of the start gate and around the windward mark, we were flying beautiful...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PAULINE CENTA - RACE 13 DAY 1

25 MAY 2014

Hello, We are on our way again after a great stopover in Jamaica, particularly the round the world crew members enjoyed a longer than usual break to relax and sightsee. People went to different hotels and travelled to various places of interest, all agreed everyone was very friendly even if the wait for meals was somet...

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INVEST AFRICA - GARTH CAMPBELL - RACE 12 DAY 5

19 MAY 2014

20 miles to Port Antonio Jamaica! This has been a busy week, with the Panama Canal transit, Le Mans race start, and living on an angle for three days. As I write this blog we are in last place, trying to catch the eleventh place boat for 'bragging rights' once docked. I don't think things look good for our heroes, howe...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 12 DAY 4

18 MAY 2014

Well, this is the penultimate sailing day before Invest Africa reaches Jamaica. This race has been short and sharp and sailing across the Caribbean has not been what I expected. The first two days were moderately rough and the lumpy seas meant we did some crashing over waves that I had forgotten all about. I think the ...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - LEG 7 ELLEN MACARTHUR CANCER TRUST BLOG

18 MAY 2014

Leaving the Pacific behind and transiting the Panama Canal really feels as if OneDLL and Aled are now on their way home.  The North Pacific was a very mean place with fierce storms and massive seas.  Then after San Francisco the Pacific became calmer but everyone was still very aware of the massive expanse of...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ANTHONY FAIRWEATHER - RACE 2 DAY 4

18 MAY 2014

Victualing.... just a bit of food shopping really. Today I'm going to explain how the 'food shopping' process works on Mission Performance and you can all make up your own minds... So the whole process begins around 50miles offshore. We're sent an email detailing the next races crew numbers and associated budgets (minu...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

 It only seems 2 minutes ago that we were lining up the boats to start this race.  After a very relaxing time in Panama, the adventure of coming through the canal (it was a lot greener than I expected as we wound our way through the rain forest) and the comforts of an air conditioned room, it was a shock to t...

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OLD PULTENEY - SASCHA BONUS - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

Oh Old Pulteney..... How I’ve missed you! It sure feels good to be back on board the boat. After doing the first 5 legs I got off in China. At first I was really looking forward to taking a bit of a break. It was nice to go home and see friends and family however that feeling was quite short lived. Especially wit...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAULA SANTOS - RACE 12 DAY 4

17 MAY 2014

As I sit on the high-side of this vessel, with my legs dangling over the shimmered path of the moon, I feel the world beneath me as innocent and filled with opportunity as a new-born is when introduced to life. I look out to the horizon, mesmerized by how this night ocean looks like a black canvas covered with a thin l...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - SIGI GOOLDEN - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

Hi Everybody! Well, we're making progress towards Jamaica (and all that smooth sipping rum!)  Now we've left Panama the days again are gently flowing along - actually not so gently - the Caribbean has been rougher than the Pacific and poor Jon has been suffering a bit, but has perked up this afternoon with being a...

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ONE DLL - RONALD MEPPELINK - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

Living on an angle! Today is our third day on our track to Jamaica and we are all looking forward to it. We are making good progress although it is hard to beat anyone. The Clipper 70 foot are very competitive to each other. Small changes to the trim can be vital for the end result. This is my second leg after I did Le...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

The sun is out, the sea is that deep blue you would expect in the Caribbean and Jamaica is in sight, we cannot quite hear the reggae music but I am sure we soon will.  We are at one of those tantalising periods of the race where the goal is in sight and looks so close and yet we know that there is still a way to g...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

How do you make a boat go faster? I'm certain there are those amongst you blog readers out there who have got plenty of technical answers to this, most important of questions. Perhaps some trim adjustments? Maybe our helming should be more focused? Whatever the answer is, we just can't seem to find it here on Derry~Lon...

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OLD PULTENEY - LIZZY FITZSIMMONS - RACE 12 DAY 3

17 MAY 2014

Panama – more than just a canal and some hats. When looking at Leg 7 I have to admit, I was more interested in the whale watching, sunbathing and down-wind sailing aspect than transiting a canal. However, I now realise that Panama is so much more than that, it is staggeringly beautiful with some of the most lush ...

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OLD PULTENEY - RUTH CORDERO - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

It's been a while since my last blog, so lots to say...however, writing as well as living at a fairly extreme angle is not an easy task! We are currently speeding towards Jamaica on what was predicted to be an 'upwind' race. To this novice legger, that was just sailing terminology, but has now become reality - upwind s...

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PSP LOGISTICS - HELEN SEELEY - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

The Case of Frederico Pescatore Found dead on PSP Logistics in the early hours of Thursday 15 May, on initial inspection it looks like he died from a fatal wound to the head but forensic teams will confirm the cause of death this evening.  Poor Frederico was a flying fish in his prime and Ursula who discovered his...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - NIKITA HORVEY - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Hello from the Caribbean Sea! We are roughly a day and a half into Race 12 and I must say that it is going pretty good. We are making good speeds and are still in reach of the boats ahead of us. As for me being sea sick again, let’s not talk about that. I'm just happy that it was short lived. Panama City was beau...

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TEAM GARMIN - JACQUELYN FORD - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Dear Aunty Corrine, I know you have been following the race, and that you like reading the blogs, so this one is for you. To keep you up to date, we're currently sailing upwind to Jamaica which means that the boat is on a heel.  The sea conditions have been pretty kind to us, but the humidity is very challenging.&...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 12, DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

So here we go again sailing fans. After a short, bur very sweet, stopover in Panama, we are back out on the big blue sea. Whereas before the Pacific was our ocean of choice, we have now traded coastlines and are making our way up the Atlantic and through the Caribbean. Race 12 – the Spirit of Jamaica Chase is now...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

See, unlike what seems to be pretty much everyone else on the boat, I am not a fan of the heat. As an Indian with nice dark brown skin, my tan is kind of perfect. Add to that the fact that I grew up in India and Equatorial Africa. Without air conditioning. The heat was our enemy. At night, my sister and I would soak ou...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Hi All Once again from your roving reporter now in the Caribbean heading for Jamaica. We’ve had an eventful few days since I last wrote a blog including our stopover in Panama. A country whose main income seems to be from the canal which links the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean . A magnificent piece of Victo...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Jamaica here we come! Since my last blog Old Pulteney has left the Pacific Ocean via the Panama Canal. We were fortunate to be one of the first boats to arrive in Panama so we had a full 24 hours to do some site seeing in Panama City before going through the canal (which took a full day) and then we had 48 hours for so...

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QINGDAO - JOHN BARNES - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

It is always difficult to know how much personal info to put into a public blog but here goes. Yesterday we were bowling along in 15 to 20 knots of breeze, and large steep waves. As the wind built we became over powered and it was time for a head sail change from the large Yankee 1 to the smaller Yankee 2. George and I...

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HENRI LLOYD - JULIA RAMSAY - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Pacific to Atlantic in 8 hours One of the highlights of Leg 7, also known as the ‘Champagne Tour’ (I will come back to this misnomer later) is the Panama Canal and it certainly lived up to expectation. Firstly we had to get to Panama City in time.  The last race was called early, to allow us time to mo...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CHARLOTTE WISEMAN - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

Thank you very much! When we signed up for a race from Panama to Jamaica we never dreamed we would be going 'by rail'...but so it is. 520 short(?) miles of hiking out along the high side guard rail, for 9 hour shifts at a time, night and day, rain and shine, with only 3 hours of bunk time as respite to break up this di...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KYM SANDERSON - RACE 12 DAY 2

16 MAY 2014

We are sailing, we are sailing... We're definitely into the 'real sailing'- over two days into and over half way travelled on this short race to Jamaica and the ‘leggers’ such as myself are starting to get used to living life at a 45 degree angle as we power through the waves... it's by no means easy to car...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Hello from Mission Performance in the Caribbean Sea!  I am very glad to be back on board after having to get off injured in San Francisco. Luckily it wasn't too serious and after four weeks of physiotherapy (thanks Patrick!) I'm all fixed and raring to go :D  Yesterday we had the unique experience of transiti...

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ONE DLL - ERIC RIESBERG - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Transiting the Panama Canal We said our good byes to the Pacific and made it through one of mankind's greatest engineering feats, the Panama Canal.  We crossed the isthmus of Panama in a day. We made it to Panama City fairly late because we had to tow Switzerland.  Most of the crew spent the night on the boat...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Dear families, friends and supporters! We've made it to the other side of the canal and are now really on the way home! The crossing of the canal was spectacular and interesting. It was a long day, but the scenery was beautiful and the ships very impressive. We had a pilot with us all day long (as all vessels are requi...

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INVEST AFRICA - ALESSANDRA IACOVELLA - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Unique day today as we left the Flamenco Marina in Panama to make our way into the Canal and head towards the Caribbean’s. It took 24 hours to complete the transit: Invest Africa, GREAT Britain and Mission Performance proceeded together, tied to each other just behind a huge ship tank. Surreal and fascinating pla...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

So today we transited through the Panama Canal. Been from Yorkshire where we are not short of the odd canal and certainly not short of locks. It still held a special moment for me. Travelling through what is probably the most recognised shipping canal in the world was yet another special moment to savour from this race...

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GREAT BRITAIN - CLAIRE WILKINSON - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Well, we've made it to the Atlantic! Everyone feels that is a big moment in the race, no more so I guess than for the round the world crew who can at last tick off the Pacific ocean and be homeward bound. Yesterday was spent crossing the Panama Canal. An amazing feat of engineering, (even more so than the Shropshire Un...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

A lot has happened since you last heard from the ‘Derry-Go-Round’. We arrived in port to a very rainy Panama on the Pacific side last Friday, completed a transit of the Panama Canal,  confined ourselves in a resort outside Colon for some R&R by the pool, and started Race 12 to Jamaica. Our crew had...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

"Specialization" Before we embarked on this sprint race to Jamaica, the crew brought up the possibility of specialization.  Sir Robin had suggested this crew tactic for the short race of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart and the option was proposed by a few crew members again for this race. While a majority of the crew agre...

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QINGDAO - SHONA MILNE - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Well...here we are in the Caribbean on the next race. Looks pretty much like the Pacific to me but the good news is we have wind...we are bashing through the waves as I write this hanging on to any available surface and with legs used to brace ourselves against the next large wave. The last watch had a busy and very we...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

Today race 12 started – the shortest race of the whole round the world, lasting approx. 3 days. The lead-up was interesting. We arrived in Panama on Sunday and after a few final bits of cleaning, heading to hotels for shower and a comfortable bed. Some sought out the nearest bar for beers or something stronger bu...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

We have been racing for about 12 hours now. I have just been standing on the foredeck for my 30 minute trim check turn. Standing there, seeing lights of a few other boats just in front and behind   us, seeing the full moon coming out behind some clouds, feeling the wind and warm spray of the water on my face,...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 12 DAY 1

15 MAY 2014

One of the main highlights of arriving in port is the prospect of a shower (the Clipper Race fleet bears no such luxury) and after three weeks in the tropical heat I was more than ready for a good clean - I just wasn't expecting it to come in the form of an monumental rain storm as we approached Panama. Arriving in Pan...

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QINGDAO - GAIL NATHAN - RACE 12 RACE START

14 MAY 2014

A Day Transiting the Panama Canal It’s 07.00 hrs. and it is a big day for all of us here on Qingdao; today we will transit through the Panama Canal. We are waiting, along with Switzerland and PSPLogistics, for our Panama Canal pilot. The time passes slowly, but at last at 09.40 our pilot Miguel arrives on a tug b...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAULA SANTOS - RACE 11 DAY 22

13 MAY 2014

We've dropped our sails and the engine has been roaring down below deck, making living conditions warm. I used to love saunas but aboard this ship I have come to loathe them; especially when the sauna decides to start its steamers and heat in the middle of your sleep and you wake up thinking a wave has washed upon you,...

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INVEST AFRICA - MENCY MADOLO - RACE 11 DAY 25

13 MAY 2014

This is an amazing race, we have had good weather and I am having real fun with my crew. Each afternoon we have entertainement and play games like two truths, one lie. This is an awesome expereince. MENCY  ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - SWITZERLAND QUESTIONS ANSWERED VOL.3

12 MAY 2014

Question Time Vol. 3  Dear fans, friends and followers,  I can't believe this has taken so long, but I'm finally getting round to sending off the answers to a set of questions we received just after leaving San Francisco. Most of them had been sent by you in the last days of our Pacific leg, but in their trav...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 11 DAY 23

12 MAY 2014

San Francisco, another great city I'd like to return to. I ended it with a great dinner at a British restaurant at the Zetta hotel, 55, 5th street. Once again, I ran out of time to relax and recuperate before Race Start. I must be getting used to the life of a sailor. I'm usually really excited at Race Start. However, ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - RICHARD WALL - RACE 11 DAY 21

10 MAY 2014

Boobies  Well on good old Mission Performance we have had a problem with Boobies on a daily basis for some days or more and the problem has been getting worse. Now those in the know will be aware we have a 45% female crew and jolly good indeed.  Frightening on occasions they can be, but that is another story ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JACQUELINE WENTWORTH - RACE 11 DAY 22

10 MAY 2014

Three weeks at sea today and I am having a super time. We are on the final push motoring to Panama, having Rendezvoused with Invest Africa and given them a tow to Costa Rica where we refuelled. Sadly not enough time for a cool drink to celebrate Matt's birthday in the bar which was tantalisingly close to the end of the...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 11 DAY 21

10 MAY 2014

 "James, can you pass me the binoculars please?" Helen asks with a sense of urgency. I am in the galley mothering, wondering whether land has been spotted, an UFO (unidentified floating object) or more importantly, perhaps a WHALE (yes, we gather from other boats' blogs that these mythical creatures do exist). Jam...

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INVEST AFRICA - WENDY BAKER - RACE 11 DAY 22

10 MAY 2014

Deep clean started today as we proceed to Panama. Both watches worked hard and much of what is required was below decks – convenient as we had rain most of the day (or continuous squalls) but making it hot, sweaty work as well. We made our way south from Costa Rica overnight and by afternoon we passed close to th...

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PSP LOGISTICS - TRISTAN GRIGALIS - RACE 11 DAY 22

10 MAY 2014

Well it’s been an interesting 48 hours aboard the good ship PSP Logistics. A couple of boat to boat transfers, human and otherwise, a change in direction to port to then going directly to Panama. It really is all systems go. So since passing over the third finish line which now seems like days and days ago the cr...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 11, DAY 20

09 MAY 2014

Hello sailing fans! Apologies for my recent absence, but things have been a little tense on board GREAT Britain as we pushed for our third consecutive, and fifth overall, yellow pennant. For those of you unaware of the recent oscillations within this epic around the world yacht race, we have now entered into ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 11 DAY 20

09 MAY 2014

After nearly three weeks at sea, the thought of land and everything it brings is enough to chivvy most crew along, mix this with less than 200 miles until we touch land and you'll have a crew ready to dig deep and get stuck into a long list of maintenance jobs and a deep clean. All this to ensure the good ship Derry~Lo...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 11 DAY 20

09 MAY 2014

Night and Day Mother Nature never fails to provide the most amazing inspiration and floor shows. Its currently 1900 hours local time, its dark, the sky is full of billowing cumulus clouds like menacing space ships about to invade earth. At eight degrees north amongst the clouds we can see very clearly the Southern Cros...

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TEAM GARMIN - JOSEPHINE MARTIN - RACE 11 DAY 20

09 MAY 2014

We will arrive in Panama tomorrow on Day 21. I had wondered what 3 continuous weeks at sea would be like and how I would fare.  Well our longest race for Legs 7 and 8 has passed very quickly.  The days roll into each other and time is punctuated by 'on watch' and 'off watch'. Sometimes it is night and sometim...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 11 DAY 20

09 MAY 2014

Now that we are motor sailing towards Panama, via Costa Rica, there is very little by way of sailing update for us to give our Mission Performance followers (in summary – we are towing Invest Africa, having pub quizzes across the radio, and admiring their “swimming pool” from a dis...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES ALLAN - RACE 11 DAY 21

09 MAY 2014

As the days roll into weeks on this leg down to Panama the significance of the actual date or day of the week is completely lost. The routine of the yacht is such that you are only interested when you start or go off watch and which of the various duties are associated with you for the 24 hour period. The longer the jo...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 11 DAY 21

09 MAY 2014

My last diary entry might have come as a bit of a culture shock, rather like walking down a long corridor with someone who has courteously been opening all the doors for you, until they suddenly slam one in your face. 'Wad did you do dad bor!', cries the reader,  clutching his (or her) bloody nose. So no apologies...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 11 DAY 21

09 MAY 2014

I agreed to write today’s blog yesterday and so gave myself 24 hours to come up with some suitable content.  Whilst sitting on deck contemplating which tales to regale you all with, my neighbour and I were “got” by a passing bird.  It is said to be very lucky to be hit by a bird so we are ta...

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GREAT BRITAIN - MARCUS BATTY - RACE 11 DAY 21

09 MAY 2014

Combined blog today by Star Watch.  Each crew member has drawn on their creative talents to pen a limerick about each other, we hope you enjoy! There once was a Squirrel called PaulWho said to another he’d callBut he got on a boatand disappeared off afloatPromising commitment at the end of it all (OJ) There ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 11 DAY 21

09 MAY 2014

Below is an extract from my last email home. Pretty much sums up how we are still doing. So here we are still motoring to Panama. Resting on our laurels of a podium place plus the Ocean Sprint. We were so happy when we crossed the finish line having to play cat and mouse with Team Garmin for many hours before. It was n...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ROSE TODD - RACE 11 DAY 21

09 MAY 2014

Crossing the finishing line has produced a palpable sense of achievement in the crew of Jamaica Get All Right. There is a real feel good sensation in the air. Jamaica Get All Right has certainly had its run of bad luck - mast problems on Leg 1, rigging failure (twice! ) on Leg 5 and the medevac of Mick Wood (RTW) to&nb...

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SWITZERLAND - SHELLY BEARD - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Tomorrow I am due to see land for the first time in 19 days!  As a new joiner to Heidi (our nickname for the boat) for this leg, I haven't completed substantial periods at sea like many of the other crew, although we are all equally looking forward to our brief stop to refuel in Costa Rica, even if we're not allow...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 11 DAY 15

08 MAY 2014

Again I have been amazed at how quickly the weather can change. Yesterday we were making good speed in strong winds, with even a second reef in the mainsail. Last night the situation was similar, but now we have an amazing display of lightning all around us. A few dolphins enjoyed swimming next to and in front of our f...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KAREN BOWMAN - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

It is now two and a half weeks since we left San Francisco.  The two weeks I spent there before joining PSP Logistics for Leg 7 is becoming a distant memory.  My world has now shrunk to a 70 foot yacht and my 'family' is now the other 20 crew members on board. Those who read the crew blogs will know that we o...

