Friday, 16 May 2014

Clare's blog

From Clare: Meet the Crew Week One
Skipper Graham - An excellent sailor, patient teacher and a welcome voice of calm at the helm during the hairier moments round the Mull of Kintyre - even if he did insist on whistling the 'tune' of the same name for most of the week.. ... we think he has a secret gingernut addiction.

First mate Julie - A woman of many talents! great to have another sailor on board - especially when she sat beside me while I squealed at the helm as the boat keeled further and further over. Our very own wildlife expert and queen of the inflatable - even if she did keep falling out with the outboard (and the oars).

Second mate Rob - managed to dredge up dim and distant memories from his dinghy sailing days and by the end of the week looked like he knew what he was doing. Our anchorman, and most importantly, shopper with an excellent supply of biscuits and crisps.

Adventurer Alex - providing Lala with welcome support on the hill, bagging 6 of the 8 corbetts done this week with her and still overflowng with energy and enthusiasm - wish I could bottle some of it!!  After a shakey day 2, she can now add sailing to her many experiences, though do not think it will overtake the mountains in her heart.

Bosun Clare (that's me) Afraid I did not remember much of my limited early sailing experience but do not think the scenery was so beautiful or the winds so strong when I dabbled with sailing in Australia. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. 

And last but not least, Lala. What can I say? What a woman! Sailor, Mountaineer and haribo demolisher. About a quarter of her way through her latest incredible challenge and still going strong with a smile on her face and encouragement for others. Total respect to you Lala. Thanks for letting me join you for part of your journey. Clare

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