What an October I am having.
I have been selected to join the Artemis Offshore Academy as an associate sailor, taking my boat along to train with them in the south of France over this winter.
Over 50 up and coming solo sailors applied for this privilege, 32 of us where chosen to attend selection trials in September and out of those a squad of 11 sailors has been chosen to benefit from a tailored, intensive training programme designed to produce a potential winner of the ultimate race – The Vendee Globe (non stop single handed around the world) in 2016.
It is a massive boost to my campaign. Not only will I have access to a training programme, experts, support and advice but I will be sailing alongside some serious talent, giving me a chance to learn from them and getting me one step closer to achieving my own success.
And so now the work starts, I have less than a month to organise delivery of the boat to the Med, accommodation, travel and the hunt goes on for a title sponsor.
My programme of the winter will take up around 50% of my time; during the remainder I will be working to fund my costs in France.
I am unbelievably excited at what the next few months will bring, it is going to be tough to make it all work and I will have to dash between France and the UK balancing my work commitments and my training schedule but this winter is sure to make me a better sailor and improve my chances in the mini transat next year.