Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of my family, friends, and followers!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Today is the day!

Australia... I'm Coming to See You!

Hello folks!
Today I leave Shanghai and make tracks to Sydney, Australia!

A quick mention for my friends at the University of Reading who has promoted my taking part on their twitter feed! THANKS GUYS!

Friday, 9 December 2016

Follow our Progress on RACE TRACKER - RSHYR 2016

Only 17 Days until Race Start!

Hi Everyone!

You can FOLLOW THE RACE by clicking here! - This will take you to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Tracking Website!

I will be onboard Clipper Ventures 5 - CV5! (Click CV5 for info)

Words can't really express how excited I am to be taking part in the RSHYR this year, and I already hope that I will be back for it in 2017 onboard a Clipper 70!

Very exciting times ahead for sure!

6 days until I head out to Australia to begin training...
Updates soon!
Jess x

Thursday, 1 December 2016


Hi Folks!

It's DECEMBER! (So... pinch, punch etc etc!)
It also means that it is only 13 DAYS before I head out from Shanghai to Sydney, Australia, to complete sea/shore training and compete in the Royal Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016!

Excited is an understatement!

Keep an eye for updates to my page! They will be coming in thick and fast inbetween training weeks and race completion!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

2017/2018 Clipper Race IS COMING TO QINGDAO!

Hello Everyone!

I will be stopping over in QINGDAO, CHINA during the circumnavigation!

So excited about this - I love Qingdao, such a beautiful city!

Check out more by following this link to the Clipper Round the World Website. Click Here.

To see some photos of the 15/16 Clipper Race stopover when I visited them earlier this year... click here.


Monday, 31 October 2016

Level 3 Training complete!

Hello followers,
Apologies for radio silence - its been a busy time!

I have returned from Australia after completing my level 3 training a couple of weeks ago - I have now updated the page and added it to the blog!

Thanks for your patience and reading!

Monday, 12 September 2016

The return to the Middle Kingdom (China)

I'm back in China

Hi folks!
Sorry for the radio silence over the summer - it was quite a busy holiday for me in the long run... lots of catching up with friends and family...

I still have a page to be updated and published once completed in due course - likely to be this weekend... keep an eye!


Saturday, 6 August 2016

Giving tours of Clipper 70

Morning all!

I had a great day giving tours and talks onboard the Clipper 70 - UNICEF while she was alongside in St Katherine's Dock, London.

I met many future crew, I met plenty of current crew, and also fellow team mates. It was so great to be able to share my experiences of the race and share my excitement for the next race!

UNICEF - alongside in St. Katerine's Docks
Having a cheeky sit down in the dome before giving talks about my experience with Clipper and what I plan to do next!
Waiting for the next batch of boat tour folk. 

Onboard UNICEF.

Thanks to CLIPPER ROUND THE WORLD for letting me share my experience and pass on my knowledge!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Open Day, Clipper 70s London

Hi Folks!
Today I return to London to support Clipper in giving tours of a Clipper 70 yacht in St. Katherine's Docks. If you're around, and would like a tour, why not pop over!

See you onboard!
(CV27, 2013-2014, Leg 6 & RTW 17/18)

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Clipper 15/16 Race Finish

What an excellent day!

I have added a page, dedicated to the 15/16 race finish to my blog, feel free to check it out. More pictures can be found on my FB Official!

Jess x

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Eye Patch Fundraiser!

Eye Patch Fundraiser!

Hello Everyone!

I'm am back in the UK and after a successful visit to Clipper UK and JST this week, I am able to let you all know that I have another fundraising activity underway! I was gifted a box of Eye Patches from JST, and I would love to sell them to you lovely followers to help me raise funds for this incredible charity! 

Eye Patch Designs 

Eye Patch Design 1

Eye Patch Design 2

Eye Patch Design 3

How do I purchase an Eye Patch (or two...)? 


*** Each Patch is £1***
*** Postage is 50p Per Patch***

1) Chose which design patch(es) you would like.
2) Go to my Just Giving Page - make a donation that equates the amount of your order (don't forget to add gift aid!, and write a comment including "Eye Patch Fundraiser")
3) Send me a message via my OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE or use CONTACT ME (on the left hand side of the homepage) on this blog to send me; Design Number, Amount of Patches, Name and Address, and e-mail address) Once I have posted your eye patch, I will send you an e-mail confirming dispatch. 
4) Once you receive your patch(es), don't forget to send me a picture (pirate attire optional) to my OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE so you can become a crew supporter! Your pictures will also be added to my blog! 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

If you can't tie a KNOT, tie a KNOT

Hi Folks,
Good to see you!

Welcome to some new readers! - Great to see you here too!

I write this post from a very hot Shanghai today! There a typhoon making its way in from the North Pacific, due to hit Taiwan tomorrow... and subsequently Shanghai in the following days. Currently a weather warning for Heat Wave... Don't get me wrong. I LOVE SUMMER, but HOT plus HUMID = equivelent of Doldrums on dry land!
I have been practice cloud watching from my 11th floor apartment, and weather watching online to see if what I see, is what is going to happen... and so far, so good.