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INVEST AFRICA - GARTH CAMPBELL - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

The race is done, and the motoring to Panama has commenced. The rhythm of the watch system has been modified, with reduced numbers on each watch, more time to rest, and the beginning of a maintenance cycle to allow us to arrive in Panama ready to enjoy whatever shore time we may have available. All of us are looking fo...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Today is the second day motoring on Invest Africa and today we wish Helen Jones a very happy 34th birthday on board. As she was mother on board we had the delight to be served by a fairy Helen with a lot of balloons that had been given to her. Unfortunately she unwillingly donated some of them to Neptune as we were hav...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAN JOHNSTON - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Having been an avid watcher of the race through the first 6 Legs I was a little worried about joining for Leg 7 as Team Garmin seemed to me to be having a rough time with so many changes of skipper and styles of leadership. As a manager of a large group of staff I know how important it is for strong leadership and cons...

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ONE DLL - CAROLINE TURNER - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

I was not sure what to expect when joining the crew on Leg 7.  I was very apprehensive about my abilities and what I would remember from my training. The OneDLL crew were great at integrating the new crew and it was fairly easy to fall into the watch system and life on the boat. We set sail from San Francisco and ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MICHAEL JAUNCEY - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Four years in the planning and now it is my turn at last to participate in the Clipper Race. I just got on board in San Francisco for Legs 7 and 8, so I am into only my third week of racing. The ride down the west coast of the USA and Central America has been amazing. We started out with foulies in San Francisco under ...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

The final week of the race to Panama has been one of extremes. We have had periods of windless calm intermixed with lightning storms and intensive action. I prefer to be active on the boat but at times the lulls have been a welcome interlude.  One of them occurred after a squall and a close hauled battle with natu...

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QINGDAO - RICHARD RILEY - RACE 11 DAY 19

08 MAY 2014

Wildlife! As a boy of the seventies I am not a stranger to a hair dryer and a brush, always dreaming of being Rod Stewart which was part of my wake up regime in front of the mirror with my Morphy Richards three speed. You can imagine my horror when I asked back in San Francisco where I could plug my hairdryer in. I was...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

By the time you read this the great Clipper Race PR machine would have swung into action and informed you and the rest of the world that we have accepted twelfth place and are motoring to Panama, via a pit stop in Costa Rica to refuel. This is massively frustrating for all of us but the weather gods have not been kind ...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

I awake to the sound of the engine. It's still dark, I'm unsure of the exact time, although it must be after 2am. Already the day ahead has changed. No longer will we attempt to tease some wind into our reluctant sails. The forward motion is injecting a breath of fresh air through the accommodation and I feel a strange...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ANTHONY FAIRWEATHER - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

'Pants'... That seems to be the nickname I’ve unexpectedly acquired on this boat. I think I owe most of credit to round the world crew member Claire Carroll for its instigation. I believe it all came about one evening on Leg 4 when I bumped into Claire by the wet locker. As I reached into to grab my foulies she n...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - HELEN BLACK - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

There are many different types of people on board Derry~Londonderry ~Doire - those who enjoy the concentration required to helm well, others who revel in the adrenaline rush on the foredeck, and crew who are in their element controlling all from the cockpit. However, for all differences I guarantee there is something t...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JON SKIPWORTH-BUTTON - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

Well what an experience! Today marked the end of the first race of this leg, and it has been everything I hoped it would be. We left San Francisco in glorious sunshine and good winds beating towards the open ocean under the Golden Gate Bridge, wearing heavy weather gear and several layers against the cold. Within four ...

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QINGDAO - GAIL NATHAN - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

The race is over and we are now motoring towards our refuelling stop, Costa Rica. This is a whole new experience for us new crew, but ‘old hat’ for the round the world crew. The watch system we have become so accustomed to changes at 1200 UTC hours today. We have now been split into four watches and the dee...

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HENRI LLOYD - ELAINA BREEN - RACE 11 DAY 15

07 MAY 2014

“At the End of the Day” Mother duty aboard the Clipper Race yachts involves a twelve hour stint of preparing, serving and cleaning up after sixty meals and baking loaves of bread. The reward for which is the promise of a shower in the aft head.  As yesterday's mothers, Fiona and I started out well enou...

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TEAM GARMIN - DAVID GUNTHER - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

 So close and yet so far.  We were poised to take our first podium position of the entire race thus far yesterday but were stymied by the wind, or should I say lack thereof.  It was an extremely frustrating afternoon yesterday as we saw Henri Lloyd accelerate away in front of us and Jamaic...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

Oh well. There we were heading for a place in the top five - and then it all went wrong in the last 120 miles. In the end, we came eighth though OneDLL, who were seventh, finished just a couple of minutes ahead. Less time than it takes to make a cup of tea. At the team meeting, we had a chat about how we all felt - som...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LINDSAY EVANS - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

Wow! So we have managed to do it again and won another yellow pennant! When we left St Katharine Dock back in September, if you had asked me I would have said that I didn't mind whether we won or not, I just wanted to have a good time. Well on board GREAT Britain we have proved that it is possible to have a good time a...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - RICHARD DAWSON - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

We have just completed Race 11 in the Clipper Race calendar and are now motor sailing in extreme heat to a refuelling point in Costa Rica before continuing our journey to Panama and for me the highlight of this leg, the Panama Canal. The race itself was a most curious affair with an outcome reminiscent of the first rac...

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ONE DLL - PETER CHAPMAN - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

The change in view from looking out over north London from my office window to being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is quite surreal. Well, when I say the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I confidently mean being a couple of hundred miles west of the central American coast as we head towards Costa Rico to refuel before...

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PSP LOGISTICS - HELEN SEELEY - RACE 11 DAY 18

07 MAY 2014

We have now been at sea quite some time; I think I am now on day 18 but to be honest all of the days and nights pretty much roll into one. We finished the race yesterday and I was expecting a huge celebration and had promised myself that I would stay up until we crossed the line to see it. After sailing the last mile ...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Hi All Well its very Doldrum-esc here, not quite the mirror glass seas but near enough to hamper our progress. We will be sat with no wind and then up will go the windseeker and we will pick up speed change up to the Yankee 1 and reach 6 to 9 knots - then slowly it will die again and we are back to square one. We occas...

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QINGDAO - SHONA MILNE - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Well, here we are on another lovely morning in the Pacific Ocean with the added luxury of a good breeze and the relief that the first race is over. Everyone is very relieved that we have crossed the Remedios Line in ninth place, and fortunately for us that was the finish as Gareth had predicted. I say relieved as throu...

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PSP LOGISTICS - SAMANTHA COOK - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Sam vs seasickness! Day 17 at sea and I have not yet been sick, for many this may seem unremarkable but for me it breaks all previous records by approximately 17 days! Admittedly this race hasn't been the greatest test of my developing sea feet with much of the time spent sailing calmly downwind on a flat boat. However...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Lost and Found Again. Some time ago I wrote a blog about the stuff that I had lost and found on this boat. The list was endless, more losses then finds in material articles but more found than lost in spiritual fashion. The theme continues.  However some losses are harder to come to terms with than others. Yesterd...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JELTE LIEBRAND - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Its 38 degrees in the navigation station as I type this, which is causing everyone's brain to fry. It's making it hard to focus, which is exactly what we have to do; and what we have been doing, in order to charge to the front of the pack. If you check the mileage we have made over the last 12 to 24 hours, you can see ...

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OLD PULTENEY - CATHERINE PEAT - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

I more or less grew up on a boat- my Mother was nearly 8 months pregnant with me before she stopped squeezing her way around my father's boat (and the same with my two brothers).  I was taken on board at weekends in a carry cot at only a few weeks old and almost every weekend, in all seasons until I left home, was...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 11 DAY 16

06 MAY 2014

This is a quick blog from Russ the Tiger to all the children at Mont a L'Abbe School - Jersey.  Hello children. I am having a wonderful time although I might have had a touch too much sun over the past few days. Everyone is being very kind to me and I think they are enjoying having me on board to share their adven...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW RICHARDSON - RACE 11 - DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Sitting on the stern of the boat with my feet dangling in the water, providing a therapeutic bubble bath in the foaming surf; suddenly the surface of the water broke and the blunt grey nose a great white shark broke through the surface. Mouth gaping, edged with razor sharp teeth; I snatch my legs ba...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 11 - DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

The fine art of waking your skipperWaking up your skipper is an art not every crew member can master. In our case (and I imagine on many other boats as well) it is a task that is dreaded by most - especially if you know the skipper has gone to bed only an hour or two before your wake up.Today's wake up w...

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ONE DLL - STUART TAIT - RACE 11 – DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Sometimes during this adventure, usually when I am cold, wet and tired, I ask myself what the heck am I doing here? Now we are warm (sweaty below decks) but too often becalmed and bobbing - we watched our thrown-overboard refuse go completely around the boat at 3 boat lengths distance away for lunchtime entertainment, ...

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TEAM GARMIN - COURTNEY POWYS - RACE 11 - DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

As a returning legger. I had a fair idea of what to expect on Leg 7. Having previously sailed aboard Team Garmin on Leg 4 in the Southern Ocean, I thought my days would be filled with continuous sail changes, being thrown about on the foredeck, effectively mountain climbing at 45 degrees below deck,...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 11 – DAY 15

06 MAY 2014

This leg contrasts with the North Pacific crossing in so many ways. On that leg the watches we most dreaded were the double night watches. Every other day you would be on watch from 6-10 pm and then from 2-6 am.They were bitterly cold, dark, wet and gruelling. The following night you would do the midnight watch, w...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

(Ideally sing in harmony) “FLOAT! Float on…. Float on, float on. (Spoken in time in a deep sexy voice) CANCER!…and my name is Larry and I like a woman who likes everything and everybody because I like everybody and everything. If you feel this is YOU! Here’s what I want you to do….. (Ch...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Fifth place. Whoop! As with all the race finishes I have encountered on my sailing adventure, this was yet another very frustrating one! So there we are (port watch), on our 7-11pm watch, we only have 27 miles to go. Ah we will easily finish the race in our watch we say! We put on music from the decades (a compilation ...

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QINGDAO - JUNQING (DONNA) SHI - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

What an amazing race Leg 7 is, and I am so excited to be here! Sailing teaches us freedom, the challenge and the adventure and we are against the waves, facing the sea, it broadens our mood and mind. It is always full of the charm of popular culture; it is so challenging to take part in this race.  So the race sta...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CHRIS PAYNE - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Living the dream... We knew something was up when Steve and I dropped down into the galley to an uneasy silence. We were then told, "There is a problem with the heads". We looked at each other without a word spoken. That's the one thing you dread to hear. Our eyes, I imagine, said it all. There must have been some sort...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 11 DAY 17

06 MAY 2014

Hello from the sweat box that is Mission Performance As we get further and further south, as you can imagine the temperature has shot up and no longer are we in the heavy mid-layers and thermals we set off in from San Francisco. The benefit of this, is waking up in the middle of the night and coming up on deck is an ab...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 11 DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Good morning (or in our case good evening) dear fans, friends and followers! Today has been another hot day on Switzerland and it saw us cross finish line number three! I spent today down in the galley together with Gordon. And that gave me some time to reflect on this race. I've realised it's been very challenging to ...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 11 DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Last night I was sitting on deck as we powered along with a good heel, making progress towards our goal. Most of my fears of being at a steep heel have disappeared, and round the world crew member Julie Kerckhove noted that I had finally worked out how to move around the boat when it is at 90 degree angles, maybe not a...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 11 DAY 15

05 MAY 2014

Over the past 24 hours we have enjoyed some 'proper' sailing on the good ship PSP Logistics as we passed in front of the 'Golfo de Tehuantepec' and filled our sails with 30 knots of breeze. It is at the thinnest part of Central America, and wind is funnelled through from the Caribbean side to the Pacific side, creating...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAULA SANTOS - RACE 11 DAY 15

05 MAY 2014

Pineapple and boiled eggs and curry salmon rice Often, the crew begins to feel that life has been reduced to its most basic form. We begin to feel that we are barely meeting our survival needs and it begins to feel easy and reasonable to utter a complaint into the air. I have noticed myself complaining here and there a...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CHARLOTTE WISEMAN - RACE 11 DAY 15

05 MAY 2014

And the race continues... less than two short hours after we crossed the third potential finish line with jubilation we finally got news from the Clipper Race office that a new finish line had been set, a little over a hundred miles ahead. Despite hopes that this third line might be the crucial one, the Legenderry bus ...

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ONE DLL - CATRIONA SAVAGE - RACE 11 DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

 The 'Big Blue' glossary I've had a few comments from non-sailing friends that much as they enjoy my posts to my personal blog, they struggle to understand the more technical sailing bits. I've been meaning to add a glossary for ages to help out with that. This isn't it. Instead, I thought you might like an insigh...

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QINGDAO - PETER BRUMBY - RACE 11 DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Regular followers of Team Qingdao will recognise our unwavering desire to do things differently. Our willingness not to follow the herd, go our own way so to speak. This has been a source of thrills, enjoyment and occasionally frustration – but that is racing Qingdao style and this leg is proving to be no differe...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 11 – DAY 16

05 MAY 2014

Well I can honestly say that I am probably as likely to spend a birthday in the Pacific Ocean as I am to turn 25 again! It's a strange feeling, as it is sad being away from friends, family and loved ones that I would normally spend it with, but the guys and girls on board have done a top job at maki...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

San Francisco OneDLL The North Pacific was a huge challenge for all especially as crew number on ‘Big Blue’ was small,post start we beat up the coast of Japan,then followed the great circle as best we can. The storms started coming and made our life hell,Big Blue so far on her ear that we heard the shi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

Ah, upwind sailing how I have missed you... not!  We've been spoilt thus far with great breeze angles (sometimes the strength has been a little lacking) since leaving San Francisco. After our short beat out under the Golden Gate Bridge we've had the breeze pretty much on the beam or behind it. This makes for a gen...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAULO OLIVEIRA - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

An international blog for you from a very international team! Dia 15. Ontem fez 2 semanas desde que começamos a descer de São Francisco para o Panamá. Estivemos quase as duas semanas a descer a favor do vento, com o balão assimétrico, o que significa que o barco estava estável ...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 11 DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

Greetings and Salutations to the world outside of the sailing on Invest Africa. Because it does seem that we are a world away from each other. Although we aren't the furthest away from land that we have ever been.  Astronauts have not been our nearest neighbour like in the last race. Reality of normal everyday lif...

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HENRI LLOYD - ANITA DAVIES - RACE 11 – DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

“Wildlife”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 have no idea.At night-time there is phosphorescence as creatures th...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OWEN JONES - RACE 11 – DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

The last 24 hours have been a mixed bag, which is probably a fair reflection of this race.We have gone from being stuck without wind, to reaching at 9knots, to being surrounded by squalls and only doing 2knots VMG (Velocity Made Good). For everybody watching at home and receiving regular updates from the Race...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - WES CUELL - RACE 11 - DAY 15

04 MAY 2014

The Squall!!Mother watch in the Tropics is not for the faint hearted. Keeled over at 45 degrees you are living in a crazy world where any sudden lurch of the boat can launch a plate or mug, or worse, a pot of jam, from a cupboard and aim it expertly at your head. Any item you put down, including food, is guaranteed to ...

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ONE DLL - ERIC RIESBERG - RACE 11 DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

We have had our kite (spinnaker) up since San Francisco. The daily rotations are getting easier for everyone. The crew is really coming together and feel like we are truly the OneDLL team. Us newbies are really doing our fair share and are asking a lot less questions. It feels like we've been part of the crew for month...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 11 DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

I'm sat here writing this blog in the navigation station with a very cold can of diet coke from my four can stash (it’s been in the freezer for a couple of hours).  Oh my gosh, I can't tell you how much of a pleasure it is in this continual heat, never mind the kick from the caffeine.  It just proves th...

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QINGDAO - NICHOLAS TIDD - RACE 11 DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

Chalk and cheese. We may still be in the Pacific Ocean but in comparison to the last race the current one could not be any different. They say the ‘grass is always greener’ and I think this holds true now. I do remember wishing for sunshine and warmth whilst in the North Pacific but those memories are stead...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 11 DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

After two weeks of almost solid kite flying and trimming, today we have been largely back to white sails (although, as I type Wendy the windseeker is about to be hoisted - which is never good news! - no wind). But the reason that I mention the return of white sails is because I am really quite pleased to see them back....

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 11 DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

After the events of Race 10 in the North Pacific, I had a very much higher than normal amount of contact with family and friends back home during our San Francisco stopover. This was both pleasurable and painful at the same time. It is always a pleasure to speak with family and friends, catching up on everyone's news a...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KYM SANDERSON - RACE 11 DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

Another day in paradise... The heat and humidity continue to rise, the sea is a steady 30.5C, and high SPF and seeking out the limited shade on deck are now the order of the day when we're on watch. Despite the unpredictable winds we're making progress; this afternoon we passed the second finish line and are hunting do...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ALAN MCLELLAN - RACE 11 DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

At last the powers that be are letting me loose on the crew blog. So here goes; First of all the sailing bit; we continue to proceed in an east, south easterly direction at a pretty steady 7 to 8 knots, as I understand it we are now approx. 120 miles from Race Finish 3 in 4th place. fair breeze, slight sea, warm sun, a...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - KATE DAVIDSON - RACE 11 - DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

It's back to life at an angle aboard the good ship Mission Performance as we cruise upwind in some decent breeze for a change.Last night we had a particularly frustrating couple of watches in the fickle wind. Just after dinner, watch change saw us handed some decent sailing with white sails up in relativ...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 11 - DAY 14

03 MAY 2014

WHAT IF OUR SAILS HAD WHEELS?One of the great things that my dad and I have in common is that we are both massive petrol heads. My dad has always been one, and as such I have grown up to be one too. We've taken countless road trips to track days, car shows, classic car rallies, and Formula 1 races together and in gener...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ALISTAIR MURRELL - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Day 13 on the Panama express route; unlucky for some I don't doubt but would lady luck be shining kindly on the ‘Derry-go-round’ bus and her crew. The simple answer to this is that I don't have a clue but am beginning to feel like there may well be an element of luck in deciding the final pecking order when...

