Ocean portraits

When collating my photographs after my year of Clipper (no mean feat), I realised that I had unintentionally accrued a collection of photos that I felt quite well expressed life at sea. It should be said, however, when things were going really badly, there wasn’t usually time to be getting the camera out, so that…

Clipper RTW – Leg 8: Across the pond, around the top

The final stretch now ahead of us, we started out of New York in the company of people even crazier than us. As we motored out of the main channel we passed two Brits setting out on their attempt to row from NY back the UK. It was an impressive sight to see them in…

Clipper RTW – Leg 7: Coast to Coast, Part 3

So Jamaica was fun. Riding round in route taxis, generally causing trouble with Mike Carter, ending up getting shot full of antibiotics by Dr Dan, and a good day spent rafting down a river.

Clipper RTW – Leg 7: Coast to Coast, Part 2

The Panama Canal. An incredible feat of engineering, best appreciated from mid-way through, or space. For me, while the physical task of carrying out such a project is remarkable in itself, I find the most impressive bit the concept of joining two oceans of differing heights together, by cutting a path through an entire country. Truly trailblazing…

Clipper RTW – Leg 7: Coast to Coast, Part 1

San Fran to Panama. Roll on some of the best spinnaker sailing of the year. Take a left out of SF, chuck up a spinnaker, keep on going until the wind dies out. So we did. Initially all togged up as it was still a tad cold, the sailing was great, and lots of smiling…

Clipper RTW – Leg 6: Stitches and spinnakers

Qingdao to San Francisco was going to be a long one, and probably a fairly grey and miserable existence for a while. We started off our 6500nm trip with a small crew of 12. Considering Lindsay still had cracked ribs and I already had stitches, it was never going to be easy.

Clipper RTW – Leg 5: Another drift, then a thrashing, Part 3.

New skipper Jan onboard, we started out of Singapore, heading straight up to Qingdao, China. This was, however, to a be a short lived plan. When two of the other yachts suffered structural failures with a rigging component, it was deemed a high risk that other yachts would suffer a failure of the same nature….

Clipper RTW – Leg 5: Another drift, then a thrashing, Part 1.

Brisbane, Aus, to Qingdao, China, was always going to be up there as one of the most varied legs. Fast sailing up the coast of Australia, until the tropics where things were expected to get hot and slow again like our last equatorial crossing. Then busy busy on the entry and exit to Singapore, and…

Clipper RTW – Leg 4: The Bass Strait x 3

The next month would see us sail from Albany to Brisbane, while taking in a Sydney Hobart race, and transiting the Bass Strait three times. New Skip Burkes on board, and the biggest change around of crew thus far meant there was lots of learning to be done, from both new and old crew.  Still…

Clipper RTW – Leg 1: A drift to Brazil

Leg 1 of the Clipper race saw us depart London, UK, a quick sail to Brest, France, and then embark on a long, eventful, and at times unbearably slow journey to Rio, Brazil. This saw all the crew really cut their teeth on sailing the yacht, with much being learnt about every aspect of sailing and…