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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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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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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 - 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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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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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JAYNE THOMAS - RACE 10 - DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

When I agreed at last minute to do the blog I forgot to consider that I have not planned anything to say, not usually a problem for me I can here those that know me say!So maybe a recollection of little helpful acts that have made today - like so many on board Derry~Londonderry~Doire - pass smoothly.Toda...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DOUG BELLINGHAM - RACE 10 – DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

The good ship Dixie is a plague ship. Luckily we are not due in any port soon or the yellow q flag would have to be run up. The port side quarters have been ravaged, the starboard has escaped somewhat. Much debate had been had as to whether it is bird or swine flu. Either of these would have been preferable t...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 10 – DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

Yesterday we came on 6am watch to find the sun shining, heavyweight kite in the sky, lots of wind. So for 5 hours we surfed down waves, hitting speeds of over 20 knots. The Pacific suddenly did not seem so wide or so remote, we were flying to San Fran! Then the wind died. Clouds rolled in.Kite went down ...

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INVEST AFRICA - KIERAN COMER - RACE 10 – DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

Today has seen some good wind and the spinnakers have seen daylight once again. Helming in large swells and strong winds is certainly different from my usual 'summer' sailing on the South Coast.The crew is in good spirits and morale is high despite our current standing in the race. Watch this space our standing co...

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GREAT BRITAIN - JACOB CARTER - RACE 10 – DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

It’s been a while since we've been in a proper ocean and its nice to be back doing what the boat loves - eating miles and surfing. Two things the crew love to for that matter. Seeing consistent 250mile plus days makes San Fran look a lot closer especially when you throw a 320mile day in by are log!...

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INVEST AFRICA - NQOBA MSWAZI - RACE 10 DAY 7

24 MAR 2014

Hey Sapinda Rainbow Project team It’s been a week on the northern Pacific now and it has been really tough. On the first two days we had no wind lots of fog and it was very, very cold. It’s been a good a week so far and I am learning a lot on board from the crew. Sailing in the Pacific conditions has been t...

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INVEST AFRICA - EDWARD COLLISON - RACE 10, DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

Well its been a bit of a crazy week so far on-board Invest Africa. Winds of 65 knots with boat speeds exceeding 22 knots regularly to nothing within four hours. Getting used to the wet conditions again takes a while, with all your belongings which you store in a hole in the wall getting submerged in water, whilst your ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - ALEX LIDDLE - RACE 10, DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

One week into the trip of a lifetime, an unforgettable experience from the moment we set off with all the fanfare, noise and colour on the quayside provided by the lovely people of Qingdao. The people of Qingdao welcomed the boats in with ceremony and sent them away again one week later having made the crews most welco...

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OLD PULTENEY - LUIS GONZALEZ MARTINEZ - RACE 10, DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

Thanks to strong winds and current, in the past 48 hours, Old Pulteney has broken two records: Top speed  is now 27 knots (previous 26.7) and distance travelled in 24 hours is 304 nautical miles (previous 296). We have been working hard, in trying conditions to keep the boat moving as fast as possible. I've person...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 10, DAY 5

23 MAR 2014

It was all going so well. The sort of sailing we had been looking forward to for weeks; wind on the quarter, a good amount of it, and nice big swell that would bring fast surfing of the likes we haven't seen since the Southern Ocean. After the last few months of either light and fickle wind, or beating into lots of win...

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HENRI LLOYD - RYAN BATES - RACE 10, DAY 5

23 MAR 2014

Roaring Like a Lion (Cub) We've had our first gale and all the craziness that goes with it (see earlier Kitemare blogs) and then this – no wind for almost a day. But to add insult to injury, what little wind does appear is not easily harnessed due to the bouncing sea state.  On all the oceans we've been on s...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 10, DAY 5

23 MAR 2014

This leg is an exciting one for us round the world and multiple leggers onboard Mission Performance. We are returning to full mother watches! I never thought I would be excited at the prospect of spending a full day in the galley and making tea for everybody on deck, but there you go. Kate and I spent all day running a...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - CHRIS VIS - RACE 10, DAY 4

23 MAR 2014

Another day on the salt water slide contraption called Jamaica Get All Right! We are now south of Tokyo Bay sailing a course of 70 degrees in a lumpy and unpleasant sea. Outside it is dark  and windy, although there are stars and navigation lights of other Clipper yachts and ships. Inside the galley is tidied for ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JAYNE THOMAS - RACE 10 - DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

As The Mighty Pacific Ocean uses strong wind and big waves to remind the crew of our good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire that we are here because, and only because, this powerful ocean allows us to be, I am reminded of a few lines that caught my attention not long after signing up to cross this, the largest, most po...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 10 – DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

The 24 Hour Bug...Our watch had been two men down as we started the day after a horrendous night of storms and a particularly virulent stomach lurgh, Jason and I both having succumbed the previous day.  Skipper had worked a monster shift to cover for us, though it was still as much as I could do to get from m...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 10 - DAY 8

23 MAR 2014

Apologies in advance for the lack of content on this one, but with the 24 hour bug taking down crew at a rate of knots, I'm struggling to think of anything inspirational to write... Except I guess how impressive the crew of Derry~Londonderry~Doire are when the chips are down.From the moment this delightful bug thought ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 - DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

“Intentions”“Motor vessel, motor vessel, motor vessel.  This is sailing vessel, sailing vessel, sailing vessel.  Channel 06.  Over.”“Sailing vessel, this is motor vessel.  Channel 06.  Copy.”“Hi motor vessel.  Jus...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 10 – DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

Week 1 of the Pacific crossing, tick.Not quite what I expected, but don't get me wrong – I'm not complaining.This evening for example, I did not want to come down off deck to write the blog because it is such an amazing evening above decks. A clear sky studded with stars, a calm to moderate sea and 20 knots of wi...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 10 – DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

Be careful what you wish for as the saying goes. Well I wish for this race to slow down. I left home seven months ago to join this race. And it has flown by quicker than I ever thought it could. And the madness of it all is, that when we have crossed this world’s biggest ocean. We will only have&nb...

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TEAM GARMIN - KIT FITTON - RACE 10 - DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

So here I find myself, back aboard Team Garmin and on the fringes of the Pacific Ocean, 4,000 miles away from San Francisco and the end of my sailing adventure.As you'll be aware from previous blogs, it has been a pretty interesting start to Leg 6, with a little bit of everything on offer: downwind sailing wi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - TRISTAN GRIGALIS - RACE 10 – DAY 6

23 MAR 2014

Tour of Asia.Well it’s been quite the eventful time we've had in Asia. Some pretty extra ordinary weather conditions and some rather unexpected happenings have had us all over the place. Kota Kinabalu, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qingdao and even a very brief stop over in South Japan. I can’t say I was expec...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 - DAY 5

22 MAR 2014

It was dawn after a very dark and strange night.  We had just finished wooling the umpteenth kite since race start.  I could count for you, but the tally would be depressing.  The kitemares had officially started in daylight, but the night was anything but a dream.The evenin...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ALISTAIR MURRELL - RACE 10 - DAY 5

22 MAR 2014

Today was the day the Derry-go-round rounded the southern tip of Japan and was welcomed into the Pacific ocean for the first time. Buoyed by the news that we were doing this as the leader of the pack only added to the levels of expectation and excitement for the task we have just embarked upon.I think it was also fair ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 – DAY 5

22 MAR 2014

“300”Since I last wrote you, our kitemares have continued, and we had a cranky Yankee early yesterday morning with a sheet blown and Yankee 1 drop/recovery in the water.  But despite living our bad dreams, Henri Lloyd had managed to file our very first 300+ mile day by the afternoon scheds on...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 – DAY 5

22 MAR 2014

Hello dear families, friends, fans and followers!Oh man, it's been a while. I've been meaning to blog for some time now, but something always seems to come in between me and blogging. It's either a sudden and extreme change in wind direction and/or speed - requiring a swift headsail change, or it's the lack of sle...

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QINGDAO - JEREMY SMITH - RACE 10 DAY 4

21 MAR 2014

I have joined the Qingdao Clipper Race yacht for Leg 6 across the Pacific Ocean. We are now into our fifth day of sailing and our forth since the start of the race to San Francisco. In that time we have covered over 600 miles.  So far we have been sailing in the seas between China and Korea. The winds have general...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 10 - DAY 4

21 MAR 2014

Welcome to the Pacific! Wind, waves and a wild ride. My day in the galley yesterday was to the accompanying sounds of splashing and pouring water as wave after wave found its way into the cockpit on deck. Strangely enough, I find these noises more disturbing down below than I do when I am on deck having them go ov...

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ONE DLL - ROSIE GOSLING - RACE 10 - DAY 4

21 MAR 2014

It is good to be back on the Big Blue.Four weeks ago, we were three days out of Singapore en route to Qingdao when I heard the news that my darling father had died. My world was suddenly turned upside down, both figuratively as the shock swept over me, and literally, as I flew half way around the world to ret...

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HENRI LLOYD - DOMENICO GRAZZANI - RACE 10 – DAY 4

21 MAR 2014

HeylaNon mi sembra ancora vero, sto vivendo un sogno diventato realta'. Ma questo mi dimostra che se ci si crede tutto e' possibile, l'importante e' non desistere, se non oggi forse domani ma sicuramente dopodomani raggiungerai il tuo obbiettivo.Mi e' difficile esprimere l emozione provata a Singapore al...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 10 - DAY 4

21 MAR 2014

Greetings from a wet and wild Pacific. Things have certainly got a little spicier since we rounded the Southern tip of Japan. The sea state has built into large rolling swell, not too dissimilar to that encountered in the Southern Ocean. This has lead to some fabulous surfing opportunities and I am ...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 10 - DAY 4

21 MAR 2014

In today's blog I am not going to write about sail changes while the boat is bouncing all over the place, or helming under quite difficult conditions, or hail on deck, or magnificent rainbows, or trying to keep a few pieces of clothing dry by putting them into your sleeping bag when going to sleep, or even washing 4,5 ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 10 - DAY 4

21 MAR 2014

What a 36 hours we've had on the good ship PSP Logistics! All started very positively, the promised westerly breeze arrived on schedule and provided us with a steady 30 knots of wind, right up our "stern" (good manners dictate that I should refrain from using the actual terminology used on the boat to describe that win...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LINDSAY EVANS - RACE 10 – DAY 4

21 MAR 2014

As a round the worlder there are a number of highs and lows of the Clipper  Race experience.The highs include sailing with all the different people who are on the GREAT Britain crew.  We have had a fantastic bunch of people on the boat so far, and I am sure the new crew who have yet to join will be equal...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 10 DAY 3

20 MAR 2014

The day in the life of a racing crew's mother  I was woken up at 5.30am to start preparing breakfast for the first watch, getting out the cereal (muesli, cornflakes and frosties), cutting the fresh bread (made from yesterday) and toasting it, making a jug of milk (from milk powder - don't worry we don't have a cow...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 DAY 3

20 MAR 2014

Ticking Boxes  If we had the time, minds, and waterproof paper available, there would be a massive checklist for a Le Mans race start with potential spinnaker hoist.  Spin sheets run.  Kite on deck.  Tack line set.  Yankee clew tossed.  Sail ties off.  Sheets free to run.  Sweate...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OWEN JONES - RACE 10 DAY 3

20 MAR 2014

Back by popular demand on the open mic... well, it's kinda my turn again...  From first to somewhere in the leading pack, that's what happened yesterday. We spent a good proportion of the day trucking along at 10 to 12 knots on both watches... Bay Watch led by the mighty Ollie and Crime Watch led by our youngest J...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NEIL REYNOLDS - RACE 10 DAY 3

20 MAR 2014

 Hello race fans. Day 2 of Leg 6 from Qingdao to San Francisco and we are currently sitting off the south west coast of the Republic of Korea. Thankfully one of my biggest fears of the race hasn't been realised (accidentally straying into North Korean waters) and we are making our way from the Yellow Sea into the ...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 10 DAY 3

20 MAR 2014

 Qingdao OneDLL  Into Qingdao we finally came The whole of Race 9 had been such a game The weather gave us all it had Doldrums and squalls all very bad  Live volcanoes we saw on our way Even sharks visited and had their say But by now you should have heard The OneDLL team came in third  Outside Qing...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NELL WYATT - RACE 10 – DAY 3

20 MAR 2014

We are now into our third day of our passage from Qingdao to San Francisco and it is great to be on the ocean and racing again.After our initial Race start we all raced for about two hours before the fog came down, visibility rapidly deteriorated and racing was abandoned until conditions became safer.  The combina...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 10 DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

We left our home port of Qingdao to the same enthusiastic fanfare with which we arrived. The massed ranks of professional and amateur media jockeying for position around the leaving ceremony, snapping final farewells and waving us off to join the rest of the fleet readying themselves for Race Start just outside the har...

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SWITZERLAND - ROB BARKER - RACE 10 DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

Well here goes with my first blog! Day four of four with a mixed bag of expectations, experiences and emotions. Expected it to be wet wild windy and cold. Was not at all as I expected. Slow, foggy and quite mild to start with. Thoughts going through my head,'This is going to take forever to reach San Francisco, and the...

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OLD PULTENEY - CATHERINE PEAT - RACE 10 DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

Race 10 Qingdao to San Francisco. Day 2 and 3  We are now finally within sight of a start for Race 10. This will be the second time of trying.  The first was within sight of Qingdao and very well it went for us on Old Pulteney. However just as we were getting going and at the front end of the fleet, the race ...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 10 DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

Two false starts and nearly skipper number 5.  After a short but restful stopover in Qingdao, the farewell ceremony provided one element of drama to the start of our journey across the Pacific.  The other element of drama happened when Jan (our skipper since Singapore) disappeared with some officials.  2...

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GREAT BRITAIN - GEMMA SINCLAIR - RACE 10 DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

So, here we go! This challenge has been in the planning for over 18 months for me and the day of reckoning finally arrived. I am joining the Clipper Round the World Race 13/14 for one leg only - the infamous 'Big One', the almighty North Pacific Ocean. I was so glad to finally be in Qingdao on the boat and being waved ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 10 DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

Well if the first 24 hours after Race Start are anything to go by we are going to have to work hard and will be busy if we want a result in this cross Pacific Race.  After 2 legs with lots of motoring and little in the way of sail changes it is good to see that the old hands in the round the world crew haven't for...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 10 DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

Hi All  At last the race has started. After the show start we have continued the motor cruise phase and have now begun racing in earnest. It was as expected a Le Mans start with us being one of the first to get our sails hoisted and underway. After the 10 minute rule we changed to Code 2 Spinnaker and continued to...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ORLA REED - RACE 10 DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

The excitement continued after Claire's blog from yesterday.  After a really good Race Start, where we were in the front runners, we had the unfortunate incident with the mooring line, which lost us some considerable ground. Last night saw us (mainly port watch) work our way through almost the entire sail wardrobe...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KEITH BISSON - RACE 10 DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

As a 'new boy' on the good ship "Derry~Londonderry~Doire" I think I have settled in well and have been made really welcome by all of the friendly crew. Today I woke up early for my 0600 watch only to be reminded that I was on Mother Watch and could continue to lie in until 0630 as the Mother of the outgoing watch (Char...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ANDY RYAN - RACE 10 DAY 4

19 MAR 2014

After our first start was suspended due to poor visibility we are racing again. A Le Mans start was followed by a variety of sail combinations until we have settled into our most usual format of the front Yankee sail, the stay sail just behind and the main sail (attached to the mast and boom). Sunday night (16th March)...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - MATTHEW OWEN - RACE 10 – DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

We are racing!After a couple of cold foggy days racing has finally begun!! The good yacht Jamaica Get All Right had a great start and showed the fleet how a Le Mans start should be done. After 10 minutes of racing, the medium weight spinnaker was hoisted and off we went. San Francisco here we come.All crew, round the w...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 10 - DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

Well, the past 24 hours have had polar opposites of sailing. We have been sitting around on deck, becalmed, trying to think of ways to get Invest Africa moving to moment later being heeled over as 40 knot gusts of wind came through and sent the deck crew scrambling to put a reef in the mainsail. The...

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INVEST AFRICA - JD (JOHN) FENTIE - RACE 10 - DAY 2

19 MAR 2014

Welcome back!  That's the feeling I get after having done Leg 2 and been away for the last few legs.  Most of the boats operating practices and layout are the same as I remember.  One new thing on the 'softer' side is the daily Random Fact where we have to guess which of the...

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ONE DLL - MARK CHURCHILL - RACE 10, DAY 1

18 MAR 2014

Hello again avid readers and OneDLL fanatics! After what can only be described as an absolutely frantic stopover in Qingdao we are once again at sea and currently in thick fog. Visibility is down to less than 50 metres and we are currently slowly making progress waiting for Qingdao so we can begin racing tomorrow morni...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 10 RACING DAY 1

18 MAR 2014

And we're off! After a false start on the 16 March coming out of Qingdao, this morning we had our Le Mans start and headed to San Francisco under sail. The past two days have been spent motoring through extremely thick fog, which occasionally clears to reveal the Clipper Race fleet and massive cargo ships, before closi...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 10 RACING DAY 1

18 MAR 2014

We've left Qingdao after a whirlwind stop of three days, more than looked likely for a while there! It was a short stop but still jam packed. There was a fantastic welcome from the crews of the other boats, the city of Qingdao, and the general public. With fireworks, drumming bands, a stage, speeches, presentations, an...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 10 DAY 2

18 MAR 2014

The stopover in  Qingdao was fantastic, what great hosts the city and its citizens are. The send-off was all glitz and drama and covered live on national TV. My 15 minutes of fame are now well and truly over. Ahead lies 4 weeks of no showers, cold, wet and wind. It's the big one. The one that seemed such a good id...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 10 DAY 2

18 MAR 2014

Well, here we are, back on board our beloved Derry Go Round, after an amazing stopover in Qingdao. From arriving to the sound of a hundred drummers through the usual excesses of racing yacht crews all gathered together (otherwise known as way too much grog consumption) to the fond farewell of this morning, we have been...

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PSP LOGISTICS - SUSANNA PIETRZAK - RACE 9: A COLLECTION OF THOUGHTS

18 MAR 2014

'A collection of thoughts by SP on PSP' by one of the Clipper single leggers (leg 5 of 8) disembarking in Qingdao, China, land of the dragons.  A question asked early on in Leg 5 - was this an adventure or an ordeal? Or even simply an endurance event?  My answer is definitely an adventure!  However ...

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INVEST AFRICA - NQOBA MSWAZI - RACE 10 DAY 1

18 MAR 2014

Qingdao what a great place really enjoyed meeting my Chinese fan seem abit stranged when you walking around and people are taking pics of you.good time I had specailly when I founded out that  the hotel is close to KFC that was a bonus. Really enjoyed the send off looked liked I was at the olympics. In the biggest...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 10 DAY 1

18 MAR 2014

Weeeheeeey, here we go again!  Leg 6, no way! The big one! We're under way - and finally started racing this morning. We couldn't race for the first two days due to very (!) heavy fog. It was an incredible phenomenon. When we left Qingdao the visibility was bad, maybe a few miles, then it went down to about 100 me...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 10 - DAY 1

18 MAR 2014

Well the stopover in Qingdao certainly lived up to its billing...We were greeted like returning heroes and hailed as "Ocean Warriors". People stopped us in the street wanting to be photographed with their nearest and dearest... I for one sheepishly agreed whilst feeling pretty chuffed! Unfortunately, the various issues...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 10 START

17 MAR 2014

And we're off. So this week's whacky races comes to you all live from the Pacific Ocean. With eleven crazy entrants all ready at the start line and on course for their biggest race of this season. Woo Hoo. The PSP Logistics boat has already fallen foul at the hands of the evil scoundrel, Dick Dasterdly, in hi...

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SWITZERLAND - ALYSOUN STURT-SCOBIE - RACE 10 DAY 1

17 MAR 2014

Hello Switzerland supporters It is great to be back on board ‘Heidi’ (the nickname for our boat) following a three week stint helping out Mission Performance. Whilst these racing yachts may not be luxurious, Heidi is certainly much more comfortable than Mission Performance and our food by comparison is like...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WENDY WHITE - RACE 10: ST PATRICK'S DAY

17 MAR 2014

St Patrick's Day on the Derry-go-round  March 17th is St Patrick's Day and worldwide is celebrated with an abundance of green by Irish, ex-pats, friends and followers alike. It has always seemed to me the further you are away from the homeland the more excessive the novelty "green gimmicks" become!  However f...

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INVEST AFRICA - KIERAN COMER - RACE 10 DAY 1

17 MAR 2014

Well it is now my second day sailing on board Invest Africa and I am slowly but surely getting acquainted with the routines and living on a sailing yacht. Unfortunately we are still not racing due to the dense fog in the area of the Yellow Sea we are passing through and we are heading out as a fleet to clearer waters. ...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 10 DAY 1

17 MAR 2014

Hello from the murky waters of Yellow Sea (it is most definitely yellow!) Qingdao stop was brilliant. For me some of the highlights were the incredible welcome (bands, dancers, fireworks, music, speeches, food and drink reception); watching local performers (tea pourers with one metre kettle spout, which gave us many i...

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ONE DLL - MARK CHURCHILL - RACE 10 DAY 1

17 MAR 2014

After what can only be described as an absolutely frantic stopover in Qingdao we are once again at sea and currently in thick fog, visibility is down to less than 50 metres and we are currently slowly making progress waiting for Qingdao so we can begin racing tomorrow morning when hopefully the fog will have lifted a l...

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HENRI LLOYD - CHRIS NELSON - RACE 10 DAY 1

17 MAR 2014

Journey of Discovery Here are brief highlights of my journey so far, on board Henri Lloyd. My Clipper Race  journey started a few months before the start of the Clipper 2011-12 Race when I saw the advertisements on the London underground.  I had heard of the race many years earlier but now was a more convenie...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 10 DAY 1

17 MAR 2014

“Refuelling” Our stopover in Qingdao was so short that basically the only thing we had time for was refuelling.  Of course, refilling our fuel tanks didn't take the whole time; but, refuelling a boat for crossing the Pacific includes food and sleep for a very hard working crew. Given that the stopover ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 10 DAY 1

17 MAR 2014

So here we go...the big one! From the moment I joined the Clipper Round the World Race, way back in September, everyone spoke of this moment and the challenge that lay ahead. The talk was of a bit of ocean that was to be feared and respected above all others. It carried with it an aura; a reputation for being fierce, a...

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OLD PULTENEY - CHARLES SLATER - RACE 10 DAY 1

17 MAR 2014

People 'sign up' for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race for a large number of reasons, a common theme though is to do something COMPLETELY different to their everyday life. Having now been at sea for over six months I can certainly say that life on board yacht Old Pulteney has been completely removed. This particul...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 10 DAY 1

17 MAR 2014

Hi All We've set sail again, this time from sunny but freezing Qingdao. I've come to realise that race start day is always a bit of an odd day. You have to be at the boat at a ridiculous hour in order to put all your stuff and yourself back on the boat, get the boat race ready (finishing off those last maintenance bits...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 9.1 DAY 12

14 MAR 2014

Hello PSP Fans, It's been another full on couple of days since I last wrote. It hardly seems like only a little over a week ago we left Hong Kong, the last 10 odd days have been so jam-packed and varied. Despite all the activity on deck, there has also been plenty of time for reflection and the passing of a couple of s...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 9.1 DAY 9

11 MAR 2014

Good things come to those who wait. So Qingdao is going to be awesome! As the rest of the fleet start arriving in port and enjoying the luxuries of dry land (flat, non-moving beds; showers; toilets that don't regurgitate their contents back at you...) we on board the good ship PSP Logistics are continuing our travails ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9.1 DAY 9

11 MAR 2014

Wow, it's the evening of the 11 of March (boat time) and by the morning of the 12 March  we should have arrived in Qingdao. It's been two months - of an eleven months race! So I thought I'd dedicate this last blog to the end of this leg and to the five ‘leggers’ leaving us in Qingdao. Yesterday afterno...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 9.1 DAY 9

11 MAR 2014

Welcome to all our readers from the South China Sea. This will be a very short message as I am lying on my side holding on with one hand and stopping myself falling out of the navigation station by ramming my left leg up a wall and typing with one finger - yes we are healing over with the two reefs in the mainsail. The...

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ONE DLL - MARK CHURCHILL - RACE 9.1 DAY 9

11 MAR 2014

Welcome Back Avid Readers and OneDLL fans! And so the longest summer of my life (I have been in shorts since April last year!) is drawing to a close. We are definitely not in the tropics now and well and truly in the Northern Hemisphere! My shorts are still on though! Admittedly I have a base layer on underneath and mi...

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HENRI LLOYD - KEVIN HARNEY - RACE 9.1 DAY 9

11 MAR 2014

The BATTLE of the BILGE  The epic WWII movie 'Battle of the Bulge' with stars such as Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Max von Plank, amongst others, is one that people in my generation have seen quite a few times on UK TV especially on a cold, wet, blustery and for sure miserable Sunday afternoon. Maybe I am not a...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DOROTA FILIPOWICZ - RACE 9.1 DAY 9

11 MAR 2014

OHANA.  Ohana means family and family means that nobody stays behind and if he does he will be always remembered. As the moon and the wind, and the sun guide us on the last stretch to Qingdao, and Mandoro (hotel, restaurant and spa) serves their last meals before closing down, the Season 5 of 'Jamaica Get All Righ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 9.1 DAY 8

10 MAR 2014

So after 2 months, Leg 5 draws to a close. It's 4.15am and our watch are busy cleaning the sail locker bilges, trying to free up valuable time in Qingdao for R&R (rest and recuperation).  Leg 5 seems to have lasted a lifetime, winning the Le Mans start back in Brisbane, shorts and t-shirts, the new on-deck sou...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9.1 DAY 8

10 MAR 2014

The worst is over!  So yesterday the sun came out. We all needed it - both mentally and physically. After having been beaten by wind, waves, slamming and cold - we finally got a day of flat seas, lesser winds, clear skies and a warming sun. Lovely!  We got to dry out our foulies on deck, warm our hand and min...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 9.1 DAY 7

09 MAR 2014

The last 24 hours have been tough, challenging, eventful, wet, tiring, funny at times and annoying at others, amazing, incredible and surreal.  It's a hard race this one, we are heading into the wind which basically means we are having to zig zag our way all the way up to Qingdao which therefore means a longer rac...

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HENRI LLOYD - NICK GOLDING - RACE 9.1 DAY 7

09 MAR 2014

"For all the ladies" Yesterday was International Women's Day, so I thought it would be fitting to dedicate this blog to all the special ladies of Team Henri Lloyd.  On average, women only make up one third of the crew or less, but the men on board know that they are certainly strong forces to reckon with.  To...

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HENRI LLOYD - RYAN BATES - RACE 9.1 DAY 7

09 MAR 2014

The Little Things               Anyone who has followed Henri Lloyd the last few weeks knows it's not been the easiest or best of times- Race Start, upwind wet racing, race cancelled, motoring, rig check and retuning, race restart, upwind cold  AND wet sailing, and the never-endi...

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SWITZERLAND - MARIO LENITZ - RACE 9.1 DAY 7

09 MAR 2014

Hi, I want to give you a review of the last few days from the perspective of a helmsman. It was very challenging conditions also but not just specifically for us on the helm.  We have been warned in the crew briefing in Singapore about backless weaves and freaky conditions east of Taiwan and we were mentally prepa...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 9.1 DAY 7

09 MAR 2014

Well here we are - around 40 miles from the finish line outside Qingdao at 1630 local time (0830 GMT). We survived a massive six hour wind hole yesterday and are currently aiming directly for the finish line at around 9 to 10 knots.  It's looking like another busy stopover for us, and most of the fleet are a few d...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 9.1 DAY 7

09 MAR 2014

So, Race 9 and Leg 5 is now complete. It has been a very stop start race, with surprises popping up all over the place, but it has been fun and that is all that matters. We have seen every kind of weather condition possible and I think we have made more sail changes, on this leg alone, than we have done since the entir...

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TEAM GARMIN - JULIA ELMES - RACE 9.1 DAY 7

09 MAR 2014

Last night we had stars (five of them) for the first time in six days and today we have had actual sunshine. After so much sun heading up here from Brisbane I hadn't realised what a big influence good/bad weather has on everyone. With a bit of dry-time everyone's boots, foulies and even bunks are starting to dry out in...

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TEAM GARMIN - JENNIFER CRORIE - RACE 9.1 DAY 7

09 MAR 2014

Hello everybody from the East China Sea  As today was my last day of mother (barring mishap or delay to our arrival in Qingdao which, given the adventures of Leg 5 so far, cannot be ruled out altogether) and as my actual mother (hello Susie Sue)is keen to find out how my mother duties have been going given my lack...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 9.1 DAY 6

08 MAR 2014

The life of a crew member in 24 hours 06.15 - Wake up and haul self out of bunk (this could take up to 10 minutes if you are on the wrong tack or if you haven't aligned your bunk correctly). - Have breakfast - this normally consists of cereal and toast (if you are lucky) - Now it’s time to put on as many layers a...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 9.1 DAY 6

08 MAR 2014

It turns out the weather in the Taiwan Strait is a tad inclement this time of year. At least as far as regards trying to race a sailing boat through it goes. I'm trying hard to think of a good way to explain what it is like sailing through these conditions, as it is almost impossible to relate to unless you are here.&n...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DOROTA FILIPOWICZ - RACE 9.1 DAY 6

08 MAR 2014

Saturday, 8th March 2014 (International Women's Day) - Dorota E Filipowicz Sea is like a girl - nice and pretty when warm and calm but truly fascinating and beautiful when in her elements and unpredictable. Her eyes are steel blue and she smells of an adventure. As I was driving the boat last night and good, old Jamaic...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 9.1 DAY 6

08 MAR 2014

As its International Women's day, I'm paying tribute to those lovely ladies who have been part of the Team Garmin experience so far.  There isn't enough space in this blog to say how much each of you have made your mark on this journey.  I hope we will see you in London to celebrate our homecoming, even if it...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9.1 DAY 6

08 MAR 2014

I'm not sure I have anything very interesting to say at the moment. Other than that it is wet, cold, windy and miserable on deck! But you have heard that already.  One thing I haven't done much of in my blogs is to talk about food on CV24, Switzerland. Given that I was mother today (yay for being in the safety and...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 9.1 DAY 6

08 MAR 2014

 Hello PSP Logistics fans!  It's been a couple of days since the last update from the crew of PSP Logistics and they've been eventful days, to say the least.  Last we left you we were being towed by OneDLL towards Hong Kong. We managed to find some breeze on the night before we arrived, which resulted in...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SARAH USHER - RACE 9.1 DAY 7

08 MAR 2014

Day 18 Final Thoughts  Have you ever been running on a treadmill for 15 minutes and it feels like it is the longest 15 minutes of your life, where as if you are taking 15 minutes to have a sit on the sofa before you start your next life admin job that 15 minutes disappears before you know it? It's funny because it...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 9.1 DAY 6

08 MAR 2014

Wind Hole? You HAVE to be kidding. In true Derry~Londonderry~Doire style we have found ourselves, once again, smack bang in the middle of a wind hole when we should have been sailing into port. You cannot begin to imagine the frustration. Not only do we watch as the (we hoped) good time we were posting in the time tria...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 9.1 DAY 5

07 MAR 2014

As I was earlier today retrieving from dry bag number two an additional layer of clothing to add to my growing winter ensemble of layers. It struck me that some of the many items of clothing I am now wearing are individually more substantial, than all that I was actually wearing only a week ago. Such is the speed at wh...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9.1 DAY 5

07 MAR 2014

An experience on the foredeck! So yesterday I hurt myself a little on the foredeck. It was quite an experience. I'm fine now and it's not serious, which is why I'm going to write about it. So this is how it went. The plan was to unhank our storm jib from the forestay and bring it below deck, then to get the Yankee 3 on...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 9.1 DAY 5

07 MAR 2014

Well, what a difference a few days makes. It is now cold, really cold and getting colder. Mid-layers and thermal base layers have been broken out from kit bags and conversation frequently comes back to what people are wearing. Within the past 24 hours the water temperature has fallen by more than 50 per cent and it is ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - JACOB CARTER - RACE 9.1 DAY 5

07 MAR 2014

The wind has freed, we are making 10 knots speed and Qingdao is a mere 300 and something miles away.  There shouldn't be any more tacking or slamming and we are soon to do what looks like our  final headsail change of Leg 5. Everyone is looking forward to some well-earned rest and recuperation in China, mainl...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 9.1 DAY 5

07 MAR 2014

So the cold has finally set in properly.  The talk on watch is of how many layers it is possible to fit under your foulies, or dry suit if you are one of the lucky few. Round the world crew member Sophie Hetherton is currently in the lead, as she manages to fit around 9 or 10 layers! I am going with a start point ...

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QINGDAO - ROMANDA SIMPSON - RACE 9.1 DAY 5

07 MAR 2014

Conditions are challenging on this race! We all walk around with our arms out holding on to the wall. Depending on which tack we are on, we may sleep on the wall or on our lee cloth. We brace ourselves as we go airborne and then come crashing down. The waves are medium height but choppy, so one goes into the next and w...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DOROTA FILIPOWICZ - RACE 9.1 DAY 5

07 MAR 2014

Last night we crossed the invisible boundary between warm, sunny and dry and cold, grey and wet. A new challenge lies ahead of us and hopefully it will include sailing and racing. Our oven's glass panel broke this morning and this means no more artisan bread for us for a little while. And no more cakes. I guess we'll h...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 9.1 DAY 5

07 MAR 2014

Insanity with a Side of Comic Relief Yesterday I was on mother duty with Ryan Bates and in between the waves going on down below, we had a conversation about our sanity.  “I'm going to need to go through a whole lot of therapy after this,” he said as we laughed over how absolutely ridiculous our jobs a...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9.1 DAY 4

06 MAR 2014

It's getting cold! Yesterday it finally arrived! The bouncing and the slamming, the crazy winds and the ridiculous waves - that we had been warned about so many times. Coming on deck at noon was an awesome sight! The sea and the ocean simply look powerful. It's hard to describe. You wouldn't want to mess with it! The w...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 9.1 DAY 4

06 MAR 2014

Another race, another challenge, it seems each time I sit down to write the daily diary, I'm describing how tough things are...nothing different this time, this race is everything they say in the brochure, although nothing quite prepares you for how exhausting this race up to Qingdao is. With temperatures plummeting by...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

Hi All Again sorry for the delay in blogs and sorry for the missing day 14 blog. As you avid Race Viewer followers may be aware we are currently in the Taiwan Strait. This means massive waves, wind, rain etc etc. It is very hard going. I asked Stuart how long we had left of this 'hell' and he started to say 8 days, I t...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

Unfamiliar territory Looking, at the Race Viewer, I could guess some of you are thinking: where are they going?  But don't worry, we know where we are going, the wind and China's entire fishing fleet just may not be aware that we have a strict destination and a timeline we'd like to stick to. A few nights ago, I c...

