Yacht ‘CV9′ Qingdao Clipper 68 foot Cutter Rig Sloop
Wind Max F9
317 Nautical Miles (Tidal)
8 days on board
9 night hours
Gosport – Solent (Training) – Cowes – Weymouth – Cowes – Gosport
Many reefs in, not so many reefs out, racing head sail changes, realistic man overboard drills with a life size dummy, one mast climb
A few equipment breakages, cold weather gear fully tested
Sea state – bumpy, bouncy, splishy and splashy
Weather – a bit gnarly
One encounter with a lobster pot; unfortunately no lobster for dinner
Not as many cups of tea; no doughnuts. Chocolate, wine gums, turron and Dutch cake consumed instead
Fantastic crew, shared hard work and many laughs.
All limbs intact; countless bruises, scrapes and broken nails.
RYA Sea Survival and Level 2 Clipper training certificates achieved.
26th January – 3rd February 2013