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PSP LOGISTICS - CARINA RIGHETTI - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Day 13.... ...and we're feeling HOT HOT HOT! The sun is beating down on us and the crew are continually moving around the deck in search of a shady spot, or sprawled out like a starfish in the sail locker trying to cool down. Needless to say, the ice lollies earlier today went down a treat; as did 1080 cameraman, Trist...

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ONE DLL - NICK MULHOLLAND - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Hi all, Is it really the 1st May and only a couple of months of the race left to run? Where has all that time gone? We are still experiencing Champagne sailing conditions as we gybe our way down the coast of Mexico. The winds are both fickle in strength and direction so it has been a case of constantly changing course ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

WHAT'S HE ON ABOUT NOW? THE HEGGMEISTER MUSES ON LUCK, THE MONKEY AND THE BOOBY AND THE RELATIVITY OF TIME. The ‘Heggmeister’ has pondered in past ramblings on the nature of luck and skill and decided that it is better to be lucky than good and that but for bad luck, Jamaica Get All Right would get no luck ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Dear fans, friends and families, Another hot day on the Pacific has gone by and here I am again on a night watch. Today I'm writing to you from the navigation station. As of today we have entered squall territory (nooooooooo!) - and as one of the navigators I have to be down here to keep an eye on them on the radar. We...

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INVEST AFRICA - MENCY MADOLO - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

I am really enjoying my leg because it’s hot and the weather is very good, I am having a really good time with my crew members especial my watch team and the jobs on deck like keeping the deck clean and trimming the sails. The navigation station is a challenge for me plotting the charts and the log book. I like t...

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INVEST AFRICA - WENDY BAKER - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Day 13 which means nearly two weeks at sea already. A very different temperature to the last blog I did. Nice in the breeze on deck but a sweat box below decks with crew seeking the coolest part of the boat with some air flow to grab the much needed zzzz's. Speaking of breeze, we have more this morning than we have had...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - SOPHIE HETHERTON - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

The confessions of a sail repairer... We have been relatively busy over the past 24 hours hoisting and dropping kites. On the whole, these have gone pretty smoothly, something you would hope for after flying kites continuously for the past 13 days. However, yesterday evening we were dropping 'Bruce' (the lightweight ki...

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TEAM GARMIN - DANIEL HO - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Not meatballs again! Day 13 of race to Panama was ushered in by a wide choice of breakfast options ranging from heart warming porridge cooked in milk, USA version of "organic" granola where the only chemicals added are "good for you", cereals and muesli left over from Qingdao stopover, but by far the most popular was t...

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GREAT BRITAIN - JACOB CARTER - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

WE ARE TEAM GREAT BRITAINSo here we are again, headed for Panama in little wind but once again top the leaderboard. We have been on top form now since half way to Singapore.The reason for are form is relentless effort and comradeship. We have worked tirelessly right from the start to develop both ourselves as a crew an...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LESLEY JOHNSON - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

A lot has happened since my first diary as the new girl in the class. We have won a Scoring Gate and passed first through two of the possible finish gates. All this has left me wondering exactly what it is that makes a high performing team. In my day job at the BBC we pay great attention to the how we do our jobs, not ...

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OLD PULTENEY - DEBORAH O'NEILL - RACE 11 DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

Music is a key element of life on board Old Pulteney. Each watch passes via the melodies of 70s disco, Now Decades (1983-2003), traditional global music provided by our international crew and of course the "latest hits" which are usually at least 2-3 months old before they hit our deck. The loss of our on deck speakers...

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INVEST AFRICA - DIANA NICHOLSON - RACE 11 – DAY 13

02 MAY 2014

It's that time of the week again when I get to tell you of what is happening on the 'good ship Invest Africa'.  Not a lot to be honest, the wind has all but disappeared and the heat is building so we are doing a great impression of a cork bobbing about, so far we have kept the boat moving albeit extremel...

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TEAM GARMIN - JACQUELYN FORD - RACE 11 – DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

I am one of the Clipper Race crew lucky enough to have had the opportunity to sail for two different teams.  The last time you heard from me I was on Derry~Londonderry~Doire.  For this leg I have been allocated to Team Garmin. Its inevitable that people are curious to know what it is like to be on&n...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SAMUEL GUNDRY - RACE 11 – DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

Being a new joiner to race and being the youngest crew member of the current race I always imagined I would have to act as an incredibly sensible young adult.Only now I know how wrong I was with the assumption that people get more mature as they get older. With conversation steaming from made up stories about...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 11 - DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

The weather and the racing are really hotting up; we've been sailing hard for the past 24 hours in searing heat firstly to complete the Ocean Sprint section of the race, and then to cross the first gate/potential finish line of this race.For the uninitiated, the Ocean Sprint is a race within a race, with...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 11 – DAY 11

01 MAY 2014

It's getting hot on here!You may have read it in every single other blog, but I can't help it... today has been hot! Probably the hottest day so far. In (the unlikely) case you are still struggling to imagine just how hot it is, I want to try to paint the picture. (Maybe it also serves as some sort of th...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - DEREK FURNISS - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

You'll never guess what happened today... There we were, all getting on with our jobs, enjoying the fact that we were making around 8 knots in the right direction (always a bonus). A few people had elected to stay on deck during their off watch as they were struggling to rest in the sweltering heat below. Some were rea...

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QINGDAO - GAIL NATHAN - RACE 11 DAY 12

01 MAY 2014

The 1 May dawns, its 06.00hours and starboard watch begins a 6 hour watch. Port watch have retired below decks to try and get some rest before the heat of the day makes it almost impossible to stay below.It is already 30*c, there is a ‘heaviness’ in the air which,  hangs over the boat like a shroud. We...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - NIKITA HORVEY - RACE 11 – DAY 11

30 APR 2014

Hey ya'llArmed with ice cold pink lemonade (thanks to our mothers) and tons and tons of sun tan lotion, today is proving to be another scorcher and is only getting worse. To think that at the beginning of March it was -54 degrees Celsius back home in Saskatchewan these temperatures are hard to deal with but n...

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OLD PULTENEY - STUART MURRAY - RACE 11 - DAY 11

30 APR 2014

Our HouseOur House in San Francisco. It was shared between myself, Rossie, Tibor, Paul and Peter. All Round The Worlders; it was kindly organised by Rossies wife Kathy, who looked after us exceptionally well during our stay.If you have seen the TV programme Grand Designs, the house was typical of the type you might exp...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - HUW BARTON - RACE 11 - DAY 11

30 APR 2014

Chest rising and falling slowly, shallow breathing. A bead of sweat sprung into life on his brow, trickling down the side of his face to pause momentarily on his cheek bone. Teetering on the cusp, then falling, suspended in motion before soaking into the red shirt. One of many. Hundreds.Around the young ...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 11 – DAY 11

30 APR 2014

A word in advance. Those accustomed to my usual light hearted contribution may be alarmed at the emergence of what looks suspiciously like serious pontification. Rest assured, servings of airy persiflage will be resumed as soon as possible.How much, asks the open boat visitor, does it cost to do this, then? (Someb...

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GREAT BRITAIN - TOM MURRAY - RACE 11 – DAY 11

30 APR 2014

I'm finally on the team GREAT Britain boat. I signed up for just Leg 8, then at Christmas I signed up for Leg 7.Time has flown past since Christmas then I got a flight to San Francisco with my family where we had refresher day followed by a team GREAT Britain spinnaker shoot. Saturday came around, that was race da...

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OLD PULTENEY - LIZZY FITZSIMMONS - RACE 11 – DAY 11

30 APR 2014

The heat is onBefore you read this please note... I am not moaning. After the North Pacific being able to roll out of bed in shorts, wack on some sunnies and hop on deck is an absolute dream. Long gone (for now) are the days of the big layer-athon. I think my personal best was 7 layers and a dry suit,&nb...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 11 - DAY 11

30 APR 2014

All is relatively peaceful on the good yacht Qingdao as we are in a wind hole. I have just been on the helm for an hour or so and we were pottering along at about 2.5kts, although I did achieve 5kts at one stage!It is blisteringly hot on deck and even worse below, especially for the mothers, so yest...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 11, DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Well, as the temperature begins to rise, the stress levels have certainly begun to increase on board GREAT Britain. As we enter into Day 10 of our voyage down to Panama, we are slowly approaching the business end of this race. At this moment of writing, we have just crossed the start of the Ocean Sprint, ironically nam...

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TEAM GARMIN - TERRY MADDREN - RACE 11 – DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Hello Garmin followers.Well here it is after a four month break off the boat (I got off in Albany after completing Legs 1, 2 and 3) the rules have changed and I can't come up with excuses not to write the blog. Seasickness was always a good one but I'm a seasoned sailor now (apparently) and it has been very flat s...

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ONE DLL - ROSIE GOSLING - RACE 11 – DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Boobies, birdies and a whole lot of pooThe last few days have seen us constantly surrounded by wildlife. There nearly always seem to be boobies circling and considering a perch at the top of our mast. Dolphins playing along beside us is a regular occurrence and we continue to trail a small rubber squiddie beh...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - STEPHEN DAND - RACE 11 – DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Greetings from the good ship Mission Performance!Well - what a contrast. We have moved from the biting cold and mountainous seas of the north Pacific to what can only be described as a bit of a cruise. Light winds that push us along at 6 to 8 knots on a gentle swell instead of 35 knots on the nose, boat cranked ov...

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SWITZERLAND - ALISON CRAWLEY - RACE 11 – DAY 10

29 APR 2014

I am now on my second leg. I am a returning legger. In blogs during Leg 4 I referred to my crew mates as my new family. Now as a returner I have lost some family members, have had to reacquaint myself with others and meet some new members of this extended family.But firstly on a personal note can I say "...

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GREAT BRITAIN - CLAIRE WILKINSON - RACE 11 - DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Going loco, down in Acapulco.... Please let me get that song out of my head! I don't even know who sang it - not the Specials, that's for sure! Acapulco shares the latitude with the end of the sprint race which we reached just before 2 am this morning. When I say sprint, I mean a very leisurely and frust...

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INVEST AFRICA - GARTH CAMPBELL - RACE 11 - DAY 10

29 APR 2014

The race continues towards the first of 4 possible finish lines. Wind has been a challenge today, but we have managed to keep the boat moving. The cool temperatures of San Francisco and the California coast has been left behind, being replaced by hot and humid temps, making the boat like a sauna inside. The e...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KAREN BOWMAN - RACE 11 – DAY 10

29 APR 2014

When I decided that I would take part in the Clipper Race I realised this was an opportunity to raise money for a particular disabled child in India.In 2012, armed with my TEFL qualification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), I went to Kochi in the State of Kerala, in the south of India to teach Englis...

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QINGDAO - BRIAN PICKLES - RACE 11 - DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Being on one of the Clipper Round the World Yachts is a great place to see team building in action. Qingdao started the race with 20 people who have never sailed together as a team before. We had all sailed with one or two of the others on a training course or on the delivery trip from Gosport to St...

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TEAM GARMIN - CHRISTINA O'CONNELL - RACE 11 - DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Hello, all Team Garmin followers, family and friends.  It is once again a very hot boat here en route to Panama.  The thermometer in the engine room has maxed out at 50 degrees, Mike has been trimming the spinnaker sitting underneath a golf umbrella.Edgar is currently helming undernea...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSAN GRADY - RACE 11 – DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Day 10 and we have all now settled into life with the watch system well and truly by now.  Getting up and going to bed four times a day was tough for the first few days but now is just part and parcel of 'normal' life on board. All the new joiners have settled into the rhythm and you would ...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 11 – DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Life on deck revolves around keeping the kite flying. For me that means a lot of helming and unwrapping of tangled lines at the bow. Life below deck is all about not melting. A few weeks ago the knife stuck into the breakfast slab of butter like an Excalibur, now you need a spoon to dollop the butter out...

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SWITZERLAND - SHELLY BEARD - RACE 11 - DAY 10

29 APR 2014

Greetings from Mexican watersWell I guess the first thing to update you on is the heat.  Boy is it hot. I really didn't know that it was possible to sweat this much - it's like living in a Bikram yoga studio!  Fortunately I love the sun (one of the reasons I'm doing this leg), and my ...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 11 - DAY 10

29 APR 2014

The Spinnaker - A Love Hate relationshipA spinnaker unfurling into life on the fore deck creates a sense of awe and wonder. She emerges from the constraints of the sail locker trussed and bound, but when released bursts open and launches into flight like a giant kite eclipsing the sun or the stars and gi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - TRISTAN GRIGALIS - RACE 11 – DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Good Evening arm chair sailors.So day eight or nine on the good ship PSP Logistics and what a great eight (or nine) days its been. This is just a short reflection on the race so far and how great I've found it.It's been somewhat of a rejuvenation of spirits for myself as a round the worlder since starting this leg...

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OLD PULTENEY - LIZZY FITZSIMMONS - RACE 11 – DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Big Suze and the BoobiesThis leg we were promised a load of wildlife, and to start things were pretty good: whales, dolphins, sharks and sea otters on the way out of San Fran promised a plethora of creatures to come. However, for once the local wildlife has almost listened to us (by "us" I mean skipper O...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 11 - DAY 8

28 APR 2014

“Technically speaking”In a round the world ocean race, the hard sailing isn't what you expect. The hard stuff wasn't really the hurricane force winds in the Southern Ocean, nor was it almost a month at sea crossing the Pacific.  No, the really hard stuff, the kind of stuff that drag...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - LLOYD HOLDER - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Sunny and getting hotter  We are now starting to get well into the Doldrums with fickle winds down to 2 knots wind speed and trying to get 4 to 5 knots SOG from our lightweight spinnaker. Today we have rigged with light sheets due to the reducing wind and Matt has given us direction in light wind kite trimming and...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHAEL HENDERSON - RACE 11 – DAY 8

28 APR 2014

It's hard to believe that we've been at sea for over a week now. It seems as though it were only yesterday as we left our families and friends and were blessed with the wonderful send off we had as we departed San Francisco. As a 'new boy' joining the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire, I think I can speak for all ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CONOR O'BYRNE - RACE 11 – DAY 8

28 APR 2014

With the temperature getting into the 30s its not only the Spinnakers that are being peeled at the moment. The layers of clothing have been peeling off since race start day and judging by the Sun Burn on some of the pasty white crew, skin will be peeling in the next few days. Welcome to the coast of Mexico.With the win...

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QINGDAO - SHONA MILNE - RACE 11 – DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Day 9 at sea and the memories of San Francisco have faded into the past and all there is now, and more sun and more heat. Another watch, life revolves around watches and the excitement of flying squid. Well, they must fly or how do they land on deck…but I didn’t know that until now…and no inter...

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HENRI LLOYD - FIONA GARFORTH-BIES - RACE 11 – DAY 9

28 APR 2014

“Clipper Race versus Alcatraz”So there I was, waiting to start my Clipper Race experience in San Francisco and taking a tour around Alcatraz. The notorious prison from which no one allegedly ever escaped, situated on a rocky island in the Bay.  The other tourists were making comments as ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - JOHN MADIN - RACE 11 – DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Welcome back followers of PSP LogisticsIts good to be back on Dixie having unfortunately missed the North Pacific leg. This was due to straining my back on an earlier leg, so rather than push the boat out (sic) the doctor advised rest. If any crew have had issues with the insurance company following a cl...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEVE MABEY - RACE 11 – DAY 9

28 APR 2014

It has been a great few days sailing and our expedition through the south Pacific continues. The blue skies and flat seas have made great sailing, and despite the light winds at times we have made excellent progress. We entered the so called 'ocean sprint' and our progress has been reasonable, although we hav...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 11 - DAY 9

28 APR 2014

A little trip up the mastYesterday I had the privilege of going up the mast. The two spinnaker halyards needed to be untangled (after a few peels, one ends up behind the other and we haven't come up with a better way of untangling them yet). So I threw the harness and the helmet on and got hoisted up the...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 11 – DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Day 9 of Race 11 San Francisco to Panama and it is boiling, 34 degrees on deck and counting. I have no idea what the temperature is below but I can only confirm that it is as hot as hell in the galley with no wind to cool you down. Duncan Wills (Leg 7 )and I are half way through our mother duty number two. We started a...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ROSE TODD - RACE 11 – DAY 9

28 APR 2014

It is Monday morning - welcome on board Jamaica Get All Right.I am sitting here in the Nav Station with Skip Pete and fellow newbie crew member Jenny Walker (Leg7) sitting behind me studying SeaPro (the on board navigation information system) poised to start the first ocean sprint of Race 11 - and we're off! Not that i...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES ALLAN - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

Invest Africa would like to wish fellow crew members Julie Cully (Leg 3), Andrew Harrison (Leg 1) and Nomcebo (Leg 1) a very Happy Birthday! Well this should technically be my second blog since the start of the journey from San Francisco to New York but I'm aware that my first blog was lost due to a computer glitch so ...

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OLD PULTENEY - NELSON CARPENTIER - RACE 11 DAY 9

28 APR 2014

"I fell into a burning ring of fire" - Johnny Cash Today I started my morning shift at the helm. Let me tell you that keeping within a 10 degree window of apparent wind angle is hard when the apparent wind lulls and gusts by as much as 40%. Keeping the spinnaker happy can mean swinging the Course-Over-Ground by as much...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 11 – DAY 8

27 APR 2014

What a day!Today was a day of many things. And now, at half past midnight it feels like it was a long day too!We woke up this morning at 2 am to the generator having broken. Vicky and our two engineers Ralf and Greg got onto it straight away and fixed the impeller that was broken (and which they believed was ...

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TEAM GARMIN - BARRY GROVES - RACE 11 – DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Well indeed it is a privilege and an honour as a new Legger to be “invited” to write the daily Blog and keep all our Friends, Family, Followers and those just interested in the daily life of Team Garmin up to date on our progress and try and give you a flavour on what life on board is like.On a serious note...

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GREAT BRITAIN - MARCUS BATTY - RACE 11 – DAY 6

27 APR 2014

"We're going where the sun shines brighter, we're going where the sea is blue", that is certainly true but we're on no Summer Holiday. The will to win pervades the spirit of the boat, encouraging no holiday attitude. Today for the first time I am contemplating stripping down to shorts, lagging most ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 11 DAY 8

27 APR 2014

In the immortal words of the rapper Nelly "It's getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes"!!  The temperature is seriously rising as this leg progresses and we are assured by Matt and those who did Legs 1 and/or 5 that it's only going to get worse. You would think that we would have stopped moaning about t...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 11 – DAY 6

27 APR 2014

“Boat Slang”If you join Clipper Race without any previous sailing experience, there is a whole new language that you must learn.  From tacks to gybes, close/fine/beam/broad reaches, knockdowns and roundups, bearing away/heating up... the list is endless and there is a lot to remembe...

