Demolition crew reporting for duty – the morning after we broke the boat! Every time we came on watch during the night, we broke something major!
Steve McCurry is a fantastic photographer who recently published the stunning photograph of Rio de Janeiro shown below on his blog.This summer, I will be sailing from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which is the finishing port for Leg 1 in the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race. After seeing this photograph, the excitement levels are definitely starting to rise!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
– Albert Camus
If you want to lose an hour or so, head over to Steve McCurry’s blog where you can find many more sensational images.
What better way to start a big year of sailing for me than a sail across Belfast Lough, from Bangor to Carrickfergus with a group of friends.
In squally but sunny conditions, we made good time across the Lough. There were remarkably few boats out on the water – the Stena Line ferry doesn’t really count!
After a great lunch of homemade Irish Stew and some cups of tea to warm us all up, we set off back to Bangor in the fading light. A perfect start to a brand new year.
As we approach the shortest day of the year, when it feels that no sooner has the sun risen it is starting to set again, it is easy to focus on the negatives of having less sunlight. However, there are days when the low winter sun provides some spectacular lighting in the sky. If you are lucky enough to be out at sea during sunrise or sunset, the resulting light changes can be awe-inspiring.