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 town, which has been around for 100’s of years. In the winter it caters to the snow crowd with access to one of the largest resorts in Europe. Summer is very low key, with only a handful of locals around.

I spent most of the week relaxing in the local area. Going for walks during the day, eating lots of cheese and baguettes (it’s France after all), reading a book in the sun, and generally resting up. With only 53 days until the race, it’s probably the last chance I’ll get to really sit back and relax until after the race. During my stay, a group of guests were staying at Chalet Alice Velut to celebrate a 60th birthday. They had a large party one night, and to be useful I helped out in the bar. It was great to see so many people had travelled from the UK to celebrate together. The night was full of fun, laughter, and general frivolities. It really brought home how important friends and family are, as well as the joys of simply having a good time. I can only hope to have such a strong group of friends and family when I reach that age.

If you are considering a trip to the Alps, please check out Lucy’s Chalet at http://www.chaletalicevelut.com.

Over the last week Clipper have confirmed more details of the race route. The dates for the first three legs are firm and have been locked in. There is still some uncertainty around the stopovers in Australia, both on the West Coast and the stop after Sydney on the East Coast. The route and dates for after Australia have been scheduled +/- 2 days, which indicates that once they work out when we will leave Australia, everything can be finalised. The big announcement in terms of the route is that Recife in Brazil is out and Rio de Janeiro is back in. The general consensus from crew, me included, is that Rio will be a better stopover. It really is an iconic city, with lots going on with both the Olympics and the Football (Soccer) World Cup schedule to be held there in the next few years.

The dates for the race are below. With sailing, any arrival time is dependent on the breeze, therefore the arrival dates below are only approximate. The actual date could be up to three days either side.

  • Leg 1 – Race 1 – London, UK to Brest, France – 01 September to 4 September
  • Leg 1 – Race 2 – Brest, France to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 09 September to 3 October
  • Leg 2 – Race 3 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa – 11 October to 27 October
  • Leg 3 – Race 4 – Cape Town, South Africa to West Coast, Australia – 4 November to 24 November
  • Leg 4 – Race 5 – West Coast, Australia to Sydney, Australia – 3 December to Late December
  • Leg 4 – Race 6 – Sydney, Australia to East Coast, Australia – Late December to 10 January
  • Leg 5 – Race 7 – East Coast, Australia to Singapore, Singapore – 14 January to Mid February
  • Leg 5 – Race 8 – Singapore, Singapore to Qingdao, China – Mid February to 12 March
  • Leg 6 – Race 9 – Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA – 18 March to 16 April
  • Leg 7 – Race 10 – San Francisco, USA to Panama – 20 April to Early May
  • Leg 7 – Race 11 – Panama to Cozumel, Mexico – Mid May to Mid May
  • Leg 7 – Race 12 – Cozumel, Mexico to New York, USA – Late May to 6 June
  • Leg 8 – Race 13 – New York, USA to Derry, UK – 11 June to Early July
  • Leg 8 – Race 14 – Derry, UK to Netherlands – Early July to Mid July
  • Leg 8 – Race 15 – Netherlands to London, UK – Mid July to 19 July