I arrived yesterday at noon at the Clipper marina and started working right away: checking lifejackets, changing all the lines, cleaning the boards, checking the rig, etc. Lots of things to do before we start racing. Today some people are doing the victualing; buying all the food. They have to separate all the meals in bags, in order to be easier to find what we have to cook each day. We have already gotten a few kilograms of free chocolate from Mars!
Another interesting bit: They are shooting a reality show and our boat will be featured on the first leg. A journalist will be part of the crew and they are fitting cameras in the galley and the saloon. It will be Big Brother on the high seas!
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My boat is called New York, so as a crew uniform we chose the classic "I love NY" logo. Since I am the only NYC resident among the crew, I volunteered to buy the uniform.
I spent Saturday afternoon in Times Square looking like a tourist and bargaining for the best price. I managed to get a t-shirt + hat for $12/person. Not bad! Now I have to figure it out how to pack and carry 48 hats and t-shirts all the way to England.
I am packing and getting ready to move from my apt on Friday, July 22nd. I will leave everything in storage and only take with me what I am bringing int he boat: one large duffie bag and a small backpack. The skipper told us that we cannot pack more than 20 Kg! No laptops allowed! On Sunday I will fly one way to England and on July 31st it all starts; 6 months of incredible adventure!