Three days ago I was the Account Executive at 4T2 Multimedia Ltd, living in my own flat in Bournemouth – life was very civilised. Sailing was always a weekend hobby/addiction. Every year I set myself a personal challenge, which has ultimately led me to this opportunity.
It all started with the 2010 RORC Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, racing fully crewed on a 40.7, spending 13 days at sea. Apart from the eight smelly men and lack of deodorant, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In 2011 I entered the RORC Rolex Fastnet, competing on my dads J105 Voador with my old Cadet helm, in the two-handed division. This was a great opportunity and a great race, giving me the chance to run my own campaign and take charge, something that I’m not used to!
After racing double-handed, I started to get a taste for sailing solo, something I’d always wanted to try. I recently took part in the Solo Offshore Racing Club (SORC) Channel Week on Voador, a week racing along the South Coast of the UK, starting and finishing in Lymington and reaching as far West as Mylor, Falmouth. Loving every minute, I knew I’d found my calling. Back in the office the week after I couldn’t take my mind off sailing and being on the water and so the research begun…
ARTEMIS OFFSHORE ACADEMY!!
With minutes to spare I sent off my application for the Academy. Two weeks later I find myself at the trials, then the following week I was standing in the car park at work finding out that not only do I have a place, but that I get to sail on the Mini!
With only one month until it all begins, there was a lot to do to prepare.
• Quit the job
• Rent out my flat
• Move out of Bournemouth
• Move all my belongings back to the parents
• Move to Cowes
This weekend has to have been the busiest weekends of all time. With a mix of my work leaving drinks, moving out of Bournemouth, moving into my Dads and then moving to Cowes – that’s got to be an all time record for the number of moves in a 24-hour period I think!
I’m now sat on the 20:45 Red Funnel over to Cowes! Meeting at Venture Quays at 09:00 tomorrow morning, where it all begins!
Let the fun begin!!