This Could Be You!


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Why This Challenge?

In 2018 I decided I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to do something that would push me physically and mentally and incorporate my love of the water.

I followed the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race (2017-2018) and was amazed at what the professional sailors went through to circumnavigate the world. As I started to google yacht racing I came across a race called the Clipper Round The World Race which consists of amateur sailors sailing 70’ one design racing yachts around the world. A one-design boat means that the class of boats are all exactly the same. As I started to research the race some more I realized no experience was necessary. How the hell does that work??? What Clipper does is train you over four weeks on their process and procedures on how to safely sail and live aboard their racing yachts.

I thought to myself this would be pretty darn cool to do! Then I looked at the price tag. A circumnavigation was out of the question for me given the 11 months I would have to be away from home. I thought one leg of the race would be doable. So I jokingly ran the idea by my amazing wife. Did I already say she is amazing? She said if you are interested in doing it you must do it. Whoa, OK, awesome! I went to bed that night with my mind racing on the logistics of all of this.

My reason to race is simple. I love adventure, travel and human connections. The Clipper race provides an opportunity to meet like minded people who want to challenge themselves, physically, mentally and emotionally. What better human experience than to put 20 strangers on a 70’ yacht in the middle of the ocean to see if they can survive, let alone compete against 10 other boats. This would be my early mid-life crises event and I’m not about to waste this opportunity.

Clipper brands themselves as the “Race of your life” and I do believe this will be that. And don’t forget Ironman’s motto of “Anything is Possible”. I love empowering brand slogans, they make you feel great inside. I’ll leave you with this one, “Just do it”.

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