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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Sailing Away

Just been away crewing in my first yachting regatta - "Ariane's Cup" - in the Aegean. It's an annual event bringing together all the European space companies, at a different location each year, with plenty of boozing, eating and singing, and with a little bit of yacht-racing thrown in. There were 90-odd boats and about 750 crew taking part, mainly from France, Germany and the UK, but also from Holland, Spain, Italy, Sweden etc.

It's great fun whizzing along in the spray with the sun beating down. Shame that only happened for about an hour during the whole four days - the rest of the time the wind was little more than a breeze, and we lazed about in our elaborate £¼M bobbing caravan, occasionally pulling on the odd rope - sorry, sheet - and soaking up the autumn sun.

I'm now back at work, at my desk, with 3 damp degrees outside the window. Have just received a text from Roger the Cabin Boy, one of six members of my crew who stayed on for a few more days - "79 degrees and 20 knots. Stayed last night in Ydra, off to Paros today."


posted by Plig | 13:45 |

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