The Journey to the Start Line of the Clipper Race

While this blog started when the last edition of the Clipper Race returned to London last summer, my journey to the start line of a Clipper race began in the summer of 2013 when I first learned about the race. Once I had decided to go for it, a long, but intentional phase of preparation began. I had three goals for 2014, one of which I began working on in late March on a...

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Racing Tactics

After last year’s excellent class on Saitrim, I attended North U’s Racing Tactics seminar at the Newport Yacht Club earlier this month. Our instructor was no other than Dave Dellenbaugh, the tactician and starting helmsman on America3 during her successful defense of the America’s Cup in 1992. We learned about the difference between strategy and tactics, race...

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New England Boat Show Clipper Presentation Dates

Join me at the New England Boat Show for a presentation of the Clipper Race of My Life! Confirmed presentation dates & times are as follows: Sunday, February 15 at 4:30pm, Monday, February 16 at 12:00pm, Thursday, February 19 at 6:00pm, Friday, February 20 at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 21 at 11:00am and Sunday, February 22 at 3:00pm. See you there!...

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Fitness for Clipper Crew – Part 2

After planning my fitness training for 2015 all the way to the first race leg in Australia towards the end of this year, I also wanted to get some insight into specific exercises for sailors and positions on the boat as well as respond to some learnings from the level 1 training. While I did well overall during level 1 training, one take-away was the need to strengthen...

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Fitness for Clipper Crew – Part 1

Whether one is a “legger” or Round the World crew, physical fitness is important for any crew member participating in the race. After improving my general fitness level for the past two years, I decided as part of my personal race preparation to learn more about how to prepare from a fitness standpoint specifically for sailboat racing. The first book I thoroughly studied...

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Wrapping-up the Providence Boat Show

The Providence Boat Show took place last Friday through Sunday at the Rhode Island Convention Center. I had a chance to talk about the Clipper Race of My Life on Friday and Saturday afternoon with an estimated 50-60 people attending those two presentations. Thank you to my fellow crew member Bob Warren who joined me on Saturday to answer questions. Pictures will be...

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Clipper Presentations at New England Boat Show!

The New England Boat Show will take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from February 14th – 22nd, 2015. I will be talking about the Clipper Race of My Life and my personal experience preparing for this amazing adventure on several days. Stay tuned for specifics on the dates and times! In the meantime, you can find details about the show here:...

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2015/16 Crew Brief Race Updates

More than 250 Clipper Crew members came together in London last Saturday to get the latest updates on the 2015/16 RTW campaign. Among the details that were shared was the race start date, which will be Sunday, August 30, 2015! The race will depart from a location on the southern coast of the UK and head straight for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More details were also shared...

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Clipper Crew Team USA Meeting

This past Sunday five of us American crew members met in Boston to get to know each other and exchange information about our race preparation, training experiences and plans for the race. Two of us including a fellow Bostonian are Round-the-World crew, while the rest of us will be participating in one or two legs. Almost all of us will be going to Portsmouth to attend...

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The Decision to go Racing

I know I promised an update on my sailing trip over Thanksgiving, which by now took place two weeks ago, however this past week featured a significant milestone in my preparation for the race: I disclosed my plans to my employer. Why now nearly a year before I plan to join the race in Australia? If you have followed the blog, you know that I will be speaking about the...

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