I don’t know about yours, but my weekend was a little crazy. Good crazy though – Clipper Crazy!
A group of 120 fellow 2017-2018 Clipper Crew had our very first Official Crew Briefing at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge. It’s the first chance we’ve had to get together since race start way back last August and how our numbers have grown since then!
Everyone was so excited, it’s almost indescribable to spend time with other Clipper Crew. We all come from very different backgrounds, jobs and parts of the world but we came together as kindred spirits and parts of the huge extended Clipper family. Biggest topic for discussion is always which legs we’re all doing, yet our different reasons for doing them were hardly touched, because in that big group of like minded people – they just get it.
There’s none of the usual questions of “you want to do what?” or the comments of “you are completely insane” which is more the norm in our usual social circles. You’re amongst people who just know. That’s not to say that we don’t talk about the whys and wherefores, it’s just the explanations are a lot easier!
Clipper put on a full afternoon programme for us, all of which was interesting and inciteful. The briefing from Mission Performance was amusing, yet with a serious undercurrent that left us all thinking a little more seriously about what we actually hoped to get out of this experience and how we can achieve that, and help our fellow crew achieve their aims, as we’re all in this together now and we can’t do it without each other.
The briefing & video from Unicef – the Official Clipper Race Charity, was a bit of a tear jerker. I am raising money for 4 local charities, however I’m also keen to find a way to help Unicef as well, as it would be incredibly hard not to after hearing about their work with children around the world.
Henri Lloyd were there with a lot of kit to look at and try on, with plenty of advice on sizing available. Apparently bigger is not necessarily better. Plus we had a first look at the new 2017-2018 race branded kit.
The session with past crew was really useful and also highly entertaining. With topics of discussion from bikini bottoms, to phosphorescent seawater in toilets! It’s always great to hear the experiences of past crew, most of which have only just returned from their respective legs. Their eyes light up when they talk and we all hang on every word.
Before we knew it, it was over & the bar was open. It’s very important for crews to bond over a drink you know! 😉
Several hours later, I arrived at my hotel very tired, having made a lot of new friends, exhilarated and inspired. This thing has brought us together, some of us have sailed before, some of us not. We’re all embarking on this huge, challenging, adventure and one things shines out from everyone – we’re amazing.
Every single last one of us. Past crew, present crew, future crew, round the worlders, leggers – one big amazing, intertwined story. We all have a part to play, we’re doing this together & we all rock.
Now, what’s with all this – only one leg thing…..where’s that Clipper brochure gone…..