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GREAT BRITAIN - DOMINIQUE YOUNG - RACE 11 – DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Last October when I got off the trusty vessel GREAT Britain in Rio, I left a round the world crew exulted at having crossed the Atlantic, exhausted because of the time it had taken and, possibly, slightly daunted as the scale of what they were going on to do began to sink in. Now six months dow...

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QINGDAO - GAIL NATHAN - RACE 11 – DAY 8

27 APR 2014

We are 8 days in, but into what?I joined Qingdao and her crew in San Francisco and as we gracefully sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge I felt alive, alive with anticipation; I’m part of a team embarking on an awesome adventure.But first things first, I am struck down by sea sickness, the most debi...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAUL BARTLETT - RACE 11 – DAY 8

27 APR 2014

After three long hard legs with short stopovers the Round the World (RTW) crew members are all tired, jaded and ready for an easy down wind leg. So far this race has lived up to expectations as we cruise in the sunshine down the Mexican Pacific coast.The weather is warm and dry, the boat is flat and we h...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 11 – DAY 8

27 APR 2014

An update on the weather on board Old Pulteney from somewhere near Acapulco!The first three or four days after leaving San Francisco required us to wear two or three layers plus our foulies during the day.  The evenings were surprisingly chilly so an extra layer or two for night watch was needed, es...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KYM SANDERSON - RACE 11 - DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Living the dream......We're now nearly half way on our journey to Panama and it feels like sailing downwind with my watch trimming the spinnaker under a daytime of idyllic clear blues skies and sparkling blue ocean with music gently drifting out is the norm. Any other way of being seems unreal! Nights are&nbs...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 11 – DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Well today really has been a case of the loneliness of the long-distance sailor. We have floated in light winds for most of the day. Despite the hope of seeing migrating whales moving from the south to the north at this time of year we have seen nothing in the way of wildlife apart from a few g...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 11 – DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Lovely, lazy Sunday afternoons... there is currently a slight holiday vibe on board Invest Africa; which makes for a pleasant change, after the challenging and cold conditions experienced ever since Taiwan. The wind, as expected, has died down and the sun is shining. Merino wool layers have been peeled off, to reveal l...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - MICK WOOD - RACE 11 – DAY 8

27 APR 2014

Those of you who know me, also know that I only write blogs under sufferance.I have managed to get away with it until now...But I have a new Mother Buddy (Jenny) who is even more averse to these things than me, so I drew the short straw.Since I was medevaced from Leg 6, the most common question I face (apart from what ...

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ONE DLL - HEIDY GARZA - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

It's been 7 days since the race start and since then we have being flying the kite, which is one of the most difficult sails to control as you have to keep on trimming all the time. If you don't work as a team it is just impossible to keep it the air and we will have what we call a "kitemare". Although we have a lot of...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ANDY RYAN - RACE 11 DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Random notes on seeing the other side of people and sartorial adaptations for ocean sailing. I thought that in this blog I should try to paint a bit of a picture for friends and family of their loved ones, possibly highlighting some aspects of their personality as yet unrevealed back home. My inspiration for this is my...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 11 – DAY 6

26 APR 2014

Very strange happenings on Team Garmin this week, all a bit disconcerting really. The way these races normally go for us is that we see the other eleven boats on the start line, wave goodbye to them within the first 24 hours, and arrive to them all nicely tucked up in a marina a few weeks later. For...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CHRIS DICKSON - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Today we have taken part in ocean match racing with OneDLL and Team Garmin, exchanging gybes and trying to take advantage of the diurnal wind shifts whilst avoiding areas of light wind.For the last 24 hours we have constantly had at least one yacht within a couple of miles and a few hours ago we could see four oth...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PAULINE CENTA - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

After two and a half years of anticipation and mounting apprehension I left the comfort of the San Francisco apartment I had shared with 3 crewmates for the past week to take the plunge, literally, into the Bay, (I was the swimmer for the MOB); the adventure had started.The first couple of days went by in a blur, as a ...

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QINGDAO - GEORGE BAYLES - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

The first week going to Jamaica via Panama has been a lot harder than I had anticipated. I was thinking after the Pacific Ocean it was all downhill to London, but it’s not.We have damaged more sails in this first week than we have in the last 3 months. It all started with a little tear in our medium wei...

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OLD PULTENEY - RUTH CORDERO - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

The adventure has finally begun!After signing up in 2011, the last few weeks before embarking hurried past almost in a blur!I arrived in San Francisco a week early from Guildford (UK), and was lucky to join friends and enjoy a tour of both San Francisco and the surrounding small towns - what a great star...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAULA SANTOS - RACE 11 - DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Day Seven on Old Pulteney, People are smelling like the flying fish on the deck but life is better than ever. We've hit the tropics and layers are coming off little by little, I am sure that soon people will be wishing they could take away their layers of skin. This Leg 7 will be the most skin the B...

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QINGDAO - MARGARET CORBALLY - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

After seeing the boats off in London and following their progress from the comfort of my own home it is finally my turn to be on board.  I have to admit that I was very nervous about it all, a myriad of thoughts were rushing through my head in the week I spent in San Francisco, not least of&nbs...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Although now speeding down the coast of Mexico, our departure from San Francisco is still vivid in my mind. Not just the spectacle of our parade of sail, nor the excitement of the race start, but the moment when a crewmate, who had completed five legs, slipped our lines. These brief lines for him:To DougHe sl...

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ONE DLL - DAVE RICHARDS - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Many of us round the worlders and even multiple leggers have now reached over half the way round the world, or in the case of us on Big Blue we have so far covered some 40,600 miles and 8 months at sea, so in real terms not long until the finish.With this realisation getting ever more evident, the thoughts about what w...

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TEAM GARMIN - ALAN BARTLEY - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

It is 30 degrees centigrade today and Team Garmin are experiencing a taste of things to come with lighter winds and warmer weather en route to hot. I am on mother and finding that some of the crew's appetites are diminishing with the heat. Others, such as Scotty and Jim, find themselves in a position to take advan...

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HENRI LLOYD - CHRIS NELSON - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Boat NormalIf each of us were to be asked what we consider to be normal, we would all have different opinions.  Is there even anything such as normal?In our lives before the Clipper Race, normal may have included such things as: commuting to work at the same time each day, spending the weekends...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - WES CUELL - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Beam me up Scottie!On the good ship Jamaica Get All Right there are all sorts of sailors. We have the ones with Yachtmaster Plus Plus with Knobs on (you know, the sort who can tie a knot with their teeth when standing upside down with their hands behind their back); the regular competent sailors, the inexperienced but ...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Crikey, I have only been on a the boat and handful of months, written just a smattering of blogs and I have totally run out of things to say. How do the RTWers do it? How does Rich do it?? 170 blogs and counting.If you have been reading the skipper blogs you know it's hot, there are light winds and sometimes we ge...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 11 – DAY 7

26 APR 2014

Hi AllOnce again its round to my turn to write a blog it seems ages since I wrote the last one that would be in the North Pacific heading to San Francisco.Well we've been and as you can probably see from Yellow Brick when its working right we are off the Coast of Mexico heading for the 1st finish line ga...

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SWITZERLAND - ABIGAIL GAUNT - RACE 11 – DAY 5

25 APR 2014

It's my sixth day on Heidi (the nickname for our boat), and each day I am both surprised and amazed by the patience, welcoming nature, warmth, kindness, teaching expertise and enthusiasm of everyone on board. Joining on Leg 7, I felt guilty for having first day nerves when fellow crew members had just crossed the Pacif...

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SWITZERLAND - ALISON CRAWLEY - RACE 11 – DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Today, we all got a good feeling! Why? Well there were a number of reasons.Firstly a little before the 6am watch we came out of stealth mode. Soon it was revealed that we had leapt to second place through our offshore, forget the Scoring Gate tactic. Sorry to our supporters out there. You were perhaps a bit w...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 11 – DAY 7

25 APR 2014

So here I am, back home on Invest Africa after having an enjoyable holiday whilst the team stormed across the Pacific. It is lovely to be back with the team and each time I return, it is easy to get into the swing of life on the boat.Since leaving San Francisco, the temperature has gradually increased and I am on ...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 11 – DAY 6

25 APR 2014

One thing I really missed on the race across the Pacific Ocean was seeing the sun rise and sun set. Due to the thick cloud cover, which we experienced almost throughout the race, day break came in the form of a slow transition from black to grey, and evenings from grey to black. But on this leg we again have the w...

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PSP LOGISTICS - ANDREW THOMAS - RACE 11 – DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Ok, one week in to Leg 7 and what an interesting one it’s been. Firstly the Easter weekend and the first time probably ever that I've managed to have an Easter egg all to myself, actually it may have been 3 or 4 eggs.....Thanks to Matt Murphy who stocked up in San Francisco to share on the boat many tim...

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OLD PULTENEY - KATE HEPWORTH - RACE 11 – DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?We're back racing again, after what was a fantastic stopover in San Francisco. This is the leg we've all been looking forward to - commonly known as the 'party leg', which frankly after the last two grueling races, we could all do with!Race 11 was one of the most exciting star...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LINDSAY EVANS - RACE 11 – DAY 6

25 APR 2014

Well, what a busy 24 hours! I have the privileged position of being able to report that GREAT Britain were actually first across the Scoring Gate!  Hard for long-term followers of the race to believe, I know!After 35,000 of sailing, this is the first time we have managed to achieve this. And it...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - BREIDGE BOYLE - RACE 11 – DAY 6

25 APR 2014

On the bus at lastIt took a little while but here I am on Derry~Londonderry~Doire; the big pink and purple bus which is going to take me home to Derry-Londonderry and beyond. I've been dreaming of this for years now and here we are: eleven of us joined the crew last week in San Francisco, a few rejoining having done ea...

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INVEST AFRICA - ALESSANDRA IACOVELLA - RACE 11 – DAY 5

24 APR 2014

End of Day 6 on Invest Africa, my home for the next 5 weeks: I feel I've settle down nicely in my new life at sea and, as always for anything new to me, it didn't take too long.Temperature rises as we sail down the southern tip of the Baja California, during our journey to Panama Canal.Time aboard is a h...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 11 – DAY 5

24 APR 2014

“Through the mists of time they came. Living amongst us. As if they were one of us”. A quote form the film, “Highlander”. Talking about the immortals that live with in our lives.Unfortunately it’s a fictitious story. However I would love to be immortal. Living for centuries would...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 11 – DAY 6

24 APR 2014

At times on PSP Logistics it feels like all days run into one and memories become a blur...At other times it feels like deja vu. As if something has happened before in several different circumstances.And so it is with our sewing machine.That old chestnut!A few repairs were needed to Marty, our medium weight, the d...

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ONE DLL - STEPHEN SMITH - RACE 11 – DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Champagne sailing!A day of champagne sailing today - such a contrast from the North Pacific leg just a few days ago.Heading south off the Mexican coast towards the Scoring Gate, kite all the way, averaging 10 knots plus, sparkly blue sea, perfect sunshine... It does not get any better. This must be some of the bes...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Just another day on ‘Heidi’ Today has been 'just another day on Heidi'. But it was a lovely day. So I thought I'd write about today and how even though nothing special has happened it was still a special day. The 'newbies' are coming on leaps and bounds. I feel like we throw them in at the deep end - every ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - IONIE ROBINSON - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

You have swapped your city clothes and heels for base layers, mid layers, foulies, shorts and ugly sailing boots.  You try to maintain a degree of individuality, but you fail as branded clothing rules the waves. Newbies arrive proudly wearing their shiny new corporate gear. How you dress is governed by the weather...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DUNCAN WILLS - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

I'm hoping this will be the first installment of several as I begin my personal adventure that is one small part of the overall Jamaica Get All Right campaign. And what a wait it has been  - from seeing off the Clipper 2011-12 Race in Southampton and having my interview to finally flying out to San Francisco 10 da...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JELTE LIEBRAND - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Well all I can say is thank god for Magdalena Gawecka (Legs 6 and 7) my bunk buddy and thus also partner in mother watch duty. If it wasn't for her, the crew morale would be down the drain right about now, as I'm not sure they would have appreciated my limited cooking skills. But Mags did a brilliant job on all three m...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ANTHONY FAIRWEATHER - RACE 11 DAY 5

24 APR 2014

So after a couple of rather pleasurable months travelling Cambodia, China and California with my fiancée, I find myself back on board the good ship Mission Performance. Much like riding a bike the boat is as familiar as ever and all the training and experience Leg 4 and 5 has come back like it was yesterday. The...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 11 – DAY 4

24 APR 2014

Cat and MouseFour days out of San Francisco and it couldn't be tighter, it's 03:45 local time and it's getting pretty tense in the south easterly race down the Mexican coast for the Scoring Gate.Our first watch of the day was the 6am until noon, as we climbed the steps Team Garmin were clearly visible 2 ...

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ONE DLL - ANTHONY EDWARDS - RACE 11 – DAY 2

24 APR 2014

It's well over two years ago that I signed up for the Clipper 13-14 Race and it seems to have been a really long wait to get started on my chosen leg. Leg 7 starts in San Francisco, goes through the Panama Canal, stopping off in Jamaica before arriving in New York at the end of May.For me, this is the ki...

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QINGDAO - RICHARD RILEY - RACE 11 – DAY 5

24 APR 2014

The word wrapping has several meaning to me, Christmas presents, a beef wellington in pastry, last night I learnt a new meaning to it, wrapping a kite. To those of you reading this, who like me normally fly a desk for a living, flying a spinnaker is a breath taking experience, lying on the fore ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 11 – DAY 5

24 APR 2014

Crikes, that was close!We have finally made it across the Scoring Gate and have hopefully managed to bag ourselves a point for crossing in third place. It was an extraordinary night of racing; probably one of those nights that will take a spot in my memory of this epic journey of ours.The tension was palpable on d...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - SIGI GOOLDEN - RACE 11 – DAY 4

24 APR 2014

Well, day 5 and already the time is beginning to slide - days are merging into watches, sleeps and some great gourmet meals - for instance the bread baked by Ant accompanying lunch (his own special recipe which I shall have to kill him for). The smell of baking is a definite Mission Performance aroma!However, not ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 11 – DAY 5

24 APR 2014

"It's been awhile"It's been awhile since we've had sailing like this.  The sun is hot and warming our faces.  Shoes are off, sun hats are out, and the sunscreen is being passed around.  It's been beautiful spinnaker sailing since race start.  For the round the worl...

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INVEST AFRICA - DIANA NICHOLSON - RACE 11 – DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Well, what a difference between 2 legs! Leg 6 we were battling with big seas (big for me), strong winds, waves over the deck, life at an angle and the cold, but even just five days into Leg 7 them temperature is rising, clothes are coming off, shorts are making an appearance and we are all havi...

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TEAM GARMIN - JOSEPHINE MARTIN - RACE 11 – DAY 4

23 APR 2014

It has been champagne sailing without real champagne. Instead I drink in the sunshine, the royal blue water, the sparkling white wash, and the joy of downwind sailing. The night air is soft and mild with largely clear nights of brilliant stars in northern constellations.Down wind sailing means a FLA...

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INVEST AFRICA - WENDY BAKER - RACE 11 – DAY 4

23 APR 2014

We passed a big milestone today – 35,000 miles. I'm impressed, that's a lot of miles! There is talk of a special crew event to mark the occasion. More to follow on that one.This is my first leg and I'm starting to find my feet. We've been at sea now more than 48 hours, significant for two reasons. There...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 11 – DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Wildlife watch50-100 dolphins1 seal1 turtle8 squids - they are attracted to our deck light, which results in them jumping on deck in a kamikaze style and hitting a number of crew.1 stingray/manta ray1 flying fish - this is by far the biggest flying fish I have ever seen. I was holding onto the kite sheet as it fle...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 11 DAY 4

23 APR 2014

So here we are back in the Pacific Ocean. Having recently just crossed her main belly, travelling a mere 6,500 miles from the cold Chinese shores of Qingdao, to the sunny Californian coastline of San Francisco, I can only say that it is a joy to be back amongst our favoured friend. Leg 6 was an epic voyage filled with ...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 11 – DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Good Riddance North PacificCreaming through the waves today, lovely northerly winds helping us along our way, the sun shining and the crew starting to cast aside their foul weather gear and mid layers and exchanging them for shorts and t-shirts.This is a world away from the cold and endlessly battering condit...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 11 DAY 4

23 APR 2014

I'm sat here in the galley, in the dark as its 01:11am with the crew laptop shining brightly in my eyes, with the faint wiff of fish. I've just come off the helm, which has been quite tricky recently with variable winds and a wave state not matching the wind strength, so playing the spinnaker and helming to it has been...

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GREAT BRITAIN - RICHARD BALCON - RACE 11 – DAY 4

23 APR 2014

I arrived in San Francisco on April the 11th after enjoying a free glass of champagne on the flight as also did Bob Baker a fellow crew member, thanks to Julie a BA cabin crew member. Who had recently completed Leg 3 the Southern Ocean.What a great start to the journey! The first couple of days I felt like a touri...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 11 DAY 4

23 APR 2014

As has become tradition on Team Garmin as it is my birthday today I have the privileged of writing the blog today although I can't promise it will be as reflective as the musings of Dr Dan from the North Pacific on his birthday. Another Team Garmin tradition that was upheld was the half-arsed singing of happy birthday ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KYM SANDERSON - RACE 11 – DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Pinch me - after such a long build up and a lovely 10 days in San Francisco, I am now sailing under bright sunshine in the middle of a sparkling blue sea as we race past Baja and on down to Mexico. It's happy days as the temperature is starting to pick up and I'm finally finding it too warm to wear ...

