November 4, 2017
Onwards and upwards premium
On Sunday, we set off on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race for 7000 miles of ocean sailing. This is the most challenging and technical of all the legs and the most fun to sail. If I had to pick a forecast to make this journey, the conditions we are anticipating are close to…
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October 31, 2017
Leg One to Lisbon premium
We left Alicante last Sunday with the Portuguese capital of Lisbon as our destination for Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. It was a relatively short but intense sprint which started with a great exit from the Mediterranean with lots of gybes and some fast furious downwind sailing. It was interesting how all the…
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October 21, 2017
One more sleep premium
Ok Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 – Team Turn The Tide on Plastic are coming, ready or not! Tomorrow is the start of Leg One and, after what has been a very short lead up for my team, we are lining up against some of the most talented and experienced offshore sailors on the planet. Would…
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October 19, 2017
Update from Alicante premium
We have been in Alicante for a week now and certainly haven’t been resting on our laurels since completing the Prologue. We headed straight into a practice race where we were able to trial a few tactics and strategies in a short course race setting. As always, we came away with some key learnings which…
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October 12, 2017
Practice makes perfect premium
We arrived early this morning into Alicante after what was, at times, quite a frustrating Prologue race from Lisbon. We were due to depart Lisbon 1300hrs on Sunday but the winds were so light that the start was delayed by a couple of hours as we all motored out to find some breeze. As the…
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October 5, 2017
Heading in the right direction premium
With just over two weeks before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race, I am delighted to announce that not one but two navigators have joined the Turn the Tide on Plastic team. Nico Lunven and Brian Thompson are the final additions to our line up and I’m confident they will greatly strengthen our team.…
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September 27, 2017
…and Elodie makes twelve premium
Time is ticking on and the start of the Volvo Ocean Race is less than a month away. With the other teams and boats now having joined us in Lisbon, nerves and excitement are building in my own team, particularly for crew members who are embarking on an offshore race of this distance for the…
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September 19, 2017
Multinational crew recruits premium
It has been another busy and productive couple of weeks over here in Lisbon. Our crew numbers have now grown to 11 with the announcement that three more sailors will be joining me onboard Turn the Tide on Plastic for the Volvo Ocean Race. Let’s hear it for the girls first. We welcomed Irish Olympic…
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August 31, 2017
Fresh Young Talent premium
So, my self imposed deadline of the end of August has arrived! Knowing that time is not our friend, getting a crew chosen for team Turn the Tide on Plastic has been paramount and has certainly been my focus since our announcement to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race back in June. The question…
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August 19, 2017
Zero to Hero premium
After the final two races, we have arrived in Cascais, Portugal and I have had a chance to reflect on the whole of Leg Zero. Thinking back to just ahead of Turn the Tide on Plastic’s first competitive outing, I can admit to feeling nervous when we lined up against the rest of the fleet…
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