I will be sending regular race updates to family and friends and was wondering whether you also would like to follow this exiting ocean sailing race in aid of Unicef.
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The journey has started following a tremendous carnival like day yesterday in London. The boats left St Katharine’s Dock then up river under the Tower Bridge and back under the bridge to start their journey round the world. First leg is Rio de Janeiro where they will arrive between 26th and 30th September.
You can follow their progress using the Clipper Round the World Race Tracker.
This is the weekend we have all been waiting for. Whether you are a “Round the World-er” or a “Legger”, someone doing one or more legs, this is the weekend when the boats start their 11 month adventure around the world. And I am part of this!!.
St Katharine’s Docks in London has been taken over by Clipper and the marina is transformed into a Race Village with sponsor tents, events, presentations and a lot of media attention.
Friday night a crew party and Saturday our Unicef Crew Party.
Another 860 mile round trip to Gosport, this time I will be staying in the marina and not on the water. I volunteered to spend a week preparing the boat for the race.
A lot of work needs to be done. All the running rigging need to be replaced, adding small modifications for storage arrangements and the main engine, generator, pumps and winches need servicing.
A very good opportunity to learn the boat better.
Den Helder has been announced as the European stop-over, the last stop before the finish of the race in London on 30th July 2016.
Den Helder is not only the town where I was born 61 years ago, it was also the town where my Round the World trip idea was conceived. Continue reading