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HENRI LLOYD - SARAH LLOYD - RACE 11 – DAY 4

23 APR 2014

Long dark nights of sewingWhen I volunteered to be part of the sail repair team on Henri Lloyd, I thought, as a salior, it would be a useful skill to learn. I also thought it would be a nice, clean, dry job – I mean, needlework, how strenuous could it be?Some thirty six thousand miles later, I've l...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 11 DAY 3

22 APR 2014

 The mighty Pacific Ocean! Done and dusted! Some said the southern Indian Ocean was tougher, not for me! Every day cold, every day wet, almost every day grey and dull. So what should I expect for this next race down to Panama? Thankfully, so far the weather has been brilliant, bright sunshine, cool breeze, plenty ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - JULIA TRESIDDER - RACE 11, DAY 1

22 APR 2014

Well - it was very exciting to sail in Frisco Bay on race day and follow the San Francisco Fire Boat in the Parade of Sails!! Then to find a day and a half of sailing with the heavy weight kite has been a good start to the learning process and alongside the great roudn the world team that make up nearly half of my watc...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAULA DE OLIVEIRA SANTOS - RACE 11, DAY 1

22 APR 2014

Day One on Old Pulteney has hit the crew like a wave.There is a sharp contrast between the bodies on deck with their levels of enthusiasm being as different as a stormsail is to a windseeker.  The new leggers, have come on the high end of riding the wave with smiles and eagerness, water sprays over us but what kee...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JACQUELINE WENTWORTH - RACE 11, DAY 1

22 APR 2014

Well I've finally joined Mission Performance, after almost two and a half years of planning I'm just so happy. The stop over in San Francisco was busy with lots to do to get ready but the crew and families worked so hard to get all the jobs done. Special thanks must go to Jackie who did an amazing job helping victual t...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 11, DAY 1

22 APR 2014

Pace and fury Well, hello again! This time from leg 7!  I hope you all enjoyed a good break from the race tracker and the daily blogs and enjoyed a lovely Easter! Happy Easter Sunday as well! Like always - I can't believe another stopover has come and gone. For me it feels a bit like we're experiencing more than w...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 11, DAY 2

22 APR 2014

And here we go again, Race 10 and we're off to Panama! You'd think by this point in the race the round the world'ers would get used to the emotions and pressures of race start day, but time and time again the hubbub of the day blows me away. Firstly you have the build up to race start including the "night before", wher...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 11, DAY 2

22 APR 2014

"Old dogs, New tricks" Since we've left London, 7 crew have remained the same.  But they are not the same people.  We have sailed on Henri Lloyd since August, but it is not the same boat.  This leg we had five people rejoin the crew, but this is not the same team Henri Lloyd. With so many past leggers re...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 11 DAY 3

22 APR 2014

A Sea Change Men - About time, we now have a good balance of female and male crew. The women are having a field day; ''don't put the tools down in the galley''...''no don't use the heads like that''...''now wash your hands''...''pick your clothes up''.... “Your feet smell awful, what are you going to do about it'...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 11 DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Well the cat's out of the bag, and in more ways than one! First off, way back in the first week of Race 10 (Leg 6) we had a major kite-astrophe with our most precious sail in the wardrobe, Marilyn, our medium weight kite. After the accident of blowing up Marilyn when we were doing 22 knots in the black of night, she wa...

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INVEST AFRICA - EDWARD COLLISON - RACE 11 – DAY 3

22 APR 2014

We'd like to wish fellow crew member, Chris Chart, a very happy birthday - looking forward to having you back on board in NY!35,000 nm since we left St Katherine Docks last year. A lot has changed in that time! It’s been 4 days since we left San Fran, which marks the start of Leg 7.It feels only a few m...

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PSP LOGISTICS - HELEN SEELEY - RACE 11 – DAY 3

22 APR 2014

So after three long years in waiting I finally board the good ship PSP Logistics to embark on the challenge that is Leg 7 of the race.  It was an emotional week on the run up to getting the boat in order to set sail and I didn't anticipate the level of anxiousness I felt.  Saying my good byes was pr...

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HENRI LLOYD - PHIL DRIVER - RACE 11 – DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Home and homeward boundCrew changeover in San Fran means we now have our largest Canadian contingent on board with six (including Skip Eric, along with 7 Americans, five Brits and of course Maaike from The Netherlands) so for many, Leg 7 is either home or as close to it as we'll get, while everyone else ...

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SWITZERLAND - SHELLY BEARD - RACE 11 – DAY 3

22 APR 2014

It's Day 4 of my Clipper Race adventure and everything is going very well. After a manic few days of packing the boat full of food in San Francisco it was good to finally get sailing.  Sailing around San Francisco and the race start under the Golden Gate Bridge was great - although we were busy...

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OLD PULTENEY - SHARON EDDIE - RACE 11 – DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Let me introduce myself: I live in Jersey; most none British people I have met have assumed that this is on the East coast of USA, but it is actually the old, original Jersey in the very beautiful Channel Islands. I have the privilege of being a Headteacher of a school for children with special need...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LESLEY JOHNSON - RACE 11 DAY 3

22 APR 2014

So here I am like the new girl at school, new shiny uniform standing out against the well-worn kit of the old hands. Nervous on my first day hoping my teachers will be nice and that I can integrate into the class. Wanting to learn, wanting to be competent, wanting to be accepted as part of the team...but most of all no...

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QINGDAO - KUN (VICKY) SONG - RACE 11 DAY 3

22 APR 2014

Good morning dear Qingdao followers,It is another lovely sailing day on the South Pacific Ocean, warm sun, crystal blue sky, and the beautiful white spinnaker(s). Everyone is feeling incredibly happy, in this amazing Pacific Ocean environment; such a nice day! It almost feels weird when compared to two w...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Having conquered the mighty Pacific Ocean, PSP Logistics enjoyed a well-earned break in San Francisco and are back on board with our batteries fully charged and pumped full of energy, or at least we will be once we have caught up on a bit of sleep and have undergone a few days of detox ("ports rot men and boats" seems ...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 11, DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Happy Easter everyone! Most of you will be having a lie in or tucking into your roast dinners or if you are one of my good friends, shoving your face in a Cadburys chocolate egg (I won't name and shame but you know who you are!!)! Our Easter Sunday has varied slightly... no lie in, no roast dinner but we did have cadbu...

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SWITZERLAND - ALISON CRAWLEY - RACE 11, DAY 2

21 APR 2014

As I write this blog, yesterday was the start of Race 11, Leg 7. I am a legger, now known as a "multi -legger" as I also did Leg 4 on Switzerland. The race start was everything Clipper promised. Excitement; a beautiful day; a parade of sail in San Francisco Bay and a race start under the Golden Gate bridge. A tricky st...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 11, DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Welcome to my first diary entry for Race 11 – and Leg 7. Only one more Leg after this and less than 3 months to go. But it's not over till it's over, and of course one must also start thinking about Life after Boat, if you believe in such things of course. I could do with a scheme whereby I can just sit back and ...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 10 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

All race starts are special, but sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge properly powered up with tow rail dragging in the water under bright Californian sunshine was truly magnificent. Being a weekend, the bay was full of other racing yachts, kite surfers and canoes, with lots of accompanying radio traffic. One call in p...

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TEAM GARMIN - CHRISTINA O'CONNELL - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

G'day and hi from Aussie Christina and Scottish Jan. Here we are as new crew getting to know all the crew of 7 interesting characters in the round the world team and equally interesting characters in the 9 leggers (crew who have signed up for one or more Legs of the Clipper Race). This should be an upbeat, fun and happ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ROSE TODD - RACE 11 DAY 2

21 APR 2014

Race 11 Day 1 - Saturday 19 April. Thankfully the weather gods were with us as we had azure blue skies and bright sunshine to finish the last of the packing. Packing the boat with enough food for 20 people for 6 weeks (not to mention personal effects) is something of a nightmare - memories of that Christmas cracker gam...

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HENRI LLOYD - MAAIKE WASSENAAR - RACE 11 – DAY 2

21 APR 2014

[K]neading bread,As you all know by now mothers get to make bread for our midnight hunger.Having been on board for 7 or so months now, I've had a few goes at it. I used to think I did a pretty good job (with my cheese, pesto and sundried tomato filled bread for instance) but according to some, I rank number 1...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 11 – DAY 2

21 APR 2014

'TAKE MY DREAMS WITH YOU' is what I heard soon after slipping our lines from South Beach Marina. Our boat song blasting out, blue skies and everyone full of excitement and trepidation in equal measure.  I turned to check where the voice had come from, and there sitting by the edge of the pontoon was a young lady w...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - RICHARD WALL - RACE 11, DAY 1

20 APR 2014

Sunny Days So finally we have replaced the colder air of the North Pacific, for warmer air as we head South towards Panama, the warmth is most welcome and I find myself down to just one layer as opposed to the peak of 7 on the previous leg. However for all the next week or two will see both temperature and humidity lev...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - HELEN BLACK - RACE 11, DAY 1

20 APR 2014

Everyone gathered in San Francisco looking forward to a great race start under the iconic Golden Gate bridge !  Derry Londonderry Doire has 11 new crew including myself (veteran from Leg 2) so we have a full house below deck! The weather was kind to us in San Francisco and it was great to catch up with the cr...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 11, DAY 1

20 APR 2014

I can't believe we are now on the penultimate Leg and what an awesome way to start it.  Out into San Francisco Bay and through the Golden Gate Bridge, with lots of boats out to cheer us on our way, including the Team Garmin supporters club on the catamaran.  I don't think we have seen a start like it and with...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ROSE TODD - RACE 11 – DAY 1

20 APR 2014

Race day start for Race 11 was Saturday 19 April.Thankfully the weather gods were with us as we had azure blue skies and bright sunshine to finish the last of the packing. Packing the boat with enough food for 20 people for 6 weeks  (not to mention personal effects) is something of a nightmare - memories of that C...

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INVEST AFRICA - MENCY MADOLO - RACE 11 DAY 1

19 APR 2014

I was at school when I heard about the Sapinda Rainbow Project and I was one year from graduating - I did not have a job or any hobbies, so the project was my first experience outside of school. I did not know anything about sailing at all, I had no idea what it was or what the race was before I became an ambassador. W...

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INVEST AFRICA - GARTH CAMPBELL - RACE 11 DAY 1

19 APR 2014

What a day for Invest Africa and all of the Clipper Race fleet, where seasoned crew and new leggers experienced an incredibly exciting race 11 start, with brisk wind funnelling thru the entrance to San Francisco Bay surrounded by spectator boats, a SFB Fire Department boat throwing constant streams of water and a helic...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WENDY WHITE - RACE 10 EMCT BLOG

15 APR 2014

Leg 6 of this race from Qingdao in China across the North Pacific Ocean to San Francisco in United States of America (USA) is the longest leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race.  It was an exciting start when we left Qingdao there was a carnival atmosphere as the band played their drums and I waved goodbye ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - IONIE ROBINSON - RACE 10 EMCT BLOG

15 APR 2014

Well, I have been working hard on this race supporting the crew of GREAT Britain. It has been "GREAT" fun and they have made me very welcome. I really feel part of the crew! Today, I was doing "Engineering" duties which includes checking things like the engine oil to make sure it is ready to run; the generator which we...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 10 EMCT BLOG

15 APR 2014

Hi Everyone! It has been an interesting race! Crossing the Pacific was always going to be hard, scary and exhilarating all at the same time. The race started off from Qingdao on the 16 March! We had four new leggers join us, so some fresh energy and enthusiasm came aboard (just what we needed after the previous race). ...

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QINGDAO - ROMANDA SIMPSON - RACE 10 EMCT BLOG

15 APR 2014

Shhhh, I have a secret to share but you must promise not to tell! Promise? Ok, I'll trust you not to spill my secret. Everyday someone on board is asking where their missing item went. Everyone replies "it must be our on- board Gremlin". Well...I am the little "Gremlin" on board that likes to hide everyone's things! Ev...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RAC 10 EMCT BLOG

15 APR 2014

It's wild, wet and windy here in the North Pacific. We left China over 25 days ago and are a few days away from arriving into San Francisco (about 350 miles to go of our 5,050 miles). We have had quite a small crew for this trip (only 13 of us plus skipper) so we have all had to pull our weight. I've been on squall wat...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 10 EMCT BLOG

15 APR 2014

Greetings to you all again from Colin and the crew of Mission Performance. Well, since the last update, Colin has been very, very busy. He is currently continuing his round the world sailing adventure by sailing from Qingdao in China to San Francisco, in the United States of America, across the North Pacific Ocean. Col...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATTHEW ENGLISH - RACE 10 DAY 28

14 APR 2014

Well it’s time for my third and final blog of this amazing trip. I have loved each and every minute of this race even though we may not place, but in my heart I know I have achieved something that so few of the world will ever attempt do. Knowing now that I am in the one percent of people in the world to actually...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PATRICK HAYES - RACE 10 DAY 28

14 APR 2014

Once more in this epic adventure journeys end approaches and another famous landmark insight, this time the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. After 30 days travelling nearly 6,000 miles have passed beneath our keel. At times bar the other yachts in the fleet the astronauts on the space station have been our nearest...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - DEREK FURNISS - RACE 10 DAY 27

13 APR 2014

We are nearing the end of our journey across the North Pacific Ocean, and I find myself reflecting on the experience and personal challenges today. I always knew that this was going to be a hard leg, partly due to the distance but mostly the conditions we were likely to face. It has lived up to its reputation! I cannot...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DOUG BELLINGHAM - RACE 10 DAY 27

13 APR 2014

It's day 27 this morning as I sit to write. It was 27 days ago that we slipped lines from Qingdao and headed out to sea. We have almost come to the end of an epic crossing and hope to be in San Francisco early day 28. It’s so close we can almost smell the apple pie and hear the American national anthem, the Star ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 10 DAY 26

12 APR 2014

Today marks our thirtieth day at sea. We set sail from Qingdao on Sunday 16 March and it is now the Sunday 11 April (We crossed the International Date Line along the way which put us back in time by a day). We are still 426 miles from San Francisco as I type and we are resigned to the fact that we will be one of the la...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 10 DAY 26

12 APR 2014

As I write this we are still in Stealth Mode here on PSP Logistics, so not much to say really on the weather or distance to go. Any information could give away our position and how we are planning our assault on the last part of this mammoth race. Needless to say we are closer today than we were yesterday and as the mi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

Apparel of laughs in the Pacific Ocean In the context of a 5,800 mile race, the mere 737 remaining miles seems like a fairly short distance and our relative proximity to California has brought some markedly warmer weather. "Warmer", of course, is a relative term: Last night, for the first time in almost a month, I was ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

There are many ways of determining our progress across an ocean. It is quite hard to do so by just looking at the charts, as the scale of an ocean routing chart is normally so small the distances involved can be misleading, and a larger scale chart only shows such a small portion of our journey there is no sense of big...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

We are nearing San Francisco at great speed and thus Leg 6 is starting to come to an end (pending one last wind hole in the San Francisco Bay area). This had always been the 'big leg', the mighty Pacific Ocean, with its stormy, freezing, rough conditions. So I thought I'd take a minute to reflect on this leg. It has be...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

It's the third birthday of this leg today - the lovely Ross Ham turned the boat age of 3 (this age is depicted by the number of candles we have/we can find/we can light) so 3 it is! He was given his birthday cake last night because he is luckily/unluckily mother today and it was decided that making him make his own bir...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 10 DAY 25

11 APR 2014

It's been a long old race this leg. It feels like months ago that we left Qingdao with exploding colour powder things in the air (fireworks) to say goodbye to us. It’s now time to 'reflect': Highlights of the trip so far: - 3 birthday which results in; birthday cake, presents, a homemade birthday card and a very ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

  It seems a long time ago when we last saw land and other shipping vessels. Japan would have been our last stop albeit unscheduled when Angie dislocated her right shoulder. This leg is true to its reputation, it’s been long, arduous, grey and cold but not nearly as bad as some of us envisaged. We have had d...

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QINGDAO - JONATHAN TONG - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

The last few days of sailing have been quite frustrating. We have seen other boats move away from us, in what we believe to be the same conditions. Our plucky spirit that we displayed when the lightning strike took our on board telemetry out fades, as we trimmed constantly - but when you're looking for fractions of a k...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

We are less than 48 hours from San Francisco and passing under the Golden Gate Bridge. A moment of the race I have been looking forward to for quite some time, but most anxiously the last two weeks. The moment will be bittersweet. Many milestones have been accomplished both for me personally and as a team on this race,...

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INVEST AFRICA - DIANA RILEY - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

Hi everyone, this is probably my last blog on this leg as we race towards San Francisco, though I now know why sailing boats only have destinations and not time schedules.  We had been steaming along in good winds and hitting speeds of 14 knots, discussing our time in San Francisco and then ran straight into a win...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

I have a secret to confess. For the last couple of weeks or so, I have been sleeping with Jenny. She's a warm individual, full of energy but, I do have to admit, a tendency to snore. Nevertheless, we are getting on famously, especially during the cold nights of the Pacific Ocean crossing. But all good things come to an...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - RICHARD WALL - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

A breath of fresh air, or to put it a better way, the wind has returned. After a frustrating 24 hours or so in a wind hole, the wind gods have looked favourably upon us and blessed us with a light breeze to send us on our way to San Francisco. That said spirits remain high on board, despite the previous few days lack o...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

10 TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE ON BOARD After 35,283 nautical miles of sailing and the gathering of much evidence here are 10 unwritten (well, they were) rules of life on board: 1) As soon as you put the Yankee 1 up it becomes too windy for the Yankee 1. 2) A big wave will crash over the bow as soon as soon as you step onto the ...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

East to west. A test of the best. We are nearly in. The span of the Golden Gate Bridge is now tantalising close. A slow finish to what has been a race containing everything we have faced on the way from London to this point. A healthy dose of Clipper Race concentrate if you like. Flat calm seas, wild water and winds, a...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NELL WYATT - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

Mother watch musings.... You can tell when you are well heeled over by the number of times the marmalade makes a bid for freedom whilst making its way from the pot to your toast - it was only on the fifth attempt that toast and marmalade were united yesterday morning after their recurrent flying uncoordinated leaps dow...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ANDY RYAN - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

In yesterday's blog I tried to capture the intense excitement that Jamaica Get All Right’s weekly Delia award engenders. I had high hopes that the recent memory of steamed treacle pudding and custard would swing the voters towards the efforts of my fellow mother Magda and I and looked forward to the impending vot...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - CHRIS VIS - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

A (Rare) Light bulb moment We are now just under 800 miles away from the finish line in San Francisco. Close hauled on port tack and Jamaica Get All Right is leaning over steeply which makes life below deck a bit of a challenge. Crew haul themselves around in slow motion waiting for the right moment to put the next han...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 10 DAY 24

10 APR 2014

The Heggmeister muses on statistics, birthdays, time and the nature of friendship Crew mates know that I like statistics and being firmly of the glass half full brigade, am often pouring over the schedule details on the laptop plucking out some positive data when we seemingly have some poor numbers. Well another year s...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

How many layers does it take to keep you warm at night? Well I have worn 18 items of clothing on a couple of night shifts... X1 pair of sports socks X1 pair of sealskinz socks, knickers 1 sports bra X 2 long johns (base layers for legs) X3 long sleeved tops 1 Henri Lloyd windbreaker jacket 1 hoodie waistcoat puffer jac...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Goodbye Doctor Doug We're knocking off the miles in the right direction like we haven't done in a while. It feels really good. We're always all excited to go home, but this time round there are two people with the biggest smiles on their faces when they hear the word San Francisco: Ralf and Doug, for whom San Francisco...

