It was the trip I had been waiting for, to meet Guy after he had raced across the Mighty North Pacific Ocean 5600nm. Guy had been swapped over onto Unicef, which he was more than happy to do as he got on really well with Bob. Thankfully all the teams crossed the Pacific safely with little damage to most boats. The 2017/18 crew were incredible, what a tough leg, not one for me just yet so I am in total awe of their achievements. Unicef came in an incredible 3rd, Qingdao taking 1st position and Sanya 2nd, all very well deserved.
We managed to spend more time together than I thought we would be able to, in port stop overs can be quite hectic but I was made to feel very welcome by Guys team and got stuck into helping them, corporate sails and social occasions. It was great to see my team too, I really miss them all and cannot wait race with them across the North Atlantic very soon.
The first weekend we spent near the Cascade mountains, staying with a friend of Guys who he knew from his time in India. Holly, Dan and their son Ozzy made us very welcome. The weather exceeded all expectations – having packed for rain and cold the sun shone for all but one day. This made the scenery especially the mountains so beautiful and we enjoyed some walks. Guy and I moved nearer the city for the remainder of the trip so we could be close to the boat, I was not keen on being in the city but the apartment we had was lovely and quiet.
I dreaded race start day, having normally watched on Facebook live after Liverpool I was now going to be part of it live myself. Slipping the lines was as emotional as ever, however I teamed up with some of the Great Britain supporters – Pips Mum and sister, Jon’s wife and our skipper Dave’s wife Lorraine. The Clipper race team had managed to get the yacht club of Seattle to take us out on various boats which was very kind of them. Our skipper had brought along a professional photographer who took some great departing shots. This was the icing on the cake for me and made the farewells more bearable. We were able to get up close to the parade of sails and the short inshore race course, whilst toasting with some fizz we said our final farewells.
Next stop Panama for the teams, back to the race viewer and satellite blogs for the supporters. However just 6 weeks until I join them in New York.