Sunday 23 February 2014

Clipper Round the World Race Update

The Clipper Round the World Race boats are currently battling it out in Race 9, which is the leg from Singapore to Qingdao (pron: Chingdow) in China. There are eleven remaining after Jamaica Get All Right retired following the failure of her forestay turnbuckle. They have a jury rig in place and are currently motoring into Kotu Kinabalu to fit a replacement and continue with the race.

The boats are into their fourth day now and around 5 degrees north of the equator and 112 degrees West, heading for the South China Sea.

Here are some videos of the event which give a very good idea of the conditions, good and bad, that the crews are experiencing in their 'adventure of a lifetime'. All of these vessels competed in the Sydney to Hobart race in December and I met with quite a number of them whilst they were here. To a man and woman, even though many of them said it was the toughest thing they had taken on in their short lives, they would not have missed it for the world and were enjoying every minute of it.

By the time they had arrived in Australia they had of course covered many sea miles and the one thing that came through strongly was that they had all learned that no matter how serious a situation was confronting them, they now knew that they could handle it. This is an incredibly empowering feeling and they all expressed the personal growth they had gained from this experience.

They still have a long way to sail with the fleet finally arriving back in the UK mid 2014, so many more challenges will need to be met and overcome before they finally dock back at the finish line. 

As the race is in stages the crew come and go depending on which legs they have booked and apart from the skippers, very few crew would complete a full circumnavigation, preferring in the main to take one or more legs of the race.

For anyone contemplating sailing off over the horizon one day in their own sailboat, the Clipper race is a fantastic introduction to the world of ocean sailing/cruising/racing. Sailing experience is not necessary to 'sign on' because by the time a leg or two has been completed, the experience gained is such that any crew member would have the confidence to begin planning their own sailing odyssey.

Go to their website where you can find full details of the race, the boats, crews , routes etc.

Videos courtesy 'Clipper Round the World' and YouTube

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Sunday 16 February 2014

Sailing Odyssey Malaysia to the Mediterranean via Red Sea

Some people just never know when to stop! One of our members Lloyd Price, is one such of these folks. Having cruised the coastal waters of Australia, then onto Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo, Brunei over a six year period, he then sets sail to the Med via Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt and finally through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea.

Deja vu111 in the Red Sea, Sudan
He owns and sails a Seawind 1000 (10mtrs.) catamaran named Deja vu111. I haven't asked him what the 111 signifies, but I am sure he has a story to tell behind that? he is a passionate promoter of this class of vessel and had no inclination after all these years and sea miles to change to any other type of vessel. She has been his home now for ten years and he shows no sign of giving up his odyssey any time soon. 

  • Overall Length:                            10.00 metres
  • Beam:                                      5.9 metres
  • Draft:                                     1.0 metres
  • Displacement:                              5.5 tonnes
  • Underwing Clearance:                       0.75 metres
  • Steering Twin Helms Cable Steering:
  • Engines: 2 x 9.9hp, High Thrust,
  • Engine Stroke:                              4 Stroke,
  • Outboards Yamaha Outboards
  • Fuel:                                       100 litres
  • Fresh Water:                              400 litres
  • Layout of Deja vu111
  • Holding Tanks:                              90 litres
Having recently completed his circular route of the Mediterranean, he has exited through the straits of Gibralter, cruised down the Morrocan coastline past Casablanca, and currently enjoying the delights of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, prior to crossing the Atlantic into the Caribbean. With over 38,000 nautical miles under his belt/keel, Lloyd can truly consider himself a highly experienced and seasoned sailor. 

He has his own website and blog where you can keep up to date  with his sailing exploits and travels.

Lloyd has recently published a book 'A Sailing Odyssey-Malaysia to the Mediterranean', of his voyage experiences in Deja vu111 on that passage. It is available on Amazon both in hard copy and ebook on this link It is crammed full of seagoing episodes and technical incidents both good and challenging, so very worthwhile reading. Any sailor contemplating ocean voyaging will enjoy and learn by reading Lloyd's book. 
Lloyds book as it appears on Kindle Books
When he has caught his breath and safely tucked away in the Caribbean, he plans on writing the next chapter of his odyssey and publish a book on his experiences in the Med. We wish Lloyd every success with this, his first book and continued great sailing.

Boat specs. and images courtesy Lloyd Price

You can read much more about ocean voyaging in my book 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' including '101 dollar Saving Tips for the Ocean Voyager', downloadable from my website