May 30, 2024
The big launch premium
The month started sailing Limosa, the MOD 70 for The Famous Project, from Portimao in Portugal to Toulon in the South of France. We left Portugal and then had very light winds when we reached the Gibraltar Straits, resulting in us motoring for about 14 hours. Being an extremely busy stretch of water, this allowed…
April 29, 2024
A Famous Project first premium
The beginning of the month began with some coaching for the RORC Griffin initiative.  RORC has chartered four Sun Fast 30 One Design boats from Cap Regatta to give young sailors the opportunity and experience to race in the 2024 RORC Season’s Points Championship. In total, 300 sailors applied for the Griffin24 programme, of which…
April 3, 2024
Let there be light…evenings premium
A March spent at home was lovely but, like many others, I am totally over the amount of wet weather we have endured. I must admit that as we sprang forward to British Summer Time, I also had a little spring in my step as I walked the dog without getting wet, cold and muddy…
March 7, 2024
Fast and furious premium
It was great to return to Antigua mid-February to train and prepare for the RORC Caribbean 600 race. The Famous Project had the core crew of Alexia, me, Marie and Elodie as well as Debs Blair, who had been invited to join the team. Tom Dawson returned as our on the water coach, with Miles…
February 3, 2024
Caribbean adventures premium
The start of the year saw me inbound for some sunshine as I flew to Lanzarote to join The Famous Project Team for the 10th anniversary of the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada. The trade winds were not at all established ahead of this race and some interesting weather was setting itself up to…
December 31, 2023
2023 – that’s a wrap! premium
The end of the calendar year provides us with an opportunity to review the past twelve months and look ahead to the next twelve. I know I have been very fortunate. I have really enjoyed 2023; and 2024 has the potential to be even better. The one thing that has hit home for me this…
December 4, 2023
Spectating, speaking and sunshine premium
This month I transitioned from sailor to spectator and a picked a great month to make the swap as there was so much action to follow on the water. The Transat Jacques Vabre was full of drama, starting with the storms that battered the English Channel and delayed most of the fleet. Apart from the…
November 2, 2023
Sailing, stories and spreading the word premium
It was a pleasure to join the team at Wipro in London for their Spirit of Wipro run at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the beginning of October. There were distance options to suit all running abilities from a children’s 2km run up to the longer 10km. Being sailors and not runners, Alexia Barrier…
October 9, 2023
Lady Liberty to Les Voiles des St Tropez premium
September has been a real treat; not only has it provided me with a great range of boats on which to sail and race, events have also taken me to some fabulous locations. The month started with The Famous Project being invited to represent Team France at the International Lady Liberty Regatta hosted by the…
September 4, 2023
Land of Ice and Fire premium
As I headed into August, I think I had underestimated just how tired I was from all the activity in the previous month. I had enjoyed some amazing sailing and been travelling a great deal and eventually it catches up with you. So August was all about looking after me and making sure I was…