Esther Gordon-Smith

EstherGSmith Clipper

Fundraising for UNICEF UK
raised of £1,000 target
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Event: Clipper 2015-16 Race Team Unicef, on 14 June 2016

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RCN 1072612 (England & Wales) and SC043677 (Scotland)
We work to build a better world for every child.


I've never done anything particularly adventurous.  But one miserable February day at Reading Railway Station, I saw a poster asking if I wanted an adventure.  I grew up sailing dinghies off the south coast a bit, so I had a taste for watersports, but something about the poster really stuck, and before I knew it, I had signed up for the preliminary make-or-break week of training.

Very apprehensive, I turned up at Gosport Marina wondering what on earth I had let myself in for.  I was really worried I was going to hate it.

But then, over that week, and the other 3 weeks of training scattered over my Spring / Summer, something magic happened.

Even though at times I was pushed beyond miserable, cold, wet, sea-sick, sleep deprived, hungry, curled up in the foetal position on a bunk that was bucking in a crazed maritime rodeo, I had a brilliant time.  The way you bond with your crew is like nothing else in my somewhat tame life.  The feeling of helming a 70 foot yacht is wonderful, as you surf a roller behind a spinnaker the size of a hot air balloon.  I was hooked.

I have signed up for a long and difficult leg, with a mix of downwind sailing, tropic calms and icy headwinds.  We leave Australia in mid-January, stop in Vietnam, and end in China in mid-March.

I have never travelled outside of Europe / USA.  I have never been on a boat for longer than about 6 days.  I have never crossed the equator before.  It's going to be a lot of firsts.

I am most looking forward to - seeing my crew - getting out on the water - seeing the Milky Way from the ocean - tropical paradises - dolphins, and I really hope I get to see bioluminescence.

I am afraid of - random shark attacks -  pirates - typhoons (I'm told none of these should be a problem, but hey, who said fears were rational...)

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.  UNICEF have been nominated as the charity for this Clipper Race, and they do excellent work around the globe that my crew will be circumnavigating.

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UNICEF works to build a better world for every child, every day. A world where every child has the chance to fulfil their potential and grow up healthy and safe. We work in 190 countries and territories around the world, reaching more children than any other humanitarian organisation.

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