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HENRI LLOYD - ANITA DAVIES - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

The journey, not the destination I chose the legs I am doing - this one and the American coast to coast leg - partly because I have never visited any of the stopover locations but mainly because they do not cross oceans. I know that the dream of many sailors is to cross an ocean, but it has never been mine. Since joini...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

I was going to write today's blog about the pains of putting on layer after layer of all your kit to prep for going on deck, but after the last watch the topic just seemed a bit boring. About 12 years ago, I had problems with my eyes that gave me poor depth perception, especially at night. The effect is opposite that o...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

Now this is racing! Amazing conditions and amazing surroundings, I'm really, really enjoying this one. But, how can we work out our position in the fleet when the boats are, in effect, time trialling? Well Skippy and Tinkerbell (round the world crew member Kristi Wilson) have put together a spreadsheet (I know, at that...

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TEAM GARMIN - KERRY GOSLING - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

Hello from a very slammy, bumpy ride on board the rollercoaster named Team Garmin, I am currently typing, with foot against a bulkhead at an angle that really wouldn't be appropriate, if I was wearing a skirt, fortunately, I am in base layers plus another layer. It has gotten very cold, very quickly. I am currently on ...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

A few months before I joined the crew of Switzerland back in August (a lifetime ago it now seems), a colleague of mine called Richard came up to me in the office. He had heard that I was doing the Clipper Race and revealed that he too had done a leg back in the early days of the race. "Oh", I said. "Which leg?" He turn...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - GAURAV SHINDE - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

That fateful night. As we grow up, we all have stories to tell our grandchildren. Now I have one from the race. That night when I chipped off my front tooth. We were shaking off a reef the night before last and I was on the mast changing the cunningham. Next thing I know I had a part of my front tooth in my hand with a...

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INVEST AFRICA - LAZAROS TSHIKOVHI - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

CRAZY FUN Yesterday night around half past ten we were having tough crazy fun. This was how it started: Richard our skipper came on deck and announced, “Ok guys let’s get ready for reef 2 and after that we are changing the Yankees.” Me and the other crew member on my watch by the name of Phil were to ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - KATE WATERHOUSE - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

Since leaving Singapore this race has really been as unpredictable as you can get. For me, from day one, where to help equalise the ability on each watch (due to losing a couple of crew in Singapore) I was asked to swap to the other watch. Initially I was a bit apprehensive about it as I had become really comfortable w...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 9.1 DAY 3

05 MAR 2014

Writing this I am sitting on the floor as it is easier to start there, rather than try and fail to sit on the seat! We are bouncing along at a 'nice' angle or heel to use the correct term. We have just adjusted our sail plan, i.e. the sails we are flying, not an easy task in the conditions but we got there. Afterwards ...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 9.1 DAY 2

04 MAR 2014

Eventually we're off! We motored with several other yachts from Hong Kong where we all had repairs to the second starting gate and were preparing our sails. Full main, staysail and Yankee 3 foresail. Moments before the start we noticed 3 rips in the Yankee 3. We all felt deflated. However, Gareth shrugged his shoulders...

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TEAM GARMIN - RICHARD HINCKS - RACE 9.1 DAY 2

04 MAR 2014

Well what a difference 24 hours and a stopover in Hong Kong can make. We sailed into Hong Kong wearing shorts and a light weight fleece only to depart 20 hours later with everyone diving for the thermals and in full foulie gear. At least the short stop over gave everyone the chance to catch up sleep, grab a warm shower...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 9.1 DAY 2

04 MAR 2014

Sorry for the delay in this blog and for how short it is folks, we have had a massive change in conditions resulting in base layers, foulies, rain, massive waves and for some of the crew, sea sickness! We are all just getting used to being back in this state, I have to say though, it is great to be racing again, especi...

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INVEST AFRICA - EDWARD COLLISON - RACE 9.1 DAY 2

04 MAR 2014

Life on Invest Africa. It’s the second day back racing. The heat and flat seas are just a distant memory and it feels a lifetime ego we were motoring wearing only shorts and t-shirts, but it is nice to be using the wind to power us along rather than sleeping next to the roar of the mighty big engine. The thought ...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 9.1 DAY 2

04 MAR 2014

Hi all Here we are back racing up wind at 45 degrees most of the time which is making life interesting. Everything takes three times as long to do. This afternoon I was helming and it felt like a poor windy day across Weymouth Bay - visibility was poor the sky and sea both seemed grey doted by the occasional fishing bo...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9.1 DAY 2

04 MAR 2014

Apologies for being so quiet for the last 48 hours. We're on the road again and I'm finally finding a quiet moment to sit down and write. We started racing yesterday afternoon. Before that we were in Hong Kong (at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on Middle Island) for one night. We weren't able to refuel in the evening s...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 9.1 DAY 1

03 MAR 2014

One day on the Derry~Go~Round has brought on a boat load of changes. Yesterday saw us motor sailing into Hong Kong in shorts and t-shirts, almost as though we were on a luxurious cruisers' holiday. Today we are bundled up in base layers, foulies, hats, buffs, and some have even broken out the fleecey midlayers for extr...

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PSP LOGISTICS - SUSANNA PIETRZAK - RACE 9.1 DAY 1

03 MAR 2014

PSP Logistics Punters,  Today we offer a poem, inspired by our resident poet laureate, penned by some of our most avid supporters.  Right Here Right Now   by George Pietzrak, Els and Ken Hudson  I've got an idea, Said our Mr Knox- Build me some boats All the same racing yachts  They'll race aro...

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HENRI LLOYD - HEATHER SLIVKO-BATHURST - RACE 9.1 DAY 1

03 MAR 2014

5 Things I've Learned Whilst Motor-Sailing in the South China Sea  1. Tiny Italian men are the only ones who can get away with wearing pink Crocs. Our newest legger, Nico, is a character! His constant whistling, singing, and random quirkiness has brought a new sense of vivacity to the boat. A chain smoker, he can ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 9.1 DAY 1

03 MAR 2014

So after a frustrating and unfortunate start, Race 9.1 is finally under way. Sadly, there are times in sport where common sense and better judgement has to rule over the need and want to remain competitive. With three of the fleet experiencing a major failure to their rigging (stuff that keeps the mast upright), the po...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 9.1 DAY 1

03 MAR 2014

Peter Brumby Super human!  The race from Brisbane to Singapore was the toughest race yet, for many different reasons. We had six new crew and had lost as many settled crew during the crew changeover. The crew dynamic obviously changed. We found ourselves back in tenth position, something we are not usually accusto...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 9.1 DAY 1

03 MAR 2014

A day in the life of a mother on the Clipper Race yacht Qingdao  Mother Watch! Looked forward too or feared! 10pm-2am. You're on watch. You tell the watch leader you need to make bread so you're on the helm before midnight. Then you go down below to prepare the bread for breakfast. You go to the day bag to get the...

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QINGDAO - ROMANDA SIMPSON - RACE 9.1 DAY 1

03 MAR 2014

While it was a very lovely few hours in the marina in Hong Kong, filled with showers, food and hellos to crew from other boat, we were happy to be off and heading to the starting gate yesterday. About an hour before leaving the weather suddenly went from sunshine and warmth to very cold wind and clouds - how quickly th...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW RICHARDSON - RACE 9.1 DAY 1

03 MAR 2014

We are just over 24 hours into our race to Qingdao and beating (sailing a zig zag course into the wind) as expected. The wind is reasonably strong and we have a reduced sail plan. So it is back to living life at an angle of 45 degrees as the boat cuts through the water with a permanent heel and an occasional slam of a ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 9.1 DAY 1

03 MAR 2014

Well Race 9 has been an interesting one! After motoring to Hong Kong for forestay repairs, we left within 12 hours and headed straight for the restart line, keen to get to Qingdao and the legendary Chinese welcome. We motored overnight and it didn't look very promising with no wind, then three miles from the start gate...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 9 DAY 12

02 MAR 2014

Number 22 strikes again; this time in the engine room. "Number 22" is the name we have given to the poltergeist that inhabits the good ship PSP Logistics, and who weaves little threads of chaos and destruction in his wake. The story goes that, during the construction of the good ship PSP Logistics, one of the builders ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MAAIKE WASSENAAR - RACE 9 DAY 12

02 MAR 2014

Stargazing With the race being called short it was time, again, for a different kind of entertainment on board. Stargazing became one of the popular kinds.  For some, stargazing was part of the charades they played. For others it was, finally, the chance to work the sextant. We had sort of been bugging Skipper Eri...

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INVEST AFRICA - AMBER FARROW - RACE 9 DAY 12

02 MAR 2014

After motoring from Hong Kong through the thick and eerie fog last night in search of some wind, I can confirm we truly found it by this afternoon. Now the start of real racing has begun finally after leaving Singapore. Kitted out head to toe in foulies so only your eyes can be seen. Waves crashing over the boat as we ...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 9 DAY 12

02 MAR 2014

We have officially started racing again. Although with 30 knots of apparent wind we are already with 3 reefs in the mainsail and the Yankee 3 they are a lot of smiles on everyone's face as we enjoy the wind on our face and the silence of the engine. So once again we are all back to our regular jobs routine however we h...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 9 DAY 12

02 MAR 2014

OneDLL set off from Brisbane in the middle of January and it is now the beginning of March, which makes Leg 5 the longest leg of the Clipper Round the World Race.  The plan was to have two races in Leg 5, one from Brisbane to Singapore and the second one from Singapore to Qingdao but it didn’t quite work out...

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OLD PULTENEY - SUE GILL - RACE 9 DAY 12

02 MAR 2014

Back on Old Pulteney I've been back on board Old Pulteney for a week now having re-joined for Leg 5 after spending five weeks around Australia and New Zealand whilst my intrepid crew mates faced the Bass Straits three times, sought and found a podium finish in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race and by the sounds of it brough...

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GREAT BRITAIN - ALLISON BRADLEY - RACE 9 DAY 10

01 MAR 2014

The great thing about ocean racing is that you can always expect the unexpected . This was never more evident that the other night when we had quite the unexpected incident during the “William” 11pm to 3am nightwatch.  It started normal enough, with a quiz and our usual helm rotations as we work to imp...

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OLD PULTENEY - ALYSON WREFORD - RACE 9 DAY 19

01 MAR 2014

Sailing at night might be a very scary thing during some parts of this voyage, during this passage to Hong Kong it has become more like a yacht delivery so we are sailing more slowly on a much more even keel than previously so we can appreciate night sailing much more.  Last night we had some cloud cover and no mo...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9 DAY 10

01 MAR 2014

Land ahoy, cruising goodbye!  The skyline of Hong Kong should be appearing out of the fog and mist any time soon and with that our cruising phase (finally!) comes to an end. Hong Kong will be a quick flyby: arrive, get our bottlescrews fixed, fill up our diesel tanks, and off we go!  With that we will commenc...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DOROTA FILIPOWICZ - RACE 9 DAY 10

01 MAR 2014

 Leg 5, race 9, another day at sea (Thursday, somewhere between Borneo and Hong Kong) - Dorota E Filipowicz  As I was leaving home my friend gave me a compass saying "if you can't follow your heart, follow something more reliable".  Recently, our life resembles a Zen story. It is very fitting considering...

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TEAM GARMIN - GRAHAM JEFFERY - RACE 9 DAY 10

01 MAR 2014

This Egon Ronay inspired, Egged-on-by Daisy, gourmet dining experience review comes from your mystery gourmand aboard Club Garmin's 19-69 Cruiser, somewhere in the South China Sea. The on-board Cat's Paw Bistro has recently re-opened to great acclaim and I am here to report on today's lunchtime offerings.  The hig...

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PSP LOGISTICS - KATHY HALL - RACE 9 DAY 10

01 MAR 2014

  Going FAST  Here we are, having the race you have when you are not having a race. That is when you suspend formal racing due to something like rig failure and then motor race against the clock to get to a nominated port for repair (in this case Hong Kong) so that you can then continue racing to the next sto...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CARMEN RENDELL - RACE 9 DAY 10

01 MAR 2014

Less than 8 days to go, and my sailing adventure will be drifting into past memories. Now what a way to end it. I'm not sure if my ignorance is bliss, or the horror stories are about to come true. Whatever happens, the stories recounted back at Hollyhock in Richmond, London should hopefully be easier to tell than exper...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 9 DAY 10

01 MAR 2014

Today marks the 6 month milestone, for the round the world crew members who have the privilege of calling Invest Africa their home. A lot has happened since 1st Sept, that sunny day, when we motored down the Thames waving goodbye to thousands of supporters lining the riverbank & from a multitude of spectator vessel...

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TEAM GARMIN - KIT FITTON - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

Team Garmin Blog (28th February) – Kit Fitton  Evening all. I am writing this on a very full stomach after a great meal of beef curry followed by fruit crumble (big shout out to Jon and Jenny).  We have been motoring for 3 (maybe 4?) days now and unsurprisingly boredom has begun to set in. We did our fa...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAUL BARTLETT - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

The watch system It is not all work, sleep and eating when we are racing Old Pulteney. The 2 watch system (Port & Starboard) is set up so that every 24 hours we get 6 hours off watch which gives the crew some spare time. The watch system is: 07:00 to 13:00 13:00 to 19:00 19:00 to 23:00 23:00 to 03:00 03:00 ...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

This boat is full of murderous villains, I tell you. I trust none of them. Not even the skipper. Things have deteriorated on Invest Africa, dear reader. Quite rapidly and very significantly. I asked Craig to come to the lazarette with me to teach me how to inspect the steering cables. He flatly refused just because I h...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

 I am writing to you from the world of ghosts, mermaids and unearthly spirits. Let it be known, that I have been murdered by Chris (please use in evidence) on the companion way steps with a toilet roll. It was just after a sleepy off watch and my guard was down. In fact, for a moment, I thought that he was going t...

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TEAM GARMIN - JON DODD - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

 We are getting rather adept at this whole motor-sailing malarkey (currently 9 knots at 016 degrees – mainsail, no stay – and obviously no Yankee) as we commence our 14th day of motoring on this leg so far. Having rather rapidly exhausted the to do list of essential jobs, new strategies and ways to try...

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GREAT BRITAIN - IONIE ROBINSON - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

My bunk is my abode, my place of relaxation, sleep and contemplation, when I'm off watch.  This small space is a bottom bunk on the starboard side. It's open to the constant stream of people walking by, on route to the navigation station and back again.  So you rig a little bit of privacy to shield yourself f...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER HORE - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

28 February day 10 As you will already have read yesterday was murder, having done Natalia and Carolous to death I was dispatched by Susie who raised herself from the dead for one final act of carnage before returning to the grave.  With the motor on as we head for Hong Kong for preventative maintenance human clue...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

“I see dead people”. I recall the line from a film that I have never watched. But Bruce Willis was in it. And I don't think he managed to shoot 2000 bad guys with a single hand gun, whilst only reloading twice. But it is true. There are dead people everywhere you look. So many that we have to have a show of...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WENDY WHITE - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

Toilet Humour  While in Singapore I spoke with my parents and my niece, Isla. After speaking to me Isla needed to use the toilet. This then led to the enquiry "Where does Auntie Wendy do her poos and wees on the boat?" Very sensible question especially when you're 3 and you've never been on a 70ft racing yacht.&nb...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SARAH DAVIDSON - RACE 9 DAY 9

28 FEB 2014

Race 9, Friday 28 February So Race 9 has not gone to plan! For me, I am used to working in a dynamic environment but I have learnt that the adventure of this leg has been in the uncertainty and change that has happened hour by hour, day by day following the forestay bottlescrew breaking and not the sailing.  Fello...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9 DAY 6

27 FEB 2014

Catch me if you can!  So we are cruising again. It's fun for a bit - but then it gets slightly boring. We're prepped and geared for racing so losing that aim demotivates everyone a little bit - and things get a little boring. Sooo.... we need to come up with ways of entertaining ourselves - and skipper Vicky is ve...

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TEAM GARMIN - KERRY GOSLING - RACE 9 DAY 5

27 FEB 2014

Awoke hearing starboard watch bickering over who ate the last Oreo..... and so it begins.  I was lying in my bunk giggling away to myself.  It's amazing how the smallest things, get so amplified, so quickly.  The Mother Watch quickly found another packet and sent up the treat box on deck, crisis averted....

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JAYNE THOMAS - RACE 9 DAY 7

27 FEB 2014

Musings from a 70' motor-sailing yacht...  The unexpected changes in our schedule for Race 9 have of course resulted in some disappointments. However, one of the plus points is a little more time which - when there is not much else to do - can be used to mull over the race, the leg, life in general and a myriad of...

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PSP LOGISTICS - SAMANTHA COOK - RACE 9 DAY 8

27 FEB 2014

 After many days at sea with my new family in our humble abode Dixie I figured it was time (or maybe somewhat late!) for some belated introductions.  First up my big sister Ursula with whom I share a 'room'. As the little sister I get the top bunk which sometimes sees me climbing the walls as I get into and o...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 9 DAY 8

27 FEB 2014

WHAT'S HE ON ABOUT NOW? THE HEGGMEISTER MUSES AS TO WHETHER IF IT WASN'T FOR BAD LUCK, WOULD JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT GET ANY LUCK AT ALL?... AND THE F WORD.  Well it had all started so well too. A Le Mans start had been practiced with the boat all powered up from a standing start in just under 2 minutes. As usual, n...

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HENRI LLOYD - CHRIS NELSON - RACE 9 DAY 8

27 FEB 2014

It's not just about the sailing......  We are all experiencing this race in ways personal to ourselves.  I will at some stage share this personal journey, but for now I would like to share with you some of the responsibilities that the round the world crew have in addition to the day to day racing that we do....

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - RICHARD POPPER - RACE 9 DAY 8

27 FEB 2014

Hello from the South China Sea 450 nautical miles South of Hong Kong.  This is turning into another eventful and unpredictable Clipper race. It feels like a mix of Formula One and Wacky Races!  The stopover in Singapore was fabulous - just a bit too short so it's now on my list of places to return to. Great t...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SARAH WATSON - RACE 9 DAY 8

27 FEB 2014

There's been a murder! In fact there has been a spate of murders on board CV26. Six so far and it doesn't look like the attacker is yet content with their yield...  It all started with terror by twine with the silent demise of our beloved Skipper in the companion way. Veteran of the seas, Uncle Jim was struck with...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 9 DAY 8

27 FEB 2014

Today is the 50th birthday of our crewmate, Alysoun Sturt-Scobie which we would be celebrating happily with her, but for the fact that she is no longer with us. No, she is not the latest victim of the series of murders on 'Switzerland', which are reported in Vicky's log for today; she jumped ship in Singapore. Or was s...

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QINGDAO - GEORGE BAYLES - RACE 9 DAY 8

27 FEB 2014

When I got to Singapore I was really lucky to meet some beavers and scouts from the Tanglin school. I showed them around the boat, they seemed to really enjoy the experience. Down below deck was really hot and they loved going into the bunks and seeing how comfortable/uncomfortable they were. I showed them how to use t...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LINDSAY EVANS - RACE 9 – DAY 3

26 FEB 2014

So, we are back on the boat again, after a brilliant stop-over in Singapore. I would definitely recommend a visit!  This race up to China is billed as a tough one, so we are all slightly apprehensive, but we have a GREAT team, and we are feeling positive.The goal for many of us on my watch is to inc...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 9 DAY 7

26 FEB 2014

Day 8 (I think) of Race 9  We are (we think) about 4 days motor sail away from Hong Kong, where we will pick up and fit the parts needed to repair our broken forestay. The rest of the fleet are also heading into Hong Kong for replacement parts before we all head into the daunting seas off China and Taiwan and the ...

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OLD PULTENEY - KATE HEPWORTH - RACE 9 DAY 7

26 FEB 2014

Disappointment on Old Pulteney.  Well that was a shocker!  By now you will have read on the Clipper Race website that the race has been cancelled, due to rigging concerns on some of the boats.  We are quite disappointed on board, as from the Race Viewer you will have seen that we have been working hard t...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE MORAWA - RACE 9 DAY 7

26 FEB 2014

 Massive South China Sea Greetings to all especially Larisa, Mojo and Macie! All of you will probably know by now that we are on our way to Hong Kong due to a fault on part of the rigging that has failed in several boats. CV27 has not had the same problem but the parts involved will need to be inspected and potent...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 9 DAY 7

26 FEB 2014

Crew blog 26 February 2014  Day 8, as we motor sail towards Hong Kong. This leg seems a bit like life, one minute you are happily sailing along, not a care in the world – well, except for trying to work out how to move safely around the boat at a 90 degree angle – and the next you have to amend your pl...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 9 DAY 7

26 FEB 2014

Race 9 temporarily suspended  Its 11.00 UTC or 19.00 local time. The sun is setting on our port side although it is hidden from view by low clouds on the horizon. We are actually sailing at the moment, Chris our skipper turned the engine off about an hour ago to assess speed and fuel savings. As you probably know ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - STEPHEN DAND - RACE 9 DAY 7

26 FEB 2014

Life at 45 degrees OK - remember making the cup of tea? And how we decided a pit stop in the heads was a good idea? Hmmm. We are on our way to Hong Kong, but beating, so life continues at an angle - not too bad, just enough to wind you up a little. So imagine this... The door to the heads is just a zipped curtain, and ...

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INVEST AFRICA - LAZAROS TSHIKOVHI - RACE 9 DAY 7

26 FEB 2014

Greetings to all my blog readers. PART TWO OF LEG 5 (Singapore to Qingdao) First of all Singapore was great. The place is really, really amazing, full of beautiful people, very tidy and very developed and the atmosphere is amazing. Before we hit the water (departed) I heard a lot about the second part of Leg 5 especial...

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GREAT BRITAIN - MICHAEL HART - RACE 9 DAY 7

26 FEB 2014

The events over the last day and a half have certainly made me glad that I had decided to add Leg 6 to Leg 5. After a long and closely fought race from Brisbane we had a bit of frustration being about to re start the race when the second part was cancelled, and now with this race reduced to a time trial rather than a t...

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OLD PULTENEY - CATHERINE PEAT - RACE 9 DAY 8

26 FEB 2014

So Near Yet so Far (or- I've never been to Hong Kong)  Well- what excitement the last few days has given us.  Firstly we were doing relatively well back at full tilt in Race 9, working hard to gain some Scoring Gate points,  then we hear via the radio that some of the boats have problems with their fores...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 9 DAY 1

25 FEB 2014

"We're Back!"  It didn't take long for Team Henri Lloyd to get back on our feet.  It seemed like so long ago, but the last time before this past race that we were actually able to race was way back in 2013.  To come back into the race with a first place win was exactly what our team needed to not only re...

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SWITZERLAND - LINDSEY NOBLE - RACE 9 DAY 6

25 FEB 2014

The Hong Kong summit  All quiet on deck now after the excitement of last night. Our skipper Vicky and Gordon on deck inspecting as far as they can the bottlescrews - we are still sailing with just a main and a staysail. I am on the opposite watch to Roser so my night was a bit like this.....  Watch handover -...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - DEREK FURNISS - RACE 9 DAY 6

25 FEB 2014

I've always said from the start that it would be fascinating to be a fly on the wall of another team; to experience the ways that another boat is run, the different dynamic that exists in the team. This is the first race where I've experienced crew members joining us from other teams and I guess this is a unique insigh...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9 – DAY 4

25 FEB 2014

Race 9, ey? Crazy! Here we go again...This one was always going to be a tough race - and we got plenty of warnings. It'll be mostly upwind - which means being uncomfortably healed over, it'll be bouncy and slammy and it'll be scorchingly hot and then freezing cold (both the extremes).I have to say (touch...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 9 – DAY 6

25 FEB 2014

The more attentive followers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will have noticed by now that Invest Africa and several other boats are now heading to Hong Kong.Hong Kong, whichever way you look at it, is not Qingdao. We are currently motor-sailing in a calm sea towards Hong Kong with two reefs in our mains...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 9 DAY 6

25 FEB 2014

Race 9 day 6  The race so far, which turned out to be no race after all, has been interesting to me for the following reason. This was the first time since we have started in London that we were sailing best to windward for days and days on end. When one is sailing a given course, constant sail trim is required to...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 9 DAY 5

25 FEB 2014

 The more attentive followers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will have noticed by now that CV25/Invest Africa and several other boats are now heading to Hong Kong. Hong Kong, whichever way you look at it, is not Qingdao.  We are currently motor-sailing in a calm sea towards Hong Kong with two reefs...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 9 DAY 5

25 FEB 2014

Good Morning, I've popped downstairs to write the daily blog. It's a bit before 4am (I'll have to go and do the hourly log in a minute so be patient while I'm gone) and the 'Starsky' half of the Slingers / Lightening watch (I know, it gets complicated on board) are on watch whilst the 'Hutch' half (Kristi, Michelle, Ch...

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INVEST AFRICA - EDWARD COLLISON - RACE 9 DAY 6

25 FEB 2014

Isn't it funny in life how we keep worrying about the “what if's”, and the “why things won't work out”. Spending hours talking about how much tax we are going to pay when we return home. How much income I could possibly take home after national insurance and... Yet again tax. Then a few moments ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 9 DAY 6

25 FEB 2014

Today finds us heading at best speed towards Hong Kong. Racing has been suspended and the fleet has been recalled to get a problem with the forestay resolved. Three of the boats have snapped theirs in the same place, so the Clipper Race has made the tough decision to stop the race. Safety has to come first, and it does...

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OLD PULTENEY - KATE HEPWORTH - RACE 9 DAY 6

25 FEB 2014

Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of...Old Pulteney? As we have passed through the area of concern, we are able to talk about the rather unusual threat of piracy.  Obviously we haven't mentioned this before as we didn't want to worry anyone back home, and the threat level was always very small. So, when the Clipper Race crews...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 9 DAY 6

25 FEB 2014

Hello sports fans! So this is my first blog for the all new Mission Performance All Stars Team. As you may / may not know, I have recently undergone a multi-million pound transfer from GREAT Britain to Mission Performance. Why some people may ask, to leave a team at the top of the table and the most highly decorated bo...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

Next Stop...Hong Kong Sitting below deck, watching the mothers prepare dinner as I snacked on Ritz crackers a large "POP!" reverberated throughout the galley. Guesses went around as to what the sound could have been, Vang? Boom?, the topping lift that was now being used as the main halyard? All things that are fixable ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

We are going to Hong Kong! This evening's watch went something like this: We got on deck, did an evening deck check, then decided to drop the staysail as it got too windy. Staysail down (pounded by waves, lots of weightless moments), sausage rolled the staysail, secured it for the night, got back to the cockpit wet and...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

It is late on day 5 as I finally find the time to share my thoughts with you from on board Team Garmin, it has been another busy day for Scot ‘Scottie’ and I on mother watch and now as we have handed over the mantle to ‘Dickie’ (Richard) and ‘Kezza’ (Kerry) I am back in the watch sys...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

Racing, Decisions, Popcorn, Clocks and Birthdays - the random subjects of today's blog. Racing.  Overnight we had a great run north, making good speed on a fantastic heading, whilst some of the competition had kept going east. As the sun eventually rose, we tacked east and started spotting boats on our starboard b...

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QINGDAO - LYNETTE SWIFT - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

By Lynette Swift, Day 5 Race 9  Beating and Beating  I am writing this with sore ribs again.  I got catapulted out of the heads, fortunately not with my pants down!  We are beating upwind against force 7 winds and swelling seas.  It's once more difficult to move around the boat yet we have to k...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 9 DAY 6

24 FEB 2014

'Frustration' has to be the most operative word within the Clipper Race fraternity at the moment. The race over the past few weeks has taken some unfortunate turns and sadly Mother Nature and problems with the boats have not played their part in aiding the reverse of this.  Every crew member within the fleet is he...

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OLD PULTENEY - KATE HEPWORTH - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

Be Careful What You Wish For....  Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, We're racing on Old Pulteney, In the South China Sea.  Ever wondered what it's like to have a birthday on board a 70ft racing yacht? No, me either, until I signed up for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.  I always wondere...

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PSP LOGISTICS - RICHARD TANNER - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

3.00am. Watch finish. Time for bed - but not tonight. After an hour, 'Should we, shouldn't we?' It's decided - change the Yankee 1 sail to the Yankee 2. Tristan is on a mission tonight, he'll do it single handed if need be, his impatience palpable.  Luckily we are like an elite team now, ready for bed. Sorry, no, ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - PAUL HARDY - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

Just when you think this experience couldn't get any tougher, BANG! Out of the blue and so leftfield, news that just knocks you off your feet. For me my personal journey circumnavigating the globe is about to push me to my limits with half the overall race still to go.  On the general sailing front first, things s...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

The race from Brisbane to Singapore was the toughest yet. As a round the world crew member, it's difficult to describe what life on board is like. Race Start is always exciting. We motored to a pre-determined point for a "Le Mans" start. We found ourselves in 10th position wondering how we could improve. The skipper ma...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

Current position in the world?  Somewhere off Borneo.  Current position in the fleet?  Somewhere in the middle...  This was the concern that dominated talk during the last race de-brief on arrival to Singapore last week. Our lowly position in the fleet across the finish line :( Strategies were throw...

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OLD PULTENEY - STUART MURRAY - RACE 9 DAY 5

24 FEB 2014

The lazarette (laz)  A place not visited by many on the boat but loved by a few; one in particular. (Round the world crew member, Charles Slater). The laz is situated at the stern (blunt end for non-seafarers). It is basically an under deck shed; hence loved by most blokes. It is accessed by lowering yourself down...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 9 DAY 4

24 FEB 2014

So here we are motoring along and the news that our race is over has sunk in. Of course we are all disappointed as we really felt that we had a good chance on this one of a podium position and our start was perfect. However as with all things with the sea, life is ever-changing and that’s what makes it so compell...

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INVEST AFRICA - SUSAN ELIAS-JONES - RACE 8 DAY 4

23 FEB 2014

Well, it's our fifth day back at sea and fourth day sailing at a bumpy, lumpy 30- 45 degree angle which I have to say makes life jolly slow below decks – 45 minutes for the simplest ablutions this morning. But, I've just got to get used to it – because this is how it will be until we arrive in Qingdao. At t...

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HENRI LLOYD - NICK GOLDING - RACE 9 DAY 4

23 FEB 2014

Hi Henri Lloyd fans Today has been action packed on board.  We have been working hard to close the distance on the leaders who cross our paths every few hours during what had turned into a 'tack-fest' to China. Our early morning work with the Yankee 1 had paid off and we were right on the tail of Qingdao as dawn b...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 9 - DAY 4

23 FEB 2014

After 4 days on board we are all starting to get used to life at 45 degrees.On deck, it takes a cat-like spring to position yourself onto the high side rail where you have the guard rails to cling onto.  For those who have looked round the boat, you may remember 'the ankle breakers' - these now...

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HENRI LLOYD - HERB WISER - RACE 9 – DAY 4

23 FEB 2014

I love the simplicity of sailing the open ocean. There is a silence and solitude here that gives a certain space that I have found no where else.It is a space empty of the seriousness of my prior life. Something that I sense all the crew are getting in there own way. There is a chemistry for me...

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TEAM GARMIN - ALAN BARTLEY - RACE 9, DAY 4

23 FEB 2014

Today is me on Mother again with Daisy (Caroline) from starboard watch. Daisy put together some culinary masterpieces for brekky today. After all it's hard to go wrong with bacon and eggs (cornflakes) or steak and eggs (muesli). Call it what you like and we're happy to supply. For Jim it is always steak and a double or...

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OLD PULTENEY - SASCHA BONUS - RACE 9 – DAY 3

22 FEB 2014

CONFESSIONS OF SOMEBODYIt seems that since the beginning of the race there has been an illusive crew member on our boat named somebody. Somebody is very hard to locate but leaves quite the trail of mess and destruction in their wake. I recently was able to pin down somebody and have a chat with them.Me: "So somebo...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 9 - DAY 3

22 FEB 2014

Expect the unexpected…We sailed away on the morning of February 19th. Nice breeze welcomed the 12 boats as they slipped away from their berth place getting ready for the (dreaded) Race 9 - from Singapore to Qingdao. Pete, our Jamaica Get All Right's skipper was the lead skipper for the passage from Singapore out...

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SWITZERLAND - ALYSOUN STURT-SCOBIE - RACE 9 - DAY 3

22 FEB 2014

Hello Mission Performance supportersYou'd think that having signed up for this epic round the world adventure, having beaten the Southern Ocean's hurricane force winds; battled through the Tasman sea - three times (!) that I'd be up for any kind of challenge.Well, I'll let you into a little secret. Moving from Switzerl...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 9 – DAY 3

22 FEB 2014

It's a wildlife frenzy out here in the South China Sea. Yesterday, I thought Lazaros was going mad, or maybe day dreaming of home, when he proclaimed there was a snake off of the starboard quarter. Twenty minutes later, Deepti, who had been off deck and was unaware of the previous sighting, tried to point out a sn...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW RICHARDSON - RACE 9 – DAY 3

22 FEB 2014

We are into the fourth day of our race from Singapore to Qingdao and we have been beating most of the way (a zig zag course into the wind).Predictions are that we will be beating most of the way to Qingdao but the weather will become gradually colder until finally we reach the freezing temperatures of Qi...

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INVEST AFRICA - AMBER FARROW - RACE 9, DAY 3

22 FEB 2014

Already on the night of my third day, of my last race, it is scary how quickly the time has passed since I joined Invest Africa in Albany. You know it is the beginning of a new race as Simon is passing around the white pills like candy. Everyone keeps asking whether I'm excited to go home, but the truth be known I'm fi...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 9 DAY 3

22 FEB 2014

There is a feeling of anticipation going on around here. It works on a few levels. Firstly, after a terrible start we climbed up the ranks and are sitting pretty. The daily race results don't tell the whole story right now but we are feeling good about the race so far on Qingdao. The area is one massive chess board wit...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 9 DAY 3

22 FEB 2014

Here we are again on day 2 or is it 3, I have already stopped counting days and started taking it a watch at a time! The weather is still very pleasant, Invest Africa is nicely heeled over as we are averaging 8 knots and we are enjoying it as much as possible until it gets rougher. In fact I have decided not to wear mo...

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HENRI LLOYD - KEVIN HARNEY - RACE 9 DAY 3

22 FEB 2014

Sails & Battens  Into our second day of the race and after the anxiety, excitement and tension of the delayed race start, the Henri Lloyd team was all settling down into our routines with the full watch system in place and two of us, including the author of this blog, on Mother's duty.  As the race got on...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - GAURAV SHINDE - RACE 9 DAY 2

21 FEB 2014

"You don't ask a seagull why it takes to sea, it just does, that's it" said the famous French sailor Bernard Moitessier. These words came to my mind at the start of this race to Qingdao. The last race was tough and from what we have been hearing and reading about this race, it's supposed to be tougher than the others. ...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 9 DAY 2

21 FEB 2014

It's been a tough start to Race 9. Well, we can't say we weren't warned - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston made it very clear how difficult it would be in the pre-race briefing. I spent yesterday on galley duty and I'm still recovering. Peeling and chopping vegetables when the galley is leaning at a 25 degree angle is not a fun...

