By the time I’d completed my Level 3 Clipper Race Training, it was officially announced that my boat — CV21 with Skipper Eric Holden — had secured a sponsor and would be hauled out of the water immediately to be branded loud and clear: Henri Lloyd 50 Years of Pioneering Spirit.
I’d watched with envy as the other boats in the fleet were all branded before us – One DLL, with their pretty turquoise hull and a sponsor with seemingly bottomless pockets; Old Pulteney, the whiskey company that has a policy of providing enough whiskey for their team to bathe in, and the various city sponsors like Qingdao and Derry-Londonderry-Doire, with their colorful red and pink graphics.
I had wondered, at this late date, if we’d ever get a sponsor, or if we’d have to start the race with our painfully white hull, like a lone seagull in a flock of peacocks.
And then, as luck would have it, we got our sponsor – the UK’s largest sailing clothing company. No doubt, the rest of the fleet would be jealous of all the Henri Lloyd swag we’d be receiving. Not to mention that Henri Lloyd himself provided foul-weather gear to the Clipper Race Founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in 1968 when he set the record as the first person to ever complete a non-stop circumnavigation. So there was history in this transaction, to boot.
It was the perfect reward for a challenging few weeks of non-stop training on Levels 2 and 3 of Clipper Race Training.
A few days after the Henri Lloyd announcement, Ryan’s boat – CV28 with Skipper Chris Hollis – also had cause for celebration. His predominantly Aussie boat would be sponsored by PSP Logistics.
It’s taken me a few weeks to do this, but having sifted through hours of memories and video footage of my Clipper Race Training in the Solent, the English Channel and on the boat delivery from Gosport to London, I finally managed to put together this video to give you a little taste of what race training is like on board a Clipper Round the World yacht.
What do you think? Would you sign up, if you had the chance?
Featured Photo Credit: Julia Ramsay
Tasha and Ryan are competing in Legs 1 and 3 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race starting September 1st, 2013 from St. Katharine’s Docks in London, UK. Tasha is competing on CV21 (the Henri Lloyd boat) with Skipper Eric Holden and Ryan is competing on CV28 (the PSP Logistics boat) with Skipper Chris Hollis. You can read more about the crew and the boats here at www.clipperroundtheworld.com/crew