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INVEST AFRICA - NQOBA MSWAZI - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

It’s been 4 weeks now since we left Qingdao and we are doing really well to try and keep the boat moving west towards San Francisco. I must say it wasn't easy for me at the start but now things are all good and I have overcome the challenges of the race. We are tracking towards the finish line and things have bee...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Well it seems our journey across the Pacific Ocean is drawing to a close we can’t see the western seaboard of the good old United States of America but we know it’s there at last. Invest Africa has been tramping along at some fantastic speeds and it has felt we've been sailing the boat to her design paramet...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JAYNE THOMAS - RACE 10 DAY 22

09 APR 2014

Another special Sunday aboard the Derry~Londonderry~Doire bus rolls to an end, another enjoyable 'mothers' day in the galley with round the world crew member  Michelle Porter and as yet another wave crashes across the deck above while I write – I smile again that the rota hasn't required me to go on deck tod...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CONOR O'BYRNE - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Firstly a tribute to birthday girl Wendy White (Legs 4, 5, 6) at this precise moment Wendy is on deck with an afro wig on dancing to 70s music and being her usual Wendy! Wendy leaves us when we get to San Francisco and we are lucky that we will have 6 extra crew joining us. Wendy is a tough act to follow and we will ne...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Sssh, readers before we start I want to share with you a little secret. As I type I am currently drinking one of Scotty's cans of Coke that he was foolish enough to disclose the existence of in his blog on day 20. I prefer Diet Coke but beggars (thieves) can't be choosers! At least when he discovers this and has a go a...

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INVEST AFRICA - JD (JOHN) FENTIE - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

Now is the time for redoubled focus.  Transitional weather systems present risks and opportunities both within and across the front and back halves of the fleet.  Responding in the right way and at the right time will mean the difference between a podium position and a seat in the audience. The rhythm of the ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

The Marathon's Sprint In a marathon, you can't sustain sprinting the whole race.  Realistically, you can't expect to finish strong if you started out sprinting either.  But when it comes down to that final stretch, you have to give it all you got and sprint across the finish line. Our marathon race is a littl...

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HENRI LLOYD - COLIN FLETCHER - RACE 10 DAY 23

09 APR 2014

“It's all relative.” That's what the navigator says. There are quite a few numbers that describe the boat's performance. There is water speed, which indicates the movement relative to the water but doesn't account for currents. So there is also Speed over Ground (SOG), which indicates movement relative to t...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - GAURAV SHINDE - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

So, looks like my last blog for the race. May be, maybe not. The journey of almost two years comes to an end in San Francisco a few days from now. It started the day I sent David Cusworth an email saying I wanted to interview for the race and then came the long journey of financial planning, taking time off from the 'r...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

More midnight oil burnt by several members of the crew to repair the Franken-Bruce last night while the rest of the watch froze in the cold conditions on deck under white sails. This morning quite sunny but quite cool. More pasta for lunch today and this Leg's favourite, "Yellow Chicken Curry Surprise"(?!) for dinner y...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Our journey across the Pacific Ocean has entered its final stages and we are all anticipating intensely our arrival under the Golden Gate Bridge. We have hoisted the American flag and I have just taken a photo of Doug, standing under it by the shrouds, trimming the spinnaker sheet and looking forwards to the horizon as...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

So here we go! Having travelled over 6,000 miles we are now within touching distance of San Francisco. 480 miles to run and there is but a whisker between ourselves and our arch rivals Henri Lloyd. It is truly remarkable that after covering such huge distances and having vast amounts of ocean to play with, we are so cl...

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OLD PULTENEY - NATALYA LOPAREVA - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

We crossed the 1000 miles mark distance to San Francisco! Every watch, every day - a few hundred miles less and we feel that our arrival is imminent. Over the past few days, Ross has been singing : "if you are going to San Francisco… you should wear flowers in your head". Was it mamas and papas song?  I now...

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QINGDAO - JOHN BARNES - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Today has been a glorious champagne sailing day, helming close hauled into the sun bashing out my full (limited) repertoire of California and San Francisco songs. It’s been a bit like that scene from One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. With 500 miles to go the Pacific Ocean has been much more of an adventure t...

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ONE DLL - ROSIE GOSLING - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

We now have under 450 miles of the North Pacific Ocean left to go until we reach San Francisco. After over three weeks and 5,000 miles we could have as little as three days before we can enjoy the taste of a cold beer, fresh food and the feel of warm, dry, clean clothes and a flat bed that is more a foot wide. The coun...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

It sounds like a crazy thing to say about crossing the North Pacific Ocean, but I have never laughed so much in my life. Extrapolating that, it means I have never been happier?!  Continuing that logic even further, it seems it takes extreme weather conditions, perpetually damp, an unwashed body and a boat heeled o...

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TEAM GARMIN - STEVE SWALLOW - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Following on from yesterday’s tear jerking novel by Dr Dan, (he obviously did not read my previous blog suggesting cans of TTFU)  I plan to keep today's blog to the cold hard facts. As mother today I was given the freedom to 'freestyle' with the menu to try to use some of the 25 kg of meat remaining on board...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Our on-deck heater is broken. I am not talking about the great yellow ball in the sky - that made an occasion appearance (which I duly noted in Ship's Log Book), but very much in "lights are on but no one is home" fashion as there is no discernible heat coming from it at these latitudes. No, it is the engine room extra...

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INVEST AFRICA - KIERAN COMER - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Well day 22 is upon us and the end is in sight. The team is working flat out at the moment to ensure that we finish in the best possible time and at least hold onto third place. The last watch had just completed the Ocean Sprint and our skipper seems pleased with our progress so far. The latest calamity to hit the boat...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WENDY WHITE - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

Wendy White Life on board a 70 foot racing yacht... This is what I called my first blog from Derry-Londonderry-Doire way back at the beginning of December just four days after we left Albany, Western Australia. Now over four months on and I am in my final week on the Derry-go-round. How times have changed, the boat now...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEPHANIE EVANS - RACE 10 DAY 22

08 APR 2014

It's day 22 of the Pacific Ocean challenge and we're so close to home! We've all been discussing our plans for our arrival in San Francisco and looking back on the experience so far. When people heard I'd be sailing across the Pacific Ocean in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, they'd give me a range of reactions ...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 10 DAY 25

07 APR 2014

Race Day 25  We are stuck in a wind hole just outside San Francisco. About 300 miles to go. Unfortunately, we are travelling at 1 or 2 knots per hour. How long before the wind fills in? In reality, we may have 2 or 3 more days before we reach land. The weather, although bitterly cold at times and mostly wet and gr...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ANDY RYAN - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

Jamaica Get All Right tramps steadily on towards San Francisco. This is a marathon leg for sure, even before you make a two-day diversion to Japan and then take the rhumb line route rather than great circle. But after three weeks' sailing it feels as if we could tramp on forever. The mother watch provides a slight anti...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - CHRIS VIS - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

What's inside the black box? Another story about an important container on our boat.   Underneath my bunk, which is the bottom one on the port side, second one from the stern,  there is a large storage space holding a wide variety of items: some personal storage bags, two red dry bags holding the 'secret...

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INVEST AFRICA - NQOBA MSWAZI - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

20 days in the mighty Pacific Ocean and it is still freezing. Things are going well on the boat, I don't have a lot to say but doing this race made me realise how things are different  on here and all the good and the bad things about life. Being a part of this amazing project is an honour, thanks to all the peopl...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEPHANIE EVANS - RACE 10 DAY 21

07 APR 2014

The last couple of days have had many highs and lows, both emotionally and weatherly! We were enjoying strong breeze and rolling seas, but got rocked by some squalls coming in regularly for the last couple of days. Just when we'd think the coast was clear and shake out our reef to make the main sail bigger, a squall wo...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 10 – DAY 21

07 APR 2014

The tale of the Code Breakers.Close followers of PSP Logistics will know that so far on this leg we have seriously maimed, if not fatally injured, our medium weight and heavy weight spinnakers.For the uninitiated, the spinnaker is the big floaty sail that flies off the very front of the boat and is used for f...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 10 – DAY 21

07 APR 2014

Today was my day in the galley, whilst on deck my watch fought big waves and strong winds on deck as we seek to close in on San Francisco.  I thought I'd share the recipe I used for dinner last night about Derry-Londonderry~Doire.Moroccan Chorizo and Chickpea Stew PacificoIngredients3 large onions, ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 – DAY 21

07 APR 2014

It came out of nowhere.  It was one of the biggest we've ever had.  My back was to it, and I still knew it was huge.  Close your eyes, duck your heads, because here it comes... WAVE!I was sitting in front of the helming station having just been relieved from the helm. &...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CARLTON LEE - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

I was on the helm this afternoon as the crew were taking a few minutes relaxation.  It was fascinating to observe the interaction between such a diverse group of individuals from so many different backgrounds and ages. To witness the attention given to the advice of a teenager by someone at least three times her a...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

If I could write as quick as we are racing at the moment then this would be finished before you could say “Cat in a Hat”. But as the letter ‘o’ is not working on the keyboard then I am slightly hampered in my efforts to speed write. The same cannot be said for the crew however. The lack of a med...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Scotty confessed to his secret stash of goodies the other day, led to me thinking about disclosing my 'essentials' box (a smallish watertight box which comes out once a day).  A must for any crew member and inspired by Mama Fitz after her return from the Clipper 2011-12 Race. 1. Sea sickness patches - easy accessi...

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QINGDAO - ANDREA SANGIORGI - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

We are in the middle of the Ocean Sprint and only 750 miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge. Almost 5,000 miles sailed through the Pacific Ocean and it's time to start making some assessment exercise. Wildlife, this is what I want to tell you about. The Pacific Ocean did not disappoint me sailing wise, so far it has b...

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OLD PULTENEY - LUIS GONZALEZ MARTINEZ - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Been getting lucky these past few days. Speaking about the boat of course. We've gained some miles on our competition and are currently in Stealth Mode making the rest of the fleet nervous... when and where will we reappear? Who knows? All I can say is that it's going to be interesting, so stay tuned. Since I can't tal...

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OLD PULTENEY - STUART MURRAY - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

The Bosun Twas on the good ship Venus; by God you should have seen us. The Bosuns name was Chopper ... Some of you may know the remainder of the verse. However, there is no resemblance between that Bosun and this one, except for the tasks that would have had to be carried out on board ship. Namely, looking after the sa...

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ONE DLL - JORIEKE VAN DER STELT - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

It all started in May last year. As a complete novice sailor I got invited to Portsmouth as one of the finalists for the Gore-Tex Experience Tour competition. Although a very fun weekend and I got very close to a Southern Ocean crossing, luck wasn't on my side. But hey, I truly believe if there is something you really ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATTHEW ENGLISH - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Once again I am back, having been doing crazy things on board, I have  just been to the top of the mast, at sea! To retrieve and repair the block for the portside spinnaker halyard block which has more or less been totalled. The sun was blazing and the weather fine, me being the young crazy type wanted to be "the ...

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HENRI LLOYD - ARRON WELLING - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

'The end is near' It has been three weeks since I joined the dream team of Henri Lloyd , left Qingdao and set sail across the mighty Pacific Ocean. It has been just over four weeks since I finished packing my bags and said goodbye to all my family and friends back at home in the United Kingdom. Now we only have approxi...

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INVEST AFRICA - DONALD GREIG - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Well , I’m back and unfortunately, this will be my last blog. Quite sad, but all things must come to an end. And I must say that although we are all talking about what we are going to do in San Francisco, what we going to eat and where we are going to go, etc... I’m also quite sad and emotional about the fa...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - TEREZIA KOCZKA - RACE 19 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Less than 2,000 miles to go - precisely 1,999 - shouted Manaf at the helm when I was again on deck after my mother watch yesterday. Music to my ears ... I first heard about The Bridge (The Golden Gate) in the late 50's. Imagine a small, remote (no electricity, no plumbing in the houses), pure village in the east part o...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - CHRIS VIS - RACE 10 DAY 20

06 APR 2014

What's inside the Black Box? Another story about an important container on our boat.   Underneath my bunk, which is the bottom one on the port side, second one from the stern,  there is a large storage space holding a wide variety of items: some personal storage bags, two red drybags holding the 'secret'...

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TEAM GARMIN - DANIEL HO - RACE 10 - DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Hello family, friends and Team Garmin supporters. Today is a special day because it is fellow round the worlder Alan Bartley and myself celebrate our birthdays.The last few days we have been enduring cold, wet and rough weather, living life on the heel again as we beat into the waves waiting for it to ve...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 – DAY 20

06 APR 2014

Question time Vol. 2Hello dear friends, fans and families and a special hello and thank you to Moira, the reader about to start his l=Level 1, James, Sue and Bill and Michael, and Joerg for sending in their questions!We are moving again after two very frustrating days in a wind hole, and the miles are just flying ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

A typical wind hole day! I'm sitting below deck in the galley, my watch is up on deck and the other watch is fast asleep. The boat is rocking nicely from side to side and I can hear the water wooshing past us - a sound of decent speed. Finally! Today has been a relentless day. For me it started with a 02:00 to 06:00 wa...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

We are well and truly getting into the countdown stages of this Race. We have had various milestones crossed over the past few days, every time with a mini celebration on deck - the International Date Line (we got to have 31 March twice - although thankfully the events of the first 31 March day (with sails trashed and ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

With the wind howling across the deck and through the rigging, a light spray occasionally being thrown across the deck, and the sounds of the surf rolling in from the blackness of the North Pacific, I looked back from my position half in the pulpit and half on the bowsprit at Tristan and Matt as said "Can you pass me a...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

I've always liked propelling forward. I like cycling and remember as a kid taking a corner near my house way too fast and coming face to face with an elderly lady and her surprised looking dog. A swift swerve and tumble onto the pavement prevented hefty vets fees for mum and dad. I got my driving licence as soon as I c...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

''She's a Lady'' Gender is a very strange concept on a round the world race.  Aside the fact that almost all crews have a heavy male majority, the women that do choose to do this race are certainly not the girliest ladies you'd cross paths with.  Some are more so or less than others, as one of our round the w...

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QINGDAO - JONATHAN TONG - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

02:00 - 2 April 2014 – 2,000 miles from San Francisco. An easy date and time for me to remember- the day before my 40th birthday. I was woken for watch and felt absolutely miserable. Tired, cold and hungry - and more than a little disinterested in the Clipper Race. I put my cold feet into my still wet socks and t...

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OLD PULTENEY - KATE HEPWORTH - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

The Pacific Ocean, but not as we know it... It's been a fairly quiet couple of days on Old Pulteney, racing along with some good speeds of 11 to 14 knots.  We've had white sails up for a while now, with a few changes up and down the Yankee sails (the main head sail at the bow of the boat), to match the fluctuation...

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TEAM GARMIN - BEN ROBERTS - RACE 10 DAY 19

05 APR 2014

Crew Blog for The Star Ship Garmin.  Dated 04 Apr 2014 Location: Mid PacificDistance to run:  1,652 Miles to San FranciscoWeather: Fair with High pressure to south and Low Pressure to northWind:  25 Knots west, south west We are now approaching the end of the third week at sea.  It has been a great ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

A tasty surprise awaited us the other morning when Nicky was on Mother. After coming off the cold and wet 0300 to 0700 watch most of us were delighted in being offered an omelette for breakfast! A tasty, hot, golden, eggy omelette. Not much of a thrill for all you sitting at home with access to a well-stocked kitchen a...

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HENRI LLOYD - MAAIKE WASSENAAR - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Treats are big on board, but of course variable depending on people's taste. In putting the question on our white board for things our co crew should bring out to San Francisco someone put down cheese. I have been hearing this one more often lately I will admit. In looking back, as we tend to do from time to time now t...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

We left Qingdao on a full, or close to full, moon, and so if it takes us about 28 days to get to San Francisco, the moon will be full again by the time we get there. Two nights ago we had, for the first time in many days a quick glimpse of the moon and it is about almost half full again, so we must be getting closer to...

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INVEST AFRICA - DIANA RILEY - RACE 10, DAY 17

04 APR 2014

Hi everyone, I can't believe a whole week has gone past since I was last given the laptop to write a blog for you all – for me the weather has been 'fruity' and comfort zones left well behind.  The night watches which previously had been spent star gazing and pondering the meaning of life switched to being c...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 10, DAY 17

04 APR 2014

Crew Diary April 2 Simon               It was on the way up to Qingdao that I finally put on my inner dry suit. In case of doubt, this is not some kind of Zen for dealing with extreme weather conditions, but a nifty thin GoreTex 'onesie' that fits neatly between midlayers and foul wea...

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INVEST AFRICA - NQOBA MSWAZI - RACE 10, DAY 17

04 APR 2014

It's been a very busy week for us. Tough crew decisions had to be made, weather has been very unpredictable, sailing out of the YellowSea  lying second to last, miles away behind the leading boats. Looking at stats, we were the only boat that was on the south side of the course and we really not doing well against...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - MATTHEW OWEN - RACE 10, DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Whilst helming across what must be one of the planets largest open expanses of wilderness, I find my thoughts frequently turning to those of ancient mariners. Those mariners who thought the world was flat yet continued onwards to explore its outer reaches. At times I could almost convince myself that the edge of the wo...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 10, DAY 18

04 APR 2014

The sun is shining, the Code 2 is flying and the boat is starting to dry out. After a long period of what can only be described as misery in the North Pacific, things are starting to look up. We have passed the half way point of the race (the date line), half way point in the ocean (165 degrees west), more than half wa...

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ONE DLL - STUART TAIT - RACE 10, DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Fatigue in its different forms, is said to be the main hazard facing ocean racing sailors as they strive to maximize their competence and skills input to the boat and over the environment. I sometimes wonder what we can do to reduce such fatigue and how it‎ could be managed differently, now and in future. The boats...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 10, DAY 18

04 APR 2014

As I write, Henry VIII is working his way back through his six wives, Anne Bolynne is about to be un-beheaded and Reformation is sweeping through Europe. And all because we are making such good progress towards San Francisco. How is this? I posted a poem in my blog a few days ago entitled 'Bunk Thoughts', which cited a...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 10, DAY 20

04 APR 2014

Big excitement today. I had a can of coke. Also, big disappointment today. I've only got two cans of coke left. It's funny what can make your day, and how much effort I'm having to put in to carefully managing my stock of treats so I don't blow the stash too early, but don't also end up with it all left to eat in one d...

