Whirl Wind Cowes week

It came and it went in a flash; Cowes week 2013.


We have been having some amazing sailing weather in the UK over the last couple of months and Cowes was no exception. Wind and sun making it a grand total of over 10 days I have sailed in the UK in my shorts this year which is more days than for the previous four years put together.


Yet again this year I was short -listed for the Ladies Day award for special services to the sport. The ceremony was incredible as a few of my sporting heroes turned up to support women in sailing including Sam Davies and the Volvo SCA women’s team and Dee Caffari with her amazing Omani women’s sailing team.

I was also delighted to meet Natasha Lambert a plucky 16 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy who sails a mini using the ‘sip’ ‘puff’ method of control. Just incredible and I am really hoping to sail with her next year when the transat has been and gone.

The trophy was won by Para-Olympic gold medal winner Helena Lucas; another truly inspiring woman.


So after all of that female solidarity it is back to Poole and back to my own project.


There are 62 days to go…. yes only 62 and such a lot to do.

At the moment I am in full frenzy trying to tie up the last of my sponsorship, things are getting tight so if anyone has any ideas then please do get in touch.

The boat is being sailed as much as possible, electronics are being serviced and I am trying to find as many faults as I can to fix before the big race.

The next two months are pass by at a frightening rate; I will not be able to grab the hours that fly away from me to slow down time and try and get everything done. There are endless lists of arrangements, jobs, shopping, travel, stop over plans and it goes on.

Who would have thought it would be time to race again so soon.

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