Category Archives: Tour de France

L’Etape du Tour de France

Boiling angry sea

Two night watches that were memorable. Bringing down the Yankee 3 in 35 knot winds was our first challenge of the evening.

As I looked back on hands and knees, hanging onto the guard rail from the foamy foredeck, the helm appeared about ten feet beneath us, Continue reading



Supporting two amazing charities – KULE and Friends of India (FoI) I have chosen certain hardships that living on board a stripped down racing yacht offers unlike those in the Kenyan and Tamil Nadu communities who simply endure hardship without choice.

Please remember that as you read these blogs, my aim is to raise funds for KULE and FoI and my employer has agreed to match the funds I raise. Continue reading

Mid-life crisis

My husband told me that whilst at a friend’s for dinner one of the guests said to him, “oh, so you’re the one whose wife is having a mid-life crisis”.

That comment made me grin. What a way to play out a mid-life crisis if indeed I was having one.  I wondered what kind of mid-life crisis she was actually referring to, Continue reading

A Great Sporting Weekend

Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory ~ George S. Patton

Not only did the British and Irish Lions beat Australia and Andy Murray became Wimbledon champion but James; Thay; Gary; Steve; Carl and I finished the amateur stage of the Annecy – Semnoz tour de France.

A great sporting weekend clockFor James and I our Sunday started early Continue reading

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do. ~ Lucille Ball

This last week has been one of the busiest so far with the opportunity last Friday to meet with yet another group of amazing people.

Our boat is sponsored by Swiss Sailing, supported by a number of private contributors whose tacit requirement was Continue reading

Cycle training

Col du Chat

Col du Chat

Last weekend saw six of us climb just over 5000m including the infamous Col du Chat, renowned for a cheeky 10.1% over 10km. A good workout for the twice around Lake Geneva and the etape on the tour du France.

Aiming for 490km of cycling before tacking the 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation has similarities. For a start, Continue reading