We are very grateful to Nigel Odling (D Social, 1971-6), who, last Wednesday, treated us to a very exciting talk about his experiences along the first three legs of the 2015 Clipper Round the World Race: London-Rio-Cape Town-Albany.
It was absolutely fascinating to hear how a 'motley crew' of amateur sailors learned to cope with the rigours of intense and relentless racing in big seas. How they learnt to live (and even cook) at a precarious 35 degrees of boat heel angle, which meant life was (literally) a constant uphill struggle. Most inspiring of all, however, was that despite the pain, hardship and many setbacks, the crews rose to the occasion and made their trip into the experience of a lifetime. They ploughed through enormous waves, reached crazy speeds of 28 knots and, most importantly, made very close friends for life.
Throughout the talk, there was a definite feeling of awe in the room and, no doubt, a seed has been sown in many a Radleian's mind of perhaps one day taking on this challenge.