October 2, 2020
A September packed with sailing premium
After a disappointing experience at the European Championships, where we did not achieve the results we hoped for, it was great for us to return to the UK and capitalise on the last of the summer weather with an action packed month of sailing. Over the second weekend in September we were back racing on…
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September 9, 2020
Every day really is a school day premium
Although students are only just going back to schools and university, my academic year started early with August being a month of learning for me. After a period of relative stagnation, using my brain whilst studying an environmental management course online felt productive and fulfilling. The course has enabled me to add substance and theory…
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August 11, 2020
The road to the Paris 2024 Olympics starts here premium
For the first time in sailing’s Olympic history, a mixed double handed offshore event will be on the programme at the Paris 2024 Olympics and I have my sights on being there. In recent weeks, I have posted images of double handed offshore sailing so many of you may have suspected that a new project…
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July 28, 2020
Double handed sailing success premium
My recent sailing around the Solent has provided a much needed sense of freedom after the last few months of restrictions.  As much as it has been great fun, it was not entirely without purpose. The underlying aim was to improve manoeuvres and gain an understanding of how to set the boat up more quickly…
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June 29, 2020
Sunshine and sailing premium
With restrictions being eased throughout the UK at various rates, we have had the difficult task of trying to understand what this means for each of us and our activities. There have been bubbles and face coverings, agreement for some and not for others. Even for keen rule followers it has been a bit of…
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June 8, 2020
Out With The Old And In With The New Normal premium
We are beginning to hear terms like ‘returning to a semblance of normality’ or ‘things feel more normal’ but I want to pause and actually think about whether we really do want to return to what was considered normal before this global pandemic. Old normal was not sustainable for the economy, people and, more importantly,…
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May 4, 2020
Staying positive and keeping busy premium
Well, April has come to an end and we are rapidly approaching seven weeks of restricted movement. The death toll from Covid-19 appears to have moved passed the peak as a result of our social distancing measures and the fantastic work carried out by the NHS. Together with our neighbours, we have regularly stood to…
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April 17, 2020
Adapt, Improvise & Overcome premium
That is what the US Marine Corps are taught. A mindset that allows them to deal with any physical, mental or spiritual hardship. When forced to, like we have been recently, we can adapt. Change can take place quickly, but it takes time to transition to an ongoing behaviour. In the UK we have experienced…
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March 30, 2020
Virtual racing….but not as you know it! premium
Isolation – Week One My fitness regime often includes signing up to an exercise class or having a planned session. That way I feel committed which makes it much harder to find an excuse not to go. Once you have made the effort to get as far as the gym doors you may as well…
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March 18, 2020
Isolated but not alone premium
I know a bit about isolation and would go so far as to say that I have self-isolated on two occasions. When I took part in the Vendee Globe, I spent three months at sea alone and on the Aviva Challenge I was alone at sea for six months. My home for that time was…
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