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”
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
The aftermath of the Solo Concarneau offshore race has created a highly motivated version of myself. It really is a wonderful feeling having lots of energy to get up in the morning and to stay motivated all day. I seriously recommend racing a boat offshore for 2 days on your own to give you an … More The Temperature is Rising.
It’s been about a week but I think I am ready to write about my experiences during my first ever competitive solo offshore race. Not only the first solo race but also the longest I have spent out at sea and the furthest distance covered in one voyage, 340 miles over 2 days, both … More Is your first time ever good??