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GREAT BRITAIN - ALEX LIDDLE - RACE 10, DAY 18

04 APR 2014

Bread, the staff of life, there is a lot to be said for a roll at breakfast time and a bit of loafing around in the afternoon, preferably a fruit loaf or even a bit of that lovely thick malt loaf with lashings of butter. Bread has been part of our diet here on board GREAT Britain, note the grammatical tense, it was par...

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OLD PULTENEY - CATHERINE PEAT - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

A week or so ago I had a bit of a nasty fall and my rib cage connected with the engine casing with a thump. For this past week I have been in quite a bit of pain and been consigned firstly to my bunk and then down below to recover, helped along by appropriate amounts of pain relief and lots of TLC. My first proper fora...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ALISTAIR MURRELL - RACE 10 DAY 18

04 APR 2014

It's now a few days passed since Andrew was recovered from the Pacific Ocean. He is faring better every day, or certainly his appetite would suggest so (have been 'mothering' again today and he has been giving me some very useful tips on bread making, a skill I will now take back with me to dry land, thanks Andrew for ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - SOPHIE HETHERTON - RACE 10 DAY 14

03 APR 2014

These past few days have been eventful and so much has happened. Every watch we have been working hard, wrestling sails down when the wind builds suddenly and helming in difficult conditions. The other day the wind built over the morning and we had to hoist our storm jib and later our Yankee 3, it was incredibly cold a...

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TEAM GARMIN - ALAN BARTLEY - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Just been revved up by our watch leader round the world crew member Mike Morawa demanding attendance on deck and had to disappoint him in the interests of the blog. Which, although I have had all day to do it (on mother watch) has been left to the last moment in the interests of my personal wallowing in sleep – t...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

"THANK YOU" The biggest ever 'thank you' to Sean and each and every one of the crew aboard Derry~LondonDerry~Doire in the North Pacific. After 48 hours of close observation by our medical expert on board I have been given the all clear for now from the dangers associated with hypothermia and secondary drowning. I am dr...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - MANAF BENACHOUR - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Leg 5 was long, long for its racing, long for its motoring , long for its numerous stops in pre-planned ports and in unexpected locations, long for the recurrence of the mother watch duties. All this time spent on board led the crew to create bonds that will last a life time, some forged instantly and others took some ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Yesterday was officially the longest day of my life - not because of the unrelenting cold and wet conditions on deck, or the jaded quality of the jokes that are told when surrounded by the same group of people for months on end - but because yesterday was actually 48 hours long. We passed the international day line ear...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

The Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean on the planet! Nearly 6000 miles from Qingdao to San Francisco. I have always felt most apprehensive about this particular leg. Every previous skipper I'd spoken with told me this would be the toughest challenge. Almost every day the sky is grey! The sea is grey, the weather seems g...

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QINGDAO - ROMANDA SIMPSON - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

The sun is finally out again, and while we aren't exactly drying out it's a bit of relief after a few days of rain and dreary grey. Regardless of the weather though our spirits are high, especially after we passed Henri Lloyd in the night the other night and then got the good news we also moved ahead of Invest Africa! ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

Dear fans, friends and families, I wrote this blog in the first week of this race, but then seasickness, a gale and a satellite communications problem got in the way. And then I thought the story was too old. But somehow I think it's part of "Heidi's story"... so here we go. Enjoy! "Our little stowaway" It's been prett...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PETER WILCOCK - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

When I first signed up for the Clipper Race I included Legs 2 and 7 as I wanted an ocean crossing and I fancied California and the Panama Canal. However, despite some hairy moments in the Southern Ocean the South Atlantic proved rather too benign for someone whose image was of World War II Atlantic convoy war films! I ...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

With about 3,700 miles of ocean racing now behind us it is still very much all to play for. Yesterday we sighted our sister yacht GREAT Britain, which was interesting to see as we had not seen any other traffic for days, and also disconcerting. What were they doing following us around? Don't they know there is a whole ...

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INVEST AFRICA - JD (JOHN) FENTIE - RACE 10 DAY 17

03 APR 2014

At the helm. Our crew on Invest Africa decided early on in our team formation process that where possible we would take the opportunity to try new roles and positions on the boat rather than focusing on a single role.  This may not be the optimal way to develop a race team but we agreed that it meant we would all ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - RICHARD WALL - RACE 10 – DAY 16

02 APR 2014

What a difference a couple of days can make, was it only 48 hours ago we were  wrestling with broken preventers, flapping sails and it was snowing.Well today we have things much easier. A shame it had not been yesterday, when I was on mother watch.Mother watch is the day when all crew members stay b...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 10 – DAY 16

02 APR 2014

We crossed the International date Line about 8 hours ago giving us the chance to re-live April Fools Day; joke we were too busy with sail changes to catch anyone out although some of us were tempted to finish the Skippers chocolate supply-that would have been beyond any joke!Its 50 shades of grey on deck this...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 – DAY 16

02 APR 2014

''Pole Out''Dear Pole,It's been awhile since I've really seen you.  The last time we hung out was the Southern Ocean.  It's not that we had a bad time or anything, but you didn't stick around for long and I guess I just didn't really have much time to get used to you.  Perha...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 10 – DAY 16

02 APR 2014

We are now 24 hours after what can only be descried as one of our toughest days to date since leaving St Katherine Docks on September 1st last year.A man overboard drill is rehearsed time and time again whist training to take on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, never did I think I'd hear the words "Man Overboard...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 10 – DAY 13

02 APR 2014

Having completed Leg 2 of the Race - South Atlantic (Rio to Cape Town), it is quite amazing to me that we have been racing now for almost the same amount of time as that whole leg took and yet we are only about half way across to San Francisco.So after 14 days at sea on Leg 6, I feel that I am now suffic...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 DAY 16 - SWITZERLAND QUESTIONS ANSWER...

02 APR 2014

A blog of two halves.  Before I start I want to pause for a moment. Yesterday we received the worst news since setting out on this journey. The news of the man overboard on Derry-Londonderry-Doire was shocking and scary. We are glad that he was found and that he is alive. Our thoughts go out to our frien...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 10 - DAY 15

02 APR 2014

There is a renewed sense of enthusiasm and vigour amongst GREAT Britain at the moment. The past few days have been trying for all crews as the Pacific Ocean began to demonstrate why it has a reputation for being such a challenge environment to live in. The winds have been howling, the waves rolling and the squalls more...

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OLD PULTENEY - LUIS GONZALEZ MARTINEZ - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

Old Pulteney achieved a new speed record a couple of nights ago thanks to 50 knot gusts and big rollers, combined with some good helming. Record to beat is now 28.7 knots. Had some great sailing conditions yesterday afternoon with a constant 30 knots of breeze with the occasional gusts of 45 and the same swell from las...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LINDSAY EVANS - RACE 10 DAY 16

02 APR 2014

So here we are somewhere in the North Pacific, miles from anywhere...We are on day 17 since race start, and at the moment are too far away from the finish to believe that we are nearly there, but have been at sea for what seems like ages, and are all feeling battered, bruised and exhausted. I wanted to write about some...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

''Great Expectations''  For those of us on the Southern Ocean leg, we had great expectations for the Pacific.  The air would be colder, the surfs would we wilder and the waves would somehow be wetter.  Until two days ago, our expectations were frankly not met.  The proposed grey skies of the Pacific...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Hello from Mission Performance, back in the western hemisphere! This morning we crossed the International Date Line and went back in time. Today we are reliving the 31 March - I'm just grateful it wasn't April fool's twice in a row. It's been an interesting 24 hours on the boat, with two low pressure systems merging to...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 10 – DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Crossing the dateline yesterday was a major milestone, as well as a bizarre non event. No line across the ocean, no eclipse of the sun, but still a once in a lifetime experience of having two versions of the same day. Lying in my bunk that night I wrote these lines to commemorate it:On Crossing the Datel...

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GREAT BRITAIN - GEMMA SINCLAIR - RACE 10 – DAY 15

01 APR 2014

The question most people have asked me since I have got on the boat is about my expectations for this trip, and if the experience has lived up to them. It's a tough one, as I am not sure what my expectations were!When I signed up I wanted to achieve something amazing... and that box is certainly ticked!I...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 10 - DAY 15

01 APR 2014

WHAT'S HE ON ABOUT NOW?THE HEGGMEISTER MUSES ON THE ART OF CONVERSATION, NAUTICAL EXPRESSIONS AND STAYING SAFE.I am sure. Dear reader, that you must sometimes wonder what on earth we crew find to talk about when we are thousands of miles from anywhere and cut off entirely from the outside world and its goings on and a ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NELL WYATT - RACE 10 – DAY 15

01 APR 2014

You are kneeling on the floor with your oilskin trousers on and your cherished and relatively fragrant base layers on.  Yes - it is time to pump the bilges again.  Now this is not a technically challenging duty but does involve leaning over a swirling dervish of water with a few random bits of debris floating...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 10 – DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Message in a bottleYesterday - 31 March 2014 we threw overboard an empty bottle of Old Pulteney with the following message in it:Monday 31 March 2014Dear Whom ever finds this letter,We' the crew of Old Pulteney threw this bottle overboard on Monday 31 March 2014.We are a sailing yacht who are taking place in ...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAUL BARTLETT - RACE 10 - DAY 12

01 APR 2014

Some people think ocean racing is all about glory, glamour and fun.Unfortunately that is not the case as there are many vital jobs that needto be done to keep our self contained community working efficiently. Theengineers have to ensure there is always, water, gas and electricityavailable to run the vital equipment and...

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TEAM GARMIN - STEVE SWALLOW - RACE 10 – DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Nothing changes on the good ship Team Garmin. We are still trucking along in the North Pacific following in the wake of most of the fleet trying hard to overtake another boat and move up the leader board.The crew don't change much either, the skipper is worried, Scotty is still hungry, Kit is devising wa...

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HENRI LLOYD - MAAIKE WASSENAAR - RACE 10 – DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Time... Is just what you call it to be.So today is March 31st, or is it April 1st or March 30th (again)... What is it? What is today, tomorrow or yesterday?A couple of days ago we were talking up on deck and one of our newbies commented on still needing (wanting) to know what day of the week it is. In answer ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATTHEW ENGLISH - RACE 10 – DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Hi guys it's Matthew English.A quick introduction I am a 19 year old lad from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the north of England. I came to be here by the fantastic opportunity given to the Marine society and sea cadets by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.He donated 12 places to the Sea Cadets volunteers in which I have been a part of...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Hi all One again its blog time and I may end up repeating what others have said or will say but here goes: It really feels good to be racing out here in the North Pacific we are playing the tactical race as ever which paid off on Leg 2 Rio to Cape Town wow that’s a long time ago we've changed crews a few times si...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 10 DAY 15

01 APR 2014

Another blog and another day in the North Pacific. Although I admit that blog time is not my favourite job as I find out that my writing creativity is lacking dearly, right now getting off deck from the freezing cold is most pleasurable! Not that down below deck is nice and warm as you would expect inside your home, at...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

International Confusion Line  Today we crossed a flashy pink line on the pacific called the International Date Line. It has so far provided a decent amount of headaches, confusion and laughter. So I was hoping to send you some of that - confusion I mean.  It sounds pretty simple at the beginning. We crossed f...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEPHANIE EVANS - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Well we've hit the two week mark of the race and we're all starting to feel it a bit, I think! Where we looked at the countdown whiteboard number and excitedly remarked on how close we were to breaking 4000 about a week ago, we're now sort of pleading with it to get into the 2000s :) But spirits are high, the food is g...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 10 – DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Today everyone on Derry~Londonderry~Doire is a hero.We had the very unfortunate incident of experiencing a true Man Overboard on the morning of March 30th, when Andrew Taylor went over the side of the boat while on the foredeck. Andrew was assisting Sean, our skipper, in unhanking a sail in preparation for a new sail p...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE MORAWA - RACE 10 – DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Yesterday evening we crossed the dateline longitude 180E/180W latitude of around 40N. For me this marks the halfway mark to some extend in a Northern Hemisphere geographical sense as we are now nearing the western suburbs of London rather than moving away from the eastern suburbs. It has taken seven mont...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ADAM MONTGOMERY - RACE 10 - DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Well what can I say about the last few days? I'll start with the not so good points.There is only so much sitting on the deck in 50 knots of wind being hammered by waves and constant heavy rain any person can take, and in just one night I'm getting close to my life's limit! But as we're close to passing just the halfwa...

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OLD PULTENEY - MARGARET GAGE - RACE 10 – DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Interview with sea cadet volunteer Margaret Gauge1. How did you get a place on Old Pulteney?1000 emails were sent out to sea cadets volunteers across the UK. Those who were interested had to submit a paragraph on why they wanted to take part. Those who applied were then shortlisted to 30 ish for interviews.From the int...

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QINGDAO - NICHOLAS TIDD - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Milestones and Time Travel Yesterday or today....who knows. Two nights ago, which may mean that it was last night for those back in the UK (only slightly confusing right?), we crossed the International Date Line (IDL) and went from 31 March to 30 March. This meant that all those who forgot Mother's Day got a second cha...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ANDY RYAN - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Jamaica Get All Right entry into the Pacific Ocean proper was accompanied by weather very different from the crew's expectations: sunshine and sparkling seas were the order of the day for a while. “Why go to the Whitsundays, the Caribbean, the Med?” we said. “The North Pacific is the place to enjoy th...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NELL WYATT - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Where does the sky begin and the sea end? It is a dark, dark night with not even a sliver of moon nor a solitary star to light up our way.  There is no horizon and the only light comes from the instruments on the mast, the compass and the dull red glow from the saloon.  If you look upwards you can see the nav...

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HENRI LLOYD - HEATHER SLIVKO-BATHURST - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

An Ode to My Drysuit Oh drysuit, how I adore thee.In your embrace, I relish.Despite our disputes at every wakeup,As you constantly struggle to let me in, I feel that we grow closer by the day.I must admit, I was not impressed upon first glance.Your bright orange color was such a sight, And you seemed to envelop me in m...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

30 March - Take 2: Last night the cold front from the resident low finally caught up with us - 80 knots across deck and huge rolling swell. We were flying along with regular surfs over 25 knots, but the living conditions below deck are interesting. It is actually hard to work out what tack we are on due to all the pitc...

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INVEST AFRICA - KIERAN COMER - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Well here I find myself struggling down below again, on the one hand trying to stay seated without flying across the galley and on the other trying not to drop the laptop. Since my last blog the weather has taken a turn for the worst, the Pacific is really starting to flex its muscles. Doing the simplest of things in t...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - CHRIS VIS - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Starboard Watch Snack Box Our beloved Starboard Watch Snack Box marked with green horizontal tape is no longer with us. Well, in a way it still is, but it has changed shape somewhat; it is in pieces, empty and in a rubbish bag in the lazarette. Ironically, the person who crushed it to oblivion was quite surprised today...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - GAURAV SHINDE - RACE 10 DAY 14

31 MAR 2014

Not sure if this is the calm after the storm or the calm before another. Have been wanting to blog for quite a few days but it has been very, very hectic on deck- which means you go directly from deck to sleeping bag to deck. This leg has been the most physically challenging thing I have ever done. Also there is the ad...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Whilst flying along at a rate of knots and currently smack bang in the middle of our crossing from Qingdao to San Francisco, I'm sure friends and family back home would forgive us if those special occasions and milestones were missed. How wrong could you be?! Today on board Derry~Londonderry~Doire we have celebrated Mo...

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INVEST AFRICA - DONALD GREIG - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Well, the past 24 hours have been a little more consistent after the previous night where the whole crew were on deck most of the night trying to recover a sail that was in the sea and about to sink to the bottom of the Pacific. It was an exhausting night fighting the elements in the pitch dark, and when we eventually ...

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INVEST AFRICA - EDWARD COLLISON - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Inspiration. Some people are inspired by athletes, others by pioneers and others just by certain people. The person who inspires me is my Dad. He doesn't have it easy in day to day life due to certain reasons. He is the strongest, hardest working and loving man I have known to date and will probably ever know. He is my...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DOUG BELLINGHAM - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Fortunately for all on board the plague seems to have passed. The last crew member to succumb is back on his feet for which we are all eternally grateful. The conditions require that we have as many able bodies on watch as possible. The main task lies with our preferred helmsmen. I am in awe of the job they do. I'm OK ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - DEREK FURNISS - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Eh up mum :-) I hope you have a lovely day up there in Bonny Scotland. I miss you all and I can't wait to see you in a few months’ time. Lots of love and hugs from windy, wet Pacific. Derek xx  ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Hiya! I can't wait to see you, dad and Leigh in New York, and David in Derry-Londonderry! Hope you're all well, and thanks for talking me into this when I wasn't sure :D love you ma wee mammy. Claire xx  ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - STEPHEN DAND - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Mother's Day? I don't know what day of the week it is let alone anything else! I do know it's shepherd's pie day on the boat, and my mum would have thoroughly approved – took her food seriously. In loving memory of my mum, and thinking of Meriel the mum of my kids. Stephen  ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - GAURAV SHINDE - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Just want to thank mom and grandma for the amazing mothers they have been. And apologies for being away so long. Thanks for being there for me from even before the day I was born. Love you both and I will be back soon for some home cooked food :) Gaurav  ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - RICHARD WALL - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Happy Mother’s Day to you today granny Hannam, sorry I can’t be with you today, have a lovely day none the less. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do it means a lot. Enjoy the day and we will make up for it when I get back. Richard.  ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CARLTON LEE - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

In remembrance of my mum, sadly long departed and still missed.  On more joyous note, to thank Sandrine for her support and looking after me still as if she were my mother! Carl  ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PATRICK HAYES - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Hi mum have a great day, missing you all but this mission doesn't go on for ever we are on the way home. Love always Patrick XXX  ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Hola Mama Pate, so you said why do the whole race, surely just one leg would be enough, and now I'm freezing cold, big waves hitting the boat, tired, cold and hungry, I should have listened to my mum. Not really, its ace, but it’s what you want to hear right! Will be home soon to see you and watch Coronation Stre...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - KATE DAVIDSON - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Happy Mother's Day mom! I know it's only the UK version, but I'm thinking of you. Can't wait to see you, Dad, and Jamie in San Fran on home turf. Love Katie  ...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

As a boy, I had a habit of reading the novel 'Around the World in Eighty Days' during the Christmas holidays. This is the tale of an adventurous English gentleman who made a bet that he could travel around the globe in, you've guessed it, eighty days. Not as easy as it sounds - this was before the invention of aeroplan...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - SOPHIE HETHERTON - RACE 10 DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have a great day. Really missing you, Scott and Amelia! But just think 7months have gone since I last saw you, now only 4 more to go! Love from Sophie  ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DOUG BELLINGHAM - RACE 10 – DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Its Mothers Day on PSP Logistics today. Well its always Mothers Day on Dixie but not in that Hallmark, travelling the world, different days in different countries type of Mothers Day.No, today is proper Mothers day, or is for me at least. I'm sure ardent the Clipper Race followers will know by now that we rotate one pe...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 10 – DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

The first Clipper 70 ever to cross the International Date Line. Now that's something, isn't it?The past few days have made the week of champagne sailing we had earlier quite the distant memory. To use a technical sailing term, it has been howling a hoolie and our helms have been recording some pretty dang&nbs...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 10 – DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Lets not get started on the yesterday is today and tomorrow is yet again tomorrow because today failed to become yesterday due to the fact that today remained today. And when I wake up in the morning and realise that its all to be done a second time for the first time in the day. I will be way to ti...