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QINGDAO - JOHN XU - RACE 9 DAY 2

21 FEB 2014

It was hard to say goodbye to the Singapore stop over with the luxuries of metropolis and its hospitality, but the team got right into racing and the routine of life on-board. We were practiced and ready for the Le Mans start. As we counted down the team sprang into their positions and started hoisting the foresails. T...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 9 DAY 2

21 FEB 2014

My day began with an early morning wake up call, the dulcet tones of Susie Redhouse walking through the sleeping area shouting, "race start in 20 minutes, race start in 20 minutes, race start in 20 minutes". Even though I'd had more sleep on my first night back on board than I did any night in Singapore, the urge to pu...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 9, DAY 1

21 FEB 2014

I am not one to wax lyrical about vehicles. I couldn't tell the difference between a Jaguar and a Kia if someone took off the logos. But this morning, when twelve 70-foot yachts lined up next to each other on the open seas, ready for the Le Mans start, my breath caught. These vessels we call home for one leg or one yea...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 9 DAY 2

21 FEB 2014

After our motor phase to Singapore, we were well rested and much of our maintenance work on board was already completed before we arrived. I had visited Singapore before so used the two free days I had to rest and recuperate some more before the next two big races. Races 9 and 10 to Qingdao and across the north pacific...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 9, DAY 2

21 FEB 2014

It’s been a glorious day. A Wedgewood blue sky, a few fluffy clouds and 12 to15 knot winds head on. We are making good progress - probably in the top four or five boats at the moment. We are paying attention to trim and the best course to take over the next few hours.  Most of us are a little apprehensive ab...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 9, DAY 2

21 FEB 2014

Team Garmin - A new start.  It was a long haul into Singapore, and the first taste of real food and real drink felt very well deserved, whatever position we had finished in. Having completed most of our jobs list while motoring in, the majority of the crew had almost the entire time off for some well-deserved rest...

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ONE DLL - ROSIE GOSLING - RACE 9, DAY 2

21 FEB 2014

 OneDLL - half way there  More than twenty thousand miles we've sailed And half the way around the world. Over many oceans, seas and straits Through Ocean Sprints and Scoring Gates. Four podiums and an overall lead so far, But yet to achieve a golden star. We've had many adventures along the way To reflect on...

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SWITZERLAND - LINDSEY NOBLE - RACE 9 - DAY 1

20 FEB 2014

And they're off...We are off again at the start of race 9. The stopover in Singapore, despite our fears, ended up being pretty good fun - a lovely marina, good transport, plenty of restaurants and things to do. And because we completed lots of jobs during the motoring phase of Race 8 most of us managed to get some qual...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER HORE - RACE 9, DAY 1

20 FEB 2014

19 February 2014 Leg 5 Race 2 Day 1 - What a mouthful, however, it is not a race yet. Due to repairs necessary on Derry~Londonderry~Doire which delayed its departure we did not all gather at our race start coordinates until dark which precluded a race start.  Providing the wind holds, we shall make a start early t...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 9 DAY 1

20 FEB 2014

Another day another race start! After the delay yesterday evening due to light winds we motored overnight towards Qingdao and started this morning around 0730 local time 2330 UTC. This was our first Le Mans start with other boats, after our solo attempt leaving Brisbane, Australia and it was pretty cool! Everybody line...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 9 DAY 1

20 FEB 2014

Saying goodbye and Birthday celebrations This being my second race, I wasn't really ready for the emotions of saying goodbye to; loved ones, flat land, a double bed, a shower that I could use every day (more than that if I wanted to), fresh food and the most amazing lychee martini's I have ever tasted…that&rsquo...

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HENRI LLOYD - RYAN BATES - RACE 9, DAY 1

20 FEB 2014

Settlin` In  The anticipation this morning to finally start our race to Qingdao was palpable.  We had gone onto a reduced watch system overnight so everyone could get a little extra sleep and Round the World crew members Meg Reilly and Ryan Bates got a great full night’s rest as they were coming off Mot...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 9, DAY 1

20 FEB 2014

And we are off! Well, kind of... We barely made it off dry land this morning before we were called back in after the Parade of Sail to get our battery charger replaced by Clipper's stellar maintenance team. Being gone for only a couple hours, we already felt deprived of the luxuries land offers. We of course then had t...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 9, DAY 1

20 FEB 2014

We slipped lines early yesterday morning, waving a fond farewell to clean sheets, flushing toilets, air conditioning and well stocked drinking establishments.  The crew briefing emphasised how difficult parts of this race up to Qingdao are going to be, with "ungodly" seas and freezing temperatures scheduled to mak...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 8 DAY 30

12 FEB 2014

This is officially, definitely and finally my last blog contribution to Race 8! We are now projected to arrive in Singapore tomorrow, probably in the afternoon, and in preparation for that, the crew have been cleaning, polishing, tidying and repairing in order to be stopover ready. I have just met Julie rushing past in...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 8 DAY 30

12 FEB 2014

I can smell the G&T and it calls to me from 180 miles away. A hot shower, a bed that doesn't move. Air conditioning! Eating with something other than a spork. Green veggies, fresh seafood and clean clothes. They are waiting for me in Singapore. A big, big thank you to Priya Mathew who decided her smelly baby sister...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - HELEN NORTON - RACE 8 DAY 30

12 FEB 2014

SAILOR CHIC- by a Sailor Chick Will you still love me? Recognise me? When I return from the sea... My legs are unshaven and I've got roughened hands, My eyebrows need plucking and I've one dodgy tan. My nails are in tatters and my hair is in dreads, I've more crow's feet than Grandma and my nose is quite red. I'm drea...

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QINGDAO - JOHN XU - RACE 8 DAY 30

12 FEB 2014

The race from Brisbane was quite a mixed experience ranging from drifting backwards to reaching with the medium weight kite to trying to control the boat through a windy squall. The next race will be something quite different with the entire race being a beat upwind and the potential for heavy seas on the coast of Taiw...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 8 DAY 30

12 FEB 2014

It's day 30 of our trek from Brisbane to Singapore and (hopefully) we have less than 24 hours to go. The boat is being tidied for port and where we are staying and what we will be doing in Singapore are the main subjects of conversation. But there's still a few more hours of sailing to go so here's a knotty joke for yo...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SARAH WATSON - RACE 8 DAY 31

12 FEB 2014

Day 31 on board the good ship GREAT Britain nearly in Singapore and half way round the world! Following on from the commonwealths mid-term reports here's a roundup from Olympic watch... First up, watch leader and round the world crew member Ollie Phillips (aka doctor Phillips) took his first role as watch leader on Rac...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 8 DAY 31

12 FEB 2014

Nearly 5 and a half months in and less than a day from reaching Singapore, without a doubt I'm very much looking forward to this next stopover. Trying to comprehend what both myself and also my crew (plus of course the rest of the fleet) have achieved since setting off from St Katharine Docks on Sunday 1 September &nbs...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 8 DAY 31

12 FEB 2014

I've been thinking what to write as my 'reflection' on the past five months and finally decided that I cannot capture what this whole adventure means to me in words. Besides, I've read what my fellow crew members have already written in their blogs and they are way more eloquent than me so - "what they said": Instead, ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 8 DAY 30

11 FEB 2014

Today was always going to be a difficult day for me, since signing and agreeing to race around the world, being away for my daughter, Siobhan's, birthday was going to be hard. Until the last week or so I had hoped we would be on land so at least it would be easier to communicate. However the fickle winds of the Sulu an...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 8 DAY 30

11 FEB 2014

Cruising... sounds pretty nice doesn't it? You can imagine the low hum of a highly tuned engine quietly working away, dutifully propelling us at high speed to Singapore, while we relax on deck, play cards, and drink gin and tonic. Well, while that is probably a realistic scenario on some types of boat, not on a Clipper...

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PSP LOGISTICS - URSULA STROH - RACE 8 DAY 30

11 FEB 2014

'My favourite things' on this journey around the world (with apologies to the song from The Sound of Music)   The blowholes of dolphins, A crew mate's warm smile The power of helming Another sea mile An albatross gliding - the moon on its wings these are a few of my favourite things.   Glorious sunrises Colou...

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ONE DLL - MARK CHURCHILL - RACE 8 DAY 30

11 FEB 2014

Beardwatch day 30. Hello once more avid readers and followers of the ‘Big Blue Canoe’. I sit here as we hurtle towards our destination of Singapore moving at all possible speed. The beer is calling! It is safe to say we are looking forward to getting there! To see family and friends and to sample the deligh...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - MANAF BENACHOUR - RACE 8 DAY 30

11 FEB 2014

They said the Clipper Race will change your life, they said life will never be the same again, but everyone was talking about sailing the world's oceans and seas, about battling the elements, about the challenging living conditions. But from my own personal experience I find all the above relatively easy compared to on...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 8 DAY 30

11 FEB 2014

WHAT'S HE ON ABOUT NOW?THE HEGGMEISTER MUSES ON A LONG LEG AND THIS WEEK'S JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT AWARDS Anybody following this leg of the race will know that it has been a long one...very long. Adopting my best Geordie voice over...Day 30… 30 days at sea...the longest passage yet and the days of racing (hah!...o...

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HENRI LLOYD - MAAIKE WASSENAAR - RACE 8 DAY 30

11 FEB 2014

Hush Little Baby In addition to the many stories we recollected at our halfway point celebration I wrote and sang a song with some of my highlights of the past months. Halfway point song to Hush Little Baby Team Henri Lloyd at the halfway mark Got there without running into any shark, time for cruising and a bit of fun...

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OLD PULTENEY - SARAH ALLISON - RACE 8 DAY 30

11 FEB 2014

Until the fat lady sings... Ice-cold beer, pile of ice cream dripping in chocolate sauce, fresh food, hot shower, comfy bed, catching up with friends and family...We all look forward to certain treats when we get into port. However, though the end of Race 8 is well over, the hard work doesn’t stop and there is pl...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 8 DAY 30

11 FEB 2014

As we enter day 30 of this marathon sailing session, I thought it would be fitting to reflect on what has gone before us over the last month. The shores of Singapore are now exactly 100 miles away from us and the allure of a big city seems almost too enticing and tempting! A month at sea is an incredibly long time and ...

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INVEST AFRICA - LAZAROS TSHIKOVHI - RACE 8 DAY 26

10 FEB 2014

TO ANYONE WHO WILL COME ACROSS THIS EMAIL If you want to find out about the secret of the ocean, then join the Clipper Race. If you want to learn more about the stars, moon and sun, then join the Clipper Race. Want to learn more about ocean creatures like whales, sharks, dolphins or flying Fish etc? You better join the...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SARAH USHER - RACE 8 DAY 10

10 FEB 2014

Day 29, nearing the end of our mission to Singapore, it feels like it's time for a mid-term review before our R&R in port! So here's a roundup of the Commonwealth watch key players, so all our friends, family and supporters following the race can get an insight into who's been doing what, and how they've been doing...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 8 DAY 29

10 FEB 2014

Jean Brandon's Day 29 at sea lopping around So here we are getting ready to refuel. It is quite exciting really, we will see some new faces and some scenery, quite something after a month at sea. Then we will motor as fast as we possibly can to Singapore to enjoy the Singapore Slings, the comfy bed and all the trapping...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 8 DAY 29

10 FEB 2014

Looking back over the last six months. I am one of the round the world crew members on PSP Logistics and I suppose I am now half way through the journey so time for reflection. There have been huge highs and of course some lows. The biggest surprise for me is how much I miss Frank my husband, the family and close frien...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 29

10 FEB 2014

Good evening followers, fans, friends and family! We are making good progress towards Singapore, but must have spent close to 90% of our time in the last 24 hours getting rained on. It wasn't necessarily heavy rain - but a good constant drizzle... which even required full foulies on deck. The rain has stopped for a bit...

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SWITZERLAND - MARTIN HANSLIP - RACE 8 DAY 29

10 FEB 2014

How would you summarise this trip in one word?Unforgettable! Has it lived up to your expectations? Been easier? Or harder?Initially it has been harder - the first few days out of Brisbane we saw tougher conditions than I had anticipated - including one or two broaches.Also the temperatures that we had to cope with belo...

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SWITZERLAND - ALYSOUN STURT-SCOBIE - RACE 8 DAY 29

10 FEB 2014

The BTTC or "Behind the Traveller Club" inaugurated during the 2013 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race and became an exclusive institution on board Switzerland, open only to opinion leaders; decision makers and those who thought they should be one or the other as well as having a loud voice that carried from helm to bow in pa...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WENDY WHITE - RACE 8 DAY 29

10 FEB 2014

So one and a half legs in and life 'at home' seems like a distant memory. This is probably the cliché that others have discussed before me but the reality is that we just adapt to the surroundings that we live in. I have achieved a few firsts one of note, I crossed the equator by boat and am no longer a Pollywog...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 8 DAY 29

10 FEB 2014

Good evening from the oilfields north of Borneo. We're currently weaving our way through a metropolis of brightly lit rig platforms; which look like giant high rise cities. I have discovered whilst on the helm, that I have moth like tendencies... and cannot resist being drawn towards the light! So we are now half way a...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 8 DAY 29

10 FEB 2014

We have refuelled and are well on our way to Singapore with less than 600 miles to go. After what will be our longest leg, so far, at sea we cannot wait to arrive. Although it feels we are now in automatic mode and it barely matters when we do get there. Seeing the hotels by the pontoon yesterday as we refuelled did ho...

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GREAT BRITAIN - STEVE MABEY - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

So we are over half way into our adventure of circumnavigating the globe on board GREAT Britain  ("Charlie Victor two six"). As round the world crew we joined the boat in August last year and were fresh out of Clipper Race training. It's a bit like learning to drive and passing your driving test when you still nee...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

Last night, around 0200am while on transit to Kota Kinabalu, I turned my iphone on and here is magic - a cellular signal strong enough to call. So, I have called home, for the first time in 28 days, I have talked to Tali and Gai not through a satellite communication (which is slow, has an echo, and delayed). The kids w...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

“Well, it is a lovely day in south east Asia”. I say this every morning when I come on deck. It is invariably true and it is a good way to start the day. When am I going to have the chance to sail in this part of the world again? Never say never but, let's face it, it is unlikely so it is best to enjoy ever...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

As James described, this is a stunning part of the world to be sailing across. Last night the sunset was the deepest red with streaks of opalescent yellow, green, blue. With silhouettes of our motoring companions PSP Logistics and Jamaica Get All Right – burning against the darkening sky. We are very lucky. For m...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER HORE - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

What to say that my fellow shipmates have not already said? Our competition sailing to Singapore is over and we are now motor sailing across the Celebes Sea to the Sulu Sea and a refuelling stop prior to the last stretch down to Singapore. With relatively calm seas we are tackling repairs and maintenance with vigour an...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

Hi All Chris has mentioned the physical journey so I will mention the mental one. Each race and leg presents its different challenges in both the sailing and crew dynamics. We are all individuals that work as team to keep the boat sailing first and foremost and then clean and habitable as it is our home for the duratio...

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SWITZERLAND - GERALD BOESS - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

Hello followers, fans, friends and family! I hope you have been enjoying the questionnaires so far. I've tried to provide a few different perspectives - some of round the world crew members, ‘leggers’, and ‘multi-leggers’. We have a few more to come, but for today here we have Gerald's questionn...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CONOR O'BYRNE - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

So we are now in the motor phase of Race 8, due to the lack of wind and commitments in Singapore, it’s strange being on the a 70 foot racing yacht with the "Donkey" (engine) on. But the wind is light or not existent. So sitting on anchor watch waiting for the fuel dock to open gave me time for reflection on what ...

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OLD PULTENEY - SIMON ARAM - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

Getting to know the Old Pulteney crew 1. What is your favourite watch - Sunrise or Sunset?Sunrise - 12Sunset - 3 2. Worst Job on board out of the following?Emptying the bilges - 1Wooling a spinnaker - 3Doing the domestics (cleaning the toilets) - 10 plus the skipper (although the skipper doesn't have to do this) 3. Fav...

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HENRI LLOYD - MAAIKE WASSENAAR - RACE 8 DAY 28

09 FEB 2014

Memory lane Recently we celebrated our halfway point. A time for reflection and celebration and for me I guess also for amazement of being here and it having 'arrived'. It didn't change our daily schedule too much but having our celebratory evening was reason enough to get one of our last baking mixes out and create a ...

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OLD PULTENEY - CHARLES SLATER - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

Interview with Charles Slater - round the world crew member on Old Pulteney: Question 1 - what has been your favourite leg so far in the race and why? We have now completed four legs and are in the final stages of Leg 5 - all of which have been very different. Leg 3, the Southern Ocean was certainly the most exhilarati...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CHRIS MATTHEW - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

The eve before our original arrival date into Singapore and yet we are still slowly but, perhaps most importantly, making steady progress through our remaining 900 miles. I can almost taste that first (of many) Singapore Slings. The race so far has tested not only the stamina of the crew, the skippers but undoubtedly t...

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SWITZERLAND - ALYSOUN STURT-SCOBIE - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

Interview with round the world crew member Alysoun Sturt-Scobie: How would you summarise this trip in one word? Challenging! Has it lived up to your expectations? The race has offered every weather possibility with views of islands; volcano; different types of fishing vessel. Physically from the point of view of saili...

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SWITZERLAND - STEPHEN PHILIP - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

Interview with Leg 5 crew member Stephen Philip: How would you summarise this trip in one word? Relentless Has it lived up to your expectations? Honestly I came with no expectations so none could be shattered or created. The initial few days were tough. Acclimatising to life on board for 4 weeks, mentally and...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

So, we entered the South China Sea, and plan to refuel in the Malaysian part of Borneo in Sutera Harbour, at Kota Kinabalu tomorrow morning, and start the second part of Race 8 (now to be called 8B) which is about 750 miles to Singapore. We have been at sea 28 days by now, which is 3-4 days more than we planned and sti...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

Having been asked to write a blog in a reflective mood so I spent a couple of hours on the helm putting my reflections in some order. Apart from the familiar reflections of seas crossed, miles sailed etc. I found myself focusing on the human interaction side of this trip which I have personally found both baffling and ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - KATE WATERHOUSE - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

It's 3am here while I am writing this latest blog and we are just starting our second four hour night shift. Before I joined the race I had an idea in my head of what it would be like and to be honest so far it has met most of my expectations. I think most people will tell you the sailing is the easy bit! Things I've f...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

The most boring watch We're sitting outside Kota Kinabalu on Borneo with only our staysail up and are bobbing up and down outside the marina. Half an hour one way, half an hour the other way. We're here to refuel - and missed our refuelling chance narrowly today. The refuelling station closes at sundown and we were fou...

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INVEST AFRICA - PHIL WHITE - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

We've continued our motoring towards Singapore, stopping for fuel today. As the other recent blogs have mentioned, life recently has been more about repairs and maintenance than racing.  We've all been working on various jobs, of which sail repairs has undoubtedly taken the largest number of crew hours.  It's...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

In our everyday life we measure a lot of things. Measuring usually means assigning some positive number to “something” to quantify how much or how little there is of the ‘something’. It can be assigning a length to a piece of rope, a surface area to a piece of land or a volume to an amount of wa...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

As we are now in the motoring section of the leg, as the race has been suspended so that we can power through regions of very light wind, which has enabled us to start the maintenance regime that has to be undertaken after each and every race. The aim being to get almost all of the work done before we reach Singapore, ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

We're half way round the world on this epic adventure, 3 days from Singapore after the most frustrating race to date.  It's a rare chance to glance back on the last 5 months; I've taken to using a few simple words to describe my experience to date: Relentless; the single word I'd use to describe my Clipper Race ex...

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QINGDAO - LYNETTE SWIFT - RACE 8 DAY 27

08 FEB 2014

We crossed the Equator a few days ago. I remember it well.  We were still racing and had just been hit by a squall, which delivered a sudden and dramatically ferocious storm.  We had seen the darkening cloud ahead of us but it still seemed some way off so were contemplating putting on jackets when, wham!, the...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 8 DAY 26

07 FEB 2014

There is much speculation around where the halfway point of the race actually is, in the running in this discussion has been Sydney with its long stopover at Christmas, Singapore at approx. half distance and Qingdao approx. half way in time. For me as we now start to head north, back into the Northern Hemisphere and ap...

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SWITZERLAND - MARIO LENITZ - RACE 8 DAY 26

07 FEB 2014

How would you summarise this trip in one word? Amazing Has it lived up to your expectations? Been easier? Or harder? Yes, my expectations have been fulfilled so far. But the challenges were different ones than expected. e.g. I would have never expected that my clothes and body never dry when under deck and the only way...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 26

07 FEB 2014

Reflection time on Switzerland Good morning followers, fans, friends and family! We are still in our motoring/ cruising phase of this race and since last night we've been able to set sails, switch the engine off and conserve fuel while still making good progress. We have enjoyed the company of some of the Clipper Race ...

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QINGDAO - LYNETTE SWIFT - RACE 8 DAY 26

07 FEB 2014

Since leaving Brisbane, we've been at sea now for almost four weeks.  Life has its own rhythm, three four-hour watches at night and two six-hour watches during the day, punctuated by meals which, though relatively inventive and ambitious under the circumstances, also have a certain conformity and repetition. ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - IONIE ROBINSON - RACE 8 DAY 26

07 FEB 2014

As you sail across the Sulu Sea, en route to Singapore, you can only reflect on the miles travelled and the things done.  From our starting point 115 days ago on a windy day in September,  when our yacht slipped its lines from St Katherine's docks with the cheers, waves and tears from family and friends, all ...

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ONE DLL - CATRIONA SAVAGE - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

For the last two days we've been in “cruise” mode, motor sailing in convoy with half the fleet. It's a bit different to our normal way of doing things. For a start I got an uninterrupted nine hours of down time last night. It says something about the relentless pace of the race and the normal watch system t...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE MORAWA - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

Across the finish line. Twenty-four hours after the finish. The motor has been humming all night. I was on mother watch with Richard Hinks today so managed to get some uninterrupted sleep for most of last night. An early rise to a glassed off sea, which remained for most of the day meant a pretty smooth ride. As we are...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

Day 25 and racing has paused. It seems like a good time to reflect on things thus far. It is very easy in the day to day routine of life on board to concentrate on the small matters, such as someone not replacing the used toilet roll - yet again, and to forgot what an amazing adventure we are all on and what an incredi...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

Rendezvous at sea! Picture this: Two Clipper Race boats bobbing around in a lovely patch of sea meet up in the middle of nowhere, tie up against each other and meet for drinks. For one lovely hour in the day! That's what we did yesterday. We invited the crew of Old Pulteney over for drinks on Switzerland. We decided to...

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PSP LOGISTICS - TRISTAN GRIGALIS - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

Dear Clipper Race Fans. Well once again it’s time to type up some interesting information about the last few days. It’s been pretty frustrating getting ourselves to the finish line of Race 8A of what seems like an infinitely long leg and I can't say I'm not glad to have this past done. After getting over th...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Follow the Yellow Brick Road. Follow, follow, follow, follow. Follow the Yellow Brick Road. For the people back in Kansas, Yorkshire, it must be very frustrating to watch the Yellow Brick Race Viewer and see the boat so close to safety. Yet the Wicked Witch of the North Wind stands in our ...

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INVEST AFRICA - SUSAN ELIAS-JONES - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

So – the race has finished for the time being and we are underway with the motor, having hit an annoying wind hole – yet again! just 20 miles from the finish. The last few days have been very beguiling – lovely tropical sailing, with fluffy clouds on the horizon in the day and star studded skies at ni...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

Today we awoke to a marvellous sun rise, the water is perfectly still and we are motoring through a series of islands in the Basilian Straight by Malaysia. Being close to land, we have phone signal so I was able to phone home to the UK and wish my father a happy birthday and the afternoon plan is to stop and meet up wi...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

Now hear this all crew of Jamaica Get All Right. Hear this! I am Davy Jones, the officially anointed scribe of his highness, King Neptune, master and ruler of all the oceans of the world. On behalf of His Majesty, I welcome all of you, the crew of Jamaica Get All Right, led by King Neptune's faithful and trustworthy se...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 8 DAY 25

06 FEB 2014

What a beautiful day! Firstly, we crossed the finish line for Race 8… finally! Secondly, the engine started... and kept turning over! And thirdly, the skipper granted my one request I've been asking almost every day for the last five months…thanks boss! On another note, our little insect incident with Sus...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 8 - DAY 23

05 FEB 2014

Right, veering away from the ribald to the more prosaic, but far more important, matter of running out of stuff. I am not talking about crew sunscreen, anti-bac or dish washing fluid, all of which seem to have been consumed in great quantities by some one or ones with very pale skin and OCD about cl...

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OLD PULTENEY - SUE GILL - RACE 8 – DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

Day 24! Where is the time going? If the wind holds up today will probably be the last day of this race for Old Pulteney and as you can imagine we are doing everything we can to finish the job we started in Brisbane. By the time you read this we'll know the outcome so lets hope that our efforts physical, cereb...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 8 – DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

Greetings from the fair ship PSP Logistics, somewhere near the Philippines.These past few days have featured fairly light winds blowing, for once, and thankfully, in vaguely the right direction. We have, therefore, been perfecting the art of sailing under "Bruce", our lightweight spinnaker, or biggest and lig...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 8 – DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

Though we all treat the crew equally here on the beacon of equality that is the good ship Switzerland, today is a rather special day for eleven of us.For those in the crew who took the foolhardy step to sign up for the whole journey around the world, today is the halfway point.Our journey from London to Londo...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - RICHARD DAWSON - RACE 8 - DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

We are currently approaching the waypoint, which marks the end of race eight and the start of a long motor/sail to Singapore. Being realistic it looks as if we will finish somewhere in the bottom half of the fleet, which is disappointing given that we have been in the lead for much of the race.Once again the ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ANTHONY FAIRWEATHER - RACE 8 – DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

So day 24! Well technically for me it's day 62 since this race started way back in Albany in December. After 60 days of relentless sun, rain, sailing, stopovers, maintenance and cleaning the signs of exhaustion are starting to show.Night time off watches are becoming a confused state of consciousness, la...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 8 - DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

It's official, we are now living, for the time being anyway, as in the movie 'Groundhog Day'. The conditions we appear to have been having for ever prevail. We get up, we go on watch, we enjoy the sunshine or try to hide from it, we eat, we see dolphins, we listen to beautiful music, we see magnific...

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INVEST AFRICA - AMBER FARROW - RACE 8 – DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

Spinnaker Handling 101:Now having a spinnaker and taking care of it is not for everyone, you have to ensure that you are  ready to take on the endless challenge of raising you're spinnaker. You may think to yourself: 'well I've had a Yankee before, how different can they really be?'Let me answe...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 8 - DAY 23

05 FEB 2014

I woke up today to do the breakfast part of mother watch and realised it was Monday so I thought after that  I would turn it into a school day. The weather has been ideal for cruising but I am not sure the skipper quite shares my enthusiasm for these trying racing conditions. According to the&n...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SARAH WATSON - RACE 8 DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

We made it! And that too in second place, and wow was it a tight finish! After days of bobbing around with not much wind the finish arrived unexpectedly early for me. It was super tense on board with skipper Simon Talbot and Jake et al plotting away right up into the final few minutes of the race. Well done to Henri Ll...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 8 DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

Well we have finally crossed the finish line (or maybe just the first finish line if the second part of the race is able to go ahead). Massive congratulations to all the crews out there, this has been one amazing race, an absolute test of us all as racing crew and one we can all be proud to look back on and say we were...

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TEAM GARMIN - ELLIOT MARTIN - RACE 8 DAY 24

05 FEB 2014

Hello all, Elliott here. Well, it's all over. A disappointing result for the crew given how well things were looking merely a few days ago. crossing the finish while cruising past the Philippines was a very picturesque end to a relatively dull few days... The starboard watch on board Team Garmin awoke to another swelte...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OWEN JONES - RACE 8 – DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

Hi folksIt's been a while since I wrote one of these, I think it was probably on Leg 1 when we were in the Northern Hemisphere and now with the Southern Hemisphere behind us (the Southern Cross is no longer visible), which is fairly monumental in my eyes, I am once again thrust the keyboard to bore you all with a ...

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OLD PULTENEY - ALYSON WREFORD - RACE 8 - DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

The tall and the short of it.The one design Clipper 70s have proved they can cope with all sorts of weather and seas with a mixed experience and skills crew aboard, but who decides how they are fitted out?  To save the names of the innocent we have a 'random' sailing height scale and used this ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - SHONA LEE - RACE 8 - DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

To sleep, perchance to dream. Highly sought after, more difficult to obtain. Here's what I've learnt about reaching that sweet state on board.You are probably aware that we operate in a watch system, 4 hourly on/off during the night and the day sees us awake for 7. With 4 hours off, you are never going to get 4 hours o...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 8 – DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

I'm sure reading some of the blogs on this leg from the round the worlders you are thinking 'what a reflective lot'.  It’s a good job the leggers are interjecting with their experiences otherwise it might sound like a case study for a psychologist.  Talking to Jon Dodd, who has ...

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INVEST AFRICA - LAZAROS TSHIKOVHI - RACE 8 DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

I think I’m in LOVE with her. She is so beautiful, so brave, so strong, so unique and very faithful when it comes to her JOB. She is so quiet and very focussed you know. I enjoy conversations with her more than anyone else to be honest. I know it won’t be easy for many of you to understand what I’m sa...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 8 - DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

With Day 23 at sea drawing to a close, the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire has just 229 miles to the finish line. If the weather forecast is anything to believe (forgive my sarcasm at this point) we should cross the line around midnight tomorrow and at this moment in time, the podium positions literally are anyone's ...

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HENRI LLOYD - DAVID CADWALLENDER - RACE 8 – DAY 22

04 FEB 2014

Birthday Memories at SeaThe day started very well and then just got better.  It started early as the previous night's 2000 to 0000 watch came to an end a big bright crescent moon sitting in front of the faint shadow of her bigger full sister's shadow just visible behind ducked out low over the ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - JACOB CARTER - RACE 8 – DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

Hi all.Frustration has been the key word for the past few days. This leg has been long which I don't particularly mind but the last few days since the wind hole set in have been like sticking pins in your eyes while still being able to see the paint dry. We as a crew do all we can to utilise every breath of wind b...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 8 – DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

Well I am on mother duty today and the day bag says 24 on it so I guess it is our 24th day at sea!?!? This race is taking such a long time that we have all lost track of the days and with a long motoring phase and lots of refuelling to be done before we reach Singapore it seems pointless to continue...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 - DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

Today is the last day of the race. By the time you read this we may in fact have crossed the finish line already. And in a strangely funny coincidental way I have spent the last day of the race, just like the first one three weeks ago, down below deck being mother!I'm going to try to summarise what today...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 8 – DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

Hello from Mission Performance! We are currently around 250nm from the finish of Race 8A and cruising along under our various kites. Today we have had Brian, Bruce and Wendy flying, although not all at once ;)We finished the repair to Bruce in the early hours of the morning, got him woolled and packed re...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PATRICK HAYES - RACE 8 – DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

Yet again I am struggling with one of these stupid bloody computers. I was asked the other day by one of the academics on the  boat why I didn’t know how to operate one. My reply they don’t fix gas leaks or unblock sinks do they? You must learn I was told. 20 seconds later same acad...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - VICTORIA LARRAD RAHKONEN - RACE 8 DAY 23

04 FEB 2014

A special day... Sunday is a special day on Jamaica Get All Right because of the 3 awards; Delia, Hank and Boscar as you, who have been following our blogs before, know. But last Sunday was a special day also because it was my birthday. I am not big with birthdays but it was nice when skipper Pete started our Happy Hou...

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GREAT BRITAIN - MICHAEL HART - RACE 8 – DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

As a new legger on this race the thing I think I had failed to appreciate is just how big even a bit of an ocean is, particularly when we have little wind we can seam to just stay on the same plan day after day, not plodding along as we are always looking for a way to move a little quicker, but stil...

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QINGDAO - TOM DE FONBLANQUE - RACE 8 - DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

Over the last few days, we've climbed from ninth in the fleet to first. To be perfectly honest, this came as something of a surprise. We were several hundred miles off the lead, making steady but unspectacular progress, and getting used to daily updates of further gains by the front boats. More than...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SARAH DAVIDSON - RACE 8 - DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

It's been over three weeks now since we set off on Leg 5 and it has been tough; we have had head winds, no wind, humidity, heat and collectively highs and lows both as a group/ team and each as individuals with so long at sea.The team of Jamaica Get All Right however is full of amazing people and together we ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DOROTA FILIPOWICZ - RACE 8 - DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

Today is my Mum's (may she live forever) and my aunt's b-day and just in a few days it's my favourite sister's name day. This brings me to the topic of our friends and family in relation to this whole sailing extravaganza.After three weeks at sea one is long past realising how much they mean and why they are ...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 8 – DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

Quiz Answers and a visit from NeptuneSo... How did you all get on? Obviously amazingly well!1. 15 crew members2. 11 winches3. Hot chocolate (he loves the stuff)4. 5 Minutes5.  B) 290 litres6. 2 loafs (and for the record we have all learnt how to do this, Kate makes a delicious raisin loaf).7. C) enough t...

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SWITZERLAND - GREG WILSON - RACE 8 – DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

With 3 Scottish crew and a skipper who has sailed a lot in Scottish waters, it seemed a no-brainer to celebrate Burns' Night on board Switzerland (aka Heidi)...Unfortunately the weather had other ideas, throwing storm like conditions our way for the days around the official celebration. Traditional Burns'&nbs...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 8 – DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

So Sam has left me with the dubious honour of explaining a royal visit from the illustrious and most reverend King Neptune...King Neptune came yesterdayBears and barber in tow,Up to the surfaceFrom the oceans depths below.He was here to pass judgementOn the newbies at sea,Those we call PollywogsThose yet to cross ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8 – DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

Another week is starting. Got a touching message from Tali this morning:She overheard Noga and Adi talking and saying to each other that they miss touching my short hair cut, which feels like spines… and then one of them said that she misses my snoring, and the other said, that I do not snore, so ...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 8 – DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

It's time for a change of direction. 'I keep writing about the blunt end', I happened to observe to Natalia. 'Well, write about the pointy end then' she tersely replied, and as her lightest word is law, here goes.A while back, the bowsprit acquired a new bit of kit, comprising a piece of piping with a ro...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 8, DAY 21

03 FEB 2014

In sport you come across the term 'great' far too often for my liking. Many a fan, commentator or sports writer will wax lyrical about an event, goal, player or spectacle, eulogising and heralding them, their achievement or the particular moment as one of life's true privileges to watch and encounter, often without any...

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TEAM GARMIN - JULIA ELMES - RACE 8 – DAY 22

03 FEB 2014

We have decided to change our route due to the prevailing wind conditions and rather than sit bobbing around south of the Palau Islands. The new route involves us taking a fairly long detour to the north which I guess looking at on Yellow Brick might seem an odd decision but on the boat it feels lik...

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HENRI LLOYD - MAAIKE WASSENAAR - RACE 8 DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

Butter anyone?Part of the expected jobs as mother is to bake bread. By now most of us have figured out their own recipe of how to. Since my attempt 2 weeks ago failed miserably I was only too glad to find my co-mother Heather to have perfected her first bread making attempt last week. Guess who made brea...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 8 - DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

I have a quiz for all you avid Old Pulteney followers. This will test your knowledge of the boat and of the crew of leg 5. Good luck.1. How many crew are on board Old Pulteney (including Patrick) for Leg 5?2. How many winches does Old Pulteney have?3. What is Tibor's favourite hot drink?4. How many minutes before ...

