September 23, 2019 posted by Diane

September 23, 2014

Look what arrived perfectly in time for my flight! #HellyHansen


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It’s the AEGIR Race Jacket and  Skagen Offshore Bib Pants

At the last minute I was able to set up a training run for after my trip to the Canaries via Malta and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.  Pip is doing the Transat Jaques Vabres and I will get to do a training run with Pip to bring the IMOCA 60 back to England from Brazil after her race!  6000 Miles from Brazil to England double handed!  #feelalive !  We leave Brazil early November as soon as Pip has finished the TJV and should arrive to England early December….But to do it right, I need to have the right gear and some awesome inspiring food!

Seems for the first time I will be super warm and dry with my @hellyhansen gear.  I’ve tried many brands over the years but never seen the results like I am seeing with HH.  Even in my Mini sailing days I always had to bring a spare set of fowlies and had to devise a way to dry out my gear for when it soaked through.  This time as we approach the cold temperatures of England in December I will be warm and dry!!!

The other thing that keeps you warm is food.  Not just a warm cup of tea or a warm pot of freeze dried, but specifically a warm well calorie and taste managed bag of scrumptiousness.

Happy Yak

A few years ago I was wandering the boat show in Montreal.  As is often the case, there was a company offering food samples.  Well, as a sailor you know you never turn down food!  So I stopped and tried some food in a pot.  It was good…..really good.  I started chatting up the owners and what I thought was some kind of catering company was actually a freeze dried food company!  All I had seen was the pot cooking on the single burner and went in for the taste test.  I was super impressed with the taste.  But I wanted an unbiased second opinion.  So I sent in my friend for a taste test to get their opinion.  They came back saying “Oh wow, this is fantastic!  I never would have guessed it was freeze dried food!”  I was sold, but I didn’t have any upcoming adventures at the time.  A year later I came across them again and since then have been building a nice little relationship with HappyYak.  On a boat it is easy to get cold, wet and demoralized.  The Hungarian in me knows that good food not only generates energy and warmth but it also generates peace of mind.  Thirty days at sea is no easy task on a 6o footer.  I’m looking forward to doing it with good calories, good taste and good karma in my food!  Thanks Happy Yak!


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