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The ‘EH01′ RORC Transatlantic ’23 Report – Our Trainees’ Perspective

Its now Tuesday afternoon (I think), its super hot during the day and we have 1395 nm to run. Jenn is making cakes (actual cakes!!) to enjoy at our half way party. We have other half way treats and fun and Frank is working on the DJ playlist. Lunch is couscous, cheese and chorizo in wraps. We’ve just gybed back on to our course for Grenada which should make our vmg go up a bit.

Your roving reporter has been chatting on our trainees today –

So Jasper, what sailing had you done before joining our crew?

J M-T ‘I was a dinghy sailing instructor in 2018/9 in the South of France for PGL and then Vounaki in Greece. After that I did my Day Skipper in Chatham and was working as a Keel boat instructor in 2021. I started on EH01 in August to extend my experience and mileage, heading towards Yachtmaster Offshore later in February. ‘

What do you hope to do once you have completed your yacht master exam?
J M-T ‘I’d like to run my own charter yacht and take out families and friends. ‘

Jenn is also working towards her YM Offshore. She’s staying on board after the Transatlantic Race to be part of the RORC Caribbean 600 and St Maarten Heineken Regatta crew-

What is your highlight so far of this crossing?
J R ‘I’ve really enjoyed the planning and preparation for this passage – I volunteered to be in charge of provisioning which is an important job for 10 people for 16 or more days. At sea, I’ve stepped up to watch leader and enjoyed taking on more responsibility.

Global Yacht Racing’s trainee program has been really flexible allowing us all different routes to our personal goals’

Sam is here taking part in the advanced level RYA Yachtmaster Ocean studies-
How is the sextant work coming on?
S T – ‘its going very well and last night I got a three point fix on the stars. At the start, finding the sun on a rolling boat in big waves was tricky but plenty of practice has paid off. I’m looking forwards to the exam.

Words of wisdom from Skipper Neil, ‘Its been great meeting these trainees and seeing their progress. An extended ocean passage has given everyone chance to practice their driving, trimming and watch leadership skills. We’ve held regular theory sessions around the saloon table during the afternoon watches to keep everyone fresh and ready for their exams. Its not all work work work – this group is such great fun to be with and we have had some massive giggles. ‘

Love from all our Trainees on EH01 with Skipper Neil, Jasper, Sam & Jenn and many thanks to our ‘Roving Reporter’ Prue.

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