In 2009, I embarked on a journey of a lifetime to ful-fill a childhood ambition to circumnavigate the world. The Clipper RTW Yacht Race was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail around the world single handed. The race comprises of ten identical yachts, each sponsored by a different city or country around the world. There are 18 crew onboard, most of whom have next to no sailing background and one professional skipper. It is a race designed for ordinary people with extraordinary dreams. As part of the crew onboard Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, I was one of nine crew who had committed to the full passage round. The other nine members comprised of “leggers”, crew members who had signed up for one or more legs of the race, but not the whole thing. Although marketed as a race of equal weighting, this ideal became a heavily debated topic and bone of contention for many as we made our way around and the various disparities between yachts, skippers and crews became apparent . For me, ideals of racing were soon replaced with an acceptance for the now, and the journey I was embarking on. This was without a doubt an incredible adventure, but more poignantly one of self discovery and an education in life.
And so all good journeys must come to an end. On 17th July 2010, 35,000 miles and a wealth of experiences later, the fleet returned to Hull, from where it all started ten months previously. The route had taken us from Hull to La Rochelle and on to Rio across the mid Atlantic Ocean. [...]