March 22, 2015
Mission Performance has undertaken a monumental task. They certainly are more than “team builders”. This week they are the guiding force behind our motley crew of 12 Round The World Clipper Skippers, molding us into a cohesive team or dare I say family. Yes that’s right, although we will be pitted against each other in a race of tactics, strategy and crew leadership….we are also becoming an intricate and fully functioning team.
Our learning opportunities are beautifully set in the Welsh Brecon Beacons . Apparently our learning involves climbing mountains and achieving the highest goals. So to kick start our learning process we hiked up Sugar Loaf… with fully loaded backpacks.
Sugar Loaf is a mere 600 meter climb up that tiny peak in the middle. The next leg of the journey included trekking down this side of it and then onward to our cabin. I’m sure it was a hundred miles, but probably more like 3. Near the end of our journey we arrived at the local pub for a delicious pint before our walk “up” the road to our home for the next five days.
So with beer in bellies and packs on backs we proceeded in the dark to our fuzzy warm beds. The walk along the road was lovely. Then we got to the “driveway”. Half way up the driveway my calves screamed in pain. Three quarters of the way up I honestly considered pitching a tent there and calling it a day. Unfortunately I didn’t have a tent.
This is the infamous driveway. Here you must note that from the top of the driveway looking down, the driveway drops off out of sight and you can’t even see the road!
Of course crazy sailors can’t just leave it at that. The next day after some fully engaging activities, the group trekked BACK down the hill to watch the 6 Nations game in the pub, knowing that we had that impressive walk back up again!
This is going to be a fantastic experience being a Clipper Race Skipper. Not only am I able to do what I love to do, but I’m becoming part of a fantastic and very unique team that I am proud to be a part of.
March 19, 2015
TADA! The 12 skippers for the 2014-2015 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race are announced. I am officially the first woman Canadian skipper. Clearly I am also the shortest! Check out our video
March 19, 2015
Today is the big announcement for who the 12 skippers will be for the next Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
Stay Tuned for some exciting stuff!
Feb 16, 2015
I’ve arrived in England and am all ready for my first day of class. It’s quite funny too as many people have commented on my flip flops asking “aren’t you cold?”, to which I reply ……it’s -30 back home. I’m considering shorts! Looking forward to class tomorrow at Warsash Maritime Academy Should find out about Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Skipper in a couple weeks. Everyone keep their fingers crossed!
January 15, 2015
Going back to England in February for round two of the Clipper skipper trials! Soooooo exciting! If I get the job I will have some pretty big boots to fill as last year’s race was won by Canadian Eric Holden.
I’ll give it my best
December 11, 2014
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race has officially been sanctioned for sponsoring work visas! For most people this is not terribly exciting news. BUT, if you are a prospective skipper like me who needs a work visa to be eligible for employment as a Clipper skipper, then you ARE ECSTATIC! It’s official…..I’m going back to England as one of the 15 skipper prospects! Now just two more training courses and a flight to England……..the world is full of hoops, you just need to figure out how to jump through them
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November 28, 2014
It’s been a fantastic adventure here in St. John’s Newfoundland at the Marine Institute, and it’s not quite over yet. Yesterday I wrote my final test for the General Operator Certificate. Although we don’t have the marks back yet, I am feeling very confident that I passed. Last night I was hosted for a wonderful get together with some other sailors at the institute. It was a great evening of sharing sailing and racing stories with other sailors. A very very big thank you to the Marine Institute for affording me such a wonderful opportunity! Now on to today’s adventures. Since class is over I have the whole day to explore. Next up on the list is The Rooms and then if there is time I’ll head over to The Basilica.
November 26, 2011
The past two weeks have been filled with a whole new adventure. I’m out in St. John’s Newfoundland at the Marine Institute taking the GMDSS-General Operator Course with Fred Meadus our fantastic instructor. Amongst studying and going to class, here are some of the highlights of my trip.
Half way through the course we had a “mid two week course exam”. Afterwards I had the entire afternoon and went for a walk along Water Street and George Street. Pretty amazing little town! Even a look at the local wine brewing options!
Next up was an adventure climb up Signal Hill. It was blowing about 40 and -3degrees. For those of you who know me well, yes I went back into my apartment and removed my flipflops and put my winter boots and hat on. Pretty kewl trudge with an amazing view at the top!
Next up was Cape Spear…the furthest most point east you can go in North America! It was fortified in WWII and remains a tourist attraction today with some guns and remnants of the buildings. Fantastic!
One day in class we were afforded the opportunity to see their Bridge Simulator. The Marine Institute is home to the most amazing Bridge Simulator in the world! Imagine the feeling of being up on a bridge and crashing into ice….or feeling the sea in horrendous waves and trying to negotiate entering the harbour. This simulator does it all!
And finally, today’s adventure was off to Ches’s for fish and chips for lunch with the class. Forgive me if I say this incorrectly, but I got scoffed in. Is that right? We had a huge lunch of fish and chips and I got this certificate from Ches’s to say that I had lunch there. It was fantastic!
Now just to pass the written and practical tests tomorrow and everything will be in place