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Team's morale sinking fast on Clipper Round the World Race
12:50pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
AFTER more than 40 gruelling days at sea, she is battling to keep her morale buoyant.
Former Southampton City College principal Lindsey Noble is just under 8,000 miles into the epic 40,000-mile Clipper Round the World Race.
Along with 12 other Hampshire sailors, the 60-year-old is two-thirds of the way on a leg from Rio in Brazil to Cape Town in South Africa.
Blogging from her yacht Switzerland, Lindsey, from Winchester, who has previously complained of cramped and smelling quarters, said: “This was always going to be an endurance challenge – it is a different sort of challenge to that which I had expected, but I am having to work hard at staying positive and remaining motivated.”
Lindsey is just over one month into the 12-month odyssey around the world after quitting her job and leaving behind her family in Winchester.
Her team, which also includes Charlie Pickering, 58, an operations director from Southampton, were last night in seventh position out of a competing fleet of 12. But they are languishing in tenth position on the score table.
She said: “The crew are trying very hard to stay positive and focus on what we can do as two watches to ensure we improve our position.
“We are now getting to the hard grind – sometimes literally – of the race. We are back in our old position at the bottom of the table and it is a bit depressing.
“We had a very good start but have lost ground as the race has continued.
“We always seem to be a mile or so off the pace and as our strategy is usually to stick with one or other of the packs it seems as though we will always lose ground to the more competitive and faster boats.”
But overall PSP Logistics, sponsored by the Fareham-based freight forwarding firm of the same name, is top of the table.
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