It’s been very busy since I arrived back from Douarnenez 2 weeks ago but somewhat different busy to what I’m used too.
I arrived back in Cowes at 3am Friday morning after a 2 day, cold wet and foggy delivery back. I was woken early by the chatter and noise from a postponed IRC Nationals fleet and got on with sorting the boat and making plans for the next few weeks and catching up with the Artemis guys in the office.
I joined the J97 team on Chaz Ivill’s Jiggery Pokery for the remaining days of the IRC Nationals. With little wind all weekend it was a challenging event, but great fun none the less. Turns out they were my shortest races this year by around 120 miles!!
Corporate sailing was next on the cards for me, with a fun filled day of racing with the guys from Pol Roger Champagne. We were definitely blessed with champagne sailing conditions and managed to squeeze in 5/6 friendly races. With only a little bit of commotion (we definitely didn’t pick up the pin end marker on the rudder) the day was a great success and hopefully my team had a great day – thank you to Tim, Tim, Alex and Rob.
The end of the week saw more corporate but this time for OC Sport, who not only run and organise the Artemis Academy but also the Extreme Sailing Series, Geneva Marathon, Haute Route, among manny other exciting events. We trundled down to Yarmouth, leaving cowes around 9 O’clock with 6 Figaros, 5 Sunsail First 40’s and the big 65ft Albatross from UKSA. Once arrived everyone got to experience sleeping aboard, some even attempted to sleep under the stars – in preparation for the big race around the island the next day!!
Other than corporate I have been plugging away at the jobs list for the Mini and looking for sponsors, with only 85 days left till the start of the Transat, there isn’t much time. Particularly as I have two weeks away working for Cowes Week, then the famous Rolex Fastnet Race straight after.
I’ve been supported by the Artemis Offshore Academy so far, who have funded me to get qualified and provided me with a boat. Unfortunately now I need to raise 20k to get to the start line in October.
As well as hunting for sponsors I have a fundraising page going with rewards in return for your kind generosity. With 30 days to go till the end of the fundraising deadline I’ve managed to raise £2,000. http://www.ulule.com/mini-transat/
A massive thank you to everyone so far who has been so generous, it’s greatly appreciated and one step closer to my dream.