Clipper Race And De Lage Landen Unite Again

The Clipper Race and De Lage Landen have signed a new partnership deal – so there will soon be a new Clipper 70 sporting the distinctive De Lage Landen branding. Whilst there has been talk about the possibility of a GREAT Britain sponsored yacht, as far as I am aware, De Lage Landen are the… Continue reading Clipper Race And De Lage Landen Unite Again

10 Things I Learned during Level 1 Training

Your little fingers are less important than your thumbs. When using a winch, make sure your hands are the right way around (little fingers towards the winch) or risk the Skippers’ wrath. Still, being told it is better to lose a little finger than lose a thumb is not overly comforting. Learn to bake bread.… Continue reading 10 Things I Learned during Level 1 Training

Level 1 Training Diary – Part 3

At some point over the four hours between going off-watch to try to get some sleep and being woken with the news that it was really cold and wet on deck and to dress accordingly, the other watch had reached our furthest upwind destination for the trip and had turned the yacht around. This makes… Continue reading Level 1 Training Diary – Part 3

Level 1 Training Diary – Part 2

On the second evening of training, I had an encounter with ‘The ankle breaker’. This is a raised area of the deck which people use to brace themselves against when the boat is heeled over to one side going upwind. It is even painted fluorescent orange to deter people from standing on it. But after… Continue reading Level 1 Training Diary – Part 2

Level 1 Training Log

Yacht ‘CV8’ De Lage Landen Clipper 68 foot Cutter Rig Sloop Wind Max F7 402 Nautical Miles (Tidal) 7 days on board 12 night hours Gosport – Solent (Training) – Weymouth – Dartmouth – Cowes – Gosport Countless tacks, gybes, reefs in, reefs out, head sail changes and man overboard drills 4  bunks Innumerable cups… Continue reading Level 1 Training Log