World with Catherine Nursaw
in the mists of time, I met up with
John Hackett at a conference in Amsterdam.
Under circumstances probably best
left unexplored (I remember accordian
music, a drink that tasted rather
strange, and some sort of herbal cigarette,
but nothing more...) I accepted an
invitation to join him on a trek to
Everest Base Camp and the rest, as
they say, is history.
I wish that I had an equally clear
and lucid explanatation for why I
am taking part in a round-the-world
yacht race, but unfortunately the
best I can come up with is that it
seemed like a good idea at the time.
Whether it will still seem like a
good idea after spending 10 months
in a 68ft yacht with 17 other people
and few, if any, opportunities for
showering remains to be seen.
The race will start from Liverpool
on 18 September 2005 and we are expecting
to get back to Liverpool early in
July 2006. A fleet of 10 identical
purpose-built yachts will be racing
a convoluted route taking us from
Europe to Brazil, to South Africa,
to Western Australia for Christmas
Downunder, setting sail on 1 January
(very poor planning in my opinion)
for Singapore, then China, Japan,
Canada, through the Panama Canal and
on to the Caribbean, to New York and
finally via Jersey back to Liverpool.
Each of the boats is named after a
sponsor city or place. I will be on
the Durban boat - follow our progress
on the Clipper Ventures website at
I am using this opportunity to raise
money in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis
Society. If any of you would care
to sponsor me, I've set up a page
where you can pay your sponsorship
money securely on-line. All of the
money I make in this way is going
directly to the charity - I am not
asking for any sponsorship to fund
myself on this race. All donations,
of any size, will be gratefully received
and put to very good use by the MS
Any of you who live near any of the
ports we call in at - please come
on down and cheer team Durban to well-deserved
victory (or cheer us up in undeserved
I look forward to seeing you!
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