Channel News Asia – “After a long and arduous journey from Australia, yachts from the ‘Clipper Round the World Race’ finally arrived in Singapore on Wednesday/Thursday”
Just about 1 more week to the arrival back home to Singapore!!
Chili crab, chicken rice, satay, sambal stingray, bak kuh teh, Hokkien Mee… Hmmmm….
My boat is Mission Performance (CV23) and the more accurate ETAs should be announced in the next couple of days.
Last Friday, 10th of Jan.
D minus 2. A day after crew changeover or two days before race start.
It was one of those days where I woke up not knowing what time I had to. In any case, the day quickly began at 10am by continuing where we left off yesterday. Cleaning the bilges of the galley area (which is simply scrubbing and clearing the water from below the flooring of the lower deck) and transferring out the biggest spinnaker, aka Thor, out from the boat, up the ramp and onto the carpark which is a killer!
Stephen was going through the maintenance on the starboard (right side) forward primary winch while John and I watched, we quickly gave it a go on the port (left) side winch as well. Hands were dirtied with grease, oil and diesel but it was a great moment learning how to take the winch apart. I casually told Stephen who to look for if the port forward winch gives way out at sea.
Without much time left for the day, we had our immigration done by 4PM and scrambled on to pack all our food into drybags labelled by days. It would be interesting to see how we stuff 30 odd drybags (1 month) worth of food around the boat.
What wasn’t fun was that it kept raining intermittently throughout the day!
We were quick to get changed and scoot off on chartered buses to the crew party at Waterloo bay hotel by 6PM. Before the party could begin, the organizers gave a briefing for Race 8 (Brisbane to Singapore). They went through the race day schedule, details of the start, moving order of the fleet AND potential hazards for this race… Cyclones and pirates, not very assuring really.
All photos taken with the Nikon COOLPIX.
Race 8 is starting today, Sunday at 3PM (GMT+8).
Check out the latest news here.
I will be racing from just off Brisbane, past Papua New Guinea, slipping between Sabah and The Philipines on the Sulu Sea, down again past the west side of East Malaysia and finishing above Bintan, just off Horshburgh lighthouse.
My boat is Mission Performance (CV23) and ETAs are typically announced two days in advance.
Till the next time, I will be updating with a Singaporean SIM card!
Today is Sunday the 5th of January and my last night in Sydney. Following recent reports, the crew changeover date has been delayed by a day to the 9th of January. A couple of us Mission Performance (MP) crew met are in Sydney this evening to discuss our road trip plans for tomorrow. We have rented a car for our drive up, with a stopover in Coffs Harbour, to Brisbane to join the rest of the crew.
With just 4 days to go till crew changeover, the reality that this is “my life” has overtaken me.
Pray for journey mercy in our drive north towards Brisbane these two days.
Bags finally packed!
It took me a while to deduce why I was not overflowing with excitement a week before my flight to Sydney. It was only till Christmas when it hit me, this lack of excitement was due to the outstanding office work I had to settle before leaving! After taking time to think about it (which is something I often do). This feeling could somewhat be described as wearing a N95 mask during a clear day, suffocating, preventing me from taking deep breaths of fresh mountain air and from jumping with elation. No I’m not saying that my work is bad, in fact I quite enjoy it. This is just a matter of clearing the path before my mind could focus solely on the clipper race.
Having said that, I managed to take some time away from the office to pack most of what I needed by Friday before flying to KL for the weekend before returning to Singapore on Monday hours before my next flight out to Sydney.
One final bit of work work left and I will be “free”!!!