The purpose of Skill is to make a dream a fact

Pips Brochure
Last week I went to the offices of the Leepeckgroup in Southampton to pick up the final version of my newly designed sponsorship proposal and to personally say Thank You.

The reception of the office was just exactly as you would expect a creative and PR agency to be. Tasteful, modern, comfortable with thought provoking material on the walls and the tables around.

I was flicking through a book on ‘sideways thinking’. A volume of quotes, photographs, and ideas designed to jump start our brains into a little creative thinking and the pages fell open on a list of quotes.

At the bottom of the page larger than the others was ‘the purpose of skill is to make a dream a fact’.

I like that. It’s true and it really made me think about everything that I am doing and have done.

In 2009 when I started solo sailing it really all was a dream; I had ideas about what I wanted to do, I thought I knew how to make it work and I launched myself at the problem.

My sailing skills have allowed me to sail over 20,000 miles single handed in the last three years. They have won me trophies in international events and made me competitive.

My boat building, project management and general maintenance skills have allowed me to campaign two different boats through three major campaigns.

My writing skills have developed along the way giving me the ability to share my story.

As a solo sailor you are required to have many many skills; to be self sufficient and to think your way out of every problem. But I am now getting to the stage where I can no longer do everything well. If I want to focus on improving my own specialist skills then I must enlist the help of other specialists to do the things in my campaign that I am not able to do well.

Over the last month the Southampton based Leepeckgroup has given a whole new look to my Pip Ocean Racing campaign literature, they have used their specialist skills to create a document that exactly captures the spirit of my campaign and I hope will help to convey my message to future sponsors.

So I’d like to say a massive thank you to Sue Thomas and her team at Leepeckgroup whose skills will help make my dream become fact.

I am on a massive push to find a title sponsor for my campaign; without which my campaign for the transat 2013 will not become a fact.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the campaign brochure, then please send me an email at

One thought on “The purpose of Skill is to make a dream a fact

  1. Pip – it was a pleasure – no one deserves support more. Thank you for being so easy to work with and good luck from all at Leepeckgroup.

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