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
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
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
RORC Ile d’Ouessant Race After being granted the title of Yachtmaster and completing my first Cowes Week with exhausting corporate hospitality I was still only in the first half of August. There was little rest to be had as I was competing in a 400 mile offshore race the very next day after Cowes … More Big August overflow
Big August The solo Figaro circuit for me has come to an end and this month has been all about bettering my abilities for next year. After some deliberation I have decided that what really gets me up in the morning is the prospect of racing in another Solitaire du Figaro, so I’m using all … More Big August
My Solitaire Leg 1 – Overcoming adversity As the title suggests the first leg of this epic race was no picnic, and one that proved difficult to prepare for and visualise. For 9 months I had been preparing and talking to veterans of the race attempting to get a gist what was in store for … More My Solitaire Leg 1 – Overcoming adversity
After 8 months of training the La Solitaire Le Figaro has been completed, an achievement that has been a goal of mine for some time. Before I go into more depth about each leg I thought I would give a general overview of what has happen over the last couple of months or so. The … More My Solitaire in a nutshell.
Solo Master Cockerel Part 2: Offshore A so called “rest” day followed the 2 days of intense inshore races that where challenging on the boat, body and mind but would have to be put to one side for the next 330 miles of racing forecasted to last over 48 hours. Proper planning and preparation to … More Solo Master Cockerel Part 2: Offshore
With the completion of my second event I am making the most of some well-deserved time off after some absolutely manic weeks. I have completed my second solo Figaro race and over the last 2 weeks have sailed over 700 solo miles, doing things that 6 months ago I would have thought impossible. The Solo … More Solo Master Cockerel Part 1 : Inshore