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TEAM GARMIN - KIT FITTON - RACE 8 - DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

Hello again all.We continue to potter along in light and calm conditions, with our kite up and managing a solid ten knots. The temperature on deck and down below seems to increase by the day – fortunately, however, the gentle conditions mean that there's plenty of scope for sunbathing.Despite this laid back appro...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JOHN RUSSELL - RACE 8 – DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

We have gone from blazing 40 degree sunshine to rain and cooler weather today as we head remorselessly westwards towards the Philippine island of Mindanao.Matt is hoping to find there a bit more wind than the rest of the fleet will enjoy, and also a current, which will give us an extra 4 knots of speed. It remains to b...

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INVEST AFRICA - PHIL WHITE - RACE 8 – DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

On a quiet night watch...I spy with my little eye, something beginning with 's'...Sea, Swell, Surf and SpraySky, Storm clouds and Sun.Sunrise, Sunset, Stars, Shooting Stars.The Southern Cross!Sails – Staysail, Storm sail and SpinnakerShrouds, Stays, Spreaders and StanchionsSheets, Shackles, Stopper knots and Shee...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 8 – DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

We have just started our 10pm-2am watch. It is again a beautiful clear night under a star-filled  sky; it is neither warm or cold, just perfect; there is a steady light wind, enough to keep us moving under the medium weight spinnaker. It is quite interesting that at the moment, we can see both&...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 8 – DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

Some months ago, in my ginger haired skipper-like guise, I'd welcomed the new Legenderries across the equator as they headed south for Rio.  Their tales in my Southern Ocean are now stories which will be passed down the generations.  So, in my slightly taller 6'4" and robust incarnati...

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GREAT BRITAIN - KIRSTY NORRIS - RACE 8 – DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

So the word of the day on the good ship GREAT Britain today is RATIONING!Shrieks of horror were heard all round this morning when we discovered the toilet roll supply was nearly finished!Numerable creative ideas have been banded around all morning as to various solutions, usually involving some form of set up of a haly...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 8 - DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

In ocean racing, usually the goal is to see who can go the fastest. Well, the last 24 hours the name of the game has been "who can go backwards the slowest".Yes, that's right, stuck in a wind hole...again, stuck in a current pushing us in the wrong direction...again, with OneDLL and Old Pulteney in our sights...ag...

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PSP LOGISTICS - SAMANTHA COOK - RACE 8 - DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

Life is good on board PSP Logistics. Today I had not one but two delicious lime and sugar pancakes for breakfast (thanks Tristan) and the last few days have included brownies, lentil and chorizo stew, a 2am feast and even a rare bit of chocolate.  The highlights are not all food related but foo...

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SWITZERLAND - GREG WILSON - RACE 8 - DAY 21

02 FEB 2014

The Equator Crossing of Switzerland...Greetings from Neptune, by the Grace of Mythology, Lord of the Waters, Sovereign of all Oceans, Governor and Lord High Admiral of the Bath, and all round top bloke to all you Landlubbers, Pollywogs and Shellbacks here present.A few days past the noble Victoria Ellis, Skipper of the...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WENDY WHITE - RACE 8 - DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

I have to say that although sport has always been part of my life I have never been a fitness fanatic. Always played hockey on the social seconds teams and swam for pleasure! Then in 2002 I did my first 10km running race in London.I'll be honest I wasn't fast and I did stop a couple of times but I did it! Since th...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 8 – DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

Apologies from the crew of PSP Logistics for no blog yesterday.We do however have a good excuse!We've had problems in the past with our engine, some small and some big.And some that keep recurring.Like water getting into it.As happened yesterday.There are theories that are floating around but as Dixie's engineer I have...

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OLD PULTENEY - SASCHA BONUS - RACE 8 - DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

THE 10 MINUTE RULEAll boats have rules. Most of them revolve around safety or rules of racing(rights of way etc). However we have discovered the all important 10 minute rule.On our boat there are many different ways that this rule can apply. If you see a squall ahead and wonder... Should I put a reef in?...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 - DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

All the lovely people.Progress is painfully slow, the conditions are calm, it's hot, but quiet. While frustrations about highly likely delays are high, there is nothing we can do about it, so we might as well try to make the best about it. What it gives us is time to recover and time to reflect. I mentio...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - KONG CHIAN TOH - RACE 8 - DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

What an eventful week it has been! Apart from our reefing lines snapping and headsail in the water, I experienced my first "all-hands-on-deck" situation on Thursday.It came as a shout from Rachel at half past nine in the morning and everyone from my (off) watch scrambled on deck. With my well-known reputation...

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QINGDAO - ROMANDA SIMPSON - RACE 8 – DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

It was a ridiculously hot night below decks last night even with hatches open and fans running. This heat was compounded in the early hours of the morning when the sun came out in full force. By the time my watch, Port Watch, came out on deck for changeover at noon almost all of us were already upstairs ...

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ONE DLL - JENNIFER THOMPSON - RACE 8 - DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

Ground Hog DayGiven that we rely heavily on the winds and weather to guide Big Blue to our destination, it is no surprise that weather is a common topic of conversation on board.  We use all sorts of modern technology to predict and interpret the weather, thanks to the regular updates from our ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 8 - DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

With a crew of up to 21 people on board plus a skipper, as Jamaica Get All Right had on Leg 1 to Rio, the boat is a pretty crowded place with all those people bringing far too much clobber on board plus food supplies for three meals a day for a month. It quickly dawns on you that with everybody wanting to be busy ...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 8 – DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

Back in my old life, the world of finance. We used to joke about the difference between a recession and a depression. A recession was when your neighbour lost their job... a depression was when you lost yours.In my new life aboard Invest Africa, depressions are still a prevalent feature. Although recently they hav...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 8 - DAY 20

01 FEB 2014

Thanks to the wind, or the lack of it, today we shifted things around in the sail locker. Thunder watch this morning hoisted the 3 different kites we have on board. Naturally not all at once although that could be fairly interesting to see! That also means packing them when they come down which in the he...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JAYNE THOMAS - RACE 8 - DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

Today our blog is especially for all of our younger followers, we know that we have a dedicated following of future round the world Clipper Race crew and possibly even one or 2 future skippers. If your name is not included below - remind us to make sure we include you next time.Maya, Lucia and Jumeira and Daisy an...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAUL BARTLETT - RACE 8 – DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

After my last blog about the water maker this reluctant blog is about the other main machinery on board, the main engine and the generator. Before I cover these two vital items of equipment that the engineering team look after, a technical correction to my previous blog that the observant amongst you would ha...

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GREAT BRITAIN - RIKKI HANSON - RACE 8 – DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

Is it Day 19 already?All the days seem to be rolling into one now! Life on board the good ship GREAT Britain seems to be trucking along, we've found some nice wind off the beam and some calmer seas to make for wonderful sailing conditions!The Commonwealth watch as we are known for this leg are in high spirits...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER HORE - RACE 8 – DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

I feel as if I have had a tough time since my last blog. A few days ago we came through a tropical storm at night which was not just spectacular but painful.  We had an “all hands on deck” at about 21.00, the storm had snapped our reef 3 line and the damaged mainsail leech line and was&n...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 8 - DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

Hi FolksOnce again blog time has come around well what’s gone on since I last blogged?We had 3-4 days of beating into strong to gale force winds in moderate to rough seas 60 to 100 knots of wind across the deck you know typical Equator crossing stuff. So from the first crossing to this one we’ve h...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 8 - DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

They weren't wrong when they said this would be a challenge. As a new legger, the challenge of life below deck has far exceeded the challenges of life on deck, and with that, a whole range of emotions. And for all of us, the race across the  Pacific has been testing, with storm force winds,&nbs...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 8 - DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

Hello from a sunny Mission Performance!We're surfing along under our medium weight spinnaker and have been since yesterday. We did have the lightweight spinnaker up originally, but he jumped apart at the clew and is once again under repair on board. I think what surprised our new joiners is how completely unfazed we we...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 8 – DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

So as the hours tick by night becomes day and our whole world is reduced to the rhythm of the waves. After 18 days at sea I have now had enough time on board to reflect on the experience thus far and prepare myself for the challenges yet to come. The routine on the boat is strangely comforting as you know exactly what ...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 8 – DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

Well, the past 24 hours have had the highs and frustrations that I have come to expect from ocean racing. Now our mainsail is repaired, we were making great progress towards our destination. In the early part of this morning we were becalmed again. Our watch leader, Ed, came up with an idea and got us sl...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 8 - DAY 19

31 JAN 2014

Hello again from the good ship Invest Africa.  As James described we had the mandatory Equator crossing ceremony today.Since this is my third crossing I was absolved of participation in the trials and punishments of the fathomless deep for entering the Northern Hemisphere without the permission of His Oc...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 8, DAY 17

30 JAN 2014

My favourite past time is going to the cinema. There is something about that dark, cool, air conditioned room that makes me feel at ease. Over the years, I have been to see more movies than I care to remember. Some good, some ok and some real disasters. For me the film almost is irrelevant as it is the experience that ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CONOR O'BYRNE - RACE 8 - DAY 18

30 JAN 2014

Back on Mother Duty, a day off the deck, which gives a little respite as you get a decent sleep as you come out of the Watch system.The last time on Mother duty was Date Night 2, what a great evening and thanks to everyone for taking part and dressing up. I will update you soon on the potential engagement. Today I had ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - GAURAV SHINDE - RACE 8 - DAY 18

30 JAN 2014

Ahoy There!What a spectacular week it has been. Three very special reasons to celebrate and some amazing sailing to top it off. You tend the forget the constant sea sickness, the wild turns in the weather systems, the boiling hot conditions in the living quarters and life at 45 degrees with such spe...

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OLD PULTENEY - STUART MURRAY - RACE 8 – DAY 18

30 JAN 2014

What is sailing?Is it, crossing oceans and seeing different countries.Or, is it a day in the Solent racing round the cans with a crew who have an insatiable appetite for pork pies?Is it, the continual rotation of watches, seeing sunset and sun rise and watching shooting stars at night.Or, is it, going to the ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NEIL REYNOLDS - RACE 8 – DAY 18

30 JAN 2014

If I told you I was sailing through the tropics, your imagination may wander to the romantic image seen in a Sunday supplement selling expensive holidays to the winter-fatigued masses in the UK: blue skies and warm sunshine; turquoise seas littered with deserted islands; a couple of cold sundowners waiting to be d...

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TEAM GARMIN - KERRY GOSLING - RACE 8 - DAY 18

30 JAN 2014

Currently on watch sitting down below on water maker duty. I'm checking the water maker doesn't stop and need to 'tweak' it if it does.We are no longer on water rations, but a bit of 'caressing' every now and then keeps it happy and continues 'chookering' (the sound it makes when it's working).From my previou...

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ONE DLL - CHARLOTTE KOELINK - RACE 8 – DAY 18

30 JAN 2014

The rhythm of the ocean makes you forget which date or day it is  It is now 18 days since we left Brisbane and 5 months since race start in London, but it doesn't feel that long at all. Life on board is all about going on watch, going off watch and having breakfast, lunch and dinner. Before you know...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8, DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

Ronen Koehler's blog, 25th January 2014 25th January 2014 - 3 weeks since I left Israel, 13 days at sea. north of Papua Island.  We have been almost at standstill for two days now. The weather here is very unpredictable. Yesterday we had a few hours of wind that drove us some 20 miles west. This is becoming a habi...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DOROTA FILIPOWICZ - RACE 8, DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

Imagine...  Imagine a vast ocean spreading in front of your eyes. Water is warm and lively in fifty shades of blue. Imagine most exotic tropical islands shooting up into the sky. Imagine fresh, unpolluted air that fills your lungs and messes up your hair in a gentle breeze. Imagine traveling through faraway places...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 8, DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

Our Mother Watch rotas come around alarmingly fast with such a small crew. Quite a change from previous races when we had an abundance of crew on board. Now it’s every five days. I don’t mind at all, as (a) I get more frequent showers and (b) I get a proper night’s sleep. Sleeping though in this heat ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 8, DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

Well the honeymoon is over, no more Mr nice guy from the dark ocean around us. Now as you are all aware I do like a joke but there is little to laugh about in the nav sation at 3am when you are on squall radar watch! You peer intently at the screen for signs of rain that appear on the screen like a deep flesh wound cri...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 – DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

Yesterday Heidi got to see a slightly different sight! Our on board medic cancer specialist Douglas Wong (Legs 2-6) sutured up a small gash that Vincent Jannetta (Legs 5-6) incurred on the foredeck the day before. Far from being a severe injury, much rather it provided some good entertainment on board Switzerland - and...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - STEPHEN DAND - RACE 8 - DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

Living at 45 degrees.Warning! Do not try this at home!This is a sort of a guide on how to live at 45 degrees. First learn how to swear a lot. Then practice this as you hit yourself against random bulkheads, walls, and, lets face it floors as well.Lets get to grips with something practical - making a cup of tea.&nb...

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TEAM GARMIN - DANIEL HO - RACE 8 - DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

Hello family, friends and supporters of Team Garmin.We are into our 17th day of sailing and finally have some reprieve from the unusual low system that has made us beat into the wind at 30-40 knots. The sun is out and the port holes are open once again, providing welcome relief to the stagnating heat below deck.It is a...

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GREAT BRITAIN - ROBERT PARKER - RACE 8 - DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

Scientists tell us that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.This is easily disproved when you are Clipper Race crew member as it can be demonstrated that an action has the potential of having a reaction ten times bigger, at least that how it seems. Water rationing coupled with hot humid conditions and ...

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HENRI LLOYD - HEATHER SLIVKO-BATHURST - RACE 8 - DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

Bewitched, bothered, and becalmed...“Does this look like I've put enough water in?” I ask Anita as she sits across from me in the galley. I bewilderingly hold up my hand which is covered in a goo-like substance that is supposed to be bread dough. I am mother today, along with Maaike...and I'v...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CARMEN RENDELL - RACE 8 – DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

The good thing about the laptop breaking as you press send, is that you get a chance to write something more readable. She hopes!Good to get confirmation of the gate, and distance to finish today, so we know what we're aiming for. Personally, it's a strange phenomenon to be in a race, and not know some of the...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 8 – DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

“I've been from rags to riches. Then back to rags again”.That is how it feels on board the good ship Invest Africa some times. Some days ago, perhaps even over a week. Maybe longer. I have no idea. Days just blend into yet another watch on this enjoyable journey. But we had no wind.We sat on the glorio...

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INVEST AFRICA - SUSAN ELIAS-JONES - RACE 8 – DAY 17

29 JAN 2014

I left my BLOG til late in the evening because it has been a busy day as Craig has said, getting the main back in the sky. The intense heat has returned with the passing of the storm but thankfully our fair winds are keeping us coolish above decks and the fans are doing their best below.Days do just merg...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 8, DAY 15

28 JAN 2014

With the Clipper Round the World Race nearly halfway over from a time standpoint, my thoughts have constantly been drifting towards what I am going to do at the completion of this epic journey. Nothing of significance has really caught my attention, but when stepping off the helm in these crazy weather conditions of sl...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 8 DAY 16

28 JAN 2014

 Sea Change  Remember the Doldrums? Those placid windless days that we spent bobbing around on a glassy ocean? Gently pirouetting in aimless circles, under a hot, steamy sun? See, the brochure I read said something about Doldrums Part Deux happening on this leg, not major tropical storm with winds and sea sta...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 8 DAY 16

28 JAN 2014

Day 17 of the latest stage of my 'Adventure before dementia'.  We are currently bouncing along in winds gusting to 40 or 50 knots. Life at an angle is becoming a normal situation. My catching skills are improving after a Mother Watch during which items regularly came flying out of the upper lockers. I was very imp...

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TEAM GARMIN - GRAHAM JEFFERY - RACE 8 DAY 16

28 JAN 2014

Quote for the day: "This is the weirdest Equator crossing I've ever done!" Mark Burkes, Skipper.  As Jim B has already told you, we "crossed the line" at around 2100 local last night: I was in my bunk, lying half-awake, in my customary puddle of perspiration (thank goodness for my fleece throw from John Lewis - it...

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ONE DLL - MARK CHURCHILL - RACE 8, DAY 16

28 JAN 2014

 It’s been a while since I blogged from big blue - all the way from Leg 3 in fact! I find myself just over the Equator after passing it a second time - becoming in the process a Salty Seadog.  I have to say that encountering rare weather phenomena seems to be a common occurrence on the race so far. As w...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 8 – DAY 15

28 JAN 2014

A few nights ago, the wind started to get up as we headed once more onto watch. We had been going head to wind and were enjoying that lovely bang, bang, bang of the hull as it climbed and dipped into wave after wave. The deck light had been momentarily switched on to reef down yet again.I made a quick scan forward of t...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 - DAY 16

28 JAN 2014

We're still in it. This lovely piece of wind and water that makes Heidi crash in to every second wave. You can feel her accelerate up to the top of a wave, take a leap (momentary weightlessness!) and land in the bottom of the wave with a crash bang bang so loud one could think the mast might brake. (Of course it w...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 8, DAY 15

27 JAN 2014

The Sail Locker  Some of you may be wondering how has it come to the point that 15 days into the challenge of my life time, I am writing about a sail locker... Well let me elaborate...... It's a very important part of the boat and having spent 2 sweltering hours in there this morning, I thought you should all unde...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8, DAY 15

27 JAN 2014

Apologies for not blogging yesterday. It would have been something along the lines of: "I'm seasick. Sorry, too ill to write...... Buckeeeeeeeeet!"  But now I'm back. And will try to summarise the last 48ish hours.  The conditions are tough at the moment. We have wind, but we are going upwind. So the boat is ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MICHAEL VALLI - RACE 8 DAY 15

27 JAN 2014

Today is probably the most important day in the Clipper 2013/14 race calendar - Australia Day 26 January.  To mark this occasion we assembled on deck to hoist the boxing kangaroo flag. Not everyone on PSP Logistics is Australian by citizenship, but in the spirit of mateship we extended honorary Australian status t...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PATRICK HAYES - RACE 8 DAY 15

27 JAN 2014

It seems like an eternity since I last wrote a blog, not because I'm lazy but when anything breaks most of the time it requires fixing instantly, be it a gas alarm or a torn sail that requires attention. If you are capable, you get the job.  So what has been going on since my last blog. Sydney to Hobart race compl...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 8 DAY 15

27 JAN 2014

What a difference a day makes. For days now the crew have been basking in the sun and doing everything possible to keep this 70ft racing yacht moving. This may sound simple to everyone back home, but add to the mix that we've had very little wind plus we want the boat to go forwards, rather than backwards in the curren...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 8, DAY 15

27 JAN 2014

Race 8 sees our departure from the Southern Hemisphere as we race north to Singapore. It also marks the end of an era the like of which we shall perhaps not see again on the race. I refer of course to our supply of the Australian 'Arnotts' biscuits. They have been a constant, reliable and trustworthy companion since ou...

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INVEST AFRICA - AMBER FARROW - RACE 8, DAY 15

27 JAN 2014

It's amazing to say the least how quickly the weather can turn. It was only 24 hours ago that as a crew we were debating race tactics in order to catch some more wind and crawl our way back up the leader board (which luckily we've just managed to sneak in front of Qingdao). We decided to carry on with our original plan...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 8, DAY 15

27 JAN 2014

Sailing through the Bismark Sea is like something out of a Tintin book, and having been a well brought up sort of chap (I think), I am thoroughly versed in the Tintin classics. I've been trying to place where I've seen this scenery and surroundings before, and it clicked this morning. We've got islands all around us, s...

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ONE DLL - MANDY GONG - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

What changeable weather it can be on the ocean! As a new legger of Leg 5, I had known before I was on board that Leg 5 was famous for its longest duration and largest temperature difference, from Southern to Northern hemisphere, from hot summer to chilly winter. However, this 2-week ocean sailing experience really surp...

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ONE DLL - ROSIE GOSLING - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

 A test from Neptune as we cross the Equator  The days spent crabbing up the Papua New Guinea coast, trying to find the optimum combination of wind a bit further offshore without getting into too much current now seem like a long time ago. We also lost our lead and are currently in third, but not far behind G...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

Today I was "Mother" (along with John Madin). For the uninitiated, being 'Mother' is the opportunity / obligation to provide food and drink for the crew and skipper for the day. And it’s exhausting.  My day started at 2.30am, when we on 'X' watch were woken ready to start the 3 til 7am slot on deck. A glorio...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

All hands on deck  It's a shout that no one wants to hear. However I was very politely woken up at 01.40am by Kees Postma (Round the world crew member and watch leader for Starboard watch)  'Nikki I am so sorry as I know you have just been Mother' (where I have spent 12 hours with another crew member cooking ...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

This morning my watch woke up to the sight of the same active volcano named Manam that we had left on our previous watch and for the next four hours which left us all pretty weary of seeing it! We were almost expecting it to erupt before leaving it behind us but it didn't! Some crew were certain it was following us and...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SARAH WATSON - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

Hello there ye lovers of land, The pace of life on board this vessel is highly inconsistent. Some watches speed by as you bounce drenched in warm water on the bow, hokey kokey with reefs, play eye spy with DI Waterhouse, Mike, Rob, Norris and OJ, stare at the incredible sky of stars, or when we are doing puzzles during...

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OLD PULTENEY - CATHERINE PEAT - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

Rude Awakenings!   As I'm sure you all know most life on a Clipper yacht race bears not much resemblance to real life at home. Our day on Old Pulteney is split into 5 watches. Three 4 hour watches at night and two 6 hour watches during the day. For the majority of us ' off watch' is eating and sleeping time, with ...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

We have now passed the vagaries of the recent island hoppings via dead air and aggressive squalls. Though the latter had the benefit of providing much needed flash flood showers for the crew, squeezed in between sticking in required reefs on rain lashed decks. The deluges were so pounding it almost cut out vision from ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - STEPHEN DAND - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

Greetings from Planet Mission! At least it feels like that at the moment - in a world of our own. Different ways of measuring time, our very select community, our own rhythms of the day and no-one else around (apart from the odd massive freighter that swans past).  Not a tremendous amount to report from the last b...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

There is a drink powder called Tang, Which was popular with the Switzerland gang, So they went out and bought it, And even tried to snort it, No wonder their winches went bang! When you're spending the odd hour by yourself on the bow watching for obstructions in the water (floating logs, the odd whale), there's plenty ...

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INVEST AFRICA - LAZAROS TSHIKOVHI - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

Let me say sailing is a unique sport where the players always learn a lot. Everything goes two by two like the sides starboard & port. We are not winning when it comes to wind since yesterday. But I'm hoping soon it will be okay. We have been hoisting the Yankee & staysails on & off. It is still very hot on...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WENDY WHITE - RACE 8, DAY 13

27 JAN 2014

The Boat Cat -  While on level 3 training we discussed various methods of making the boat more homely. Net curtains for the hatches, fairy lights and wallpaper for the bulkheads were all dismissed. Talk turned to pets that might be purchased in various ports but these were again dismissed due to the practicalities...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

We have abandoned yacht racing and are instead tacking up and down across a current that is carrying us East as fast as we can sail West. Well, that is an exaggeration but in our darkest moments, and currently that is quite a few moments, it doesn't seem too hyperbolic. In a round the world yacht race that has already ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 8, DAY 14

27 JAN 2014

Wahooo Team Garmin is back in the Northern Hemisphere! Having just come off watch I am pleased to confirm (I realise you can all see it on the Race Viewer) that we crossed the Equator heading north a few hours ago...and if our geography is correct won't be back in the Southern Hemisphere during the race so a landmark f...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 8 DAY 13

25 JAN 2014

PSP Logistics calling all Dixie readers, over! What an amazing day! Mother Nature has given us some real treats although we view some of them with caution. This morning we were greeted with waterspouts developing near one of the volcanic islands. It was amazing to watch one end coming down from the cloud and the sea ra...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - SOPHIE HETHERTON - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

So I have finally got through 12 hours with out getting soaked through to the skin. The squall activity has decreased considerably over the past few days which means dry clothes, dry hair and no clothing hanging around the bunks.  On the down side the wind has had its moments... from no wind... to some wind -...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

Well having completed a surreal Mother Watch I am now compelled to note my observations. It's a magical time descending into the 100 degree galley at 11am at the start of Mother duty and by 11:15am we are like a well olive-oiled team. Now it has to be said that Bella is in every way Head Girl material and as assistant ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DOROTA FILIPOWICZ - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

The last few days were a little bit of touch and go. We had some fairly proper winds (enough to snap a rope or two) and we also had a couple of six hour long stopovers by the shores of tropical islands. The islands are beautiful and many of them uninhabited. They just rise from blue waters with their mountains and tall...

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OLD PULTENEY - SARAH ALLISON - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

It's day 12 and what better way to sum up my remarkable experiences so far onboard Old Pulteney than by a quick tally:  Seasick - 2 Drenched by squalls - 10?! Saltwater bucket washes - 2 Confusing moments - 150 Loaves of bread baked - 2 Cocktails drunk - 0 Cookies demolished - 100 Peter’s verbal canning - da...

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QINGDAO - MIKKEL SKAALUM - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

Papua New Guinea is still looming in the background, more specifically Karkar island. For the first week after leaving Brisbane we were wondering where all the islands had gone. We were sailing up through the Solomons and South PNG without seeing anything other than ocean., but with good wind in the sails and the boat ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

Of logs and squalls! For the most part of the last week we have been seeing trees in the ocean! Yes, trees. In the ocean they don't grow vertically, like in a forest, but horizontally. With roots and crowns - some of them up to 10 metres long. We have also seen green plants, twigs, and other forestry creatures. On...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - RICHARD POPPER - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

We're sailing in a pretty remote part of the world (unless you're a local I guess) in the Bismarck Sea north of Papua New Guinea. The wind has been very light today & we've been struggling to keep the aptly named windseeker sail filled as we power along at circa 1 knot. Whilst this makes for very frustrating racing...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER HORE - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

CV25 Day 100 An auspicious day for the round the world crew but only day 12 for me.  At the time of my last blog I had just conquered sea sickness, however, as has become apparent in the interim I had not completely come to grips with life on board and I have to declare that I may not have fully now.  It is s...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

One again it has come round to blogging again and what can I say we've found another hole in the wind. I can hear you all screaming at your Yellowbrick screen saying go North, go South, just go somewhere - you’re falling behind. Yes we know, and it makes life on board interesting. We’re trying all sorts of ...

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INVEST AFRICA - LAZAROS TSHIKOVHI - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

Greetings everyone, this is our twelfth day on board since we left Brisbane. So far I can say things are going very well and have managed to conquer sea sickness completely on day 2,that was quick hey? It was all because of the support I got from the rest of the crew. They advised me to take sea sickness tablets 2 days...

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PSP LOGISTICS - TRISTAN GRIGALIS - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

I actually came down here to write about the islands that we've been passing the last couple of days since we passed through the straight of water known as the Vitiaz Strait which passes between PNG (Papa New Guinea) and New Britain. Looks like Mark beat me to it yesterday. However no matter I shall not be put down by ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

So this leg has been one of many ups and downs and the period we are in now, is definitely a downer. The start if the race saw a lot of the crew come out in various skin conditions. I had what was thought to be a sweat rash, but actually turned out to be psoriasis on my chest. Others had actual sweat rashes and a varie...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 8 DAY 12

24 JAN 2014

When you first sign up to the Clipper Round the World Race people often ask you why you have decided to do it. Why would you want to live in such a confined space and be at the mercy of Mother Nature for such a long time? The response is occasionally varied, but often very similar. Adventure! Exploration and liberation...

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SWITZERLAND - MARIO LENITZ - RACE 8 DAY 11

23 JAN 2014

When we tacked away two days ago for our slalom-challenge (first run through the islands; second run through the squalls and third through the cargo vessel traffic), we were sorry that our competitor Henri Lloyd headed north. But yesterday afternoon, when we approached the massive volcano of Karkar, it was back again. ...

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OLD PULTENEY - KATE HEPWORTH - RACE 8 DAY 11

23 JAN 2014

Well, what a roller coaster the last 24 hours has been on board Old Pulteney.  I'm not sure what this looks like on the Yellowbrick app at home, but it is very tense out here.  There have been so many ups and downs I'm not sure my blood pressure can take much more! So Charles' blog left you yesterday with One...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 8 DAY 11

23 JAN 2014

Hello from Mission Performance! We are playing cat and mouse with the back of the fleet at the moment. They go into lighter winds, we make up some ground with our stronger wind. Then we lose a bit of wind and they pull away again. It’s nice to be in such close proximity to other Clipper 70s. We are heading throug...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE CARTER - RACE 8 DAY 11

23 JAN 2014

Hello family and friends Sorry, but as usual I'm not going to talk about sailing - we do enough of that... Let’s talk of matters of the rail. We are just half way through our salty sea odyssey and have, yesterday, clocked up our 100th day at sea since London. We have started the beginning of the end, and therefor...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JAYNE THOMAS - RACE 8 DAY 11

23 JAN 2014

Day 11 and life on board the Derry~Londondery~Doire  is well established into a routine that runs like a well-oiled wheel (don't believe everything you read in blogs). However it is true to say that our lives do revolve around a number of cyclical events; some on a very short scale while others pan out over longer...

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QINGDAO - LYNETTE SWIFT - RACE 8 DAY 11

23 JAN 2014

The tale of Pete (Peter Brumby) and his terrible fate by Lynette Swift There are many dangers that we have to face on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, But none are so sad as the tale I relate to with what happened to our Pete and his terrible fate:   We left Australia one sunny Sunday, heading for waters so...

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HENRI LLOYD - DAVID CADWALLENDER - RACE 8 DAY 11

23 JAN 2014

Just woke up after a much needed 12 hour sleep, I was good mother yesterday, which means that the way watch patterns work out I don't go back to my watch until midday the next day. So, plenty of time to get acquainted with my bunk even if most it with my face flat up against the bulk head wall as we were healed right o...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 10

22 JAN 2014

I was mother yesterday, so today feels like I have emerged out of my little hermit hole into reality again. In the last 24 hours we have been enjoying the beautiful sights of Papua New Guinea and its surrounding islands. We are sailing quite close to them. And they are truly breath-taking. But today I was going to tell...

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TEAM GARMIN - ELLIOT MARTIN - RACE 8 DAY 10

22 JAN 2014

Howdy everyone, Elliott here. Well, we're 11 days in (so close to halfway!) and I’m writing my first blog for the boat. I have to say my initial fears of the challenge lying ahead have been laid to rest. Although having mother watch on day two while feeling nauseous wasn't pleasant, with the help of overdosing on...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - HELEN NORTON - RACE 8 DAY 10

22 JAN 2014

Ode to a windless night (again...) T'was a night in the doldrums, When all threw the yacht, Not a creature was stirring- well, not a whole lot. The crew were sprawled out on the leeward side deck, heads resting on winches, getting cricks in their necks. With Matt on his bean bag and Derek on wheel, there was not a lot ...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 8 DAY 10

22 JAN 2014

South East Asia OneDLL Our stopover in Brisbane was quite short andnd Gateway Marina was our port, It’s miles away from food and beds, but it did have showers and a couple of heads. We fixed the sails on grass nearby, but heavy rain insisted to fall from the sky, The medium weight kite ended up as my roommate, an...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 8 DAY 10

22 JAN 2014

The past 24 hours in Invest Africa land have had the highs and lows that have been the norm over the past few days. We have had very intense squalls with wind shifts that have called for reefs in and out of the mainsail in quick succession with occasional tacks thrown in for good measure. This, together with one or two...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 8 DAY 10

22 JAN 2014

As James said we are definitely happy to be out of Solomon Sea, though personally I am slightly disappointed not to have seen any warring Papua New Guinean tribes in dugout canoes or hearding their intense round the fire rituals. We did pass relatively close to shore today and made out huge canyons filled with rivers, ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8 DAY 10

22 JAN 2014

The last 24 hours were quite strange, within minutes we could have strong winds that require putting a reef in, and then a change of wind pattern dropped the wind to zero, sometime with current taking us back. We are passing Papua New Guinea from the north seeing many tropical islands around us; one is even an active v...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 8 DAY 10

22 JAN 2014

Hot, hot, hot. Yep, it's hot. The forecast for tomorrow... hot! (You need to think of Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam when you read that). It was warm when we left Brisbane 10 days ago, and it's only got hotter since then. We've been relatively lucky with the breeze in general, having on average some each day. E...

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QINGDAO - BRIAN PICKLES - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

Here are some observations about the other watch. If we lose time due to a problem of some sort the other watch is always blamed. It does not matter which watch you are on and what the problem is because it is always the other watches fault. Our watch leader complemented us our trimming and clocking up 72 miles in 6 ho...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

Whilst chatting with my 'friend' Michelle today about what to base my blog on, she suggested I write about being over sensitive and stroppy. I wondered why I should write about her problems when I have enough of my own to tell you about... Question - how can I remember all of these moments? How can I possibly explain t...

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SWITZERLAND - EDWARD GILDEA - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

I share my narrow bunk with a cancer specialist from San Francisco called Douglas Wong. This adventure was always intended to be a life-changing experience, however, before this alarms my family and friends too much, I can reassure them that Doug and I rarely meet. I sleep in the bunk during his watch and he sleeps on ...

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OLD PULTENEY - CHARLES SLATER - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

We have covered almost 1,800 of the 4,365 miles from Brisbane to Singapore - 10 days into the 30 day race. More importantly those of us circumnavigating have now passed the 20,000 nautical mile mark - we are very approximately half way around the world! The race is called The Old Pulteney Navigator's Cup and the team i...

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OLD PULTENEY - PETER THOMAS - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

Today my blog is pretty short and sweet. A poem by WH Davis:  What life is this if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare, No time to stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long, as sheep and cows.   No time to see the woods we pass, where squirrels hide their nuts in grass, No time to see in b...

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GREAT BRITAIN - RICHARD GILL - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

So as life starts to get back to some scene of normality on-board GREAT Britain after yesterday’s 100 knots of wind after the tornado drama it’s time for analysis and some personal moments of reflection and thanks that nobody was hurt and that our boat was thankfully undamaged...a minor miracle in my mind. ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - KATE DAVIDSON - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

It's been a day of ups and downs on board Mission Performance. We seem to have sunny afternoon watches followed by incredibly wet squalls that we just can't seem to escape at night. Safe to say we haven't moved much faster than walking pace for quite some time. The good news is that we're all still cheerful. Calm weath...

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TEAM GARMIN - RICHARD HINCKS - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

Hi all Team Garmin supporters! What an eventful 10 days at sea so far in this marathon race. The crew have settled into the daily watch system with a regular rain squall occurring either just before or just after watch changeover, providing some relief to the humid and hot days. Sailing has varied from three good easte...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

  What a different night this was. I got up at 4am for my watch just to learn that the plan is the following - shake a reef on the mainsail, un-hank the Yankee 1 head sail (the large head sail) and hank Yankee 3 instead, and all this with 5 people on the watch. So, I go to the bow to be a "bowman", and within 2 mi...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 8 DAY 9

21 JAN 2014

As stated in the skipper's blogs, today's racing has been plagued by light winds, and 'light' is a generous description. After handing over the helm to the other watch at 6 am this morning with 20 knots of breeze and 7 knots of boat speed, they returned the helm to us six hours later with less than 5 knots of wind and ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

After two relatively short races around the Australian coast we are settling back in for a long stint at sea in this marathon from Brisbane to Singapore. A forecast 28 days at sea when compared to the sub one week races into Hobart and Brisbane means there a number of factors to consider on this race that weren't neces...

