Clipper Training completed

It was a long and exhausting week in the UK, but I have now completed all 4 levels of the mandatory Clipper Training. 5 Clipper Telemed+ and 11 Team Huw crew members picked up their brand-new foul weather gear to start the week and boarded CV26 on Sunday morning. The fleet of seven Clipper boats left around 2pm after the obligatory safety briefing. It blew 30 knots...

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Getting ready for Level 4 Training

At the end of this week I will once again make my way to Gosport, this time to attend level 4 training which starts on Sunday. This fourth and final week of training will see us sail with fellow ClipperTelemed+ crew members and our skipper. This level is intended to put into practice everything we’ve learned to-date and of course to start building the crew team. We will...

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Level 3 Training also completed

With level 4 training starting today for those of us who are 2015/16 race crew, I thought it was time to wrap-up my impression on training completed to-date: Two days after Crew Allocation I was back on a Clipper Yacht, and this time we finally got to experience the Clipper 70 we’ll be racing on. The layout both on deck and below is much cleaner and there is no snake pit...

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Reflections on Level 2 Training

In mid April I went back to Gosport, UK for two weeks of training, the first of which was to be Level 2. I had not been on a boat in nearly five months, but had spent a lot of time focusing on physical fitness in addition to reading through the Clipper training material. Level 2 started with an RYA Sea Survival course, which included 2 hours in the pool learning how to...

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Getting ready for Level 2 & 3 Training

Having survived this brutal winter here in the Northeast, it’s time to get back on the boat! Later this week I will return to the UK for my level 2 and 3 training. Level 2 will start with a one-day Sea Survival course before we get back on the Clipper 68’s to solidify what we learned in level 1 and to sail day and night in a watch system. Level 3 then introduces us to...

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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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Take-Aways from Level 1-3 Training – Nick Warren

As promised here is Nick’s very valuable insight into the learnings from level 1, 2 & 3 training – thanks Nick for this content! I agree with bob on the over packing. I took a lot of notes during my level 1 on what I brought and what I actually used. For my level 2 and 3 I showed up with (1) duffle bag. It had my sleeping bag, pillow and all my clothes....

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Take-Aways from Level 1-3 Training – Bob Warren

Today’s post comes courtesy of Bob Warren, MA, a fellow 2015/16 crew members who is preparing for leg 7 together with his son Nick. Thank you Bob! Hi all,  I guess Nick and I are ahead of everyone in training as we completed our Level 3 in October. We actually did 2 & 3 back to back which I would recommend from not only a cost factor but it also puts you on the...

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Safety – take two

Looking back at what we already learned, I wanted to discuss a few more safety-related topics: Fitting the lifejacket: We already covered on how to ensure a lifejacket is operational (see blog entry November 2, 2014), however another very important factor is proper fit. The vest is properly fitted if a fist (but not more) fits between the vest and your chest. Then fit...

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Safety First!

As I continue to reflect on the level 1 training, it just so happened that both the Cruising World magazine as well as the Sailing magazine featured articles on Safety at Sea in their latest issues. Safety is the topic we started level 1 training with – and for good reasons. There are many aspects of safety at sea, in particular when sailing offshore, so let’s look at...

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