The picture behind the picture. (Can you spot the really famous sailor in the picture?)
Just a quick post for now – more will follow later this week hopefully!
I was allocated to ‘Team Sean‘ at Crew Allocation on Saturday at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, with Sean McCarter as my Skipper. I have had the pleasure of sailing with Sean during my Level 2 training, so he knows how I like my tea already… bonus!
Team Sean doesn’t have a boat sponsor announced yet, however as the names were read out in the Guildhall, and we gathered together as a crew for the afternoon, it was blindingly obvious that if you were born on the Island of Ireland, lived there, had taken the ferry across the Irish sea at any point or had an Irish Setter, then you were on Team Sean. Oh, and Sean is Irish too. I don’t think you would need to be a rocket scientist to work out that Team Sean is likely to have an Irish sponsor.
The team has already been receiving messages of support, most notably from Phil Coulter, the Northern Irish song writer, musician and record producer who wrote Ireland’s Call, heard when the Irish Ruby Football team plays.
My very best wishes to Team Sean. You are all either very courageous or slightly mad …….maybe a bit of both. Special mention to your Skipper, who hails from “THE TOWN I LOVE SO WELL”. Sean, they tell me you’re a horse of a man!
I hope you all have a great adventure and pray that you return safely,”HOME FROM THE SEA”, when your family and friends will be there to greet you with a chorus of “CONGRATULATIONS”.
The reality of what I am going to be doing later this year has really hit home this weekend; September will come around extremely quickly. There is so much to organise and do before the race starts, including preparing the yacht, CV26, that will be home to some of the crew for the 11 months it takes to complete the circumnavigation. I start my Level 3 training next week, which will be done with Sean and some of my fellow crew mates and be a great chance to start to get to know people.
(Note: Thanks to all the people who tried to comment on recent posts – the anti-spam software I was using worked too well, and spammed every comment, deleting them too. I have turned that plugin off, so hopefully comments should be back up and working once more!)
Crew allocation took place on Saturday – here is the official crew picture taken. I’m fairly easy to spot, just to the left of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s right hand. Hmm… that could be my claim to fame in years to come – you heard it here first!
British Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson was killed in a tragic accident yesterday when the catamaran he was sailing on capsized during training for the America’s Cup in San Francisco bay.
Andrew (Bart) and Iain Percy ran an amazing laser training weekend at Ballyholme Yacht Club a few years ago, which I was lucky enough to attend. It was so windy, I spent most of the weekend in the coach boat with Iain Percy, laughing at Andrew as he led the rest of the laser fleet in a merry dance around the bay. A genuinely great guy.