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OLD PULTENEY - NICK DYSON - RACE 10 – DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

Baaaadzmeg!Future new joiners - a word from a fresh faced Leg 6 'trainee' - don't try to predict your trip.My days on the Pacific are stupidly varied. A basic formula of eat-sleep-sail-repeat should get monotonous right? should have brought that Jeffery Archer and my Downton Abbey along. Wrong. Choosing Leg 6...

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QINGDAO - KUN (VICKY) SONG - RACE 10 - DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

We have been chasing this Low-pressure storm for a week now, day and night, day and night, the rain just never stop. Once a while big wave attracted from the back, no one even bother to make a move. I don’t even remember when is the last time when we were dry, feels like ages ago.When the rain is getting heavy, t...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 10 - DAY 13

30 MAR 2014

It's been a hectic last few days on Old Pulteney.We blew a kite (which Kate wrote about), Poled out the Yankee 2 (which took a lot of concentration, this is when you have a head sail set up on the different side to the main sail, its called goose winging), we broke one of the heads... This took 2 days to fix,...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10, DAY 12

29 MAR 2014

“Crazy Pills” WARNING: Do not operate heavy machinery under the influence of this drug. A caution you may find on medication that induces reactions such as extreme fatigue, weakness, tiredness and general delirium.  But what happens when you are naturally under the influence of a drug that causes all o...

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ONE DLL - FLAVIANO QUAGLIA - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

How many times at work did we have to deal with a process or a procedure we don't fully comprehend? Personally, many times. It's always easy when you have to go from A to B, but when you add more elements to the equation the story changes altogether. On the boat we run so many evolutions (procedures) and each one of th...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

Hello dear friends, fans and family members! Progress has been a bit slower today on Switzerland. We had a little wind hole that caught up with us and hampered our speed towards San Francisco. But just before the 6pm watch handover the southern edge of the cold front passed over us and we're on our way again! The weath...

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HENRI LLOYD - KEVIN BARDOOL - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

"The Other End" Since last September, I been a member of  the audience for these blog postings. Through them, I tried to place myself on the boat and next to my fellow team members. I tried to understand their highs and lows, their moments of joy and spells of frustration. I would read and re-read each blog hoping...

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INVEST AFRICA - DIANA RILEY - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

Good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on where you are at this current time, I can't believe this is now day 12 or 13 since leaving Qingdao, and time for my second blog to you all. So what to tell you all, firstly we are moving along at a cracking pace with a spinnaker up, and the 'crème-de-la-creme' of ...

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TEAM GARMIN - BEN ROBERTS - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

My God, its good to be racing.  Readers of the blog will know we have had our trials and tribulations on board Team Garmin.  And in the last few days the wind has been exasperatingly fickle.  But now we are on fire again. 62 nautical miles 'made good' in the direction of San Fran during the last six hour...

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QINGDAO - JONATHAN TONG - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

Since leaving the warm welcome and send off in Qingdao, we have experienced a range of conditions from surprisingly warm to surprisingly cold! This is my second leg on Qingdao having completed Leg 1 last year. In the time I have been sat in the office and going about my normal routine, the group of round the world crew...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JAMES PETTIT - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

Life at 42 degrees north in the North Pacific is undoubtedly challenging! It is extremely cold, having been sat on the high side and helming for the last couple of hours I can no longer feel my hands or feet. So what does my life currently involve? Eat, sleep and sail! The cold slows everything down, getting ready to g...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 10, DAY 12

29 MAR 2014

Well this is the big one, Leg 6, the one leg that fills some with dread - its cold and wet. Well today reminds me of home (UK) during an autumn afternoon, gray, rain, chilly and waiting for something better in this case the wind to build. Our remaining kite is up and I can hear shouts of 'grind' 'ease' concentrate! I'm...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

Since leaving Rio de Janeiro back in October, I have been placed on watch with the same round the world crew and as assistant watch leader for most of these races. Leg 6 across the North Pacific brought on a major change for me as skipper Sean had swapped me with a fellow round the worlder to give a bit of a change to ...

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SWITZERLAND - ALYSOUN STURT-SCOBIE - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

As our skipper Vicky woke up briefly around 01:50 for watch handover, Roser is making hot drinks for the oncoming watch and the noise below deck of the boat pounding through the waves with two reefs, the Yankee 2 and staysail is deafening, waves crashing over the crew. Johnny our watch leader has just passed on the mes...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

"To be continued..." In today's episode of Monty Python's Sailing Circus, team Henri Lloyd battles Invest Africa for Scoring Gate points.  The outcome of the duel remains to be seen, but you can surely expect bad jokes, poorly timed punch lines and general hilarity (ehhem, delirium) out of this motley crew. Starri...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

28 March, 12:58 UTC, somewhere in the north pacific ocean. Well, not quite somewhere, we are exactly 37 degrees 23.535 minutes north, 170 degrees east, but I looking around us, the grey sea and grey sky, or even looking on a map and seeing how far we are away from any form of land, really makes it feel like we are in t...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

Good evening from a rather soggy Invest Africa. It seems like it has rained continuously now for several days, although it is in reality more like several watches. Getting up two or theree times a day distorts your view on time somewhat. This combined with the sheer quantity of “excitement” on-board recentl...

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OLD PULTENEY - CHARLES SLATER - RACE 10, DAY 11

29 MAR 2014

VICTUALLING IN QINGDAO, CHINA We had been told that our job of restocking the yacht with food would be extremely challenging in China, with language barriers and more importantly items we are all used to simply not being on the market. This was a concern to the victualling team - Kees, Peter and myself as it was fundam...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CHRIS MATTHEW - RACE 10, DAY 12

29 MAR 2014

It feels like quite some time since last sitting down to recollect my thoughts and feelings on the initial few days at sea having joined the crew way back in Brisbane. Having spent the following few months swerving (delegating) my blog duties i think it's high time to make the effort and jot down a few things to e...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 10, DAY 12

29 MAR 2014

The day begins with a friendly face appearing by my lea-cloth telling me its that time already - time to get up.  I stretch out an arm to try and gauge how cold it is and then search in my sleeping bag for a few items that hopefully have been dried by my body heat during the four hours off. Getting out of my top b...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 10, DAY 11

28 MAR 2014

Sometimes in life you look back on things and ask yourself the classic old question....'what if'? What if I’d done something differently, would I still be where I am now? We all know the feeling, that moment where you pause and reflect on events past or a decision made that didn't quite pan out how you had hope...

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INVEST AFRICA - JD (JOHN) FENTIE - RACE 10 – DAY 9

27 MAR 2014

Turbocharger engaged, look of steely eyed determination, all 4 wheels planted firmly on the ground (mostly) and a clear view of the objective. Stealth mode now so precious little specifics available to the general public lest the cat get out of the bag.  Our already small world takes on an...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 10 - DAY 10

27 MAR 2014

Our biscuit journey around the world continues:Richard Dawson, our very own 'Q' is still providing us with much variety and interest to this extremely important sector of our diet from the overall victualling operations.There have been some new successes since our last report, but some epic failures too. Whil...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEVE MABEY - RACE 10 - DAY 10

27 MAR 2014

Well, we are bashing through the North Pacific and making good progress. After some crafty tactics, we are in excellent position and the team is focused on making the bast of the winds we have before we get our next blow (as I write, we are still in Stealth Mode and will pop out shortly).I have been helming for most of...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ADAM MONTGOMERY - RACE 10 - DAY 10

27 MAR 2014

Well this is my first blog of the race so bear with me!As I sit in the crew space writing this I look up through the companionway and I get the feeling of the sunny Solent in July. The sun is shining, sunglasses are on and everyone knows that this isn't going to last for much longer so they're making the most of it!So ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 10 - DAY 10

27 MAR 2014

So here we are then, sailing along in the mighty Pacific Ocean.As a round the worlder, this leg has been in the back of my mind since leaving London. The big one - big waves, big weather, the big challenge of the race.Following the events of the Southern Ocean where my friend got knocked out by a wave that hit the boat...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 10 – DAY 10

27 MAR 2014

AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT JET LAGAlthough we are sailing around the world, travelling thousands of miles at once, we never arrive in stopovers with a jet lag (or in our case, boat lag?) as you would when flying across different time zones by airplane. How on earth is this possible I hear you ask! Let me e...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 10 DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

Hi All Another good day sailing on Invest Africa we are tramping along at 15 to 20 knots sometimes surfing in the mid 20's at 24-26 knots in conditions that the boat was designed for its real champagne sailing. Blue skies and suncream - what more could we need – a podium and early arrival in San Fran would be goo...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEPHANIE EVANS - RACE 10 DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

The first six days of our sail to San Francisco have seen variable conditions...to put it lightly! Sometimes in life, you look back 5, 10 years and laugh at your younger self and your silly notions. Well I'm looking back five days and laughing at that enthusiastic sailor eager for 'more wind'. Now to be fair, we'd had ...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 10 DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

How many people can say they have been struck by lightning and say they survived unscathed?  Three nights ago it was a cold still night. I'd just dragged myself from the land of nod onto the deck, my eyes barely open. My head pounding was for the fourth day with a piercing headache. My cold was too settled and did...

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HENRI LLOYD - SARAH LLOYD - RACE 10, DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

Today on Henri Lloyd we are celebrating James Dick's birthday. James is our chief engineer who has kept all our major systems running, sometimes under very trying circumstances, for the last 32,000 miles. We reckon James could fix or remake just about anything on board, given just a few tools and materials. For instanc...

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OLD PULTENEY - TIBOR BACSO - RACE 10 – DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

When out in an open cold ocean, it is important to keep you warm and dry. Especially – maybe it is only me – your feet and hands. There are several brands on the market offering waterproof solutions, so almost all of us came with waterproof gloves, as an essential part of our gear.There are s...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JAMES KENYON - RACE 10 - DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

Exciting times - my first crew blog!Life changes a lot from moment to moment on-board, as I'm currently seeing with my keyboard moving from about a 30 degree angle in front of me over closer to 45 degrees and back again. It's amazing how much difference those few degrees make to simple acts like moving around the boat,...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 10 - DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

What a contrast! After two months battling against the wind and slamming waves from Brisbane to Qingdao, or motoring in frustrated phases, we turned the southern tip of Japan and I felt the wind and seas behind us for the first time. The movement of the boat changed from brutal, jerking confrontation with the...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 10 – DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

By recent standards on Team Garmin the last couple of days have been relatively uneventful with some good miles made towards San Fran and our waiting friends, family and loved ones.With just 12 crew on board it would seem that the ratio of people we collectively know to be visiting us in San Fran will be...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 10 – DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

My watch, "Dad's Army", had just come off double nights - meaning 6-10pm and 2-6am.  In terms of effort they'd been intense watches as we'd been flying a kite (spinnaker) all night requiring a lot of concentration, little or no music and a minimum of 4 on deck, so not much time for rest below decks.We were ov...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 10 - DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

I am writing this somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. That is all I am allowed to say. We are in Stealth Mode and will find out over the next 24 hours whether our plan has paid off or not. This is my first ocean crossing (certainly not my last) and is very different from the sailing we have done from Au...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 - DAY 9

26 MAR 2014

In media, we crave drama.  It's what the people like to see, listen to, read about, and it's what we strive to provide them. However, I'm tired of the drama. It makes for good content, but I wish I could just write you about blue skies, sunny days, light winds and dolphin spottings.&n...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NELL WYATT - RACE 10 DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

The last few days have been challenging on Jamaica Get all Right for all the wrong sort of reasons.   With the deteriorating health of one of our crew and with a potentially life threatening condition we made the decision to divert to Japan to medevac our crew member rather than start to cross the Pacific wit...

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ONE DLL - CATRIONA SAVAGE - RACE 10 – DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

My crew, a scurvy looking bunch of landlubbers, have released me from my cold and windswept lookout on the stump of the HF aerial and allowed me to come down to the nav station to write to you, my legions of fans and admirers. Bad move.I left them alone on deck for five minutes and they managed to wrap the kite around ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 10 – DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

Another day, another few miles towards San Francisco. We're now getting into the low 4000s for miles left to go, so far things seemed to have moved along rather quickly. It doesn't seem like we've been at sea for over a week already.I guess part of that is that things have been very varied with different...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CONOR O'BYRNE - RACE 10 – DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

To say that I was looking forward to Mother Duty today was an understatement, for the glorious sun that has been shining on us it is still bitterly cold outside and plus I also get a good nights sleep.The usual breakfast malee had ended and I was just finishing tidying up when the call everyone hates comes from the ski...

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SWITZERLAND - ALYSOUN STURT-SCOBIE - RACE 10 - DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

Hello there from a breezy night watch.Working on the foredeck is exciting, and battling with an itinerant sail a challenge that brings with it a considerable amount of satisfaction when the beast is tamed. Especially if you've been bashed around by the bad tempered sea and unceremoniously dumped somewher...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PATRICK HAYES - RACE 10 - DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

Reality at last has returned to our world and we are now on our way toAmerica home of my watch leader Pocahontas a fiery girl who runs her watch with a rod of iron. A modern day Margaret Thatcher.Leaving China seems like an age ago. A reception worthy of an Olympic cityand surprisingly non stop partying. Maybe we broug...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SARAH WATSON - RACE 10 – DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

Cubbyholes P1 and P3 on GREAT Britain are two of the most sacred spots on this vessel. The prospect of their contents has the ability to lift spirits and spur crew through another cold wet night and copious sail changes.The reality of their contents can however cause mighty conflict between and within watches and has t...

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HENRI LLOYD - SARAH LLOYD - RACE 10 – DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

Today on Henri Lloyd we are celebrating James' birthday. James is our chief engineer who has kept all our major systems running, sometimes under very trying circumstances, for the last 32,000 miles.We reckon James could fix or remake just about anything on board, given just a few tools and materials. For instance,...

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OLD PULTENEY - NATALYA LOPAREVA - RACE 10 - DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

Hello all,Its my turn now to write a few words. When asked what I can write, was told about everything really, which is great as have so much on my mind.Some snapshots that come to my mind from life down below, like cooking experience at 30 degrees in being creative with limited ingredients to feed constantly...

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QINGDAO - PETER BRUMBY - RACE 10 - DAY 8

25 MAR 2014

Did you know that in Chinese Qingdao means "eventful adventure." Well it probably isn't really, I made that up, but it certainly should do. Regular followers of our boat will know that we seldom do things the straight forward way. The start of this leg is proving to be no different. You will not hav...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 10, DAY 6

24 MAR 2014

As we enter into Day 8 of Leg 6, I have finally got time to pause and reflect on the past few days. This race has thrown up challenges and surprises along the way and as we came into this race we were fully expectant of a variety of tricks and treats from Mother Nature herself. The Pacific was billed as the big ocean r...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 10, DAY 4

24 MAR 2014

Apologies for the duplicity but given the current conditions we have been dealing with nobody wanted to volunteer to do blog preferring instead to go straight to bed to get some well needed rest! Since the last diary we have realised that race 10 was lulling us into a false sense of security with its benign conditions,...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 10, DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

Regular readers of these diary pages may have noticed something missing of late. There has been a distinct lack of ME! Without going into tedious detail,  I gather from an Informed Source that my public demand a return to normal service, so here we go … I went to China and didn't get my laundry done, which ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

“The bow” It's one of my favourite places.  It's the only place on the boat where you can see everything that's going on. The entire boat lies in front of you. The whole crew is visible, from the foredeck to the cockpit, back to the helm; and yet, you are able to find some peaceful solitude. The bow pu...

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INVEST AFRICA - DIANA NICHOLSON - RACE 10, DAY 4

24 MAR 2014

I am writing this wedged into the navigation station as the rest of Thunder Watch are dealing with apparent wind speeds of about 37 knots giving us an average speed of around 15 knots – most definitely the most  challenging conditions I have ever sailed in – and am sure it will get even more so before ...

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TEAM GARMIN - STEVE SWALLOW - RACE 7, DAY 4

24 MAR 2014

De Ja Vue! I am back for the last great ocean crossing, the mighty Pacific, after having been part of the team on boat build week, boat delivery and legs one, two and three. I am sure you have all read the skippers reports on the first few days, all were disappointed about having to motor sail but with so much traffic ...

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OLD PULTENEY - KATE HEPWORTH - RACE 10, DAY 4

24 MAR 2014

What a difference a day makes... As many can attest to, the English can be fairly obsessed with the weather. Well, for all you English weather geeks (and you closet ones too), you would be having a field day on board Old Pulteney at the moment.  We've pretty much had four seasons in one day, and unfortunately a lo...

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OLD PULTENEY - STUART MURRAY - RACE 10 DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

I have written quite a bit of rubbish over the past few months and am fast running out of things to write about. My subject today is, 'The Pants of Power'. I know what you will be thinking; something to do with the skipper. No, it's not that, or for you chaps at home; who is in charge, i.e. who wears them? No prizes fo...

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OLD PULTENEY - SASCHA BONUS - RACE 10, DAY 6

24 MAR 2014

Dear All, This blog was written by Sascha Bonus who left the boat on Leg 5 (after sailing allthe way from London to China)! We miss you Sash!!! 10 things I love about the Clipper Race First i have to say that I have been sailing almost all my life so I won't list how much i've loved the sailing in my 10 things. I have ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 – DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

The unsung heros of the Clipper RaceI've had the idea for this blog for a while now, but have never found the right moment to blog it. Before I start though: we're enjoying a fabulous day of sailing!! The sun is out, the sky is a lovely light blue specked with little white fluffy clouds, the wind is beha...

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