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Old 09-16-2007
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and so it begins Clipper Ventures around the world

I think this is one of the neater things about the sailing hobby (llifestyle)
For a reasonable investment of money and time ANYONE can compete in a global race and get the opportunity to ride on a true sled

check it out if it's your kind of thing

http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/...8_is_underway/


by the way I am in no way involved or compensated with or by clipper ventures I just think it's pretty cool and I am considering joining it on the next run in I believe 2009
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Sounds cool but its kinda expensive. what is that around 60,000 for the whole thing?
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YouTube has some excellent extended films of previous races. Highly recommended. You can see the crew getting beat up, making mistakes, doing brave and skillful sailorly things. Different from the well-oiled machines we see in AC or Volvo racing, but probably more relevant to most of us.

I've also heard Clipper Ventures described as a money-grubbing summer camp for spoiled rich kids, but I dunno. It looks damn cold and exhausting for dillitants. Summun got $60k they're not using, I'll go.
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Thats the money for my new boat! But still....I registered for more info.
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You Tube was actually how I found out about it to begin with.
I think that $60g's is kind of steep - depends on the strength of the dollar vs the euro- but the experience would be priceless. How many of us have fantasized about doing the Whitbread ( I don't like to call it the Volvo Open) or even just spending time aboard a sled capable of "nearly" 30kts
There are only 4 videos on the actual site right now (I think) but I'm sure once the first leg is complete each boat will be submitting continual updates to their vlog

Hmm for about a million sailnet could sponser an entire crew or we could all donate and create a lottery for crew positions

I'll think of something, or maybe I'll win the lottery tonight, yeah thats the ticket I'll win the lottery and marry Morgan Fairchild
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I mean If I get my hands on 60k Its gonna go to buying a boat not riding on one for a year.


Although you could learn a lot about sailing across oceans, and you get to sail a fast boat.

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sodman I'm with you in that respect 60g's would buy me my boat and finance it's upkeep for several years as well

the more I read about this it seems more geared for adventurers rather than sailors. Most of the crew have little or no experience sailing so they are not in it for the boating aspect but for the whole picture of the experience in general.

it's still pretty cool though that there are oportunities like this
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