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INVEST AFRICA - SUSAN ELIAS-JONES - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

It’s now been over a week at sea and we are all settling back into the rather surreal way of life on board that we lead on board Invest Africa. After cracking progress up the east coast of Australia, progress has slowed as we enter the tropics and attempt to sail westwards towards Singapore, keeping north of Papu...

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GREAT BRITAIN - KATE WATERHOUSE - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

Day 9 of 28 on the good ship GREAT Britain. It’s been an eventful day to say the least. At about lunchtime today we went through a squall. Atmosphere on deck was great with plenty of singing and some taking the opportunity to wash their hair and refresh a little. The squall seemed to pass but then 10 minutes late...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

Good times and showers!We have been having some good times on board Switzerland  recently. Particularly with the rain!Some of these squalls are pretty intense. The other day we started our morning (0600-1200) watch with an emergency Yankee drop at 0600am. This was then followed by putting in two reefs, and then a ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - GAURAV SHINDE - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

Ahoy there! After many a busy days and nights of dodging squalls we have been enjoying some calm weather for the last two days, well, at least in the day. The nights have been busy trying to find the right combination of wet weather gear to put on in between the moments of calm, a million wind shifts and a mixture of s...

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

20 JAN 2014

The end of another mother duty and blog time writing. Vicky L ( Leg 5 )and I have completed two mother watches together and it is  great working with her. She is thorough, tidy and a hard worker, thank you Vicky. We did consider taking up the Delia challenge, so yesterday we made flap jacks for post lunch. They wo...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

Well after a half decent sleep I awoke with a start to realise that it was well past 0700am and I was supposed to be in the galley since 6.30am with my mother watch partner Arabella Landon (Legs 2, 5 and 7) to prepare crew breakfast. I stumbled into the galley to be greeted by the aroma of freshly baked warm bread, a c...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

So by now, after 8 days at sea and 17 days from home, it is becoming very difficult. I miss Tali and the kids so much. I have pictures of them next to my bunk and I keep looking at them. We are in the western part of the Solomon Sea - north of us is New Britain, and south of us is Papua New Guinea. For the last 24 hour...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SARAH DAVIDSON - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

Meeting new ‘leggers’ has been great and a wonderful opportunity for me to reflect on how far I have come since joining the boat and what I have learnt to date and can share. That knowledge and experience however has not stopped me picking up another hanker award on day 8 of this voyage, well we all of have...

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OLD PULTENEY - SUE GILL - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

Back on Old Pulteney I've been back on board Old Pulteney for a week now having re-joined for Leg 5 after spending five weeks around Australia and New Zealand whilst my intrepid crew mates faced the Bass Straits three times, sought and found a podium finish in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race and by the sounds of it brough...

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QINGDAO - PETER BRUMBY - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

Bang it’s the 20 January already. There is nothing like boat life to make you lose complete perspective on time. Leaving Brisbane we were effectively a new crew following the departure of some ‘multi-leggers’ as well as those who had joined us just for our Australian adventure. It is easy to see when ...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 8 DAY 8

20 JAN 2014

I was always pretty good at maths when I was at school. Years of being a bricklayer have honed and quickened my mental arithmetic even greater. So doing the maths on board in my head I find it quite easy. Ha, ha Here are some sums that literally sum up (see what I did there) my life on this race: 16-8= the start of Rac...

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TEAM GARMIN - KERRY GOSLING - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

Bedtime was at 3am and I was up at 7am. After riding out a storm I was lying on my back on the rail literally just hanging on for dear life for 4 hours. The rain was most definitely appreciated, but it stung like needles stabbing into my cheeks. Strapped myself into the bunk after being lifted and pushed into it by Car...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

The last 24 hours were a real life demonstration of how the sea can change fast and how life changes from one side to other one. We entered the Solomon Sea with a good wind in close hauled, and a lot of rain. Three hours into the watch were all soaking wet. It was not cold but it was not too pleasant. After few hours, ...

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ONE DLL - ROSIE GOSLING - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

Squirrel watch The last few days have been spent in defence of attacking 'squirrels', otherwise known as squalls to the non OneDLL-er. So named ‘squirrels’ after some confusion over the word 'squall' a couple of races ago, and it has stuck. Squirrel watch entails trying to outwit the attacker through change...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

Good times on Old Pulteney I have finally after 7 days at sea got into the swing of it all. I know a lot of you at home do think we are crazy and I do agree with you, but at the same time it’s exhilarating! Waking up and knowing you are part of a team who have to get a boat from A to B in the fastest and safest w...

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INVEST AFRICA - AMBER FARROW - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

To all family and friends I can assure you it is very tough sailing out here in the Solomon Sea. Or so we would like you to think…I have just come off deck, sitting here with my hot chocolate, after witnessing crew members climbing into our reefed sail during a rain storm as a squall passed over as though it was...

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SWITZERLAND - LINDSEY NOBLE - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

Here we are in the Solomon Sea "Go for it Lindsey, your five minutes of fame - why did you do the Clipper Race and what have been your highs so far on the journey?” It’s the 5.30 slot just before watch handover. The whole crew on deck and skipper Vicky likes us all to have 5 minutes talking about ourselves ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GEMMA ROBERTS - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

We are now over a week out from Brisbane, and are nearing the 1500 mile mark, but the racing is still happening at very close quarters. Last night Switzerland, GREAT Britain and Old Pulteney kindly kept us company before Mother Nature provided the entertainment, in the form of an epic electrical storm. For over two hou...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

oating Logs We knew that we would probably see most weather systems this leg as we pass up through the islands of Papua New Guinea but unexpected was the need to keep a watch for floating wooden logs.  I don't know where they have come from or where they are going but we are keen to avoid them.  'Log Watch' i...

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QINGDAO - JOHN XU - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

A big Ni Hao from Qingdao. The past 24 hours has been quite eventful. Last night, we hit a squall and got some good winds and speed with the boat nicely heeled over. Our watch got quite excited with the speed then all of a sudden as if someone flicked a switch, the wind died down. We slowed down to a couple of knots ov...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WENDY WHITE - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

Plenty of activity aboard Derry~Londonderry~Doire these days and lots of variety! I know Jayne T spoke about the squall showers which continued today with more hair washes and Charlie C even did his laundry! So we are smelling a little sweeter! Life in the 'sweat box' continues to challenge us, sweating (skipper says h...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JOHN RUSSELL - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

We are meandering our way up the Solomon Sea, to the north west of Papua New Guinea, trying our best to catch the rest of the fleet. Unfortunately, we have light and sometimes fickle winds and also a current against us to contend with, which means that progress is slow. We are very much in the Doldrums, although morale...

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GREAT BRITAIN - ALLISON BRADLEY - RACE 8 DAY 7

19 JAN 2014

Firstly I need to start this entry with a correction/apology as it was pointed out to me that my previous blog was factually incorrect. It transpires it was Rikki and Jim (not Mike as I thought) who lead the pack for the Le Mans start all those days ago for race start.  Sorry Uncle Binge! One week in and "normal" ...

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INVEST AFRICA - DEEPTI MATTHEW - RACE 8 DAY 6

18 JAN 2014

My first blog from my home for the next 6 months and boy has it been a baptism of fire. In the sense that it is so hot I now know what boil in the bag rice feels like. Everyone told me that everything I learnt on the Clipper Race training courses would come back to me quickly. No one told me that was because we would r...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 8 DAY 6

18 JAN 2014

Are you on course? An innocuous sounding question is it not, but one calculated to get the average helms-person a trifle hot under the collar. It can come from a number of directions, most usually the trimmer standing up near the front of the boat looking at the set of the head sails. After all, what do they think we a...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 8 DAY 6

18 JAN 2014

"Cooking in the oven" The temperature below deck has been increasing for days, and with each day I was dreading my upcoming mother duty.  It was getting so hot below that even sitting on deck in the direct blazing sunlight was a relief from the sauna below. When you are on mother duty, you physically are cooking a...

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QINGDAO - TOM DE FONBLANQUE - RACE 8 DAY 6

18 JAN 2014

Getting the house in order A day of calm seas and warm sun east of Papua New Guinea has seen the good ship Qingdao cleaning itself up. Boards have been lifted, bilges cleaned, hair is fragrant and the rail flutters with underwear. I've been on mother watch, so between cooking and washing up breakfast and lunch for twen...

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OLD PULTENEY - NIKKI KING - RACE 8 DAY 6

18 JAN 2014

Day 6 - Practice life at sea from home - 24 hour test For those of you who are about to join the Clipper 2013-14 Race or for those of you who have friends or loved ones currently on the race, give the below a go to see what it's like to sail across the ocean over a 24 hour period. WARNING... please be careful trying an...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SARAH USHER - RACE 8 DAY 6

18 JAN 2014

The Day of the Squalls A squall is an isolated convective weather system, which causes high winds and rain. They occur at sea all the time and some days you face 'squall city' which was our day today. They can cause demolition if they are not treated with the respect they deserve. We went on watch at 0700 UTC for our s...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 8 DAY 6

18 JAN 2014

Being over six foot on a Clipper 70 ocean racer is not normally an advantage. A couple of the corridors have ceilings so low that Bilbo Baggins would have to duck underneath them. The galley cupboards are at the perfect height to give the taller members of the crew a nasty head bump. In fact, on my first training week,...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DOROTA FILIPOWICZ - RACE 8 DAY 6

18 JAN 2014

Day 6 was the day of many things - land ahoy! In the shape of the tropical islands of Papua New Guinea – which provided a stunning view in the morning as you come up on deck. Being on a mother watch saved my pants from getting soaked all over again after rain, rain and more rain. Whales (which I have very, very r...

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QINGDAO - LYNETTE SWIFT - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

For me, the main feature of this leg so far, has been that of being permanently wet. For a couple of days after leaving Brisbane we were on a fine reach, which is quite a pleasant point of sail but, every so often, a wave comes over the deck and soaks you. The water temperature is 30 degrees so it is not cold but if it...

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ONE DLL - JENNIFER THOMPSON - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

Living on an angle I know there are many blogs about living life on an angle while we beat our way upwind. As a new member of the crew this leg, I read all about it on previous crew blogs. However, nothing prepares you for the real thing... For example, an act as simple as drinking a glass of water takes on new dimensi...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - RICHARD POPPER - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

It's been quite an introduction to ocean racing on the ‘Derry-go-Round’ since joining the crew in Brisbane. We got off to a flying race start with Champagne sailing in 15 to 20 knot winds and bright sunshine. The first evening saw a beautiful sunset behind the oddly shaped Glass House Mountains on the Queen...

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TEAM GARMIN - ALAN BARTLEY - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

I am mother again. Not that mother is a great burden. Au contraire, potentially, since the opportunity of additional sleep is something to really look forward to. And I am partnered up with that great blogger Mike Carter, maybe I will get a few tips. But the water temperature is more than 29 degrees which means the boa...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JAYNE THOMAS - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

There is an expression that you may have heard, 'be careful what you wish for...’ Seems this is as apt at sea as at other times. We could do with more wind, be nice to have a little shade, could do with less wind, would like it to be a little cooler, a shower to wash of the salt would be nice, and I wish I could ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

Well the day started off so well with more blue sky and fair winds and a few sail trims and evolutions and just as I was anticipating lunch and ticking off the seconds to the end of my watch up comes the skipper refreshed and with a mean glint in his eye. As I sidled toward the hatch looking for a quick getaway he anno...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

Shalom to all my friends Notice to mariners: there are places in the world that are not yet charted. We just arrived to one like that and bypassing it. The first 5 days from Brisbane were a transit north of around 1000 nautical miles. Wind was south easterly, so we had a beam reach on our starboard tack which was not t...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

After the memorable and sometimes challenging Leg 4 which took us around Australia, we are heading back north again to Singapore. Some of the highlights of Leg 4 for me were sailing in the Southern Ocean again, crossing the Bass Strait three times, the arrival in Sydney, start of the Sydney Hobart race, as well as the ...

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INVEST AFRICA - PHIL WHITE - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

My first blog as a new joiner to Leg 5 of this great race! I joined the boat in Brisbane last week having spent some time looking around the city and generally playing tourist.  I also had some last minute changes of mind about what clothing to carry, which resulted in a bit of nautical retail therapy and a packag...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

As we left Brisbane, there was a real sense of coming home about the departure. Yes there is still another 20,000 miles to sail and yes we still have 6 months to go, but as we entered in to Leg 5 it felt like we had turned the corner and were now on our way back. Australia was always the half-way point for many of the...

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OLD PULTENEY - ALYSON WREFORD - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

So here I am arrived in Brisbane to start Leg 5 of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. I think I'm up to speed having kept tabs on the web site and being a regular on the Race viewer.  I have the boat names (sometimes numbers), skippers and weather all off patterns.  I'm out to sea now and not sure I know as ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 5

17 JAN 2014

Oh boy! Apologies for not blogging yesterday. At the beginning of this leg I set myself the aim of blogging every day (or at least more frequently than we have done in the past). But last night when I came down to blog I was simply too tired to concentrate. I was having difficulty keeping my eyes open as I stared at th...

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TEAM GARMIN - JULIA ELMES - RACE 8 DAY 4

16 JAN 2014

Day 5 and we have just switched tack for the first time since leaving Australia. We all have to get  used to the heel being 30 degrees in the opposite direction. Personally I have gone from relying on a lee cloth to hold me in too, I assume after finishing this, I'll be lying on the side of the boat when I sleep. ...

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QINGDAO - GEORGE BAYLES - RACE 8 DAY 4

16 JAN 2014

It is nearly halfway round for me and it only seems like yesterday I was going under Tower Bridge and waving goodbye to everyone. It was quite emotional for me as this was going to be the longest I have ever been away from home and after nearly two years waiting for this day to happen I just couldn't wait for my advent...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - RACHEL ENGLAND - RACE 8 DAY 4

16 JAN 2014

Along with four other colleagues I've been getting to grips with life as a newbie on Mission Performance for Leg 5.  We have been crossing the Coral Sea and are somewhere off the coast of Papua New Guinea.   The established crew have been very welcoming and supportive as we find our sea legs.  Highl...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LINDSAY EVANS - RACE 8 DAY 4

16 JAN 2014

Hello!  It's been quite a while since I last wrote a blog, and we now have a lot of sea miles under our belts and are starting to feel and act like salty sea dogs. Definitely salty; a nice combination of sweat and sea water.  Lovely. This race has brought all the (bad!) memories of Leg 1 flooding back.  ...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 8 DAY 4

16 JAN 2014

Today we reached the first milestone of our race to Singapore by going through the mandatory Scoring Gate. It was pretty intense all the way as we ran our kite pretty deep to keep course and speed until we passed the gate. We are still unaware if it paid off as we know that Old Pulteney and Switzerland were very close ...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 8 DAY 4

16 JAN 2014

It's been one of those days, kite up, kite down, Yankee one up, reef one in, Yankee one sheet blown off (oops!), Yankee one down (very quickly!), Yankee two up, reef two in... and so the circus continues. It's been a fun day though. We're loving being able to see Old Pulteney, Switzerland and occasionally OneDLL on the...

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OLD PULTENEY - SASCHA BONUS - RACE 8 DAY 4

16 JAN 2014

Green Monsters Laz Sprites and a Bird Named Bab I never like the first few days on the boat after we leave port. I usually stay in an apartment or hotel until the morning we leave. When I get to the boat it is always mass chaos of crew all trying to store their kits at one time. I always tell myself that I will go to t...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RONEN KOEHLER - RACE 8 DAY 4

16 JAN 2014

The last 24 hours were a real life demonstration of how the sea can change fast and how life changes from one side to other one. We entered the Solomon Sea with a good wind in close hauled, and a lot of rain. Then 3 hours into the watch were all soaking wet. It was not cold but it was not too pleasant. After few hours,...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CHRIS MATTHEW - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

So, I'm reliably informed that we're into day four. It's already not as easy as you might think to keep track days and dates, whereas the time before your next watch or indeed meal is forever at the back of your mind. Anyway, I believe am what Kristi Wilson has described as a 'fresh perspective'. Having joined the crew...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

So far so good, all my apprehensions have proved reasonably unfounded. We have had beautiful sunny days and warm moon filled nights with average winds of around 20 knots. However as the squalls pass through I am reminded that the sea is only playing with us and when a dark cloud passes in front of the moon you feel the...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - KATE DAVIDSON - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

Since race start we've been cruising along at speed in the right direction, which is good news! The new crew are very excited to be racing finally, even though we are a day behind the rest of the fleet, but this is a long race and anything can happen. We’ve been working on training everyone to the Mission Perform...

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ONE DLL - TORE TARALDSVIK - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

Mr. Blog of today at OneDLL is Tore from Norway, one of 17 nationalities of the whole OneDLL crew. But there are mainly two cultures on board, Great Britain (not the boat, but the Empire and Dutch, including OneDLL crew).  That is a story for later, but now we are on way to Singapore. This is third time I am saili...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

I feel like I've been here before. It's not quite Deja vu - but almost. The sweltering heat, blistering sun, melting deck and the gemstone blue seas.It's something like 17,000 miles ago but this all had brought memories of a tropical Atlantic back to me. Missing are the same crew mates. The only remnants of that group ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

And so we are off. The departure from Brisbane Vegas was calm and relaxed, with the race start, being a Le Mans start, had less of the fighting for positions at marks and hitting bow sprits and more of trimming to gain meters. I expected this leg to be Champagne sailing with the forecast being 10 to 15 knots of wind fo...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

To help provide our avid followers back home with a fresh perspective on the first few days of a race start, we thought we would pass along the blogging baton to our new joiners. Turns out those on board have taken our sea legs of the last four months a bit for granted and have forgotten what it can be like to have the...

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PSP LOGISTICS - TRISTAN GRIGALIS - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

So this is our second full day of racing aboard PSP Logistics and so far it’s been a pretty fun one. The wind is good, we seem to be trucking along nicely towards Papa New Guinea and the fleet all seems to be pretty bunched up together still. A fair indicator of the trade winds we find ourselves in. We have GREAT...

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TEAM GARMIN - JENNIFER CRORIE - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

Feeling hot, hot, hot! Very hot and very sticky. Both the temperature and humidity on board have been rising steadily since we left Brisbane a few days ago and like most crew I am constantly covered in a sheen of sweat. Just getting out of my bunk makes me feel like having a shower but sadly that's not an option. Thank...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

Man, it's hot! Today must have been one of the hottest days on the boat so far. We can't even remember the Doldrums being that hot - below deck that is. The sea is still a bit wavy and splashy so we haven't been able (or allowed) to open the hatches. So picture 10 sweaty people at any off watch, in a confined, hot spac...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

Hello to all ‘Dixie’ fans from PSP Logistics in the Coral Sea, we haven't quite cleared the tip of Australia yet. As you know we are heading north towards Singapore, this is our third day at sea. The weather is sweltering with the odd squall and subsequent soaking. We haven't a clue what to wear on deck sho...

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HENRI LLOYD - SARAH LLOYD - RACE 8 DAY 4

15 JAN 2014

''Salt with Everything'' How salty is it possible to be? We are having perfect warm trade wind sailing, so everybody is down to shorts and t-shirts, or less. The trouble with the trade winds is that sailing fast like this always brings waves over the deck, at unpredictable times, so we frequently get salt water dousing...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

Hello Everyone! We are currently surfing across the Coral Sea, it's fantastically warm, but seriously wet due to large waves breaking on our beam and regular squalls. Just a few minutes ago another squall came through, like moving a wall of water, wind veered 50 degrees and gusts came up. So we settled the boat, eased ...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

Hi All May I take this opportunity to thank all the people from Albany, Sydney, Hobart and Brisbane who I spoken to and have shown a great interest in the boats and crews throughout our stay in Australia. I should also thank the people who are following me personally including family, friends, work colleagues, the peop...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAUL BARTLETT - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

The Ancient Mariner obviously did not have a Spectra water maker like we have on the Clipper 70s. We have two 190 litre water tanks and use between 100 and 150 litres per day so at best only have 4 days of water (5 or 6 if we ration water). The upper figure is when we are in the tropics or when the skipper washes his h...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

The next few months are certainly going to be a shock to the system. After the last three races we've all become comfortably accustomed to short, sharp races, followed by relative luxury for a few days, with suitably wet and windy conditions, but nothing close to the biting cold experienced during our big Southern Ocea...

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INVEST AFRICA - JAMES CLEMENTS - RACE 8 DAY 3

15 JAN 2014

“You're looking at me, I'm looking at you. We're looking at each other and we don't know what to do,” as The Who sang. It is not quite that bad as a joining 'legger' on Invest Africa but it is a steep learning curve. The experienced crew all have their own areas of expertise, though, and are happy to help, ...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 8 DAY 3

14 JAN 2014

Race Start was exciting as usual. With so many new crew it was sensible to spend the morning refreshing the sail evolutions for all the crew especially the newbies. I made a great lunch, rice salad with a medley of vegetables with a soy, garlic and ginger dressing. Dinner was a Thai chicken and was well appreciated by ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 2

14 JAN 2014

It's warm and wet! It's the second full day of the race (excluding race start) and we are sailing along with lovely constant trade winds. We were able to hoist the kite for a bit yesterday, which was good practice for our new crew. But now we are back to white sails. Everyone is still pretty tired. For a few of our new...

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TEAM GARMIN - SHARRON DENBY - RACE 8 DAY 2

14 JAN 2014

As we have nine new crew members on board the last 24 hours has been very tasking for them in respect of the steep learning curve. Because we have had such a huge crew change, today saw the start of providing one to one training on the helm, logs, bilge checks and on deck prep work for reefing. I am sure tomorrow will ...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 8 DAY 2

14 JAN 2014

  Our departure from Brisbane was quite emotional.  After spending three races with the same crew it was time to switch out again which meant lots of goodbye's to newly made friends and hello's to the new crew.  The stopovers during Leg 4 gave ample opportunity to get to know fellow crew members and I fe...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER HORE - RACE 8 DAY 2

14 JAN 2014

Leg 5 Day 3. This adventure has been two and a half years in the making for me.  I can vividly remember the day of the Clipper 2011-12 Race start in the Solent when I became seduced by the spectacle from which the process of application, training and preparation began and now here I am. Not being the greatest of s...

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INVEST AFRICA - SUSAN ELIAS-JONES - RACE 8 DAY 1

13 JAN 2014

It's been nearly 24 hours since race start,having left Brisbane in the morning then sailing through Moreton Bay - home to the eponymous “Bugs”. These crustaceans would come last in any crustaceans beauty competition and certainly the Australians clearly had used up all their imagination for naming wildlife ...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 8 DAY 1

13 JAN 2014

As I write this the fleet is beginning to gradually separate after the first use of a Le Mans style start of Race 8 in the 16 race series. Le Mans being borrowed from the famous 24 hour race where drivers run to their cars at race start. Crews stand behind a point on deck to move forward, raising their headsails as fas...

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INVEST AFRICA - PRISCILLA MARSDEN - RACE 8 DAY 1

13 JAN 2014

Day one of leg 5 and I am back home again on board the good ship Invest Africa - and it does feel like home. Many familiar faces greeted me and a few new ones, although in these first few hours I have realised how much I can forget in 2 months!  After a bit of refresher training we headed to the start and lined up...

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GREAT BRITAIN - ALLISON BRADLEY - RACE 8 DAY 1

13 JAN 2014

For the past 4 months I have been addicted to this App I have on my phone and computer. It has these little different coloured boat shapes that chase each other down and try to beat each other.  It's very much a spectator game with very little interaction with the actual dots themselves, but the excitement and buz...

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OLD PULTENEY - STUART MURRAY - RACE 8 DAY 2

13 JAN 2014

My last epistle was on the back of a question that was often asked; in that case it was about the Heads. Change of question this time but again equally frequent from those who take an interest in our progress around the world. The question is, Do you enjoy it? Not as easy to answer as you might think. For those of you ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 8 DAY 2

13 JAN 2014

Day 2 of Dace 8 and all is going well on-board the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire. Firstly I should mention, today isn't my scheduled turn to write the crew blog but with new crew members still finding their sea legs, I felt it a little unfair to expect Carmen to sit down below and focus on the laptop. So, after a g...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 8 DAY 1

13 JAN 2014

Here we go again. Yesterday we started Race 8. We slipped lines from Brisbane around 9am local time and then did a training sail all day for our new joiners - until shortly after 5pm when we did our Le Mans start. I never like race starts, or the first few days on the boat. Usually they are marred by sea sickness, stre...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JAMES LAWLOR - RACE 8 DAY 1

13 JAN 2014

Well it’s a long time since I had a first day at school but this is just how it feels as I sit here trying to sum up my feelings. Having climbed on board with my shiny new bag and belongings (dutifully labelled with my name on every stitch of neatly packed clothing....thank you Mrs Lawlor) I am immediately struck...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 8 DAY 1

12 JAN 2014

So a new year is beginning. Sydney to Hobart has finished and I'm looking forward to this next race to Singapore. Victualling is all done. Just need to pack and get back onto the boat. I arrive early in the morning and immediately start to prepare lunch. There is nervous anticipation in the air ahead of race start. Nob...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 8 DAY 1

12 JAN 2014

"New Beginnings" While we are technically commencing the second half of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, Henri Lloyd is starting over.  Since our rudder failure in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, this is the first time that our team is back in the race.  But racing isn't the only thing Henr...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JAYNE THOMAS - RACE 8 DAY 1

12 JAN 2014

So now I know why we call it the Derry -Go -Round! The past week has been a real Derry-Go-Round for me! Last Monday I arrived in Brisbane from London Heathrow. Tuesday I did a brief recce of the marina and surrounding area with Popps (Richard, fellow crew member). Wednesday met the victorious crew as they arrived into ...

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QINGDAO - ROMANDA SIMPSON - RACE 8 DAY 1

12 JAN 2014

Hello Qingdao fans - I know you are all watching avidly as we take on the first part of one of longest legs. We all send our thanks for your loud cheers! As a non-round the world crew member who has just joined it's been an interesting 24 hours. With our training sail done on the same day as our race start we were thro...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 8 DAY 1

12 JAN 2014

Back at sea for the eighth time! Stopovers are a funny thing. Obviously you want them to be as enjoyable as possible, but then there is the fact that the more enjoyable the stopover is the less you want to trade it back in for life at sea. I had an amazing time in Brisbane, so yesterday was definitely one of my tougher...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 8 DAY 1

12 JAN 2014

Hello from a delayed Mission Performance! Thanks to an electrical fault we had a surprise extra night in Brisbane, albeit as illegal immigrants. Race start started off as normal: the new joiners on board, the departing crew weeping gently on the pontoon and the continuing crew trying to hold it together as we left them...

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ONE DLL - STEPHEN SMITH - RACE 8 DAY 1

12 JAN 2014

Australia! Australia! We are one day out of Brisbane bound for Singapore; time to reflect on the Australian experience. I had never been to Australia before so this was a great way to see some of the country - four stops with the Clipper Race. First on the west coast into Albany, a lovely sleepy town with a feeling of ...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 8 DAY 1

12 JAN 2014

Wow! A relatively short stopover in Brisbane saw us complete some major work on the boat. We got the opportunity to remove the rudders and renew the bearings that they sit in. A few of the boats have had a little trouble with them. But to me, it’s all part of the adventure. You’re never going to sail around...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - DOROTA FILIPOWICZ - RACE 8 DAY 1

12 JAN 2014

For some of us this is just yet another episode, yet another race and yet another sea, for others (my humble self-included) this is a moment that we have been waiting for a very long time. Years old sailing plans that suddenly (yes, despite all the preparations and anticipation) turned into a reality. So this is happen...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 7 DAY 6

09 JAN 2014

Hello to all our readers We have had a very full and busy day in preparation for getting into Brisbane later tonight. It’s surprising how  much of the deep clean and maintenance can be achieved at sea if the sea is very calm and the wind flows in one direction only! Well the elements were not completely symp...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - TONY NICE - RACE 7 DAY 6

09 JAN 2014

I have been given the chance to write today's blog, as this is my last day as one of the Clipper 2013-14 Race crew on the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire. We are now motoring up the Brisbane River at midnight, having just finished a tough and exciting race from Hobart.  I could tell you all about this particular...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JO FISHBURN - RACE 7 DAY 6

08 JAN 2014

First of all - let me take this opportunity to say Happy New Year!  I can't quite believe we are within 24 hours of reaching Brisbane and for the first time, Mission Performance will be leaving this stopover without me! The last four months have flown by and dragged along in equal measure, and I thought I'd take t...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 7 DAY 6

08 JAN 2014

Hi This is our second day of motor sailing en route to Brisbane. We have been doing more motoring than sailing today, the wind has changed directions on a number of occassions. We have had the company of Dolphins at the bow and the odd large shark- the sort with two fins on their back! We are motoring close to the...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 7 DAY 5

07 JAN 2014

Does the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race make you a psychologist? Certainly the skipper needs to be one! Confucious the Chinese philosopher may have wondered why so many people would pay a significant amount of hard earned cash to endure such challenges; both physical and mental; not for seconds or minutes or even h...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 7 DAY 5

07 JAN 2014

"Improv" When you're not racing with a racing crew, you have a very unique chance to play around with things that normally are not toyed with.  For example, we are typically very serious with our sail trimming and only our most knowledgeable trimmers will call and set trim on our white headsails. However, we are n...

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INVEST AFRICA - SEAN STUTTAFORD - RACE 7 DAY 5

07 JAN 2014

I have been thinking about the Clipper Round the World race I am doing and been thinking deeply as one does on a yacht, how do I explain what this adventure is like to my land lubber friends? So in order to do this I have come up with the following explanation, this may be more understandable for those unfortunate folk...

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TEAM GARMIN - JOSEPHINE MARTIN - RACE 7 DAY 5

07 JAN 2014

After the horrendous storms of two nights ago, it was a serene pleasure to rise very early this morning, go on deck and see a calm deep blue sea with pink yellow horizon in the east, indigo blue sky in the west.  I like to turn right around and around and around and then wonder at being at the centre of a big blue...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JENNIFER HILL - RACE 7 DAY 5

07 JAN 2014

With the prospect of just a day or so to go now until we arrive in Brisbane and conclude Leg 4, crew thoughts and conversations are starting to include Leg4 and Race 5,6 & 7 reflections...mine included. Overall I think I can summarise on behalf of us all that whilst we've had a good time and all pulled together rea...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE MORAWA - RACE 7 DAY 5

07 JAN 2014

Nearly a week has passed on the good ship Mission Performance. I was seconded onto this yacht at the start of this race. In essence we were thrown into what appears to be the deep end of a very deep pool. Sink or swim, this crew works hard! What often takes larger watches hours, is achieved in minimal time. Head sail c...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 7 DAY 5

07 JAN 2014

It is what it is. Right? I mean we did what we did. Right? I'm talking of course about hoving to, turning about and going to make sure skipper Matt Mitchell and crew on Mission Performance had their call for help answered. We were delighted to hear both the casualties’ injuries were not as severe or threatening a...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

WHAT'S HE ON ABOUT NOW? THE HEGGMEISTER MUSES ON THE NATURE OF INSANITY. A short blog for a change, due to the physical demands of typing whilst hanging grimly to the wall of the navigation station with a leg wedged about ear high on another wall, as the boat defies gravity and corkscrews hard left whilst plunging down...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SARAH DAVIDSON - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

I have not said much about night watches but on our third days racing as I was emerging from my slumber to change watches at midnight its suddenly dawned on me that they are typically two main types of walks and movements along the boat at night, one is the penguin shuffle with takes place with small steps and steeped ...

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SWITZERLAND - RICHARD BROOK - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

Medic on board 35 years of general practice did not prepare me for the medic life on ‘Heidi’. Paradoxically medical responsibility lies solely with the skipper advised by Praxes medical. My input is advice on the assessment of the patient, carrying out examinations and treatments if necessary. All aspects a...

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OLD PULTENEY - CATHERINE PEAT - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

Clipper Race Christmas in Sydney We made it into Sydney at around 10 pm on Friday 13 December. It was blissful to round the heads and come into the harbour with our Goose winged sails and to cross the finish line. Finally the weather was calm and the harbour was lit up with boats full of people having their Christmas p...

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ONE DLL - ROSIE GOSLING - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

“Havoc” ‘Havoc’ is our medium weight spinnaker. Created with love and proudly branded with the Clipper 2013-14 Race logo and our boat name in massive letters 'One DLL'. First hoisted by a somewhat nervous and inexperienced crew at race start in London back in September, she has now sailed over 2...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

Sydney has always been referred to as the half-way point in the race, with an extended stopover and boat lift to check the hull, keel and reapply a fresh coat of anti-foul also scheduled there as half way tasks. Sydney is however only 16,000 miles into the 42,000 total race distance, at 151'degrees east it is 30'degree...

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HENRI LLOYD - MAAIKE WASSENAAR - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

Third time is a charm?! So far so good, I haven't been seasick or wheezy or anything yet. Obviously this is nice and also helpful when others might not feel this great because then there's at least someone who can either work in the galley or up on deck. But as they say, not getting seasick one day doesn't mean one is ...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

Perception. People’s perception on things differ in so many ways. This race for instance. To me the word “race” conjurers up a competition. One where you would WANT to win at all costs. To die trying rather than risk losing. To revel in the glory of victory rather than wallow in the depths of defeat. ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NICOLA BESAG - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

G’day readers, hello from ‘Dixie’ from the New South Wales coast. By now you will have read that we have had to retire from the current race due to a technical problem with our mast rigging. This affects our ability to fully race especially on a starboard tack. We are heading to Brisbane asap to get t...

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QINGDAO - CHARLIE GARDINER - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

We have reached Sydney for a second time, although today we will not be stopping here. Instead we push on another 400 miles up the New South Wales coast towards Queensland and Brisbane, the finish point for Leg 4 of the Clipper Round the World Race. For myself this is will also spell the end of my adventure on the wate...

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ONE DLL - CHARLOTTE KOELINK - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

I was thinking of writing a blog about how nice it is to live on a more or less a flat boat again after beating in more than 40 knots of wind. Not waking up by each tack, when you end up squeezed in between the wall and your mattress, but sleeping in a bunk that is just slightly wedged. That really improves the quality...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

"Comfort Zone" Henri Lloyd here, we're on our way to Brisbane, and we're not racing.When we had to retire from the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race due to rudder failure, the team was devastated.  When we found out that the repairs would keep us from leaving with the fleet and prevented not only from racing in Race 6 but ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WYATT ORSMOND - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

Just over 4 months ago and 18,000 miles back, I stepped onto our Clipper 70. It’s a strange feeling knowing that in 250 miles and another day I will have completed my  four legs and will be heading home. Yesterday when we were bashing our way up-wind I couldn’t wait for it all to come to an end, but to...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

So close! Everything is just so very close at the moment. When I came off watch about five hours ago we found ourselves sailing under spinnaker – line a stern – behind OneDLL and Derry~Londonderry~Doire a mere 4.2 miles separating the three of us. We have never found ourselves so high up the leaderboard. So...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BETHANY CHALLEN - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

Greetings Mission Performance Followers Another day delayed on our blog unfortunately but it is one thing that sometimes has to slip due to sailing! So an update on how we are trucking! Over the past 36 hours we have gone from unpleasant beating in 30 plus knot winds to riding out squalls with gusts up to 70 knots whic...

