In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy, or Helen of Sparta if you prefer, was said to have been the most beautiful women in the world. She was married to King Menelaus of Sparta but was abducted by Prince Paris of Troy after the goddess Aphrodite promised her to him in the “Judgement of Paris.” This led to a little 10 year long scrap known as the Trojan War – lots of boats, lots of fighting, a big wooden horse and it doesn’t end well for Troy. You know the story.
Her beauty inspired many artists and Christopher Marlowe’s lines from his tragedy Doctor Faustus are frequently attributed to Helen:
“Was this the face that launched a thousand ships …….”
…..or was it THIS one?????
…. Ok ……… probably NOT!!!
but in something of a continuation of “Where’s Wally” from the previous blog, I do appear in the official video that follows, maybe even more than once, but this isn’t easy either. You’ll soon see why!!!!!
Now a bell ringing, bee keeping businessman (not always in that order) Keith has limited yachting experience but considerable sea-going experience having served afloat for the majority of his 34 years service in the Royal Navy. This included serving in every class of warship from minesweeper to aircraft carrier, commanding 4 different ships (a minesweeper, two destroyers and an amphibious command ship) and commanding all UK maritime forces in the Middle East for a 2 year period. Concurrently he was the Deputy Coalition Commander of a multi-national force of over 115 warships drawn from 22 different countries. For him the challenge and excitement of being part of the Clipper Round The World Race team has proved irresistible, in particular taking on the four big west-east ocean crossings and the chance to sail across oceans and seas he has yet to experience.
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