Ooh what a treat, we’ve just had popcorn – a real pleasure after so much chocolate. It made me think of a few popcorn highlights to share with you…
Breaching of a white whale today in the sunshine.
Downwind sailing at last – sadly no spinnaker as it blew apart! So, we have our Yankie 2 poled out. Sunrise and sunset today have been magnificent. Music on deck again now that the rain and gales have stopped. Boat jobs being done so that we have less to do in port. On the home stretch to Cape Town. Ashridge University are using the race to do some sort of leadership and team building study. I’ve been asked to get involved which is great news – both from the perspective of having an interest in what they are studying and how they are doing it and from a person on board who has a few views on this sort of stuff (those that know me well can only imagine!!!). The intro meeting is in Cape Town and then we have to do a few surveys I think. I’m looking forward to finding out more.
Not such a highlight but a point of contemplation. When I signed up for this, I wanted to take part in an adventure to sail around the world, the fact that it was a race didn’t really come into it for me. Once we began though, I did start to get a bit het up about coming first, now clearly that has not happened and it looks like we’ll be last again this leg. It has caused a bit of frustration in the crew and some talk about how we can improve our place in future races. Personally I believe that there are 2 fundamentals that we need to change – both of which the crew have little control over so I’ve decided not to get frustrated about the things that I cannot control. A little chat in the snake pit with Rich also helped. He pointed out that in all honesty, we are a bunch of ‘office workers’ who have taken a race yacht out round the world’s oceans and that perhaps calling it a race is a bit far fetched. His words served as a good reminder of why I signed up in the first place and brought back a bit of perspective. So, last it is for this leg and perhaps a few more, the key for me is to remain focused on why I wanted to do this in the first place and to relax about things beyond my control. The one draw back is that we get less time in port than the other boats, but if we do what we can as we sail along that will help minimise the boat time ashore.