The racing crew reflects on their success in the North Pacific

Feelings from the finish line: The race crew reflects on their achievement in the North Pacific

by Clipper Round the World Race Apr 29 00:47 UTC

Sunrise in Puget Sound – Clipper Race © Clipper Race


After a mammoth voyage across the North Pacific spending 36 days at sea, the longest run in Clipper Race history, the crew arrived at Bell Harbor Marina, Seattle on Sunday.

The North Pacific is a real physical, mental and emotional test for those who dare to cross it – a veritable roller coaster of ups and downs. Crossing the finish line, we asked the Race Crew to share their best and worst moments with us:


Maisie BristowDare To Lead- “The high was dancing on the deck in the sun, the low was the 3am clock changing, getting out of bed in the cold and dark.”


Bettina NeidDare To Lead- “The high was crossing the finish line, and when we left the Philippines!


Steven MichanDare To Lead- “The best thing was being able to complete the crossing challenge! Low: I miss my loved ones a lot. Being wet and cold all the time!”


Heather BroadbentGoToBermuda: “After leaving London in 2019, I can’t believe I’ve finally crossed the mighty North Pacific. The last ocean of my circumnavigation, a huge sense of accomplishment that I’ve sailed so far. I’m delighted that GoToBermuda ran so far brilliantly as a team, crushing this race.”


Maddie Churchwho crossed the North Pacific with his father, Chris Church on GoToBermuda: “I discovered a whole different side of my father. I don’t think many people can say that they shared 36 days in a row confined to 70 feet space with their dad. At some point the relationship dissolves from father/daughter to teammate/best friend – thank you for this Clipper race! We lived in our own world here on the race. It was refreshing to being disconnected from everything and everyone and I owe that to the GoToBermuda team, all 16 of us bring something different to the table and work together like a well-oiled machine.


christian churchGoToBermuda: “The feeling of exhilaration and satisfaction of having crossed one of the most remote and difficult oceans in the world with my teammates.”


Keith WinstanleyUnicef: “Stage 6 was my main motivation for signing up for the race in the first place. The highs for me were getting back to the Unicef ​​team and the bond we formed , and especially the crew members of the quarter I was in. Another highlight was the cut and push tactics and the closeness of racing with other teams for the scoring gate, line of international date and the finish. The most frustrating part turned out to be the last 3 miles of a 7,200 mile race, battling light winds and strong currents to cross the finish line.”


Jeronimo Lestido grew up sailing at the Yacht Club Punta del Este, and crossed the North Pacific on his team yacht Punta del Este, to be greeted by his father when he arrived in Seattle: “The greatest peak in racing is the incredible sense of accomplishment for this I just finished, I can’t believe it! The weather conditions hit me hard, especially the cold! I can’t wait to continue on stage 7, but not before a good hot shower and a comfortable bed!”


Andy RockDare To Lead: “High was coming to Seattle. Low was the watchdog, getting up in the cold 3 times a day and always being wet.”


Nora HavelDare To Lead: “Strengths: Lots of lessons learned – especially about adapting to difficult situations and sailing of course. Weaknesses: Didn’t see a lot of marine life, which makes me wonder how bad the effects of overfishing in the oceans really are.”


Candela GuoGoToBermuda “It took me a day and a half to fly from the US to Subic Bay for the start of the race. It took me five weeks to get back. I really enjoyed the long drive.”


Stephanie StewartDare To Lead: “The high was Kevin’s mini chocolate eggs, and the low was the wind holes!”


Paul HarwoodDare To Lead: “High: Riding 10-meter waves in a beautiful dawn in the middle of the Pacific. Low: Entering cold, wet crowds at 3 a.m. each day.”


Wojciech DudaGoToBermuda: “The crew was much younger than my previous run in 2017/18. It’s amazing how much they can inspire me and motivate me to do my best. My days have been filled with tons of laughs and jokes and my stomach filled with too much chocolate.”


Matus HarmanGoToBermuda: “Crossing the NP was the ultimate challenge for me in terms of stamina and patience. I was very impressed with the strength and support of the team. This whole experience has made me a better person. ”


Mikhail MabourakhGoToBermuda: “A high of the trip was riding the waves and hitting top speeds. A low was when Wavy and Chris beat my top speed. But I still have two legs to get back to the top. ”


Michael KoolUnicef: “The evidence was to aim for a podium, to work 36 days with an exceptional crew and to finish second with a view to first and third, which shows that this is a real race where everything counts Another highlight was being part of a truly cohesive, caring, supportive, hardworking and fun crew. Finally, evolutions! Being on the foredeck performing evolutions like a Formula 1 pit stop!”


Emily EdwardsGoToBermuda: “My high is laughing in the kitchen. My low is slimy, washed-out walls in heads.”


Oliver HorsfordUnicef: “Racing made me greatly appreciate the art of offshore racing and the respect for all Skippers and AQPs able to create space to keep the crew together for over 30 days. I would not do the North Pacific but this was my first ocean crossing and I would like to do many more.I learned that I have more patience than I thought.


Anne HoughPunta del Este “High was finishing on the podium, the lowest part was the week he beat against the wind and exhaustion set in. I can’t wait to sleep a lot, in a bed flat!”


Charles FreemanPunta del Este: “The best part was the 2/3 days we flew the kite and absolutely pulled it! The opposite end was the 4 day low and being stuck in the hole in the wind so close to the finish.”


George StreitmanPunta del Este: “Happy to be back home, it has been the biggest challenge of my life, especially physically. Building good meaningful relationships with the crew has been amazing. The biggest dip was the hole in the wind and see our early arrival slip away.”


Danny LeeUnicef: “It was an epic race with 4 of us trading the top spots again and again. 7,200 miles, 37 days at sea and we finished 6 miles from the winner. Amazing stuff. A such a challenge but I loved it. I had a little something in my eye as I finished my last watch of the race.”


Shaneil PatelUnicef, “I think the highs and lows sum it all up. The highs include winning the score gate – such a confidence booster after enduring such hardships to get there. Pretty low after being at sea for so long and realizing that there was still half of it to go.”


Alex CavaghanUnicef: “Fantastic racing. Really tough enough. The highs were being with the team and steering as USA appeared on the horizon this morning. The lows were when you’re tired, but you continue.”


James ThomasPunta del Este: “Probably the biggest high was seeing a pod of whales near the boat!”


Sue LucasUnicef, “Brutal, but it’s not called the Mighty Pacific for nothing. Ups, reaching a long-time goal. Downs, finding things harder than when I was 30.”


Nano Antiafirst mate of Punta del Este: “The high was celebrating my 2nd birthday in the Pacific, during a 50 knot squall, on reach, flying at 20 knots! The lowest part was sitting in a hole in the wind for more than 24 hours, so close to the end!”


Lisa WilsonUnicef: “For me the best thing is to deal with a totally foreign environment with a really great crew. The lows are the long cold night shifts where there is not much to do. ”


J.D. FentieUnicef, “The best for me were the way the team worked together and were part of it. If I had to choose a bottom, it was the challenge of being able to face the cold.”


Steve SmithPunta del Este: “For me, the highs were the heavy seas and the conditions above deck, but also the lowest was being below deck in the same conditions! The middle of the race was a big mental challenge, but so happy to finally be done! I feel immense relief to be over the line, looking forward to good food, drinks and a bed I don’t have to climb a wall to get into!”

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