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TEAM GARMIN - HELEN COOK - RACE 7 DAY 4

06 JAN 2014

After almost 4and a half months at sea, my Clipper Race journey will come to an end when we arrive in Brisbane and I'm definitely approaching port with mixed emotions.  Having been with Team Garmin since prep week back in London, before we even knew we'd be Team Garmin, I feel so invested in the boat, the team, an...

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TEAM GARMIN - KIM VOTANO - RACE 7 DAY 3

05 JAN 2014

Hi again to everyone. Life on a Clipper Race yacht doesn't stop when you arrive at port.  During our stopover in Sydney we were all kept very busy with the many maintenance jobs requiring completion to have the boat ready for our next race the legendary Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. In Sydney we emptied the b...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 7 DAY 3

05 JAN 2014

When this race is over, I am going into the wind business. But, fearful of bringing down a NIMBY's outrageous wrath upon my head, I should clarify that I intend not farming it but eradicating a surfeit. 'Do you suffer from excessive wind? Calls Simon from Invest Africa. ‘No Gust Too Small'. That sort of thing. Yo...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SARAH USHER - RACE 7 DAY 3

05 JAN 2014

"Bang, crash, save the fish cakes!" If you could use your imagination to create the sound of this 70 foot yacht's bow slamming down on yet another wave, the consequential crashing of pans, people and potentially the boom and then the call from the galley to save the food they have just been working so hard to cook for ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CONOR O'BYRNE - RACE 7 DAY 2

04 JAN 2014

With the focus now firmly established on heading for the Scoring Gate, watch times have been busy. Our 2am-6am watch started off slightly different. With or Sail plan set, it was only the helms that were kept busy. We broke up into mini watches, 1 hour on, 1 hour off and in the cold it was a much needed respite to get ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 7 DAY 2

04 JAN 2014

As I write this I can hear the howling of the ocean breeze, roaring and screeching above me up on deck. It is a familiar sound, but nevertheless still one that fills me with nerves and excitement. There is a real sense of the unknown about it and as you make your way up the galley stairs and out in to the big bad world...

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OLD PULTENEY - CHARLES SLATER - RACE 7 DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

Our short stay in Hobart was certainly packed with activity. We were in very high spirits having made third position in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race - our first podium which resulted in lots of celebrations, (and late nights!). We also enjoyed New Year's Eve with the obligatory glasses of Old Pulteney Navigator whisky ...

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TEAM GARMIN - VICTORIA ANDERSON - RACE 7 - DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

The Bass strait has a certain reputation so must deliver On arrival into Sydney back in mid December I was delighted to catch up with a number of my sailing chums, general chit chat covered the regular topics and when mentioned we had come from Albany to Sydney the question of "how was the bass strait?" Was always aske...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 7 – DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

First of all, apologies to anyone who has been missing our blogs on this race of Leg 4. It's been a very eventful 3 days here on Mission Performance but we are back to sailing now :)The race start was a really good one. We kept in the middle of the river out of the way of everybody else and had fairly cl...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 7 – DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

Hi all a belated Happy New year to youWell the Southern Ocean/Tasman Sea/Bass Strait is starting to show its true colours and as I write this we are again on a Nantucket slay ride north to Brisbane.It started out a brilliant sail and continued to build and this seems set For at least 24 if not anoth...

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GREAT BRITAIN - NEIL BENNETT - RACE 7 - DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

So apologies from the start of this, as this will be my final blog entry it will undoubtedly be a long in some places and meandering in others as I try to sum up the last few months on this incredible adventure.As one of two HRTW's (Half-way Round the Worlders) on board I've now done my last race start and am heading t...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 7 - DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

We are hurtling across the Bass Strait for the third time in as many weeks and my first impressions of this stretch of water have not changed.  Our first crossing was the Albany to Sydney race and it was very windy and very bumpy with the boat at all sorts of angles. Then on Boxing Day we set off on the ...

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QINGDAO - CHARLIE GARDINER - RACE 7 – DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

This is the third time we have crossed the Bass Strait in 4 weeks and it certainly hasn't got any easier! We had a difficult start to this race responded to a mayday call by our friends on Mission Performance and when we managed to get back to our pre mayday position to carry on racing the next day, we found ...

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SWITZERLAND - LINDSEY NOBLE - RACE 7 - DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

All of Leg 4 crew on Switzerland enjoyed fantastic Hobart hospitality over the New Year celebrations. So many interested people, lots and lots of questions about what we are doing and how long we are away. We had an excellent collection for Mercy Ships on the dockside with people being very generous...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SARAH DAVIDSON - RACE 7 - DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

Race start to Brisbane went underway well and it was an amazing sight to see in daylight the shoreline of Hobart as we left. On departure all crew of the Clipper Race fleet were wearing their foulies in anticipation of wet and cold weather and that is exactly what was delivered.For this race team Jamaica Get All Right ...

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TEAM GARMIN - BILL DAVEY - RACE 7 – DAY 3

04 JAN 2014

Day three from Hobart... it seems like day 23...back to the 6,6,4,4 watch regime seems to be much more appreciated than the 3 hours on, 3 hours off.One thing that doesn't change is the non-sailing decisions such as what do I wear on deck...I wake and look outside my port hole and just see grey sky and wa...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 7 DAY 2

04 JAN 2014

As I write this I can hear the howling of the ocean breeze, roaring and screeching above me up on deck. It is a familiar sound, but nevertheless still one that fills me with nerves and excitement. There is a real sense of the unknown about it and as you make your way up the galley stairs and out in to the big bad world...

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QINGDAO - JUSTIN BESLEY - RACE 7 DAY 1

03 JAN 2014

Justin Besley – Race 7 Day 1 Mayday, Mayday, Mayday… this is Charlie Victor 23 …..Charlie Victor 23! The calm and clear voice of Matt, skipper of Mission Performance. There was no hesitation in Qingdao’s response. Our skipper, Gareth Glover, swiftly answered the call and assessed the situation...

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OLD PULTENEY - JOHN YUEN - RACE 7 DAY 2

03 JAN 2014

Dynamic Duos Mac and cheese, apple pie and ice cream, John and Paul, Mick and Keith, Batman and Robin, Lois and Clark ...the list goes on and on. Any mention of these dynamic duos conjures up great memories.  This blogger wishes to add Sealskin socks and Dubarry boots to this iconic list. Freshly laundered Sealski...

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INVEST AFRICA - GAVIN VAN DER MEULEN - RACE 7 DAY 2

03 JAN 2014

Since leaving Cape Town and arriving in Albany, Australia on Leg 4 of the Clipper Race (which consists of 3 races) I am now in the fourth race for my two legs of Clipper Race experience. I find myself almost at the end of an amazing journey of emotions, learning what deep sea ocean racing is all about and encountering ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 7 - DAY 2

03 JAN 2014

Our right foot is firmly taped down on the acceleration pedal; in fact our beautiful girl seemingly has no brake pedal for our left foot to press. We do still go up and down the gears quite frequently; the morning watch saw sail change after sail change as they adjusted to the wind conditions, at th...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GRAEME JACKSON - RACE 7 – DAY 2

03 JAN 2014

Hi again all PSP Logistics followers.Firstly we all apologies for such little news over the last 48 hours but a combination of heavy seas, seasickness, very windy conditions and fewer people on board has meant just to keep  moving no one has any time to do anything but sail or sleep.Hobart was a terrific...

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QINGDAO - JUSTIN BESLEY - RACE 7 – DAY 2

03 JAN 2014

“Mayday Mayday Mayday… this is Charlie Victor 23…Charlie Victor 23” The calm and clear voice of Matt, skipper of Mission Performance.There was no hesitation in Qingdao’s response. Our skipper, Gareth, swiftly answered the call and assessed the situation. One of Mission Per...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 7 - GOOD BYE TO TASMANIA

02 JAN 2014

As I am writing this, we are sailing along the coast of Tasmania for the third and last time. The first time was on our way to Sydney, then we came back doing the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and now we head back north to Brisbane. The somewhat longer than originally planned stopover in Hobart was very pleasant. It ...

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ONE DLL - CATRIONA SAVAGE - RACE 7 DAY 1

02 JAN 2014

Another year and the start of another race. It feels fitting that we start the new year by finally leaving the Southern Ocean behind us and crossing the Bass Strait for the third and final time. We've spent quite a lot of time down here recently. I don't know how it is for the other round the world crew but for me this...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 7 DAY 1

02 JAN 2014

With an additional day of rest, we have left Hobart today to go back up past the strait to Brisbane. The stopover was simply incredible. The last race really it took it out of everyone, with a common phrase from people saying that it was more like a 4 week race than a 4 day one! The added bonus of the extra day, was th...

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OLD PULTENEY - SASCHA BONUS - RACE 7 DAY 1

02 JAN 2014

How many evolutions can we do in 2 hours? Well it’s been quite the morning here on Old Pulteney. It all began when I came up on deck at 07:00 am for my watch. I managed to get some toast with peanut butter and Nutella and a coffee to bring up on deck. The wind was changing direction and dropping. At the time we h...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GRACE FRERET - RACE 7 - DAY 1

02 JAN 2014

Today after welcoming 2014 here we bid a fond farewell to Hobart. We have enjoyed our stay and rest in this stunning place with pleasing architecture. We've been treated to some fabulous food at the taste of Hobart festival, adventured to the top of the mountain to take in the breathtaking views and be buffeted by the ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 7 - DAY 1

02 JAN 2014

So finally New Year was over, amazing Tasmanian hospitality enjoyed, hangovers suffered, loved ones skyped and race start was upon us.  It was low key compared to Sydney, but what wouldn't be - but genuine in the well wishes we'd receive from the scores of locals who'd been to visit us or stood on the docksid...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 6, DAY 3

29 DEC 2013

When The S*it Hits the Fan We are a day from port, so of course there is hell to report.  You may all be wondering how we so quickly fell from grace.  Well I guess it all started with a usual spin halyard popping, something we've gotten used to in the final days into port.  My watch was off, and the othe...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 6, DAY 3

28 DEC 2013

Well, well, well! It is nice to be back on board the team GREAT Britain boat and doing what we do best...competing! Sydney was an incredible stop-over. A wonderful city that is so vibrant and friendly, it was hard to leave the place. It was a different kind of Christmas, the feeling of waking up to glorious sunshine an...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SARAH DAVIDSON - RACE 6 - DAY 3

28 DEC 2013

After arriving into Sydney I was desperate for a warm bed and some creature comforts and on arrival treated myself to a hotel. It was great but for the first few night even the bed still felt like it was moving or on a slant. I think it took me four whole nights to overcome that, but being back on land I have really ap...

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QINGDAO - CHARLIE GARDINER - RACE 6 - DAY 3

28 DEC 2013

I've been involved in three race starts since I joined the Clipper Race fleet in Rio de Janeiro and thought they were exciting enough. The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race totally blew us away though. It was quite simply, awesome!With just under 100 boats lining up for the start of the race in Sydne...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 6 - DAY 3

28 DEC 2013

Well it's been another interesting 24 hours onboard mission performance. As we like to say, another day another kitemare. This time with our medium weight spinnaker, Brian, getting stuck at the second spreaders as we were dropping him. The halyard had separated and got stuck in the block at the top of the mast, making ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - IONIE ROBINSON - RACE 6 - DAY 3

28 DEC 2013

The Galley Slave Cafe is a sweat box of high temperatures, high drama and high intense activities and sometimes clashing personalities.  The Cafe is open for business from 0600 to very late, everyday.  It's manned by two crew members (aka mothers) daily and that's where I've been all day.The cr...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 6 - DAY 2

27 DEC 2013

Confounding expectationsNothing in this race can be taken for granted. Well, almost. You can guarantee your expectations will be confounded. Perhaps it was the ISAF safety course I had to attend as one of our round the world team. The ghost of Sydney-Hobart 1998 is writ large in the preparations I have s...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 6 - DAY 2

27 DEC 2013

Well, here we are on day two of the famous Sydney Hobart Race. However, nothing much has happened of excitement and I am told we can't talk about the weather – what a restriction for an Englishman, dash it. In any case, I am still reflecting on Christmas in Sydney. I never did quite come to terms with walkin...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - BOB MATHEWSON - RACE 6 - DAY 2

27 DEC 2013

What a memorable day yesterday, Boxing Day, was. After all the rain of Christmas Day we awoke to blue skies and a light breeze - ideal conditions for the start of the 69th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. For me it was one of the most memorable sporting events I have ever had the pleasure to participate in - t...

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INVEST AFRICA - SYLVIA CHAHONYO - RACE 6 - DAY 2

27 DEC 2013

24 hours after a spectacular race start in a very crowded harbour and we (Invest Africa and I) are not looking too shabby, she's sailing beautifully in the light winds with enough pressure to keep the medium weight kite up and for the second time since I first got onto a Clipper Race boat to train f...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 6 - DAY 2

27 DEC 2013

What a start to an iconic race, the organised chaos as all boats jostle for position to get the best possible start. The super maxi boats are impressive in their manoeuvrability as they try to avoid the smaller boats.Mark did a fantastic job at getting us off the line and through the Heads as Tim, Scotty...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GRAEME JACKSON - RACE 6 - DAY 2

27 DEC 2013

Hi all PSP Logistics followers.It is 8pm local time and we are cruising down the southern NSW coast and will soon be in Victorian waters. The last 30 hours or so have been dramatic, boring and absurd all rolled into one.The race start could only be described as chaotic. The last 30 minutes until the gun ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - NEIL BENNETT - RACE 6 - DAY 2

27 DEC 2013

I'll be honest, I never thought I'd see something to rival the Clipper Race start on the Thames, but I have to say the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race start comes a very very close second.I don't think I've ever seen quite so many vessels in such a small amount of space. As the race start got closer your world ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW RICHARDSON - RACE 6 - DAY 2

27 DEC 2013

As we leave Sydney on the iconic Sydney to Hobart Race most of us are leaving with fond memories of the stunning city of Sydney. The picture postcard images of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge lived up to all expectations. Many of the crew had friends and family visiting which added to the enjoyme...

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ONE DLL - AMY DICKINSON - RACE 6 - DAY 1

26 DEC 2013

It is Boxing day evening as I write this and I am sure many of you watched the live streaming of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race start at home on Christmas day.The 12 Clipper yachts did a parade of sail past the Opera House and up to the Sydney Harbour Bridge after we slipped lines at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia....

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 6 - DAY 1

26 DEC 2013

It's Boxing Day, and we were on a window display amongst boats that hurriedly crossed paths like shoppers in a crowded mall.There literally were hundreds of boats around us.  A hundred amongst us in the competitive ring, while a good hundred followed along side as sectioned-off spectator boats....

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PSP LOGISTICS - DALE SIMS - RACE 6 – DAY 1

26 DEC 2013

Greetings all!Hello from Dixie on the way to Hobart! We have had a momentous day and are off racing again... great to be back on the water! [Just to let you know we are not allowed by the CYCA to mention anything about the weather we have or experienced in our blogs but useful information can be found at www.bom.gov.au...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 6 - DAY 1

26 DEC 2013

And we're off!!So the excitement around this race has been in everyone's mind since it's announcement. Being in the main marina at Sydney was amazing with the buzz of the race present everywhere you looked. We, as Clipper Race people, are part of this spectacle which is a world renowned yacht race, and this is jus...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 6 - DAY 1

26 DEC 2013

For months our crew has been focused on the Sydney stopover, with so many exciting things happening as a part of it - Family and friends visiting most of the crew, a two week break to rest up and re-energize, celebrating Christmas, and preparation for the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race. The start of race six begins...

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INVEST AFRICA - AMBER FARROW - RACE 6 - DAY 1

26 DEC 2013

New entry for the English Dictionary:Adjective: Organised ChaosUsed to describe order created out of a situation where nothing occurring can be understoodExample: Sydney Hobart Race StartBeing apart of the prestigious Sydney Hobart is something I can luckily tick off my bucket list. For those who watched the ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ANTHONY FAIRWEATHER - RACE 6 - DAY 1

26 DEC 2013

Well that was an exciting start to Boxing Day! Finally after a rather cold, rainy and rather 'British' Christmas day (referred to as 'Chrissy' in the native tongue) the sun poked his head out and the wind picked up to what would be the perfect start to the 2013 Sydney Hobart.The sheer volume of boats con...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 6 - DAY 1

26 DEC 2013

Well yesterday was quite a day! Leaving Sydney with the backdrop of the famous Opera House and the Harbour Bridge surrounded by 93 other yachts was a site to behold. The run up to race start was probably one of the biggest highlights of this whole adventure. Exciting beyond words is all I can say. Trying to capture the...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 5 DAY 11

14 DEC 2013

Hello PSP Logistics fans, Here we are, not far from Sydney now and another race almost over. It's been a great race, with lots of excitement and plenty of challenges. We'll see how things play out with all the official number crunching and scrutinizing of the start line 'love tap' but at the end of the day it's all aca...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MATT MURPHY - RACE 5 DAY 11

14 DEC 2013

Below is a picture in verse of a general layout of Dixie (our nickname for the boat) and more of what happens on watch: Back o' the Bus The fleet of Clipper Race yachts are all the same, but ours has personality, Dixie's her name. She has many sections, and different parts, and to look at her you'd agree, she's a work ...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 5 DAY 11

14 DEC 2013

Today is Friday 13 December and appropriately we are wallowing in a high pressure wind hole just off the Australian coast. It is deeply frustrating, so close to Sydney (read hot shower, flat bed, flushing toilet, ice cold beer, G&T, fresh salad, chilled white wine, BBQ on the beach...), yet so far (read wet wipe sh...

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TEAM GARMIN - KIM VOTANO - RACE 5 DAY 11

14 DEC 2013

I joined Team Garmin in Albany and we are just about to arrive in Sydney. Ocean racing is proving to be very challenging and extremely rewarding.  I never imagined that I would be sitting on deck for 4 hours being hailed on feeling very cold and wet yet also having a sense of achievement. I am on the port watch te...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CHRIS PAYNE - RACE 5 DAY 11

14 DEC 2013

Hey guess what Mission Performance followers?!  We have managed to rip the head off another kite. That makes 2 for the week, a record! One more to go with only 60 miles left to go to Sydney so time is running out! But on the upside we still have a fully intact pulpit so this should be the first time we enter port ...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 5 DAY 11

14 DEC 2013

Author- James Bennett I have to be honest with you folks I could make this very brief and simply write "See what Scottie said yesterday," I too have been on mother all day today and share his sentiments entirely about getting into port and avoiding high pressure systems. I have my beautiful fiancée Claire in Syd...

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INVEST AFRICA - AMBER FARROW - RACE 5 DAY 10

13 DEC 2013

It is my ninth day on Invest Africa and I already feel at home. If there were a few tips to easy living on the boat I could give you they'd be these: 1. On board they only use 24 hour clocks, log entries of 25:10 UTC will cause widespread confusion 2. Locate the biscuit tin immediately 3. If in need of amusement after ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - GRAEME JACKSON - RACE 5 DAY

13 DEC 2013

Hi all PSP Logistics supporters. We have been beating our way up the northeast tip of Tasmania all day and I have been reflecting on my experience of Leg 4 so far while sitting on the deck with the boat heeled at 45 degrees. When I woke this morning the boat was heeled at this angle and has remained that way all day ex...

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TEAM GARMIN - ALAN BARTLEY - RACE 5 DAY 9

12 DEC 2013

Last night saw Team Garmin passing from the north east corner of Tasmania and past Flinders Island into Bass Strait, that famous area of notoriously bad sailing territory with big winds and big seas, as the Southern Ocean and the roaring 40s westerlies are funnelled into the gap between  Tasmania and the Australia...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 5 DAY 9

12 DEC 2013

Well we were on watch this morning 0200-0600 UTC when it warmed up and we could see the south east coast of Australia clearly. The Garmin GPS unit said it was around 170 miles to Sydney so we were cheered up thinking we would be getting in either later tonight or early tomorrow morning. Then the wind died, so we droppe...

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ONE DLL - JOHN MILSOM - RACE 5 DAY 9

12 DEC 2013

Currently we are hot on the heels of Qingdao in second and Henri Lloyd in first. We are tacking up towards Sydney in about 30 knots of wind with our storm gibe, staysail and mainsail with 2 reefs. The Australian’s have a great phrase when it is windy, describing the wind as being strong enough to ‘blow a do...

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QINGDAO - CHARLIE GARDINER - RACE 5 DAY 9

12 DEC 2013

One thing that has surprised me over the last couple of legs is how close some of these finishes are. Teams have finished minutes, even seconds apart. I know that in previous Clipper Races there have been some close finishes but I'd love to know if this year has seen the margins pushed even closer? After 8 days at sea ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 5 DAY 9

12 DEC 2013

Where do I begin? The last 24 hours have been both an emotional and physical roller coaster. I went from being on mother duty below deck to being crashed around above deck. This included taking another bashing to my legs as I attempted a rescue mission of the Dan Buoy off the back of the boat. After being completely su...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 5 DAY 9

12 DEC 2013

Henri Lloyd Spirit It’s the final 24 hours, and the race is on.  Our crew was feeling a little battered and bruised after our typical 48 hours into port beat down. Some feared that we lost our shot at the podium, but spirits changed in an instant as we fought to round a headland yesterday afternoon. ''I thin...

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INVEST AFRICA - ANDREW CROSS - RACE 5 DAY 9

12 DEC 2013

Well we are working our way north to Sydney and out of the Southern Ocean which has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at us! Hurricane winds to no wind at, rain hail even but no icebergs. Now as we get ever closer to Wednesday 25 December our thoughts turn to Christmas. A time for family and friends and for many o...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 5 DAY 9

12 DEC 2013

  As round the world crew member Andrew Cross has said we are heading to Sydney. It’s a city I have spent a few Christmases in. I've been very fortunate in life in that respect. Some could say lucky. But I always believe you make your own luck in life. You just need to work harder to be luckier. Sydney for m...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 5

11 DEC 2013

Life on board GREAT Britain has been somewhat different over the last few days. The unfortunate Race Start incident certainly seemed to dampen a lot of the crew’s enthusiasm and confidence. We are a very slick outfit and believe in ourselves 100%, but a 24 hour delay is a killer for morale, especially when you kn...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

We saw them today. For the first time since we parted ways somewhere off Western Australia our competition appeared on the horizon. We have been going hammer and tongs with each other over the last week taking miles and giving miles back. Piff. Whack. Biff and bash. It's been quite a fight. Yesterday, inshore we spotte...

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GREAT BRITAIN - MARK NICHOLS - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

A day of contrasts! After a first day on mother duty, it was great to be back on the watch with the rest of the Santa crew, not that the mother role in itself didn't provide a very different insight into life on board. Being thrown around the galley whilst trying to prepare and serve up meals to a strict timetable and ...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

The last time I came to Eastern Australia, there was a heat wave and I remember listening to the English football results on the radio in the taxi ride from Melbourne Airport. This time, the temperature has been a lot cooler as we battled our way through strong winds up the coast of Tasmania towards Sydney. I spent yes...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CONOR O'BYRNE - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

So another day on our fabulous ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire. Thoughts are turning to Sydney and a welcome respite; we have travelled a considerable amount of miles in all types of conditions. The crew, hardy and now excellent sailors are thinking of beaches and family gatherings. I'll be apart from my family this Chris...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BETHANY CHALLEN - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

Well the last 24 hours on Mission Performance has been quite lively to say the least! After experiencing our own mini wind hole around 1800 UTC  yesterday we brought Bwian (our medium weight kite) out on deck to try to catch some wind.  Given the relative calm we ended up hoisting Wendy our windseeker (light ...

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QINGDAO - BEN WEBB - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

Today sees us again off the coast of mainland Australia with Gabo Island to our port and only 342 miles to Sydney. There was some good sailing after leaving Albany, but as the boats headed towards the Southern Ocean and the Scoring Gate, the weather conditions strengthened and during one night a large wave crashed over...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

Two birthdays on a boat! What a great date. Its 11/12/13 today! And it happens to be two crew members birthday on Switzerland. I'm one of them and round the world crew member Greg Wilson is the other one. Together we are turning 66 today!  A birthday on a boat is different, yet special. I got woken up at 0200 UTC ...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

Head above water We are within the last few days into port, so as usual there is hell to report. It was yesterday's graveyard shift, the 12-4 am watch.  At first, it was nothing out of the ordinary, white head sails up, a steady breeze, no colder than any nights previously.  We saw a green light off our port ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - RICHARD HEGGIE - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

What’s he on about now? I have been pondering the subject of sea sickness now for a while, but have really felt it inappropriate to pen any words on the matter whilst several of my crewmates were laid low in varying forms of the dreadful affliction. It just didn't seem right somehow. Now that everybody is fully ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NEIL REYNOLDS - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

A number of thoughts crossed my mind as the saucepan of hot tomato sauce toppled across the work surface and spilt down my back, but at the end of the day you've just got to laugh, suck it up and deal with the mess. Mark and I were preparing pasta puttanesca, complete with capers, kalamata olives and grated parmesan ch...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

Well the Southern Ocean has again thrown its challenges up and as we head up past Tasmania we are all reflecting on how such a short race of 10 to 14 days can take so long, nearer we get the longer the race seems. Well it does for me! Our days revolve around our shift pattern with the focal point being the 6 hours off ...

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INVEST AFRICA - EDWARD COLLISON - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

Christmas is a time for family, happiness and forgetting what has happened in the year just gone as it will soon be time to wipe the slate clean and start 2014. Although I am very fortunate to spend my Christmas in Sydney with my sister, a lot of people on the boat do not have the luxury of having family with them this...

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QINGDAO - LAWRENCE LINGARD - RACE 5 DAY 8

11 DEC 2013

Who ever said sailing was fun? I race (with the team) nearly 5000 miles and gain a lead of 200 miles only to fall into a wind hole, then someone makes a mistake, then something breaks and the whole cycle starts again! We miss another podium! Every day I wake never having enough sleep. I force myself to helm or to work ...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 5 DAY 7

10 DEC 2013

I can’t tell you the relief of entering Albany after a hard 3 and a half weeks of facing the brutal Southern Ocean. To think that we would not enter those waters again was on my Christmas list however this race is always full of surprises so here I am sat typing my blog in the Southern Ocean in the freezing cold!...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JO FISHBURN - RACE 5 DAY 7

10 DEC 2013

The day started off pretty well. At 0200 UTC we were flying along around the south east coast of Tasmania and we had heard reports of wind holes that were affecting the front of the fleet.  Given our tendency to stay in wind holes much longer than anyone thought possible, skipper Matt Mitchell made the call to sta...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JASON PARLOUR - RACE 5 DAY 7

10 DEC 2013

It's incredible what becomes normal on this boat. A stripped out racing yacht is certainly not a luxury sailing boat. Raw white fibre glass resin is the principle wall covering throughout your surroundings. Your life is enclosed by the edge of the boat, 70 feet in length, 16 feet maximum width, most of which is inacces...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JACQUELYN FORD - RACE 5 DAY 7

10 DEC 2013

We've been sailing through the Australian Bight for the last few days and today we saw the southern tip of Tasmania.  The seas have been giving us some great surfs and it is breath taking to see a hole open up in the water in front of the boat as we ride a wave. It’s getting close to the end of my part in th...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE ANDERSON - RACE 5 DAY 7

10 DEC 2013

“Put up more sail, let’s go faster”, we did and we improved our position, with a combination of skilful helming and slick sail changes allowed us to overtake Invest Africa, and improve our distance to finish behind the front runners. This morning’s news was delivered by a smiling proud skipper M...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 5 DAY 7

10 DEC 2013

Land ho! ''Will... Is that mountains or clouds?'' Herb asked from the helm. Puzzled, Will looked around trying to process the question.  When he squinted over our port side, the answer registered on his face. Simultaneously the rest of us turned around and shouted ''Land-ho!'' Our AIS (Automatic Tracking System) h...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 5 DAY 7

10 DEC 2013

It has taken me several attempts to sit down and write this small snapshot of another day in the life aboard a Clipper 70. A pesky little thing known as 'mother watch' got in the way for most of the day. Then a small amount of sleep. Then, just when I thought I'd snuck off deck for 10 minutes, I was called back up by t...

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ONE DLL - NICK MULHOLLAND - RACE 5 DAY 7

10 DEC 2013

Hi OneDLL fans As I am writing this we are approximately 300 miles from the finish marker outside Sydney so all getting very close and exciting. We are in a four way battle with Derry~Londonderry~Doire, Henri Lloyd and Qingdao and about 10 miles separates us after nearly 2000 miles of racing. After rounding the Souther...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 5 DAY 7

10 DEC 2013

It's Tuesday 10 December and therefore those at home I imagine, are busily wrapping Christmas presents in front of a log fire and placing them decoratively under the tree. Not wanting to feel left out, we've been wrapping giant presents for skipper Rich... the forestay! As its Christmas, we decided to push the boat out...

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PSP LOGISTICS - DALE SIMS - RACE 5 DAY 4

09 DEC 2013

We are finally back racing after mammoth efforts all round by the Clipper Race shore crew, our crew and the shipwrights of Albany to get us back on the water. We threw off lines around 11pm last night local time and headed out through the channel towards the open sea. There was a heartfelt cheer from the crew to be awa...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JENNIFER HILL - RACE 5 - DAY 5

09 DEC 2013

Well I can now say with first hand experience that it is true what they say... The living on board aspect of this race is just as challenging as the sailing! I say this having just completed my first mother watch duty and as I am sitting here trying to type this blog entry. Every muscle in my body is working ...

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

09 DEC 2013

What a difference a race makes...Race 4 was a difficult time for me - I made a decision that lost us a crew member and lost us any real participation in the race and I picked up a wee knock to my arm that meant I was below decks almost the entire time.Race 5 has put the goofy grin right back onto my freckled ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - NEIL TAYLOR - RACE 5 DAY 6

09 DEC 2013

Pork chops and Sunday roasts! As we get further into this campaign the standard of food is definitely improving. More and more now fresh produce, including meat is making its way into our diet. It started off simply with beef stew on Leg 2, then beef stroganoff, bacon and egg wraps were added on Leg 3. This leg has bee...

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GREAT BRITAIN - RIKKI HANSON - RACE 5 DAY 6

09 DEC 2013

Hi to everyone back home! It’s very strange being this side of the blogs for a change, I remember during legs 1,2 and 3, how my daily fix of this year’s race would pick up my day, to hear how my team mates were holding up under the pressure of racing a 70ft yacht? Well as you all know by now, we had a racin...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - MICHELLE PORTER - RACE 5 DAY 6

09 DEC 2013

Day 6 on-board the good ship Derry ~Londonderry~ Doire and life is pretty damn fine right now. The Southern Ocean is treating us well this time around and with all crew now in sync with the daily routine and the obstacles of living at a funny old angle, the sound of banter and good spirits both up on deck and down belo...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 5 DAY 6

09 DEC 2013

Once again this race I am watch leader of Lightning and my guys and I have been working our (leaky) seal skin socks off since the Race Start. Even on the one windless night we've had the staysail up and down 5 times maybe more as the wind came up and died again, gybed the main sail when the wind backed 180 degrees (in ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WENDY WHITE - RACE 5 DAY 4

09 DEC 2013

So what's it like being on a 70 ft racing yacht? If you asked me 48 hours ago I would have said imagine being in a washing machine, on a climbing wall while riding a rollercoaster! All this while trying to complete daily tasks, sleeping, dressing, using the heads and cooking! Life at a 45 degree angle as my crew mates ...

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ONE DLL - CHRISTEL GIBBS - RACE 5 DAY 4

09 DEC 2013

Good afternoon to you all from a sunny Southern Ocean. Friday 6th Dec (I think), 20 souls thrown together on a boat (not just any boat, of course, but the true blue that is OneDLL), all heading to Sydney, a variation in ages of half a century between the youngest and the eldest, living, working, laughing, crying togeth...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 5 – DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

Two nights ago we had to bring down the spinnaker. It was going to end up overpowering us with the squalls that were incoming, it was back to the Roaring Forties we came to know and love on the previous leg! We set to work and piece by piece the evolutions to retire that sail plan went like clockwor...

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INVEST AFRICA - SYLVIA CHAHONYO - RACE 5 - DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

Its been a rather eventful 24 hours with a change in wind direction and an approaching cold front resulting in a change of sail plan. We are well and truly back in the Southern Ocean with its classic damp cold weather and huge swells. Just as we were settling in we received the news that Nelson Mand...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 5 – DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

It's been an interesting 24 hours here on Mission Performance. We sailed with the front we'd been expecting overnight, changing down to the Yankee 2 in preparation at dinner time. after two reefs in the main fairly close together, by 0300 the front had passed and we were back to a single reef as the seas calmed down. T...

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GREAT BRITAIN - NEIL BENNETT - RACE 5 - DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

I'm currently sat on a very satisfied GREAT Britain right now, yes were still behind the majority of the fleet, yes we've still got no bow sprite, and yes we've some 'very fruity' weather ahead of us. But even though we're thousands of miles away from it we've all just been treated to a small slice of home, w...

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SWITZERLAND - ALISON CRAWLEY - RACE 5 – DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

I am now about half way through the first race of my first leg on Clipper 13-14 Race. Heidi feels enough like home for me to take a few moments to write a crew diary. We re well into the Southern Ocean, new for me but not for the rest of the crew.We were well prepared for the first storm (safety first) but tried t...

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ONE DLL - DAVE RICHARDS - RACE 5 – DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

Well another 24 hours on OneDLL or Big Blue as many know us, and a demonstration of the wide range of duties that fall on all of us. A strong frontal system meant many sail changes and with the strong winds and continuous rain the night as dark as can be. For every change of spinnaker we have to tie...

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INVEST AFRICA - BRENDAN PODAYKO - RACE 5 DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

Kiaora! Back in the Southern Ocean again after a delightful stopover in Albany and it is still a cold, wet place of immense power and solitude. At the start of each watch, I have to steel myself to put on wet foul weather gear and wet boots (yes even on the inside) and then make my way up the companion way to begin ano...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 5 DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

''Racing, not Sailing'' This is not a cruise around the world.  We don't get to hand pick the nice days to go out; we don't get to stay in port when the weather gets rough. There's not a chance to snooze when you're too tired, suntan when the sun's shining bright or cower below when Mother Nature is unleashing her...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - MICK WOOD - RACE 5 DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

You don't want to read another blog about, how I made fresh bread, cakes, and scones. I don't want to write one! So this is an outpouring about my thoughts on what the Clipper Race experience means to me. The sights and smells of a Clipper 70 boat can be summoned as this - diesel, damp, people, food, antibacterial spra...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 5 DAY 5

08 DEC 2013

The joys of mother duty. As we are all one team, there comes a point in every journey that you take off your smock, hang up your life jacket and on the good ship GREAT Britain, don one of the tabards that we picked up in Cape Town. Mother duty calls. Mother duty means cooking the meals for the crew, making the teas and...

