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Training – Week 3


The time had finally arrived, and level 3 training was at hand. This meant we were no longer on the Clipper 68s but were to be let loose on the 70s. These are thoroughbred flying machines and the boats we would be going around the world in.

First impressions are about the size. While only a few feet longer than a 68, the deck space seems enormous. If you took the mast off, it felt as if you’d be able to land a light plane on it. A friend of mine once described Wren churches as fancy on the top and plane on the bottom. Well, a 70 is narrow at the bow and fat and fat at the aft. This is about speed through the water and allowing waves to sweep across the decks.

Below it is well laid out, and obviously, a lot of lessons and thought have gone into the design. The galley area is an open communal area but with lots of places to jam yourself into when the boat is healed over. The bunks themselves are longer and narrower than the earlier boats. Unfortunately, I’m neither long or narrow. Also, personal storage is going to be at a premium.

Adapted from Jon’s blog – to read more on his third week in training please visit his website.