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Yacht GREAT Britain to SanFrancisco

SIMON TALBOT former PARISH COUNCILLOR
His Progress Around The World!

A life on the ocean waves?

This is the third report on our Parish Council website concerning our former Parish Councillor for 14 years, Simon Talbot and his appointment to Skipper the yacht GREAT Britain in the Round The world Clipper Race 2013-2014.

Our first report on 5th August 2013 dealt with events prior to the race start including his appointment to skipper the yacht and its appearance for a week in Trafalgar Square for publicity purposes ‘moored’ outside the National Gallery Click here to view Click your back arrow to return to this page

Our second report on the 29th September 2013 was taken in St Katherine’s Dock by Tower Bridge and covered the yachts leaving The Pool of London on their way down river to Southend for the start next day Click here to view Click your back arrow to return to this page.

Now our third report charting his progress so far in this epic journey. I suppose the high points so far should be measured in terms of how he has been placed in relation to the other eleven Clipper Yachts taking part. His GREAT Britain yacht has been placed first in four of the race legs so far.

First from Rio De Janeiro, South America to Cape Town, South Africa. Distance 3,600 nautical miles (nM)
First from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Western Australia. Distance 4950 (nM)
First from Singapore to Qingdao in China. Distance 2450 (nM)
And only recently on the 10th April First from Qingdao China to San Francisco USA. Distance 5,800 (nM)
This last win is said by the organisers to be the fastest Clipper crossing of the Pacific by a margin of 15 hours on any previous Clipper Race crossing.


These four pictures show the crew of ‘GREAT Britain’ with their skipper Simon Talbot in various ports on their journey so far. This first is in Brest, France.
Basking in the sunshine of Rio de Janeiro, second largest city of Brazil, before the race to Cape Town. The journey here was ‘bugged’ by delays in the Doldrums



Qingdao China ,with the crew well wrapped up against the cold. Snow had been forecast but fortunately it did not spoil the celebrations of the victorious crew
The arrival in San Francisco under the Golden Gate Bridge was during the night in darkness. The presentation of the winner’s pennant was held later on.



The Yacht GREAT Britain arriving in Albany, Western Australia
having sailed from Cape Town.


Leaving Rio de Janeiro on the race leg to Cape Town. To the left of the picture you can see Sugarloaf Mountain with the 30-metre high statue of Jesus Christ that overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro and is one of the most iconic images of Rio and Brazil.


A picture you have seen before of Simon Talbot, after being appointed to Skipper GREAT Britain in the forthcoming ‘Round the World’ race. Not every Parish Councillor gets invited into number 10 Downing Street, by both the Minister and British business representatives.


Simon at the wheel of his yacht, away from the chart table for a fresh air break!

So what does this mean for our St Osyth yachtsman who does not arrive back in the United kingdom until between the 10th and 12th July.
I expect knowing Simon (and writing this as not only webmaster but as a proud father), that he views all the races to come as further opportunities to cross the line first. He has trained his crew to have the same attitude to sailing as he has himself, that it a great sport with highs and lows for everybody, but in a race the objective is to be first across the line, so forget the pain and exhaustion, the tiredness through lack of sleep and just keep your eye on the winning post. We wish him and his crew continuing success

All the photographs on this page are from ‘Clipper Ventures Plc’. and distributed in their Website race reports - www.clipperroundtheworld.com

M.J.T.
18/4/14


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