December 16, 2010
With all of our crew in place, it’s time to get this Blog on the road!
With 8 months to go, all of our crew are in place for next year’s Fastnet Campaign. RORC opens the entry list next month and just as soon as they do we will be paying our fees and securing our place.
So, let’s introduce the team, in no particlular order :-
Marc – a former Clipper Nav & Met Student, and crew on Jamaica, Marc is working towards his Yachtmaster, and looking at developing his nav skills during our campaign. Marc has yet to experience needed a sleeping bag while sailing having done one of the warm legs of Clipper!
Kirsty – a former Clipper Nav & Met Student, and crew on Jamaica. Kirsty is also working towards her Yachtmaster, an accident early in 2010 meaning she had to delay this until 2011.
Rab – “Big Rab” skippered one of the Army’s boat’s in the 2009 Fastnet, Rab has recently qualifified as a Yachtmaster Instructor and will be a great asset to the team.
Karen – a former Day Skipper student, Karen is Nige’s Mrs. She is looking to develop her skills on longer passages aiming to sail around Britain with friends in the not too distant future.
Nige – formerly known as “Big Nige” until Rab came along! Nige did the 2009 Fastnet with us and is looking forward to taking the competition to another level in 2011.
Emma – Rab’s girlfriend, Emma works for the RYA and is working towards her Day Skipper. The Fastnet is one of the big ticks on her sailing wishlist.
Dave – another ex-Clipper Nav & Met Student, and Clipper Race crew. Dave did the Round The Island Race with us prior to Clipper and is looking to further develop his skills during our campaign.
Damian – our biggest recruiter so far for next year’s Round The Island, Damian is looking to develop his skills throughout the campaign.
Helen – my other half. Helen did the 2009 Fastnet with Nige and myself. As well as knowiing the boat well, she will be keeping us well fed throughout the campaign – especially of the weather takes a turn for the worse.
John – our “Eleventh Man”, John is doing the Round The Island Race, and Morgan Cup with us, and is our reserve for the Fastnet.
Myself, John – playing the role of conductor and trouble shooter throughout the campaign. This will be my second Fastnet on Prime Evil. With new sails on the way and a great crew, I can’t wait to get stuck in to the 2011 Campaign.
Here’s to a Merry Christmas, and Safe Sailing and Fast Passages in 2011!