As an Irish architect currently plying my trade in London I have a penchant for new and exciting experiences. I’m active, spontaneous, restless, inquisitive, strong willed and have a bit of a fondness for a night out! I have been pretty fortunate to have traveled quite a bit and as a result I’m fairly open minded and enjoy a challenge every now and then, who doesn’t I hear you say!
The difference here is, for the last 2 years I have been developing an itch, of the ‘New Challenge’ kind I’m glad to report and it’s now time to scratch that itch. It came in the form of the many Clipper Round The World adverts which I started to notice on the London underground. I thought to myself “this looks interesting”, so after checking it out and a bit of further research it seemed like just the fix, its either now or never and I’m not one who does regrets!
So I decided to take the plunge and sign up to participate in the Clipper Round The World 15-16 yacht race and I’ve set up this blog to log all the trials and tribulations of my adventure from training right through to the actual race. My participation in legs 5 & 6 would see me set sail from Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Australia to Da Nang, Vietnam then north to Qingdao, China and finally east across the north Pacific finishing in Seattle, USA some 4 months and 12,000 nautical miles later.
I don’t have any prior sailing experience, although I am reminded that both of my grandfathers worked on cruise ships at one point or another back in the day so I may have a little bit of sailing in the blood, however this remains to be seen!
On the back of this epic undertaking for a complete novice such as myself and contrary to popular belief, its far from a Champagne sipping jolly on a luxury yacht, quite the opposite really and while I plan to have an amazing experience I also aim to raise much needed awareness and support for two charities which are very deserving recipients indeed, NMO-UK, is a rare illness research foundation based in Liverpool, sadly a good friend of mine was diagnosed with NMO and CATS Foundation, whose main focus is supporting families affected by Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease. If you can spare a donation please visit my dedicated JustGiving pages by simply clicking CATS or NMO or follow the links on my Home page, you can also help by passing on these links to colleagues, family and friends, these illnesses affect people all over the world and continued research and support is needed to lessen the suffering and hopefully eradicate these illnesses all together.
I hope you will get a kick out of my blog, if nothing else it will give people a glimpse into what is the challenge of a lifetime and if you are supporting my charities, it will be a way for me to catalog the experience and in some small way validate your generosity.
So wish me fair winds and following seas and be sure to check progress as my sailing adventure unfurls!