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Around the World with Catherine Nursaw


Back 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 http://www.clipper-ventures.co.uk.

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 at http://www.justgiving.com/nursaw 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 Society.

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 defeat).

I look forward to seeing you!

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