The contract is signed and I have been told I am now an official Clipper 15-16 crew member. I have decided to keep it at legs 5 and 6. East Australia to Malaysia and China, then across the Northern Pacific to San Francisco. Now just a few details like paying the deposit and setting up the standing order. But then I received another email with a number of forms to complete. The crew biography questionnaire is the most interesting; whether I have special connections with the countries I will be visiting and where I have been at college/university. I suppose it is all for the media frenzy associated with the Clipper Race.
Today, on my birthday as it happens, I received an email from Clipper to say that my application is successful and that the contract is in the post. Am travelling north along the west coast of Scotland climbing munros and visiting Crossfit boxes so reading and signing the boring stuff will have to wait until the weekend.
A new batch of 15 keen sailors and non-sailors attended the Clipper Venture offices in Gosport for a presentation which, we were promised, was to scare us from joining. Those that survived until lunchtime were offered an interview to make sure they had the right personal and team skills to make it to Clipper Crew 15-16.
My dad suddenly died in April this year. He died in his sleep on the morning my mum got the final confirmation that she could have her quadruple heart by-pass operation she so desperately needed to keep looking after my dad and push his wheel chair on walks around the town. It shook the whole family to the core.