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
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
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
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