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(…)

Clipper 68s

The race is completed by a fleet of identical yachts. Our race will be run on a new fleet of boats, currently being finalised. As the yachts aren’t yet ready, all of the training and sailing to date has been done on the old fleet. These boats have been around the world 4 times already(…)

Training

Sailing a boat can vary from being a simple job for one person on a little dinghy to extremely complex manoeuvres requiring 12 or more people on a large racing yacht. The Clipper 70’s fall into the latter category, with even the simplest sailing manoeuvres requiring at least 5 or 6 people. Add into this(…)