When the going gets tough…

…the tough get going… or so Billy Ocean reckoned anyway!

It’s been a while since my last update, and quite honestly, it is no surprise.
The weeks and months have flashed past. Since the end of last year Speedbird has been rebuilt, stripped right back to the bare carbon, modifications made and refinements worked on. My sailing got worse, but has now got better again. I got married, had a honeymoon, became a year older and most crucially we have battled some of the most unstable weather conditions you could imagine.

Here we are in the second week in April, and honestly things have been tougher than expected.

The sailing – It is no secret that I have had to learn to sail a moth with no real dinghy experience, in quite a short space of time. It has been a bit of a roller coaster from having black eyes and broken limbs to having no wind where I can’t even get into the water. It’s been frustrating, to say the least, and there have even been times when I just want to give up.

The constant quest for improvement, development, and determination, takes it’s toll. My past challenges have always been far less skill focussed. Course completion type challenges, and, in hindsight, far easier than sheer skill.

Add all these factors together and emotionally it’s hard work! The ups and downs, the high and lows. The small wins vs the frustration of the scenarios out of your control. It’s no secret that I am a lover of highs and a hater of lows. When on a roll, I feel unstoppable, but like most people, when things aren’t going my way, I find it ever so easy to submerse myself in “other” jobs and tasks, hoping the lows will wash over me. However, when I look back at everything I have achieved in my sailing career to date, I only tend to remember the highs as they always outweigh the lows. Ultimately, sailing is my passion and I know at the end of this process I will forget about these frustrations and the highs will be unforgettable.

The plan was originally to attempt both the A500 and mile this spring, but weather conditions haven’t allowed enough time on the water and I haven’t had as much time on the boat as I would have hoped. Team that with the cold water temperatures’, some injury and breakages to the boat, the outcome is that the 1
Nautical mile will have to wait. But the A500 will remain, looming ever closer but I’m excited about it. Little by little we get closer, we make small gains, and every small gain gets us an inch closer.

The plan as it stands is that the A500 will be attempted in May, at Grafham Water Sailing Club, and following that we will announce a timeframe for the 1 nautical mile. Between now and then, we can pray for the weather, for the opportunity to train as much as possible – and hope that my small gains in skill and confidence add up to the number we are looking for.

Until then it’s a huge thank you to all of those (both our partners and individuals) who have helped us get this far. It’s been quite a journey, one that certainly wouldn’t have even begun without you.


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