A Ride in the Sky

Apparently, sailing around the world – 40,000 miles, 330 days, 14 ports  – wasn’t enough for Linda.

To add some excitement, she just HAD to add a helicopter ride into the mix.

According to Linda’s text message (below) and an update from Clipper HQ, on the last leg of the Clipper Race from Holland to London, Linda took a tumble below decks and hurt her shoulder.

Suspecting the shoulder was dislocated and taking no chances, the Clipper support team had Linda airlifted by helicopter and examined at a shoreside hospital in Colchester.

Thankfully, all turned out well. Linda was discharged from the hospital with a sprained shoulder, and will rejoin the team Saturday morning on London’s River Thames where she will complete the journey with her team.

Next stop after London? Back to Austin – via airplane.

Here is Linda’s sat-phone text:

Had a misadventure on boat this afternoon that ended in a dislocated shoulder. They were not sure if it was dislocated or broken so made me helicopter evac to colchester to hospital. Am fine. Dislocation is back in place. Sling to keep from hurting worse. Am meeting back up with boat in morning to come into london.



Linda going for a ride in the sky. Source: Colin Blears (Legs 5 and 8, Mission Performance)

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Source: Clipper Race

London to Rio Part 5

We are getting closer!

The journey was much different than what I imagined.  I thought that we would have decent wind and weather until we got close to the Equator and the Doldrums (area of no wind). Because of some boats getting really stuck with no wind in the Doldrums in the 13-14 race, they made a new rule this year.  All boats could motor 60 hours through the Doldrums and thus save the heat issue and the no wind issue. Continue reading

London to Rio Part 4

To Continue some of the fun things we get to do while on board.

Navigator is a fun job unless it is blowing pretty hard, then it can be the return of the Green Monster.  You get to play with all these cool radar screens, write down all the boat information each hour being sure you put correct time zone on report (UTC time from the clock showing the UK office time and official time, the correct time within the time zone from the screen, and then there is boat time if we haven’t changed our watches), longitude, latitude, speed over ground, compass over ground, distance traveled, true wind direction, true wind speed, apparent wind direction, apparent wind speed, heading, generator on/off, engine on/off, watermaker on/off, battery power, skipper asleep or awake, etc..  That should give you an idea of what we put in a tiny space. Continue reading

London to Rio Part 3

Okay, you all are probably sure that I am in Cape Town and you are correct.  Have had some unexpected issues appear so a bit slow in getting back to blog.  Yes, some were internet.

I hope to make it through most of this quickly and also provide you with many fun pictures along the way.  I did do a bit of planning on this past leg so as to catch up while in Cape Town. Continue reading

Leg 1, London to Rio, Part 1

Leg 1 started at Southend Pier in the Thames Estuary.  It is quite a historic place (I looked it up in Wikipedia) if you need some educational moments.  The day was gray, misty and cold.  The mooring we were supposed to hook onto when we arrived at 10pmish had not been there, so all the boats were rafted up side by side in a few rows at a dock.

At South End Pier with Sir Robin Knox wishing each boat skipper well as he sends the boats to the start line. Continue reading