We gained two more crew members over the weekend – that’s team building for you! Welcome to the crew Danny Bryce and Shane Brunker!
It’s incredible that it is exactly a year this weekend that the 13-14 Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew arrived into Derry-Londonderry after winning the race across the North Atlantic. This weekend, the new Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew for the 15-16 race are once more making the journey for a weekend of team building activities – I’m sure a few of the red jackets will be spotted on the streets over the next few days!
Over on the Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew supports site, Jon Shelley-Smith talks about why he is taking part in the Clipper Race. I had the pleasure of doing my Level 2 training with Jon, and will meet up with him and the rest of the crew in Cape Town at the end of this month.
One of the most commonly asked questions of crew members and Skippers alike is “Why?”. Jon tries to explain his motivations and fears as he gets ready to join the crew in Rio in just 7 days! When questioned if sea sickness would be one of the challenges he simply said “ah yes, the joys of seasickness, I am not counting that amongst the challenges l look forward to overcoming.”
Unlike my fellow crew mates currently working hard to drive the Derry-go-round to Rio (as we have affectionately nicknamed the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire), I have fallen behind in posting on the site in recent months. If you attend a Clipper Crew Recruitment Presentation, you receive fair warning that if you sign up for the race, it takes over your life for the duration. Whilst all of us in the room heard the message, I’m not sure that any of us fully comprehended what this actually means.
As well as the obligatory 3 weeks of Clipper race training which pretty much uses up all annual leave, there is the maintenance and theory course, crew allocation, building team websites, official team building weekend, unofficial crew get-togethers, boat preparation week (AKA ‘build a boat’ for this years’ crew), boat delivery trip to race start, race start weekend, then following the race via the race tracker to check on the position of the boat, crew blogs, skippers blogs, organising insurance and gear and preparing to leave your daily life behind for however long you have signed up to race on the boat (6 months for me). Throw into this mix the usual stresses and strains of work, trying to keep up with family and friends, the obligatory pre-Clipper wobble (think we all have one) and other aspects of daily life and things get pretty hectic.
Not that I am complaining, I did after all put pen to paper and sign up for this challenge willingly and with the fullest comprehension of what I was doing. But it does mean that something get put on the back burner, which I have to admit has happened to this blog.
Anyway – I plan to play catch up in the next week or so; until then, a few photos will have to suffice!
Crew Allocation (Spot me to the left of Sir RKJ’s right hand).
Helming a OneDLL CV20 in the sunshine during Level 3 training
The first of many outing for Team Sean’s Round the World Bar at team building
Dress rehearsal for the Race Start parade of sail – and the first time all 12 Clipper 70’s were on the water together.The boat naming ceremony for Derry~Londonderry~Doire prior to race start