Patience & History

After a great break in France, I was ready and keen for some more sailing. I’d signed up for a race from the UK to France and the return trip. It was with a different boat, not related to Clipper. The yacht was Wild Spirit, a smaller boat at 40’ and much more comfortable as(…)

Rest & Route Update

Thanks to a wonderful friend, Lucy, I’ve spent the last week have a break in the French Alps. Lucy manages a bar and suite of self-catered chalet style accommodation in St Martin-de-Belleville in the Three Valleys region. It’s an amazingly beautiful place, with postcard picturesque views around every corner. The village is a quiet little(…)

Level 3 Training – Part 2, Training and cleaning up

The sail training component of the Level 3 course is focused on various aspects of racing and revising and solidifying anything that was still unclear from the previous levels. The main structure of the course was a series of races between the 3 boats that were completing the Level 3 at the same time. The(…)

Level 3 Training – Part 1, Preparation and life on board

I’ve just completed my Level 3 training over the last week. While it was a long and tiring week, it was fantastic and a great taste of some of what is to come over the next year. Our course started on a Monday morning, with registration and some administration. With three boats going out on(…)