The ‘post Solitaire blues’ have been viscous this time round, a sudden drop into a pool of emotion and a sense of loss. I was trying so hard to retain my composure throughout the 4-week race and was so single minded during the build-up that when the reason for it all (The Solitaire) ended I … More “The MOST difficult sailing race there is”
I have had a weekends rest before the final and perhaps most grueling leg of the Solitaire 2017, however after the first 3 legs it will be tough to manage another. This weekend was a time to reflect and analyse but also sleep, eat, wash, talk to people and do everything else we take for … More Solitaire Sit Rep
It’s been my goal of the year, to make the start of the 48th La Solitaire du Figaro, and it is just around the corner. A 1700 mile offshore solo yacht race against 42 other boat including some of the best in the business. A true test of sailing and what I believe to be … More The 48th Hunger Games (La Solitaire du Figaro)
Solo Concarneau – Fantastic and Difficult I’m back to writing things down again after a whirlwind of various other social mediaing. Now there has been some racing it is about time I explain what happened in them. The 2nd race of the season, and my 2nd Solo Concarneau, on reflection was a wonderful race for … More Solo Concarneau – Fantastic and Difficult
Tis the season to be sailing. A festive themed title? Yes it must be Christmas! What have you asked for from Santa? I hope he is bringing me lots of nautical gifts, and maybe I could take a few of his elves to work on my boat over the holiday. In reality however I can … More Tis the Season to be Sailing.
Another November passes with plenty of chilly sailing but without the ability to grow a good thick moustache. The mourning of my appendix has passed and I am now able to pull ropes and grind winches, yay. Having the time to get back out onto my Figaro again has injected my 2017 campaign with a … More The November of a sailor.
Whether you’re a sailor or a normal this race should excite you, even if you’re not French. Yes, it is named after a French region, it starts and finishes in France AND most of the sailors are French…but hold on…It originates, like many sports, from the mighty British Isles and formed historical figures such as … More Why you should be following the Vendée Globe.
12 Months of Professional Yacht Sailing I still hesitate in introducing myself as a professional sailor, I think it sounds too decorative for what I do. It is written on my business cards though so it must be true. I have enough qualifications and experience to back it up, and if you google me you’ll … More 12 Months of Professional Yacht Sailing
Excitingly the people at the Volvo Ocean Race are leaking new rules about next year’s race. Is releasing the changes slowly a wise marketing strategy? OR is this so someone like me, with not much on, can have a chance to write about them online?… Perhaps the first one. However I have taken a rest … More Clever Volvo Ocean Race, keeping women in sailing.
The Hunt for Sponsorship Sponsors in sailing are a rare breed, bagging one is proving tough, but I am in the process of coaxing them out. I am also slowly becoming more business savvy; you see to catch a sponsor one must think like a sponsor, the hunting references will continue. My bait essentially has … More The Hunt for Sponsorship