Enough of Shanghai weather!

This post is to let you lovely lot know that in the coming couple of days (as I progress in building the page) I will bring you a new page... ALL ABOUT KNOTS! Very important, as sailors that we know the knots we need for the right job.
It is known than folks get stressed about the knots, but... with practice... they happen, and when you can get that bowline right first time, while being soaked on the bow while changing a sail - its a great feeling! Check and Chuck, and you're away!

I will update again when the page is uploaded!

Keep smiling folks, I'm back in blighty IN A WEEK!

Friday, 10 June 2016

What's New?

Hi Everyone...

A new page added about day shapes and lights.

Also, I have added a "contact me" section... to the left of the screen... here, you can send me messages, and I'll reply as soon as I can!


Thursday, 26 May 2016

An Exciting Opportunity

Exciting Stuff...

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well, wherever you are in the world!

An exciting opportunity to take part in the Royal Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016! Click "Read All About It!" to find out more!

If you want to read about the race in more detail, check this out...

Jess x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Support Team GREAT Britain & NI in their fundraising (15/16 Edition)


Pop along to and make a minimum donation of 15 quid, and get yourself a sailing is GREAT shirt! All in support of Clipper Charity - Unicef!

Go.... GO GO GO!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

I'm coming to London!

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Race Finish 2015/16

Race finish is timed perfectly! I will be in the UK to catch the Clipperati during my visit to London!

If you are interested in checking out the Clipper Race click here.

See you in St. Katherines!

Jess x

Monday, 2 May 2016

Apologies for Radio Silence!

Hello Everyone,

Sorry for a lack of posts/updates since my return to China last month... it has been a busy old time! Its the time of year with school where there are plenty of examinations as well as meetings with parents and planning for the next academic year.

So, to look forward to... we have a new page coming your way as well as additions to the kit review page!
I will post more information once the update is complete.

Many Thanks!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Good Morning from Sydney, Australia!

Hello Followers!

I'm in Sydney, and having a great time! I am currently taking part in my Level Two training, and I suspect today is the only day I'll get to update the blog... So watch this space for more info at a later date... 
As you may of seen, Ichorcoal, has experienced a second fatality in it's Circumnavigation for the Clipper 15/16 race. My thoughts and Prayers are with the skipper, crew, friends and family of Sarah Young. RIP Sarah. 

On CV5 (Gold Coast 11/12) we are now on day 3 of our course! And setting sail today for a refresher sail, practice manoeuvres etc. 
tomorrow we are out for a long stretch tomorrow, heading down to Jarvis Bay! 

You can follow us on any good Marine Traffic website, our name is CV5 !

Friday, 1 April 2016

Australia - I'm coming to see you!

Today is finally here!

I will make my really long journey to Sydney, Australia to take part in my Level Two Training, and Sea Survival Course!

See you tomorrow Australia!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

One Week to Go!

Good Morning All!

So, it is the final week at work for me before I head back "down-under" to Australia to complete my Level 2 training.
I am all packed (nearly), and ready to go!

I have since update the 15/16 Race in Qingdao page, please take a look. I will also be posting updates about my Level 2 training while in Australia when time allows! It will be a busy time! Not only will I be doing sail training, we also will be completing our Sea Survival Course! Busy times indeed!

More updates to follow!

And as always, thanks for following the blog! Don't forget to check out Twitter & Facebook!

Jess xx

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Next update? Whats coming up?

What's coming up?

Now I have returned to Shanghai, after having the BEST time in Qingdao! I can now spend a little time updating the blog.

Here is what to look forward too;
  • 15/16 Clipper Fleet in Qingdao - Page Update
  • Day Shapes / Lights added to Nav page.
  • Come April, there will be a release on my Level 2 Page.
  • More kit reviews coming your way too!

The next update will be a busy one!


Sunday, 13 March 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016

It's the FINAL Countdown!

[And now the song is in your head!]

Hi Guys,
It is literally the final countdown!
Fundraising Event No. 1 (Coffee Free for one month) is nearly at an end! Only 4 days to go and I will be able to enjoy the warm, yummy taste of a decent coffee!
Thank You for the donations!

In other news, this week, I will also be in Qingdao for the Clipper Fleets Arrival, allthough, at present, the fleet will be there before I get there!

AND then.... It will be 2 weeks before I head to Sydney, Australia to complete Level 2 Training and a Sea Survival Course!

It's all go!

Friday, 26 February 2016

Two weeks to go!

Two weeks until I head north and hopfully catch the Clipper fleet arriving into Qingdao! I can quite honestly say, that I am very excited! Two years ago, I was in Qingdao, getting ready to joing CV27 (Then named Team Garmin) to take part in Leg 6 to San Francisco. In two years time, I will be onboard one of this fine fleet arriving in Qingdao, and be just over halfway through the circumnavigation! How exciting is that!!

I have already got a page setup to post about my trip to Qingdao (Click Here) and you can check out some pictures, and my write up!

