Diary of a Clipper Racer
Around the world in 333 days with Mark Osgood
Supporting my chosen charity - "Dreams Come True"
Final Diary entry, 54, added Monday 6th October 2003.
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- London's Seven Wonders of the World - July 2003 - by Simon Cooper
now circumnavigated the planet we thought we'd we share our top seven things
that have wowed and stunned us on our way. Some were truly wondrous, some were
simply outrageous, and some were priceless comedy moments that have to be
preserved for future generations:
1. The Phosphorescent Sea (off Cape Town)
you may have read before sometimes the sea at night sparkles, normally in the
bow wave or sometimes behind a dolphin but this moonless night every single wave
top glowed. It was an indescribable scene, absolutely stunning in it's
otherworldly beauty. 'Nuff said.
2. Crack Dolphin Stunt Squad (East China Sea)
seen many dolphins, we've seen them ride our bow wave and even jump some but not
this. As if to a silent cue, an entire pod (30 or 40) leapt into the air. What a
3. Welcome to Hell (low pressure, western Pacific)
the scene, the off watch is down below eating Pizza "a la Fox" whilst
listening to some chilled tunes. A lounge scene if you will. The boat was
rocking some, to say the least, but the off watch was relaxed. Maybe too
relaxed. On heading up to take over we were greeted with massive seas, spray and
waves crashing into the cockpit and a 50 mph blow. All under the cover of
darkness. I just liked the juxtaposition. Hey, that's ocean sailing.
4. Ben's Galley Miracle
was only a minor miracle. Ben was mistakenly let loose in the galley alone. He
decided to make "noodle surprise". The surprise was the lack of
noodles. The sauce comprised random tins, literally random. The miracle
was no one died, including Ben. Definitely the worst meal ever served on London
Clipper (which is no mean feat).
5. The Stick Houses of Indonesia (Java Sea)
motoring south from Batam/Singapore on our way to race start we ventured across
a village unlike any other I have seen before. The locals had built stilt houses
in the sea, out of timber and driftwood. No fresh running water, no electrics -
just the sea, the sun, & the stars. We think they were fishing platforms and
just part time homes. Still it highlighted again to us all how different the
lives of people around the world are. Can't
speak to what they thought of the procession of motoring yachts passing through
their back gardens - "Here they are again, every two years, regular as
6. Sunrise Moonset (Indian Ocean)
are privileged to see the most fantastic sunrises and sunsets almost every day
(Paulo has captured most of the leg 4 & 5 ones on film), with fiery suns,
pink and copper clouds and fabulous 360 views. However, one of the best so far
has to be the morning the sun came up whilst the moon was still full and bright
and enacting it's very own spectacular moonset.
7. Table Mountain - Sailing into Cape Town
me, sailing into Cape Town was a big part of the dream that inspired taking part
in all this madness. The arrival was frustrating, due to the light airs and New
York breathing down our neck - don't know if you've met them but toothpaste
would be a good gift ;-) It was all made worthwhile though by the
sight of Cape Town itself surrounded by Table Mountain, Lions Head and the
Twelve Apostles. A truly awesome vista and one that mariners throughout the last
few centuries have welcomed at the end of long voyages.
Of course we don't have scurvy on board, although it has been close (see
that helps you lubbers understand a bit of what we have seen and experienced.
Thanks to Ben for the idea