Raring to go as the Roaring Forties ‘sleigh ride’ looms

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A few of Derry~Londonderry

~Doire’s crew had been here before and already knew what an truly incredible place it is.

The truth is the Cape Town stopover has been amazing.

We arrived just over a week ago now and we have been very busy getting the boat ready. We are a pretty organised team and everyone on the boat has their role to play, including a stopover manager who I appointed who put together rotas to keep people on time while allowing the crew an equal amount of time off to go and see the sights of South Africa. A few of the team went on a helicopter ride, others decided to go and explore Table Mountain, which is a must. I didn’t get the chance to go up there this time around but we have a spectacular view of it from the boat at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. This week we also had the Derry City delegation visit Cape Town including the Deputy Mayor of Derry-Londonderry, Gary Middleton. It was also really nice to hear how active Derry-Londonderry has been at home.

The mayor was also on hand to distribute twelve pumpkins to each of the boats to celebrate Halloween and the winner would be provided with a nice bottle of whiskey. We decided to carve the peace bridge into ours, hoping this would earn us some brownie points but the Deputy Mayor wasn’t showing any favouritism on the night.

Today as we sit here in the blistering sunshine overlooked by Table Mountain my team and I are preparing for the sleigh ride that is the Southern Ocean. The one thing all the skippers are interested in seeing is how the Clipper 70 will perform as we take on the Roaring Forties and potentially see the Clipper 70 speed record smashed. It’s exciting times and we’re ready and raring to go!