I was 8 years old when I first got a taste of sailing a 'big' boat and was struck by just how cool it was. I had no idea when or even if I would ever get to go sailing again but somehow it was just meant to be. Within 5 years of qualifying as a sailing instructor I became the only female ever to have circumnavigated the globe as a skipper on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and it made me hungry for more.
Having been in charge of a crew of 18 sailing around the world, I wanted to explore short handed sailing and right about that time Class 40's were becoming a big deal. Having been in the class for two years now and with a 3rd place in the 2011 TJV and the current Class 40 record for the RORC 600 the pressure is on to keep up on the podium. That is all part of the fun, training, optimizing and pushing yourself and the boat to new levels is what I am all about and certainly what Rob and I are all about as a team.
I feel strongly that anyone competing at a professional level has a responsibility to demonstrate good practice and for us that good practice means looking after the oceans that we race on. I am totally stoked to be involved in a campaign whose goal is to race fast and do it without leaving behind a trail of litter and a giant carbon footprint. If we can go out and hunt down that podium position while setting an example to sailors around the world then we will be a happy team.
|Started Sailing:||Age 8|