A New Challenge
|Cambridge, 31st August 2002|
I think it's a case of in for a pound in for a penny. The race is next April, will last a couple of weeks, and will both be a great experience in itself and also great experience for the round the world race. And I'll be onboard! I applied, and was told that since I've already had an interview with Challenge I didn't have to have another, so that was it: I'd got the place.
It looks to be the same format as the RTW race, but just compressed. Training takes place this autumn and next spring; I'll be able to miss some of it, but will do one of the training sails. I'm also out at the end of November for the Development sail, the 9 day sail for the Global Challenge. We get assigned crews; there will be a skipper and mate aboard, in contrast with the Global Challenge where there is only the skipper. I guess that we'll hear more about it nearer the time, but it does give me a very immediate goal to think about, rather than something that is still 2 years away.
It should be great fun, so I'm looking forward to doing quite a bit of sailing in the next 8 months.