crew allocation

Something interesting happened over the weekend… yes! We had our crew allocation done!! (i know the title gave it away). The crew allocation is the time where we find out who our skipper is (Skipper – a captain/leader of a vessel) AND who our teammates are. It is the one pre-race milestone for all crew members to finally ‘belong’ to a team.

As I was one of the many who were unable to attend the event at Portsmouth Guildhall@UK, I watched the crew allocation unfold via a live streaming feed (link provided by Clipper Ventures) while waiting at West Coast Park in Singapore.

As of 11 May 2013, I am part of Team Matt on Clipper Vessel (CV) 30! See also http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/crewpages#CV30

Ever since that evening, the virtual space has been buzzing with correspondences, shout-outs, cheers from crews worldwide. My team has been exchanging salutations, tips, strategies and settling other administrative matters via our private GoogleGroups.

Here’s a peek at my team.

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Team Matt’s Line-up
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another day in the office

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What you see above was the lunch menu for the past two days.
I have resolved to pack lunch for most of the workdays now in an attempt to save more for the upcoming Clipper Race. The “additional” monies will help cover the cost (totaling to many many zeros) of international flights (UK, Australia and California), berthing fees, overseas crew insurance, accommodation, equipment, clothing and food outside of the race and training.
As a self-proclaimed food connoisseur (like many Singaporeans), this is a painful sacrifice to make. A friend reminded me of the popular saying, “no pain, no gain”, what is a “little” financial burden as compared to an experience of a lifetime? Though I have yet to start training, packed sandwiches is definitely a small price to pay in light of the experiences to come. (at least there’s egg, cheese and ham in there)

Kong Chian's Clipper journey as he sails for four months from Australia, Singapore, China and California.

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