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TEAM GARMIN - BRETT WILKIE - RACE 5 DAY 4

07 DEC 2013

Part of the reason I signed up for Leg 4 was to experience, learn and develop my helming skills. Well, the Southern Ocean is a great teacher. There has been much talk aboard about helming on previous legs. Different sea states, wind strengths and directions. Yesterday I had my first experience of helming the spinnaker ...

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QINGDAO - JAY KEMPE - RACE 5 DAY 4

07 DEC 2013

We are now 4 days at sea on our race to Sydney (leaving Tasmania to port!!) and things are going well. We are currently in fourth place having overhauled Old Pulteney last night. Tasmania is about 600 miles to our east south east. As new a crew member I have to say that it has been tough few days getting re-familiarize...

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ONE DLL - JACOB KOOLE - RACE 5 DAY 4

07 DEC 2013

Hi guys, Jacob Koole here, age 57 and on board now for 5 days. I am Dutch and raised near the waterfront and although I thought I knew what sailing was about this is a different level/experience! What is really amazing is how fast a group of people who were strangers to one another a week ago is able to work and live t...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - HELEN NORTON - RACE 5 DAY 4

07 DEC 2013

Howdy from somewhere in the southern ocean where it is cold, wet and most definitely windy. Mission Performance has started resembling something of a bucking bronco on the waves as Mother Nature catches up with us, ensuring we get our money's worth on this adventure. We're certainly a long way from training in the Sole...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 5 – DAY 4

07 DEC 2013

One of the hottest topics in Clipper Race-Land in the endless run-up to the race is the topic of sleeping bags.  As my colleague Sascha Bonus explained on Day 3 of the last leg, sleep is a big deal so everyone wants to make sure they choose the correct sleeping bag.Many a conversation during race trainin...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 4 DAY 4

07 DEC 2013

Good morning PSP Logistics fans (or afternoon or evening depending where you are) Another day has broken here on Dixie (our nickname for PSP Logistics) and it's a grey one again. The weather this leg has been quite overcast with very little sun in the past two days. This isn't a large problem from a sailing point of vi...

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INVEST AFRICA - ROB OLIVER - RACE 5 DAY 4

07 DEC 2013

After a couple of days feeling less than ordinary burling for fish without a rod a lure in hand I am finally getting my sea legs and starting to enjoy the ride. We had a very laid back early morning shift enjoying the solitude and watching the sun rise on the horizon we are heading for. I realised that the occasional f...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - TRIBUTE TO MANDELA

07 DEC 2013

Nelson Mandela has passed away. A guy who was once referred to a terrorist by Great Britain's first female prime minister. Perhaps she was mistaken or he was misunderstood. Maybe he changed his stars before he went on to change so many other people’s stars. From my short time in South Africa on this race you coul...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - PATRICK HAYES - TRIBUTE TO MANDELA

07 DEC 2013

So sad to hear of the passing of a truly great person, statesman and world leader your legacy will live forever. A hero to many a father to others loved by all. So proud to represent you on this unique adventure. God bless you and your family.  ...

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INVEST AFRICA - SEAN STUTTAFORD - TRIBUTE TO MANDELA

07 DEC 2013

I am a proud South African who can say that I was a part of the transition to our democracy when Madiba became our leader. He was a great leader, statesman and icon and I am truly thankful for his vision of what our beautiful country should mean for its citizens. Today is a sad day, but let us use this moment in our yo...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - TRIBUTE TO MANDELA

07 DEC 2013

Nelson Mandela has left a truly inspirational legacy of freedom, equality and hope. He put children at the forefront of his humanitarian work and set up the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) to tackle the issues faced by Southern African children. Mr Mandela wanted the improved welfare of children to be his legacy....

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INVEST AFRICA - MASIBULELE LIYABA - TRIBUTE TO MANDELA

07 DEC 2013

I am Sbu Masibulele Liyaba and I am from North West Orkney, South Africa. I joined the Sapinda Rainbow Project on 20 June this year and since then I have completed the selection process (successfully!) and all the levels of training in Gosport. Now I am sailing on Leg 4 . The hardest part is waking up at 0200 in the mo...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 5 DAY 3

06 DEC 2013

Well we are all settled back into the routine of being back at sea now here on Mission Performance. It doesn't take long these days, and the new crew are finding their feet in the watches as well. We also have two returning Leg 1 crew who are noticing some differences in us and the boat systems we have been setting up....

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 5 DAY 3

06 DEC 2013

Today showed us what a cruel game ocean racing can be. When the morning sched came in (this is the 6-hourly update on fleet positions) we saw that we were in a very good position to be first through the Scoring Gate. With our sights firmly set on some valuable extra points we aimed for the Northern end of the gate and ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 5 DAY 3

06 DEC 2013

And so we are off! After the amazing stopover of Albany we are at sea again and into the routine of the watch systems and sailing. The Clipper Race is starting to become a taster menu of places to visit, not really long enough in each port to see it properly, however enough to see if you like the place enough to return...

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GREAT BRITAIN - SUSAN HUNT - RACE 5 DAY 3

06 DEC 2013

After two and half years in the making, here I am, together with four other new crew, welcomed into the heart the crew of team GREAT Britain. It is day 6, and after a faltering start to our race, we are sailing south with the wind behind us, a full main, (the biggest white sail)  preventer in place ( a line that d...

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TEAM GARMIN - JOSEPHINE MARTIN - RACE 5 DAY 3

06 DEC 2013

Down and up, down and up...and I am not talking about wind or sea state. I am referring to my meagre 'meals'.  Today Day 4 I managed to down my first proper meal and keep it.  It was yummy mashed potato, baked beans and a small sausage. The start to Leg 4 was very tough with Force 4 and 5 winds soon after we ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 5 DAY 3

06 DEC 2013

Always having a keen interest in the evolution of our team as crew leave and join us in ports along the way. I was as enthusiastic as ever to welcome our new crew joining us during what was a most fantastic stopover in Albany for Leg 4 around to Sydney, onto Hobart and Brisbane. But what's this? There, on our crew shee...

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QINGDAO - CHARLIE GARDINER - RACE 5 DAY 3

06 DEC 2013

There are two stages to sea sickness I was reliably told yesterday. First stage, feeling like you are going to die. Second stage, wishing you was already dead. Thanks Vicky that made me feel a whole lot better! Having made it across the Atlantic and then Southern Ocean with not a hint of nausea, I was more than a littl...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - BOB MATHEWSON - RACE 5 DAY 2

05 DEC 2013

Hello blog readers - Bob Mathewson here - or should I say ‘Dr Bob’ as there are two of us - the other Bob (Burton) is now known as ‘Sir Bob’ as he looks like the real Sir Bob (except that he is much younger and better looking than the Geldof variety) I was greeted by my fellow mother watch this ...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 5 DAY 2

05 DEC 2013

The Southern Ocean has decided to spare no thought for our new crew (as well as some old crew) and has welcomed us back with some tough upwind sailing on the first two days. As a result there is sea sickness all around making our already shorthanded crew of 15 even smaller. We continue to race hard though, and earlier ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 5

05 DEC 2013

Well it is safe to say that yesterday wasn't quite the race start that we wanted. The crew was buzzing as we pulled away from port. Albany had been an excellent host to us over the last week and GREAT Britain were now running on all cylinders and excited about racing to Sydney. The weather looked to be favourable and w...

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QINGDAO - LYNETTE SWIFT - RACE 5 DAY 2

05 DEC 2013

Before I joined Qingdao in Albany, I was an avid follower of the Race Viewer and assumed we would have the same thing on board but we don't.  We have SeaPro, which shows each boat's relative positions but updates only every six hours.  Wind speed and direction are also on there but it's nowhere near as easy t...

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INVEST AFRICA - PETER SYKES - RACE 5 DAY 2

05 DEC 2013

Well race start was good and saying goodbye to Albany was hard as they have been so friendly but I am sure the last blog went into more detail about that but I would like to thank everyone in Albany for an enjoyable stay. Life on board has started to settle down and those that the green monster stuck down are coming ro...

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INVEST AFRICA - EDWARD COLLISON - RACE 5 DAY 1

05 DEC 2013

The human body is something quite remarkable. The activities that we participate in pushes our bodies further than you can imagine. The lack of sleep, the constant movement and always having to be on the ball and remember your mood affects the morale of everyone else. These challenges we face daily, hourly...in fact we...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 5 DAY 2

05 DEC 2013

Friendship ... We're pulling out of King George's Sound outside Albany, we're just metres away from OneDLL and my good mate, John Milsom (Leg 1 and 3), is stood there on OneDLL at the mast facing me off. We exchange knowing looks, a wave like gesture and a click of a camera - its game on, the beers we'd shared the nigh...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BETHANY CHALLEN - RACE 5 DAY 2

05 DEC 2013

Greetings to our Mission Performance followers and an especial hello to my family who are avidly following my progress and querying our every move in the race! It was excellent to see friends and family in Albany, a special mention must be made of our crew member Dave and his Dad.  Dave has now spent more time fix...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE MORAWA - RACE 5 DAY 2

05 DEC 2013

The excitement of the Albany race start seems a distant past. The wind has steadily decreased for Team Garmin over the past 24 hours and we are now in Doldrum like conditions except for the relatively cool conditions. Despite our best efforts we seem to be slipping into the back of the field yet again. This is probably...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 5 DAY 2

05 DEC 2013

Home (Very Far) Away from Home It's the holiday season, and being at sea means that we are often away from families and celebrations that we would typically be enjoying at home.  But lucky for the team of Henri Lloyd, we have our new family to ring in the holiday season with. We arrived to Albany to a very welcomi...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 5 DAY 2

05 DEC 2013

Little Things on Invest Africa By the third day of the Albany to Sydney Race everything has settle into the usual  rhythm of going on watch and coming off, hoisting, trimming and dropping of sails, grinding and easing of sheets, cooking food, making drinks and writing blogs. Sailing has been good so far, but today...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 5 - DAY 1

04 DEC 2013

Its so good to be back in Australia. I've had very fortunate life in some ways, as this is the sixth occasion of me being here. You would have thought the Ausssies would have barred me by now. Haha. But they keep letting me in for some unknown reason.I am glad that they did as the race finish in to Albany was...

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QINGDAO - PETER BRUMBY - RACE 5 – DAY 1

04 DEC 2013

Our first 24 hours back at sea following our stopover at "Amazing Albany" - as they call it. It really did not disappoint.Sure Albany perhaps does not have the razzmatazz of a Cape Town or Rio, but it more than makes up for this in its welcome and hospitality. Although we felt very proud to have crossed the Southern Oc...

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PSP LOGISTICS - JOHN MADIN - RACE 5 – DAY 1

04 DEC 2013

Hi there blog followers,Well what can I say other than we are still in Albany on Wed 4th December! So in the tradition of earlier blogs I will continue to name each paragraph after a song title we have played on the boat - you just need to name the artist...Another one bites the dust. What a start y...

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TEAM GARMIN - VICTORIA ANDERSON - RACE 5 - DAY 1

04 DEC 2013

To the Southern Ocean and Beyond…Have to start with a big thank you to all in Albany who welcomed us so warmly and looked after us whilst we stayed, especially those who welcomed Team Garmin in at the wee hours of the morning with a special BBQ.  This stopover whilst brief was special for me as Al...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LINDSAY EVANS - RACE 5 – DAY 1

04 DEC 2013

So....  We are off at last!Yesterday was not the start that we were hoping for. The crew and skipper are all bitterly disappointed about what happened at the race start.  I am not sure what was published about our race start, but it seemed to me that we ran out of room and so our...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - SARAH DAVIDSON - RACE 5 – DAY 1

04 DEC 2013

Before race start, newbies; Manaf Benachour (Legs 4-8), Jen Hill (Leg 4), Olya Oslawski (Leg 4), Sarah Davidson (Legs 4,5) and returner from leg 1 Mark Cooper (Legs 1,4,8) were given a briefing and assigned our watches.For the new arrivals joining the round the worlders, things could have been a lot more daunting, but ...

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ONE DLL - JOHN MILSOM - RACE 5 - DAY 1

04 DEC 2013

Hey there OneDLL fans, friends and family, Johnny 5 here checking in and bringing you news from big blue. I am typing this on Thursday morning, so we have been racing for approaching two days now and things appear to be settling down on board. The race start itself was hugely exciting, and this was ...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 5 – DAY 1

04 DEC 2013

And here we go again! Leg number 4, Race 5. Race start day was hectic and exciting as per usual, with everyone trying to get the boat as well as themselves race-ready. Albany gave us a fantastic send-off after what can only be described as the most welcoming stopover so far. From the entire crew of Old P...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 5 DAY 1

04 DEC 2013

Another race start begins and it definitely did not disappoint! Leading up to the start of this race, I had the most anxiety I have had since the beginning of the race. A combination of having so many injured crew and looking back at the incidents we overcame in the last race, I was hesitant to step on board. I knew ho...

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INVEST AFRICA - MBONGISENI OLUDLU - RACE 4 DAY 23

27 NOV 2013

Day 16 I was on mother duty and I had to bake two breads. At midnight I asked one of the crew members from my watch to help but she could only help with mixing 1 bread and I had to do the other one on my own which was a challenge because I’ve never baked bread in my life. We mixed all the ingredients , took it to...

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TEAM GARMIN - JOHN PURCELL - RACE 4 DAY 23

27 NOV 2013

'Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans' To paraphrase a famous Liverpudlian this lyric springs to mind when I look back on my Clipper Race experience. From New Year’s eve 2011 when I was sitting at home having a quiet beer surfing the web waiting for guests to arrive looking for something diff...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - RICHARD DAWSON - RACE 4 DAY 23

27 NOV 2013

As we approach Albany on the West coast of Australia in a rare period of calm weather it is an opportunity to reflect on what has been an epic journey across the Sothern Ocean. We set sail from Cape Town full of hope that this would be our race, an opportunity to gain a podium position and redress the balance with the ...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE CARTER - RACE 4 DAY 23

27 NOV 2013

Its cold down there below 40 - in the grey, wind swept Southern Ocean. Where the wind bites at your skin, your breath is constantly turned to vapour in its frosty air and the ocean is endlessly confused. Where the albatross live and where the sea spray wonders like tumble weed across scattered waves. Where the metal of...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JACQUELYN FORD - RACE 4 DAY 22

26 NOV 2013

 Hi Mum, It's Jacques.  I can't begin to tell you how much has happened since we left Cape Town.  It has been pretty exciting, and thankfully we are all safe.Despite being hard work in rough conditions, I have enjoyed the sailing. The Southern Ocean is indescribably beautiful.  The heavy seas are l...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 4 DAY 22

26 NOV 2013

We are hoping to be in Albany tomorrow and knocking over the deep clean and maintenance of the boat. She has really looked after us despite everything we put her through in the Southern Ocean, so now it's our turn to look after her in port. We reckon two solid days to get through our deep clean, rig and safety checks a...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 4 DAY 22

26 NOV 2013

England to Australia, Jean Brandon It is almost three months since we left the shores of England and the amazing send off from London, something I will never forget. Our narrow and nail biting win over the finish line in Rio de Janeiro brought again the same thrill, once more an event that will live with me. Sharing it...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE CULLY - RACE 4 DAY 22

26 NOV 2013

Woo Hoo, Julie Cully here On Invest Africa day 22 and we are closing in on the finish line, but it’s not over yet there’s still a lot to play for and we are all sailing hard and trimming like pros. With 4,978 miles under our belts and only about 200 left to go the pressure is on to climb up the leader board...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 4 DAY 22

26 NOV 2013

It's never over before it's over... Leg 3 has given us every challenge we expected and more. We sailed through high winds with 170 knots hushing through the deck and now our windseeker is resting across the deck prepared to be raised at any moment we have enough wind to hoist it. Being stuck in the water 160 miles befo...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 4 DAY 19

25 NOV 2013

"The day from Hell" The final days of these races have become notoriously hellish.  Coming into Rio Leg 1, we spent a near day tacking around Cabo Frio and went through every sail in our sail locker within the last 36 hours into port - going from a reefed main to a wind seeker in the same watch!  Into Cape To...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NEIL BINGHAM - RACE 4 DAY 21

25 NOV 2013

We have about 600 miles left to Albany and there is a tangible change in mood of the crew. The anticipation of landfall has resulted in conversations about what we are most looking forward to. A bath or a shower features high up on most peoples' list. None of us has had a shower since Cape Town. A straw poll has indica...

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PSP LOGISTICS - ANDREW THOMAS - RACE 4 DAY 21

25 NOV 2013

Leggers Diary (Part 1 of 2)   At last I now find the time to make a crew diary entry. I joined the good ship PSP Logistics at the beginning of October in Rio de Janeiro, and my word how the time has flown. I am what is called a multi Legger in that I'm only doing 2 legs of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. I...

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PSP LOGISTICS - JOHN MADIN - RACE 4 DAY 21

25 NOV 2013

Well, we will go down in Clipper Race history as the first boat ever to smash the 300 miles in 24 hours. In my earlier blog I did say we were one of the fastest boats, now it’s official. No doubt it will be beaten but I can only say that being on deck as the boat was slicing its way through the ocean was nothing ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MICK LEONARD - RACE 4 DAY 21

25 NOV 2013

Hello All, It's been a funny day at the office with all sorts going on and we even encountered our first vessel since leaving Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Yesterday found us in the Mission Performance traditional wind hole (un-forecast) we seem to find two or three days from the finish, fortunately it didn't last to...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NELL WYATT - RACE 4 DAY 21

25 NOV 2013

I have a serious crisis to report - we only have enough coral pink wool left to wool one more asymmetric spinnaker.  After that, we are onto mustard yellow wool. Now this may not seem important to those of you sitting at home, but the aesthetics of wooling a sail are very important. When you sit in the sail locker...

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QINGDAO - ROBERT FISHER - RACE 4 DAY 21

25 NOV 2013

Now the end is near...So, just over 60 miles to go as I type after the more than 14,000 miles I've completed since the Race Start back at St Katharine Docks. As a ‘legger’ doing legs 1 to 3, it feels very odd to be considering leaving Qingdao, my home for the past three months, and to have to start saying m...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 4 DAY 21

25 NOV 2013

"There ain't no rest for the wicked"As I write you, I am technically supposed to be heading off to bed for my off watch.  But we are currently chasing down Great Britain to the finish; a fight for first place, so there isn't going to be any sleeping on this final haul into port. I have to be honest in saying that ...

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ONE DLL - DENISE OAKLEY - RACE 4 DAY 21

25 NOV 2013

Southern Ocean OneDLL Cape Town was so good to seeAfter 15 fun days all at seaTable Mountain was grand and very tallGasps, oooos and aaaahhhs were uttered by all Our stay on land was lots of funBut very soon we were doneThe next race ceremony had begunThe fleet set off to South African song and sun Our start was good b...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CLODAGH WHELAN - RACE 4 DAY 20

24 NOV 2013

Race Day 20 on Derry~Londonderry~Doire, with over 4,000 miles logged over two Oceans - The Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean. We have seen the many moods of both since we left Cape Town and faced many more challenges since we got a slap from the Indian Ocean on Day 3. But where is the line between the two Oceans? An ...

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INVEST AFRICA - GAVIN VAN DER MEULEN - RACE 4 DAY 20

24 NOV 2013

Many events have taken place since my previous blog, to name a few umpteen sail evolutions, plus sewing a torn spinnaker under an avalanche of sail with a well-used sail rite sewing machine. The medium weight kite has held now for 6 days of punishment. In between all the activity after the warm up depression that passe...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 4 DAY 20

24 NOV 2013

My life is ruled by numbers. For example, I am Crew Number 4 which determines my life jacket and my duty of the day, today is blog… see it works eh? Then there is the number of days at sea, which dictates what we eat and the endless tick over of watch changes,  6-12, 12-6, 6-10, 10-2 2- 6. When sailing it&r...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 4 DAY 20

24 NOV 2013

I can recall someone, somewhere who had competed in the Clipper Race observing that, ‘sailing is the easy part, it's the getting on with the crew that is the tough one’, or words to that effect. In the last couple of days I've found that it can become increasingly difficult to argue with the second part of ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JO FISHBURN - RACE 4 DAY 20

24 NOV 2013

I have been on mother duty today.  Some crew find it the bane of their existence on board. They can't stand the constant washing up, the demands for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, chicory, small glass of water for teeth, large cup of water with Tang, jam, Nutella, honey, salt and pepper, hot, brown, red sauce and we ...

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TEAM GARMIN - RICHARD DAVEY - RACE 4 DAY 20

24 NOV 2013

My 70 foot surfboard One of the most thrilling things about doing the Clipper Race is helming, especially in big swells. Everyone on Team Garmin has had a go at helming, some enjoying the experience, others not as much. But there is not much doubt that it is an exhilarating feeling being poised at the top of a big swel...

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OLD PULTENEY - ANDREW KLUGE - RACE 4 DAY 20

24 NOV 2013

Hi there.It is apparently my turn to do the crew blog. The problem with being number 21 out of 22 crew members is that all the good blog subjects have been taken already – regular readers will have heard all about our toilet tribulations, our sleeping arrangements, the big waves, the storms, the wildlife etc. etc...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 4 DAY DAY 20

24 NOV 2013

Our thoughts are turning towards land. What's socially acceptable on board, will soon become frowned upon in polite society. My hair, unwashed for 3 weeks, is reminiscent of an oil slick; which is undoubtedly hazardous to the passing sea birds. Every single fingernail is a jagged, broken mess and my palms are covered i...

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INVEST AFRICA - JOHN RIGNALL - RACE 4 DAY 20

24 NOV 2013

Thoughts of arriving in Albany are now with all the crew as we approach arrival within the next 48 hours.  However we are not done until we are moored up in the marina and that first cold beer is firmly in the grasp of our sore and peeling hands. We have all learnt today that we are not only competing against 11 o...

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OLD PULTENEY - PETER THOMAS - RACE 4 DAY 19

24 NOV 2013

Ode To Trimming When I am standing up here trimmingwatching the spinnaker curl,My mind begins to wanderthinking of that girl. The one with the dark complexionfrom Italy or Spain,I think her name was Pinaor maybe it was Jane. I saw her once in Belgiumat a Formula 1 Grand Prixeating a bar of chocolateoh so sensually. At ...

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SWITZERLAND - LINDSEY NOBLE - RACE 4 DAY 21

24 NOV 2013

Why am I doing this? A question most of us have asked ourselves more than once during this leg. More later about our thoughts. Meanwhile we are now less than 500 miles from Albany and as usual at this time in the leg our thoughts turn to the stopover and mundane things like where will we stay?, what will we do?, in my ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - DEIRDRE EGAN - RACE 4 – DAY 19

23 NOV 2013

Its now 6.30am just had brekki and just found out we have three days left to go for end of Leg 3 and the end of my Clipper Race experience wind permitting that is!Yesterday myself and Andy Richardson spent 9 hours repairing our medium weight spinnaker which was damaged due to the block pulley disappearing leaving ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ANDRAS UJLAKY - RACE 4 DAY 19

23 NOV 2013

All right! My Kindle found its way into the bilges and has packed up so will try to do another literary note without it. When we come down to the navigation station to do our hourly log entries we take it for granted that we copy the boat's precise position from, SeaPro the navigation software on the computer. Well, it...

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TEAM GARMIN - PETER MURPHY - RACE 4 DAY 19

23 NOV 2013

There was a rumour at the dock and the word had passed around, that ...Murphy! was in town - CapeTown. He had come to sail the two oceans, a dream his dad had dreamt of but had forgotten. They came from far and wide a mix of Men and Girls to claim the trophy, for sailing this part of the world. They powered at the star...

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QINGDAO - CHARLIE GARDINER - RACE 4 DAY 19

23 NOV 2013

And just when you think things are getting a little easier... With only 475 miles to go to Australia we hoped that we had cleared the rough weather and our troubles were behind us. I've just spent the last hour however helping rescue our heavy weight spinnaker from a very windy and wet Indian Ocean after the halyard it...

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INVEST AFRICA - EDWARD COLLISON - RACE 4 DAY 19

23 NOV 2013

Thinking! It’s one of those concepts in life where you put your head on the pillow and then suddenly you try to solve the world’s problems in your head. You can over think about what has happened in the past and what is going to happen in the future? Many of us, including myself, forget to cherish the prese...

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GREAT BRITAIN - NEIL MARCHANT - RACE 4 - DAY 18

22 NOV 2013

“Man stand for a long time with mouth open before roast duck fly in” This Chinese proverb says much about the spirit of GREAT Britain. We are a team that are not prepared to wait for things to happen, if something needs doing then members of the team step up to get the job done. Over the last few days, with...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 4 DAY 18

22 NOV 2013

Well the ocean sprint didn't go quite as planned, with some more bits of the spinnaker system checking out while we were flying our medium weight kite, ‘Brian’.The Southern Ocean has really taken its toll on our blocks and lines, and as such we have become quite imaginative when it comes to the 'make do and...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 4 DAY 18

22 NOV 2013

"Relative" On a racing yacht, everything is relative. Our daily performance is gauged relative to the other boats.  Your clothes are relatively clean compared to the dirty and stinky other options.  Greetings of "good morning" and "good night" are relative to whether you are waking up or going to bed, not eve...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 4 DAY 18

22 NOV 2013

‘LegenDerry II’ Crew Diaries        Andrew Taylor It is shortly after 4am in the southern ocean around 1,200 miles east of Australia, it’s around 6 degrees on deck and the sun has just broken the horizon, I am wondering if this is now the end of what has been a prett...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BETHANY CHALLEN - RACE 4 DAY 18

22 NOV 2013

Well to continue on Claire's tales from yesterday we did manage to hitch our ride with Mr Friendly Low even though he was feeling slightly less than benign at times as we (over)powered along with our Yankee 1 and 1 reef in the main! At crew changeover time skipper Matt gave us another team building session as we change...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 4 DAY 18

22 NOV 2013

Welcome back to our continuing coverage of the Southern Ocean crossing by PSP Logistics. We last left our adventures having tamed the beast that was the storm jib during an epic Southern Ocean storm. Join us now as we continue on the journey with the intrepid crew of PSP Logistics. Not long after the beast of the fored...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER CHART - RACE 4 DAY 19

22 NOV 2013

Clipper 70s are stripped down ocean racing yachts, and because they don't have much space and need large crews to handle huge heavy sails, the Clipper Race and other ocean racing sailboats use “hot bunking” to minimise the number of bunks they require, and allow the sleeping quarters and so a lot of weight ...

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INVEST AFRICA - EDWARD COLLISON - RACE 4 DAY 19

22 NOV 2013

Thinking. It’s one of those concepts in life where you put your head on the pillow and then suddenly you try to solve the world’s problems in your head. You can over think about what has happened in the past and what is going to happen in the future. Many of us, including myself, forget to cherish the prese...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - DEREK FURNISS - RACE 4 DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

It's Ocean Sprint day on Mission Performance and at the half way mark we are on track to make our target time. We've got a good breeze and we are sailing well although the sea state is building a little and its starting to get a bit splashy up on deck - its time to get those smocks on I think! So its fingers crossed fo...

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SWITZERLAND - DAVID TOLSON - RACE 4 DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

I am writing this blog from the perspective of a leg 1-to-3 crew member who is becoming increasingly aware that this great adventure is coming to an end. Although I am very much looking forward to my first visit to Australia, it will be with great sadness that I will have to say goodbye to the fellow crew members of He...

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OLD PULTENEY - DENNIS HARTMAN - RACE 4 DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

In the words of our skipper Patrick, Hello world! As you probably surmised, the crew of Old Pulteney are taking turns doing the daily blog and I've been pondering about my topic for past few days. Part of my blog will include the medic's report and the other theme will be near and dear to everyone on board - the dietar...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 4 DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

Good morning family, friends and followers, It's that time in the passage when the crew replaces counting up, ‘day 11 on board, day 12,’ with counting down the days until our arrival (6 days to go, 5 days to go). We even did our sweepstake today of possible arrival times. I think everyone is looking forward...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 4 DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

Faith, Hope and Charity We seem to be here again. On the verge of great things, that somehow seem to inexplicably evade us. We're not entirely sure how we got here; though the race has not been done we cannot give up just yet. Somehow we have slid from first to fourth. There are no such things as unassailable leads. We...

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GREAT BRITAIN - ALEX LIDDLE - RACE 4 DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

For the first time in nearly two weeks we were in sight of another vessel, OneDLL as it happens, the last boat we saw was the large cargo vessel before we went into the storms nearly two weeks ago. We on Starsky watch have also noted that there have been no other signs of human life; the sky is devoid of vapour trails,...

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ONE DLL - KRISTA VANDER MEIREN - RACE 4 DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

Back in January 2010 I sat glued to my computer at home reading every blog and watching every move on the Clipper Race website. My husband was competing in the race, doing leg 4. Following the race from land went together with all sorts of emotions ranging from curiosity to excitement, happiness and sadness. Most of al...

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OLD PULTENEY - RICHARD DAVIES - RACE 4 DAY 18

21 NOV 2013

Purgatory or Exhilaration? Moods and experiences change so quickly here. Just finished the early morning 3-7am watch. Three hours and fifty minutes of exhilaration under our lightweight spinnaker, 10 minutes of grief as the sail split on us just before retiring for breakfast. We were making good progress on all in fron...

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TEAM GARMIN - TERRY MADDREN - RACE 4 DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

Well folks after successfully dodging writing a blog for the last two and a half legs the time has come for me to give it a go. Today I have been on mother watch a task that we all get to experience at least a couple of times per leg. Some might say this is an opportunity to catch up on a bit of extra sleep and utilise...

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PSP LOGISTICS - JOHN MADIN - RACE 4 DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

Riders on the storm If you have read Mark and Tristan's blog you will have had an idea of some of the action we have had. So I hear you wanting to know the answer to that burning question. When the weather is blowing a hooley how do you insert and remove your contact lenses? Especially as mine are ones that have to be ...

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INVEST AFRICA - CRAIG FORSYTH - RACE 4 – DAY 17

21 NOV 2013

Seamless. That is the word that I wish to use as my theme for this blog. Seamless is the way that the leggers have slotted in to the roles on board.Its seamless in the way that they have just picked up the baton that the departing leggers have gently placed on the deck. Waiting for their relay partners t...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - EVGENIY KHAMEDOV - RACE 4 - DAY 16

21 NOV 2013

Welcome to the port watch crew blog dear Jamaica Get All Right fans.Each paragraph of this blog is written by different crew member of the port watch...apologies if it does not flow!Sorry for little bit late for starting this. Now we are on our midnight watch in the middle of the Southern Ocean. There was two sunny and...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 4 DAY 16

20 NOV 2013

Bertha's Big Day Out It was 6am and the sun was up, "cool but it's going to get warm" was the advice, sunnies at the ready I was up and got landed some pretty indifferent wind conditions by the other watch, "Wallow World" as it was described.  Skipper Sean sticks his head up and says "good or bad news?"... the goo...

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PSP LOGISTICS - TRISTAN GRIGALIS - RACE 4 DAY 16

20 NOV 2013

Welcome to this weeks instalment of the PSP Logistics Crew Blog! Instead of feeding you all daily updates and instant reporting on life here in the Southern Ocean aboard PSP Logistics, I'm currently taking a stand against the current age of instant gratification and going back to yesteryear, when news took time to trav...

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OLD PULTENEY - PETER THOMAS - RACE DAY 16

20 NOV 2013

I've been asked to do a blog , I don't even know what the word means ! I am sure the others have said what the conditions are like during this race, going from cold to freezing and wet to soaking. Having said that the wonderful thing is no one has been down for long, one hears laughter on every watch. Like the other ni...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - NEIL TAYLOR - RACE 4 DAY 16

20 NOV 2013

proximately 7 days out from Albany and today we have received the import restrictions of what goods we are allowed to take into Australia, particularly foodstuffs. Along with the quarantine and inspection procedures upon our arrival. For some items these are quite restrictive, for example only 1kg of tea, so many litre...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 4 DAY 16

20 NOV 2013

Most of us experience that as we get older, time moves faster. My experience since we started the race is that time has slowed down! Every moment seems to last longer, and one is able to experience every hour of the day more intensely. Even the hours of sleep one can squeeze into an off-watch are lived consciously. Whe...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 4 - DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

When asked about what I wanted out of the Clipper Race, one of my responses was to be pushed to my absolute limit. I couldn't think of anything scarier than being in the Southern Ocean, in pitch black, with monster waves, on a 70ft racing yacht, tired, cold, and hungry with a bunch of strangers which I am entrusting my...

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SWITZERLAND - LINDSEY NOBLE - RACE 4 DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

Moonlight and chocolates There are moments on this trip that are so stunning they will last forever in my memory and one such was last night. The full moon rising majestically through fine shafts of cloud in an otherwise cloudless sky, providing a beautiful glow over the (for once) relatively calm clear Southern Ocean....

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QINGDAO - PETER BRUMBY - RACE 4 DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

The High and Lows of the 40s Having sailed from London it is becoming clear just how different each of these legs are. Yes there are many common factors which create the security of the familiar, the boat, how we live, how we organise ourselves and indeed sometimes a lack of co-operative wind. But the outside environme...

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OLD PULTENEY - SUE GILL - RACE 4 - DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

So then (as Oscar would say) the last time I wrote a crew blog was on leg 1 when it was “hot, hot, hot”, how things have changed! We are now well over half way from Cape Town to Albany sailing at about 43 degrees south and the hot, hot, hot weather is many miles and days behind us. It's now cold by day and ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - ALAN THOMPSON - RACE 4 - DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

After the force 12 storm with mountainous seas and wind gusts in excess of 100 mph we are sailing in beautiful sunshine and deep blue seas and the clothing layers are coming off as we climb north again. Our big spinnaker "Bruce" is flying and all is well with the team on Mission Performance. I never thought I would hel...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES BENNETT - RACE 4 DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

Well let me say that for us here on Team Garmin this leg has definitely lived up to expectations of the full Southern Ocean experience.  We have been “treated” to the full force of Mother Nature as she has delivered strong winds in excess of 50 knots and 70 plus knot winds and then as fickle as any oth...

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INVEST AFRICA - SYLVIA CHAHONYO - RACE 4 - DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

Another day at sea (Huge Sigh!) I find it really interesting how different each leg is. Sitting in the Doldrums for days on end in Race 2 of leg 1 was mentally and emotionally challenging. Leg 2 was like seeing a picture on a menu, ordering based on the picture and getting exactly what you ordered, it is exactly what t...

