Many readers will be aware that my No1 fan and supporter, Ruth, is planning her own “Clipper-Round-The-World-esque” non-waterborne adventure to tie in, to some extent, with my own travels to and from port calls either as I join or leave the race or, as in the case of South Africa, during the stopover between legs. South America, South Africa, China, West and East coasts of North America and Northern Europe are all on her list.
Knowing how much of an adventurer and explorer she is, I suspect this will only be the tip of the iceberg. Maybe iceberg references are not the best maritime analogy to use but you get the idea.
Some other supporters are already talking about joining Ruth in coming out from the UK to New York to coincide with the end of Leg 7/beginning of Leg 8 .
and at least one more friend has already let me know she and her daughter will be in South Africa at the same time as the Clipper Fleet will be in port between Legs 2 and 3.
For those of you who would rather follow and support from the comfort of your own home (some would add the word “sensibly” to this sentence) then there are plenty of other options.
To paraphrase from the Race Director’s latest missive to Race Crew,
“Now is also a great time for those of your nearest and dearest, family, friends and work colleagues, who are following and support your race experience to sign up to become a Race Crew Supporter.”
Race Crew Supporter and Junior Race Crew Supporters Groups are open to anyone who has a family or personal connection to a Clipper 2019-20 Race crew member. You can request to join the Race Crew Supporters network to be linked to other crew supporters and find all the answers to your questions about stopovers, ETAs into ports and much more. Signing up is simple – just visit: http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/racecrewsupporters
Junior Crew Supporters is aimed at those aged 5 to 12 but is also applicable to all under 16s. Challenges and asctivities will be set for each leg of the race to teach about life on the Clipper Race yachts, the countries and cities the race will visit, and sailing in general. Parents can sign up under 16s via the following link: http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/juniorcrewsupporters
I’ll write more in a later blog about how to follow the Race when its actually underway via The Clipper Race Viewer and about daily blogs written by each Skipper and one crew member from each yacht and I will be endeavoring to keep Pretty Much All At Sea going throughout, even when I am at sea!
So don’t just sit there! Get signed up!!