Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wanna be a rock star…?

When I signed up for the Clipper adventure of a lifetime, I hadn’t realised that the attention we’d get as crew would quite match that of being some kind of celebrity, but there we were, Friday afternoon cruising up the Thames. Ferries, cruisers, pedestrians casually strolling along the river and apartment dwellers all waving madly at the parade of yachts. St Katherine’s dock absolutely shrouded in people. And we hadn’t even started the race! Continue reading


Tyler’s monkey visits – a monkey’s perspective

Hi there readers of spinnakersandspokes, Tyler’s monkey here. I’m lucky enough to have been taken into the hearts of Clipper round the world crew, family and friends. I love these guys and have had so much fun with many of them, in their home countries, during their training – which by the way is pretty tough going. Continue reading

20 Kilogrammes

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money ~ anon

What does it say on my countdown page? That’s right, 24 days to go until race start. But wait……. How many days until I leave home for boat preparation and delivery?

Oh, errr, that’s right, 3 more sleeps. Did you hear a slight squeak escape … can you hear my heart rate increase and pound rigorously? Continue reading

Time to Party

You can party in your sailing gear but you can’t sail in your party gear ~ Skipper Vicky

My partying started last Friday, the last day in the office, when my amazing colleagues presented me with some wonderful gifts that will most definitely be used during my round the world adventure. I felt so fortunate and overwhelmed by their generosity.

On Friday night I was instructed to stay at my friend’s house, so that Continue reading