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TEAM GARMIN - ALAN BARTLEY - RACE 4 DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

I have just finished 45 minutes at the helm of the good ship Team Garmin where we are moving gently under the light weight spinnaker on a direct course towards sunny antipodean Albany. The breeze is a gentle 10 knots, translating to a leisurely 7 knots or so over the sea floor. Ric was faithfully trimming the kite, Dan...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JASON PARLOUR - RACE 4 DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

One of the most interesting things about sailing with clipper is not just the sailing itself, but some of the incredible people we share that journey with.  Today I was able to talk more with Chris Vis. Chris is competing in multiple Legs 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8.  He's also one of our watch leaders on Jamaica Get Al...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - WYATT ORSMOND - RACE 4 DAY 15

19 NOV 2013

The southern ocean is more than just dramatic, it’s epic and demands respect. The winds have been strong, the seas big, but once the wind drops you left with the mess of shifty light wind and wallowing seas - it varies from no sailors dream to sailing heaven (could be a few degrees warmer though). After coming on...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NELL WYATT - RACE 4 DAY 14

18 NOV 2013

I wonder what an albatross is thinking as it soars effortlessly close to the waves wheeling and swooping and swerving between the crests and at times banking at an oblique angle so that its wing tip almost caresses the surface of the sea. From time to time they will use Jamaica Get All Right as their playground and fly...

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TEAM GARMIN - HELEN COOK - RACE 4 DAY 18

18 NOV 2013

This is the mantra by which Team Garmin are currently trying to live and sail. Needless to say we were all disappointed to start the race 48 hours after race start, and we are frustrated at being at the back of the fleet.  This is especially hard on the nine crew members we are losing in Albany, and for whom this ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 4, DAY 15

18 NOV 2013

As we approach the end of Day 15, there is a renewed sense of ambition and hope amongst the crew on board team GREAT Britain. The business end of this race is nearly upon us. 1600 miles are left to sail and with the weather finally looking fairly stable and consistent, there is all to play for. From my experience in pr...

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TEAM GARMIN - TRACEY POLGLAZE - RACE 4 DAY 14

18 NOV 2013

I've been sitting here this evening wondering what day it is, and how long we've been at sea, and have come to the conclusion that I have absolutely no idea, nor does it really matter. Each day blends into the next. And as one is woken for their shift of 4 hours on, 4 off during the day, and 3 on, 3 off at night, it ta...

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QINGDAO - JUSTIN BESLEY - RACE 4 DAY 14

18 NOV 2013

We haven’t seen anything for almost two weeks. Not a ship or a sail, a dolphin (well maybe one or two) and the odd whale. But there have been birds, plenty of birds. A colleague kindly lent me a book of birds that we might encounter in the Southern Ocean. Petrels, albatross and Shearwaters of the world. There are...

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OLD PULTENEY - ROSS HAM - RACE 4 DAY 14

18 NOV 2013

I am required to write a blog as part of our boat “rules” and this in turn brings forth my legendary computer skills to complete the task. In, short, write something about anything using a machine which I have been able to avoid since leaving home to train and then sail around the world.br />In fact, this i...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CHRIS PAYNE - RACE 4 - DAY 14

18 NOV 2013

This week we have been buoyed by receiving an email from David Griffin, which explains in depth what he went through after he was rescued from our yacht. It turns out he had quite a few visitors, the best one being the Commodore of the local yacht club who managed to smuggle him some beers into the hospital! The parame...

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INVEST AFRICA - MBONGISENI OLUDLU - RACE 4 - DAY 13

17 NOV 2013

Saturday 16th November and 13 days since we set off from Cape Town. Welcome to the Southern Ocean...presently gusting 80kts across the deck, three reefs in the main and storm jib driving us ever Eastwards. This boat is rocking and it is taking all our effort to hold on to this bucking bronco wi...

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QINGDAO - MELANIE BRIGHTON - RACE 4 – DAY 13

17 NOV 2013

Leaving behind the 30s of the South Atlantic this third and final leg for me across the Southern Ocean has been the most exhilarating, challenging, everything that Sir Robin promised and more, aptly named the Roaring 40s it seems the most natural place for me to christen my 40th year since passing this milestone w...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BETHANY CHALLEN - RACE 4 - DAY 13

17 NOV 2013

Hello Mission Performance followers,Well after receiving the short sharp kick in the groin from the low yesterday we were treated to the coldest night to date in the Southern Ocean.  You would think that a little bit of cold weather wouldn't bother a bunch of sailors who had just toughed out force 12 winds bu...

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GREAT BRITAIN - NEIL BENNETT - RACE 4 - DAY 17

17 NOV 2013

This place is one of the most bizarre and amazing places I have ever been to, not a day passes without something noteworthy happening. Now admittedly for the majority of the time is curses at the weather and the temperature but every now and then you get something quite special.This morning the good ship GREAT Britain ...

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ONE DLL - MARK CHURCHILL - RACE 4 – DAY 13

17 NOV 2013

It has been a very long day!Today I have been mother. Generally Mother watch means that you get a good nights sleep and are refreshed after light duties below cleaning the boat and preparing 3 meals for your hungry crew and skipper. Breakfast is at 5.30am for the on coming watch and at 0600 for the off going watch. Lun...

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OLD PULTENEY - CHARLES SLATER - RACE 4 - DAY 13

17 NOV 2013

We are now on day 13 and have just passed the half way mark of our 4097 mile South Indian Ocean race from Cape Town to Albany, Western Australia.Yesterday we were expecting a big weather front to hit us so we prepared the yacht for the storm that was forecast. This entailed making sure everything was tie...

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TEAM GARMIN - FRED JOHNSTONE - RACE 4 – DAY 13

17 NOV 2013

Its funny what constitutes a days highlight. Yesterday it was being told that we have twelve days left on this ocean. Today it was the fact that we had flapjacks for afternoon tea. As we all sat on the rail waiting for the skipper to come and regal us with what’s been going on I felt a small nudge ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JACQUELYN FORD - RACE 4 – DAY 13

17 NOV 2013

Its the early hours of the morning and I am behind the helm standing by to help with compass readings.  We are flying along with a plume of white jets streaming from our stern - it feels like we are in the time-machine car from Back to the Future.There is an almost full moon in the sky, and we ...

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INVEST AFRICA - BRUCE STRICKLAND - RACE 4 DAY 13

17 NOV 2013

Day 14 the Southern  Ocean We have just come out of our third low pressure system since leaving Cape Town en-route to Albany, Western Australia. The systems have increased in intensity and at its peak last night, the true wind across the deck was 218 knots. I'll leave it to you to convert. The only positive about ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JEAN BRANDON - RACE 4 DAY 13 - THE DAY AFTER THE STORM

17 NOV 2013

If I had ever imagined what Armageddon was like then yesterday had to be it. Gusts of 120 knot winds hit us with such force and venom it was beyond scary. I am not an over religious person but I do admit to asking for our souls to be saved. The hail storm white out with the extreme winds caused mayhem for a brief time....

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JASON PARLOUR - RACE 4 - DAY 11

15 NOV 2013

It's not all plain sailing.  I'm up to nine layers of clothing on my torso, four layers on my legs, four layers on my feet, two layers on my hands, two layers on my head, plus a scarf, and I'm still cold.Anything that claims to be 'waterproof' can't stand up to the Southern Ocean weather.  This incl...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - JONATHAN SHELLEY-SMITH - RACE 4 - DAY 11

15 NOV 2013

So, here we are, almost halfway through and well into the second week of my current sailing adventures and what an experience it is turning out to be-last week is behind us and from what seemed an almost insurmountable loss of position and distance behind the rest of the fleet we are already snapping at the heels ...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 4 – DAY 11

15 NOV 2013

It must be something like day 11 or 12 on board Switzerland and we have enjoyed a couple of quiet days. I'm sure you have read about it in all the other blogs, but we used the time very wisely to do a lot of needed maintenance, rig and safety checks and to rest our tired bodies! Finally we managed to sleep well without...

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TEAM GARMIN - MIKE MORAWA - RACE 4 – DAY 11

15 NOV 2013

The 10th day of our life at sea and pleasant northeasterly wind experienced late yesterday, that in Western Australia would bring a 40C summers day, has filled in to a 30 knot stiff breeze from the same direction. Today was spent with final preparation and checks for the predicted cold front from th...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW RICHARDSON - RACE 4 – DAY 11

15 NOV 2013

Today has been another day of good winds and steady progress. Repairs and maintenance of the boat continued in this spell of calmer waters and dry conditions. My concern is the loss of my favourite box of screws; number 8's, 1.25 inch, self tapping with a cross head.We have lots of oddment screws, cross heads, regular ...

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TEAM GARMIN - SHARRON DENBY - RACE 4 - DAY 11

15 NOV 2013

Well here on Team Garmin we have  settled in for some really strong winds and a more intense sea state than the last few days as we have approached the top of a low weather pattern. We expected 35 knots but within a few hours the intensity rose to 45 knot gusts.The helming is excellent, really exciting... Like bei...

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INVEST AFRICA - HELEN JONES - RACE 4 - DAY 11

15 NOV 2013

This morning, as dawn broke, we were greeted with the most welcome of sights, another yacht. The first other vessel we have seen in 10 days. But even more excitingly, the tiny white sails visible on the horizon, were of Switzerland, who we have been playing cat and mouse with for a couple of days and des...

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QINGDAO - ANDREA SANGIORGI - RACE 4 - DAY 12

15 NOV 2013

Experiencing the first storm of your life in a real Ocean, The Southern Ocean, is not like your first day at school or your first time on an aero plane, or the first kiss. Not at all. Surely like other first times it is a moment that you will remember for long, long time, but not as a first time, in...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 4 – DAY 12

15 NOV 2013

First of all, apologies for no update yesterday! We have been bonkers busy on Mission Performance for the last 48 hours.First of all we prepared for the low, which has just passed us by unhanking the Yankee 1 and hanking on the Yankee 3 while we had brian, our medium weight kite up. This was going to save us ...

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OLD PULTENEY - KEES POSTMA - RACE 4 - DAY 12

15 NOV 2013

So for today's blog I have decided to give you an insight into the magic world of victualling. The process of victualling entails all things food on board, from coming up with a menu plan and buying supplies to packing everything away and (mostly) being able to find it again while at sea.The Old Pulteney all-star victu...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - RICHARD DAWSON - RACE 4 – DAY 12

15 NOV 2013

The word 'nice' is one of the none words used to blandly describe a number of situations. A friend of mine once suggested a scale of 1-10 for the word 'Nice'. 1 being not so nice and 10 being  very, very, nice but we decided that it would never catch on.Our beloved skipper Sean of the clan McCa...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - JASON PARLOUR - RACE 4 DAY 10

14 NOV 2013

Interview with Terezia Koczka by Jason Parlour Teri is one of the Round the World crew members on Jamaica Get All Right. From Budapest, Hungary, for the last 40 years, on-land Teri has been working as a Leadership Coach, although, having been self-employed for more than 30 years, working as part of the watch on th...

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OLD PULTENEY - KATE HEPWORTH - RACE 4 – DAY 10

14 NOV 2013

For Josie, Adam and Lucy, who love animals.David Attenborough doesn't know what he's missing....After sailing over 12,000 nautical miles, the game eye spy is becoming rather challenging.  The letter 'S' is getting extremely over used (sea, sun, sky, storm, stars, Stu (Stuart Murray RTW'd)) and whilst we have had s...

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QINGDAO - CAROLINE YARWOOD - RACE 4 - DAY 9

14 NOV 2013

How many of you have ever heard of rainbow by moonlight - let alone seen one? Seeing that has got to be one of the privileges of sailing in the Roaring Forties. A rainbow by moonlight is exactly what it says on the tin, a rainbow by moonlight with  the colours being every shade of grey you...

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GREAT BRITAIN - JACOB CARTER - RACE 4 - DAY 10

14 NOV 2013

Hi All,I will start by welcoming back on watch and to his bosun duties (sorry there are a few) Jim H who a couple of days ago picked a fight with a large wave. Glad to see you back Jim.The weather today is a world away from the sixty knots a couple of days ago. We have all been reminiscing over the Flop,...

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PSP LOGISTICS - JOHN MADIN - RACE 4 – DAY 10

14 NOV 2013

Welcome back my friendsWell the Southern Ocean never ceases to amaze, from the mayhem from a couple of days ago (10/11th) to the relative calm today (14th) and the mayhem due to come and whilst its calm life is a lot easier writing a blog so today we have...Albatross; Life in the fast lane; ObsessionsAlb...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - MAUD GROSJEAN - RACE 4 - DAY 10

14 NOV 2013

Day 10...latitude 44`07 reached! The limit of the race regulations is 44 30...Today has been a really pleasant day of sailing for our crew.The sky has been blue and sunny all the afternoon. What a pleasure to leave smocks below for a while. Many birds are still flying all around...partly hoping for one of the...

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ONE DLL - CATRIONA SAVAGE - RACE 4 – DAY 10

14 NOV 2013

Yesterday morning we hoisted the staysail in the bitter cold of a grey dawn, with icy waves washing over the decks and with hailstones stinging our cheeks. We're below 42 degrees south and baby it's cold outside.Actually it's cold inside too – cold enough to see your breath. I'm writing this in my ...

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OLD PULTENEY - STUART MURRAY - RACE 4 - DAY 11

14 NOV 2013

I expect all you followers will have read others waxing lyrical about nature (great blog Kate), I thought I would write about nature too. In this case, the call of nature.My non-sailing friends always ask “How do you go?”, and “What are the heads?”.  As far as I can remember the term 'heads...

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INVEST AFRICA - JULIE KERCKHOVE - RACE 4 - DAY 10

14 NOV 2013

Welcome to day 10 on Invest Africa. 43-ish degrees south. The sun is shining we are currently in 6th position and moving closer to the round all the time. Today is not just any ordinary day it is a really special day.Our Skipper is 27 years young to day, and in his honour everything on board is going fan...

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TEAM GARMIN - STEVE SWALLOW - RACE 4 – DAY 10

14 NOV 2013

Following on from Scotties (James Scott round the worlder) blog, Scottie did not enjoy licking the mixing bowl used for making the chocolate cake. Little did he know that I had added chili to the cake mixture to get some warmth into everyone’s belly! He is not known for his tolerance of spicy food, which is one o...

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GREAT BRITAIN - LINDSAY EVANS - RACE 4 – DAY 10

14 NOV 2013

Apologies for the lack of blog yesterday; we have had an eventful 48 hours on board the GREAT Britain boat, and blog writing had to wait until a moment of calm...So, where to start..?  Yesterday (Day 9 out of Cape Town if you are counting like we are) a storm passed in front and over us, and it lead...

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OLD PULTENEY - DAVID ROBERTS - RACE 4 – DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

Greetings one and all from Old Pulteney. Today the sun is shining, winds are fair and we are bowling along at a not too shabby rate of knots. However, yesterday was a tad different with high seas and storm force winds gusting up to 70 knots at times. It has been getting colder with the sea temperature now down to 5 deg...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 4 - DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

Yesterday was Remembrance Day and in commemoration, we had a moment of silence during our team meeting to honor the end of World War I and the lives lost.  At the end of the 2 minutes of group silence on deck, Graham recited a poem of sorts that is customarily said at the end of silence on Remembrance Day in ...

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QINGDAO - BRIAN PICKLES - RACE 4 – DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

For me this race is about experiencing something different, something special and experiencing something I have read about in many books about sailing round the world. I have often wondered what it is really like for round the world sailors. Now I am beginning to understand.At the end of this race I will have...

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PSP LOGISTICS - MARK PIGRAM - RACE 4 - DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

To borrow a phrase "How do solve a problem like the Southern Ocean?" Tonight, we are able at least to see some moonbeams, holding one in our hands is another story altogether.Firstly to the weather, it's died down out here from the last few days (or a month it feels like). The breeze is now a very sedate 20 knots (36 k...

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TEAM GARMIN - VICTORIA ANDERSON - RACE 4 - DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

What to wear?What to wear?  This question is probably considered more of some than the others however I thought I would share our general attire.Event – 5-9pm Watch, location – Southern OceanSo in order of layers this is what was yesterday’s ensemble:Underwear Marino woolSocks – Marino...

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SWITZERLAND - NICHOLAS WYATT - RACE 4 - DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

Its Day 9 or perhaps 11 or 12 or...  Life seems to be defined more by how long until the next sleep rather than actual days so it is difficult to keep track and indeed possibly not a good thng in any event. This is my second leg and I have a very different mental attitude to the time passing - no mo...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - ANDREW TAYLOR - RACE 4 - DAY 10

13 NOV 2013

Greetings from the Southern Ocean, after a slight but very necessary 500 mile detour to Port Elizabeth, we are now making good progress and our presence known to the rest of the fleet from back here in last place.It is really not a bad place to be though when you have Derry~Londonderry~Doire team spirit with you, ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JO FISHBURN - RACE 4 – DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

What a difference a day makes! One minute we're doing our best to survive the Southern Ocean with waves and wind speeds we had heard about but not really mentally prepared for, and the next we have Brian (our medium weight spinnaker) out on a lovely beam reach with the sun out and enough wind to keep us going at a stea...

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ONE DLL - NICK MULHOLLAND - RACE 4 - DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

After our first early taste of the low pressure system since leaving Cape Town, we wind began to ease two nights ago and we were looking at sail plan options as the evening drew in.As our heavy weight kite is still being repaired by the sail making team following the kite mare a few days earlier when the...

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INVEST AFRICA - CHRISTOPHER CHART - RACE 4 - DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

Hello from the Southern Ocean everyone! Not looking anywhere near  as wild this afternoon as we have seen it over the last week, the low pressure system that  brought us high winds and low temperatures has moved on and everyone is drying their gloves on deck and enjoying the gentler, ...

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SWITZERLAND - CHRIS PAXTON - RACE 4 – DAY 9

13 NOV 2013

Anyone who followed the adventures of Team Switzerland between Brest and Rio will know about our battle of the bilges - how a leaky water making machine turned the bilge spaces beneath our floorboards into swimming pools.Buckets were needed in huge quantities to halt the rising tide. No wonder that our crack engin...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - NICK BLEWER - RACE 4 – DAY 8

12 NOV 2013

So finally after 3 months at sea, us floorboards are starting to get the respect we deserve.  Until now, we've been trodden on, slipped on, spilt on, and generally ignored.The Derry folk started to notice things weren't as they should be as 'Holes' [the nickname for the board at the bottom of t...

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TEAM GARMIN - JAMES SCOTT - RACE 4 - DAY 8

12 NOV 2013

I would say that the boat is full of reluctant queues, but there is not really enough space for a queue to form, so I shall instead say that the boat is full of reluctant huddles.A watch is woken to begin their shift, and they reluctantly huddle in the galley for a nice portion of porridge, or something of si...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CHRIS PAYNE - RACE 4 – DAY 8

12 NOV 2013

A week into our Southern Ocean crossing and I guess the half dead cow and barrel of beer consumed in cape town is probably digested fully now.We have had an eventful few days with Dave getting injured, shooting up to Port Elizabeth to get him to hospital and the heavyweight kite 'THOR' being damaged whic...

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OLD PULTENEY - EDUARDO GOYA - RACE 4 - DAY 8

12 NOV 2013

The spirit of Old Pulteney is still well alive within the skipper and the crew as we sail along the hostile and beautiful Southern Ocean.It has been a few days sailing below the 40 degree south latitude marking the Roaring Forties, and we have already experienced very closely the majesty of this ocean, with its large s...

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INVEST AFRICA - SIMON DIXEY - RACE 4 – DAY 8

12 NOV 2013

Hello again from Simon. It seems a long time since I wrote anything on these pages. In my last entry, I mentioned that, after two tours of duty as a Watch leader, I would be returning to the rank and file. Well, I am certainly pretty rank after a week in more or less the same clothes. And as far as ...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - SUSIE REDHOUSE - RACE 4 – DAY 9

12 NOV 2013

Good Morning from The Southern Ocean, I have been thinking about the fact that I have followed a family tradition of getting to Australia from the UK via the sea and thinking quite a bit about those family members who have done this before me - I know they would be chuffed to hear about my exploits so far and would lau...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NICK BUSH - RACE DAY 8 - NICK BUSH

12 NOV 2013

We are now in a period of calm before the next storm which is due in the next 24 - 36 hours. The winds are now relatively light and the sea calm but we are still doing about 10 knots. We are now 42 degrees south and still heading south east the plan being to pick up strong Westerlies. We can't go much further south as ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 4, DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

So after a chaotic and hectic first few days of Race 4, life has returned to some sort of normality on the GREAT Britain boat. The new joiners have had their 'fresher’s initiation’, a casual 70 knot storm, and now they are fully inducted in to the GB family! On our watch ('Hutch' Watch) we have four new mem...

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SWITZERLAND - STEEN YDE - RACE 4 - DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

I am one of the new joiners for Leg 3 and has obviously been looking forward to this since I joined for the Clipper 13-14 Race but as the journey has moved from planning to the adventure itself, so has the emotions I have gone through.When we signed up for Leg 3 we all expected exiting sailing, remoteness from our...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - CONOR O'BYRNE - RACE 4 DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

Today was the day the smile finally came back on my face, badly needed after the experiences of the previous few days.It wasn't through laughter or a comical moment, it came through sailing. With 25-30 knot gusts and the heavy weight asymmetric sail flying it was time to helm and have some fun.I think I speak for ...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - JOSEPH CLAYPOOL - RACE 4 – DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

Hey everyone,Thank you for reading our diary. All is well and good progress is being made here on Mission Performance.  After a series of very interesting events I was finally able get some sleep last night and awoke to great news...We have now crossed the 40th parallel and are officially into the Southe...

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QINGDAO - JODY RODGER - RACE 4 - DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

A single leggers perspective...After perhaps a few too many Qingdao 'team bonding' nights in Cape Town, the misfortune of having a lot of kit stolen just days before race start and the prospect of spending 3 weeks in a confined space with 21 others, to say I was a little apprehensive of embarking on this voya...

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OLD PULTENEY - ALEX CAVAGHAN - RACE 4 – DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

Africa – clouds falling from the cliffs of Table Mountain like waterfalls, painted buildings and the kindness of strangers. As a legger, the refresher training day had us flying storm jib and tri-sail in a strong 40 knots of breeze. A flock of curved beaked Ibis crossing the bow and the seals in the harbour say t...

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GREAT BRITAIN - NEIL BENNETT - RACE 4 – DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

After sailing almost 15,000 miles you'd have thought I'd have seen most of what can been seen on a Clipper Race yacht, but today I've seen a few firsts on what has, on second glance been quite a memorable day on GREAT Britain.The day started with a celebration as our own Lindsey 'the siren' Evans turned a year older an...

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INVEST AFRICA - CAROLUS REINECKE - RACE 4 - DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

Happy Birthdays on the High SeasToday saw the start of our second week on our way to Albany. After a wonderful stay in Cape Town, it was amazing how quickly everyone settled back into the rhythm on board Invest Africa. It feels like we have been at sea for a much longer time, properly because of the inte...

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ONE DLL - LIZZY FITZSIMMONS - RACE 4 - DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

When you're at sea its very easy to forget what day it is, what date it is and what time it is, all you know is if your on watch or off watch, and if it's light or dark. However yesterday on OneDLL we remembered. It was the 11th November, Remembrance Day, and at happy hour (1130 – 12:30 boat time) ...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NELL WYATT - RACE 4 – DAY 7

11 NOV 2013

Imagine lying in a narrow canvas cot with only a strip of blue material stopping you from falling out of your bunk as the boat lurches from wave to wave. Imagine being woken at 03.20 after only 2.5hrs of sleep for the start of your next watch. It takes 30 minutes to extricate yourself from your sleeping bag a...

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OLD PULTENEY - TIBOR BACSO - RACE 4 – DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

Everything works out in your mind. This is what I answer, when I ask myself: „How can anyone enjoy this?”. So I really try to concentrate to enjoy this part of our round the world journey on the southern ocean.As we are getting deeper and deeper, we are already beyond 42 degrees south, the temperature is dr...

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TEAM GARMIN - CAROLINE MARROWS - RACE 4 – DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

After some 'fruity' weather (as described by our skipper, Ben), I cant believe my ears when the call was made to put up the wind seeker.  Have we wondered off course and headed back into the Doldrums??  For those of us who were onboard in Leg 1, our thoughts turned to the week we spent drifting...

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QINGDAO - JAMIE NOBLE - RACE 4 – DAY 5

10 NOV 2013

The good boat Qingdao has just slipped quietly into the Roaring Forties. They are not so much Roaring now as sleeping fitfully as we creep along, deeper south, under a stark moonlit and sparkling star filled sky. It's a welcome break from the constant weather borne chaos we had been experiencing sin...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 4 – DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

After leaving Port Elizabeth the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire was back to racing full on...kind of. As soon as we left the bay we had a night of easy sailing with light winds and our headsails up. This made for a smoother transition back into race mode and allowed us to finish tidying up the boat after our li...

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SWITZERLAND - LINDSEY NOBLE - RACE 4 – DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

Vicky up on deck - she wants the victuallers and the quarter-masters and the watch bosun down below with kit off. Hmmmm we thought oh dear what have we done or more likely not done! Roser, Laurent and myself duly removed layers and waited in the galley - a wait that meant we saw many extra jobs that needed doing!Howeve...

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PSP LOGISTICS - NEIL REYNOLDS - RACE 4 - DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

The first unusual thing I noticed when I came on watch was everybody sitting on the cockpit floor. The next thing was the tension among the crew. The noise too was terrific; I had to put my face close to others just to shout to ask their names. I made my way to the back of the boat crawling along the coc...

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GREAT BRITAIN - DAVID MOWAT - RACE 4 - DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

Hello from the Southern Ocean and welcome to my first crew diary since joining the good ship GREAT Britain in Rio.The whole experience to date has been truly fantastic, and I am constantly reminded by the actions of my fellow crew of one of the key attributes necessary to do this race, namely the right attitude. On bot...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CHRIS MADEL - RACE 4 – DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

The School of Mission Performance...As a legger in Cape Town I was a little nervous that joining the boat might be akin to starting in a new school class mid way through the year.However whilst there are certainly similarities, the experience has been way more positive and less daunting than I expected.I'm one of ...

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ONE DLL - ROLAND MEYER - RACE 4 – DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

Hey hey,What an experience! After race start we all expected rough weather by entering the Southern Ocean. But it came to us in the Indian Ocean.  I was helming (steering the boat) and it was an amazing feeling.We had rough sea (5 to 8 meter waves) but moderate winds and I surfed with this beautiful yacht on the w...

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HENRI LLOYD - MEG REILLY - RACE 4 - DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

As an American, I often get made fun of by my British crew mates for my misuse and abuse of the word "Awesome."  I have to admit, I do use it fairly often and it wasn't until I got to the Southern Ocean that I realized that I really must reconsider my use of the word.The reason being is that no...

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INVEST AFRICA - ADAM RUNCORN - RACE 4 - DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

Today is day seven at sea, something the crew on board Invest Africa are only aware of because of a laminated calendar glued to the wall  of the Saloon which has the days crossed through. The structure of the watch system means that days merge into one and watches are frequently waking up after...

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TEAM GARMIN - VICTORIA ANDERSON - RACE 4 – DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

A week in ...well sort of, the start of the Cape Town to Albany race had all the expected build up then the day arrived the parade of sail, farewell to Cape Town then the start – all the thrills and spills as expected, what a buzz, alas all too short lived and due to safety concerns (best to be&nbs...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - NICK BUSH - RACE 4 - DAY 6

10 NOV 2013

The Southern Ocean is giving us moments from the sublime to the ridiculous!Over the last few days the wind has remained fairly constant meaning that there has been little change in the sail plan. Consequently watches can become a little boring, sitting on the high side, wind lashed rain pouring across horizontally...

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GREAT BRITAIN - ALEX LIDDLE - RACE 4 – DAY 5

09 NOV 2013

Its has settled down a bit from the madness of the storm which by all accounts was one of the sternest tests a Clipper Race yacht has ever faced.Makes you feel really great to have been there and done that, few others will ever come this way so there will be tales aplenty to tell children and grand bairns.Aboard GREAT ...

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PSP LOGISTICS - JOHN MADIN - RACE 4 - DAY 5

09 NOV 2013

Good evening or is it good morning?Anyway, PSP Logistics followers, in this crew blog we have:Mayhem; Does anyone really know what time it is? Rock the CasbahLeg 3 already, two months into the race, Table Mountain and the excellent seafood at Zenzero restaurant in Camps Bay a fleeting memory I and my fellow crew member...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 4 - DAY 5

09 NOV 2013

While Race 4 continues around us, the Derry~Londonderry~Doire made it's way into Port Elizabeth as smoothly and quickly as possible. As luck would have it, it just turned out that today was Michelle's birthday.Unfortunately, she found herself lying in her bunk with an IV in her arm so we could get her to retain fluids,...

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QINGDAO - ANDREW HARPER - RACE 4 - DAY 5

09 NOV 2013

One of the downsides of sailing in the Southern Oceans is that you don't see any other shipping.   It's been a few days since we last saw another vessel and although some of the other Clipper Race yachts are in the same area they remain out of sight, except on the navigations systems.Indeed, I under...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BETHANY CHALLEN - RACE 4 – DAY 5

09 NOV 2013

Another sunset is in the offing for Mission Performance after a very busy 24 hours of sailing activity!  The Mission Performance virtual weather reality continues to surround us and in this time we have dropped Brian our medium weight spinnaker and hoisted our Yankee 3 only to change to Yankee 2 and then...

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OLD PULTENEY - NICHOLAS MONAGHAN - RACE 4 - DAY 5

09 NOV 2013

Seasickness – purgatory on the way to the 'paradise' of Albany (it better be!)Lots of worthy words spoken about dealing with it beforehand.1st Word of wisdom – Prevention is best – i.e. start taking your tablets good, early and religiouslyReality bites – prevention no doubt is best but a better ...

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INVEST AFRICA - NATALIA SHOUTOVA - RACE 4 – DAY 5

09 NOV 2013

We are now in Southern Ocean below 40 degrees South and it is a place of contrasts. Over the last few days we had 70 knot wind gusts, big waves, horizontal rain, and beautiful sunshine, double rainbows, 15 knot breeze in which we surfed our heavyweight kite. This leg I am looking after the Lightning...

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ONE DLL - MARK CHURCHILL - RACE 4 - DAY 5

09 NOV 2013

So getting injured on board seems to be a hot topic at the moment with Jamaica Get All Right, Mission Impossible and Derry~Londonderry~Doire all having injuries. No need to worry you think it wont happen to me especially as I had managed to fall out of my top bunk earlier in the week and suffered absolutely n...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ANDRAS UJLAKY - RACE 4 - DAY 5

09 NOV 2013

All right, we are all in it for the race, but, as it is a four weeks journey after all, I took along a few books for the times when the forties are or are not roaring, the big rollers are doing just that and I am off watch.One of them is by Patrick O`Brian, he takes Captain Aubry plus ship, crew, friends and enemies to...

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QINGDAO - FRANKIE HOPE - RACE 4 - DAY 5

08 NOV 2013

Fri 8th and we are a bit battered and bruised, but unbowed. The Roaring Forties are proving themselves worthy of the name. Last night in the midst of watch handover we were struck by a humongous wave, attacking us from the starboard stern, washing our helmsman clean off his feet, crash landing him onto his support mate...

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - BEN PATE - RACE 4 – DAY 5

08 NOV 2013

Wow, what a place. Few people have sailed the Southern Ocean and you can see why.It's crazy. For all members on board this was going to be a new experience.Skipper has sailed in the Indian Ocean to the north, but never this low down.After a gentle introduction, it soon hotted up and we were into 30,40,50,60 knot winds....

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MISSION PERFORMANCE - CLAIRE CARROLL - RACE 4 – DAY 4

08 NOV 2013

I don't think anyone imagined 24 hours ago that we would be flying a spinnaker today! We had another difficult night with strong winds, big seas and the occasional massive wave knocking us in all directions, but we are heading for Australia now.After a very interesting lunchtime sail trim lesson from Mat...

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TEAM GARMIN - PHILIP UPSON - RACE 4 – DAY 5

08 NOV 2013

Hello to all you out there in the real world as the crazy world of on board the Clipper Race continues. This is my first ever blurb so excuse me if the format is somewhat eccentric. Though we are just over 48 hours out from our “third time lucky” restart, and roughly 48 hours behind the ...

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INVEST AFRICA - SYLVIA CHAHONYO - RACE 4 - DAY 4

08 NOV 2013

Hi everyone, back again on leg three.What a pleasure Leg 2 was with Sue who is the most generous person and always has a smile on her face, Fiona who is the epitome of grace and determination, I am sure there is a picture of her next to the word lady in some dictionary, Didi who has been mother, agony aunt and chief of...

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OLD PULTENEY - PAUL BARTLETT - RACE 4 – DAY 4

08 NOV 2013

On those long cold night watches in the Southern Ocean thoughts turn to what is the most difficult part of life aboard a racing yacht in extreme weather conditions in one of the most hostile parts of the world. The upside is easy, helming in tough conditions with a bright starry night under the “southern cross&rd...

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JAMAICA GET ALL RIGHT - ANDY RYAN - RACE 4 - DAY 4

08 NOV 2013

As readers may have picked up elsewhere, the Clipper Race fleet has been experiencing a spot of heavy weather recently.With winds up to 45 knots and seas to four or five metres adventure seekers upon the southern oceans have certainly got what they came for, with lots more to come. I joined the race in Rio and, like mo...

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TEAM GARMIN - DANIEL HO - RACE 4 – DAY 4

07 NOV 2013

We are finally under way, and making headways for our come back, achieving 251 nm in 24 hour period. The mood amongst the crew has been amazing, there is anticipation and camaraderie that is  outstanding as the disappointment of the setbacks are left behind and we focus on reaching Albany. This has been ...

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GREAT BRITAIN - OLLIE PHILLIPS - RACE 4: DAY 3

07 NOV 2013

The mood has changed swiftly from one of frustration to fear! The only way I can describe it as is genuine warfare. A battle is on our hands and survival is now our primary objective. I have never witnessed power quite like it. The waves are ferocious, unforgiving and incredibly frightening. Equipment that is typical...

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SWITZERLAND - ROSER PREUSS - RACE 4 - DAY 4

07 NOV 2013

So it's day 4 or 5 of Leg 3 and I have lost all sense of time again. I'm in this parallel universe of the sailing world. And I'm loving it.Now, that is. Let me go back some 30 hours...Whenever I write to home about my experiences at the end of a leg. The message is that I'm loving it. And I'm having the time ...

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INVEST AFRICA - MBONGISENI OLUDLU - RACE 4 - DAY 4

07 NOV 2013

It is still wet and we are experiencing big waves and rain but with the crew by my side I don’t feel sad any more because they have made me look on the bright side of the whole experience and I am enjoying myself.Its Blessing Thenjekwayo's birthday today, the Leg 5 Sapinda Rainbow Project crew member. H...

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OLD PULTENEY - SASCHA BONUS - RACE 4 - DAY 4

07 NOV 2013

Ok I'm finally getting around to writing this blog that technically was supposed to be written 2 days ago but its been pretty crazy out here. I was hoping to get away without having to write it but after some “gentle” prodding from our head of media... here goes.I wasn't exactly sure what I would write abou...

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DERRY~LONDONDERRY~DOIRE - KRISTI WILSON - RACE 4 – DAY 4

07 NOV 2013

What a difference 24 hours can make. As I am sure those addicted to the race tracker can see by now, the good ship Derry~LondonDerry~Doire are headed in the wrong direction. Well, I can assure you there is a good reason for that, but there is definitely know reason to be panicked. Sean knows what he is doing!The crew o...

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