Don't Forget to also check out; (Click links below)
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Jubilee Sailing Trust
My Fundraising Page
My Facebook Page (and if you're new, don't forget to "like" it! for news and updates!)

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Updates 25th February 2016

Update - Update - Update!

Event 1 - Coffee Free - still going strong and well into week three now!
Event 2 - Resources - Yes! Sales have started to happen, but I am unable to withdraw the money from the account / upload to my fundraising until I reach £10! So, watch this space!

The Blog;
This week, we reached the big 300 hits! Thank You to all of my readers for getting us there so quickly! The blog has only been active 3 weeks!

What's New?
I have added a page all about the basic navigation that, as clipper crew, you should know. I have also linked in some useful websites / publications so you guys can do some more reading! Click here to see this page!

What to look forward to?
Training Updates (April 2016)
News of Fundraising Activities

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Updates 21st Feb

Updates, Updates, Updates!

Current Fundraising Activities

Event No. 1; Coffee Free Month [10th Feb - 10th Mar]
This is in progress, and is going very well - I am halfway through week two, coffee free! On Friday, I was gifted COFFEE from Indonesia! Its torture... to have it sat there, I can smell it, I can't wait to open it and drink some when I return from Qingdao on the 13th March!
Donatations however have been very few! But - we are still in the early stages! :)

Event No. 2; Teaching Resources Sale on TES (Click here, to view my "shop") [Ongoing]
Seems crazy to make this into a fundraiser, but it is something that I do every day - so I figured I would put it to good use! I am in the process of uploading my English Resources, and over time, I will add the Music Resources too. My resources are all £1 unless otherwise stated. I have also got some Mandarin resources - easy-peasy language stuff! [Prep yourselves for the Qingdao Stopover!]

Whats New?

  • Fundraising Activity added - click here to read all about it!
  • Thank You's Added! - click here to read all about that! :-)

What to look forward to?

  • Training Update
  • News of Sponsors
  • Additions to Kit Reviews (Click here)

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Cracking Deals for Clipper Crew!

Must See Website(s)!

Hi Everyone,

I have just had a great chat with a friend...  (He was my Skipper for my Level 2 in 13/14 race), how I was in a bit of a conundrum about boots... which boots to get, which were better than my current (Henri Lloyd Extreme Waterproofs) boots. I mention about the general sway among crew on CV27 and he was in total agreement, and as a result I managed to get a crackin' deal!

So... fellow sailors, clipper crew, upcoming clipper crew... Get yourselves over to FIERCE TURTLE! It is a great website, lots of info, deals, all things clipper, second-hand kit for sale... it really is a good site - I have linked it in "Links to See" but their website is;

and they can also be found on Facebook!

Please - go on over and check them out!

Jess x

Friday, 12 February 2016

Updates 12th Feb

Updates Updates Updates!

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to yet anoter post all about the updates that are coming your way!

Whats New? (I hear you say!)

  • Clipper Round the Yacht Race Page: Giving some information about the race, including the route and links to the page.
  • In The News Page: Where I hope to keep all links/photos etc of my news! I have included stuff from my 13/14 challenge! - Enjoy!

What to look forward to...
  • (More) Links to be added to my "Links to See" (Opposite)
  • News of Sponsored Events!
  • Thank You's!
  • Level Two Training (April)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


That's right people...
10th Feb 2016 - 10th March 2016!

Now, if you know me well enough... you will know, I DO NOT FUNCTION without a coffee in the morning, or during the day, in meetings, in breaks, at the end of the day... you get the drift.


Please CLICK TO DONATE to support my insanity using the link opposite, OR visiting the website HERE

Wish me luck,
Jess xx 

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Updates 6th Feb 2016


Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to give you a little brief on the updates I have made to the blog...

I have now added;
  • A page for 15/16 Clipper Race visit to Qingdao, Shangdong, China - I'll be there! So, hopefully a blog update with some pictures to follow!
  • There has been an additional page added about the Fundraising Events that I hope to be completing when I return to the UK! (As you know, I live in Shanghai!) This is a page that will be constantly updated! So, keep an eye, I hope to post updates in due course!
What to look forward to;
  • Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
  • Level Two training come April 2016!
  • In the news!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Sponsored Swim!

Hi Everyone!

On return to the UK in July, I will be doing a SPONSORED SWIM in my local swimming pool! 20th July! I hope to be in the pool for two hours, swimming as many lengths as I can!

Your support is gratefully recieved as always, please donate to - or you can click opposite - yep, over to the right, just where that ugly picture of me is... ->

Only kidding, your support will spur me on to swim as many lengths as I can!

I will update in due course, and I hope that I will have some pictures before/during/after!


Jess x

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

My Guest Feature!

Hi Everyone!

I was invited by fellow RTW'er Caitlin, to write a blog to share on her page... check it out by visiting;


This is my blog!

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to my NEW blog!

Here I will be publishing blogs about my training, as well as, in time, the race itself! I will include pictures, where possible! and express thoughts!

I hope you enjoy the blog, it is here to be enjoyed! As well as provide a platform of information for new crew thinking about joining the race!!