Life Changes!

November 8, 2012
After 2 months at Cornish Cruising in Falmouth, I'm now a qualified Yacht Master Off-shore (commercially endorsed) and Cruising Instructor.  I have also now got my Powerboat Level 2 qualification and am currently taking Ocean Theory here at UKSA so that after a passage or two I can get my Ocean Yachtmaster ticket.
Next stop in 2 weeks time is the MCA Approved Engine Course and then hoping someone will employ me. Preferably somewhere a tad warmer than the UK for the winter months at least!

Australia Yacht Confirmed as Race Start Draws Near

August 15, 2009
Australia has been confirmed as an entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, It's one of the last yachts to have their sponsor confirmed with less than a month to go before the start of the Race.
Go to for full story.
Once the race has started I wil be starting a Race blog which I'm hoping to keep up to date every 2 or 3 days.  Keep track of my Round the World adventure on this website!

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Clipper Ball Success!

July 13, 2009
The Round the World Clipper Ball at the KC Stadium this weekend was a huge success!  Thanks to all those who attended and made the night go with a Swing!  Talking of Swing - Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra were a huge hit and had people shaking their stuff on the dance-floor all evening. The team from Gelder & Kitchen won the prize for the Best Nautical Table Centre Piece with their fantastic lighthouse scene and teams from each table got roped in to the Knot-tying relay after dinner - there were ...
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Smith & Nephew Sponsor Hull & Humber Crew Member

June 18, 2009
This week Smith & Nephew's  Advanced Wound Management division confirmed that they are willing to become my main sponsor. I'm delighted to receive their support and confidence in me. I have gained their backing through the work I am trying to do for the DebRA charity, both in terms of raising funds and awareness of the condition EB.

Click here to see the full Press Release
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Round the World Clipper Ball - Book Now!

June 3, 2009

A celebration of my impending adventure and the Huge event that the region will host as the Race sets off in September.  This Nautical themed Ball is taking place at the KC Stadium, Hull - home of another great sporting team Hull City - in the hope that some of their success will rub off on attending crew members!  The main aim of the Ball - other than to have a great time - is to raise funds for my main charity DebRA. 
The Ball takes place on Saturday July 11th - tickets are £35 each and ar...

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Hull & Humber Crew Announced

May 31, 2009

Yesterday was Crew Allocation Day for the Clipper 09/10 Round the World Yacht Race. Over three quarters of the total crew members for the race travelled to Portsmouth for a morning crew briefing which culminated in the Race Skippers each opening a sealed envelope containing the names of their crew.  The Clipper Ventures race team had received over eighty requests to be on the host-port boat but with less than forty available places there was bound to be disappointment for some.  Not for me ho...

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Hull & Humber Skipper Named

May 19, 2009

With just under 4 months to go until the start of the Clipper 09/10 Round the World Yacht Race - the teams are starting to be firmed up. Today the Skippers for each yacht have been named.  Piers Dudin will take to the helm of our local Yacht the Hull & Humber and will hopefully steer our region to victory.  For further details of the announcement go to:

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New String to my Bow!

May 18, 2009

After an intense seven days locked in a classroom at Clipper HQ in Gosport, I'm proud (and relieved) to announce that on Sunday I passed my Yachtmaster theory exam. It was a tough week with a steep learning curve but the camaraderie amongst the group on the course and a not insubstantial amount of red wine, got me through it! I'm starting to believe I might get the hang of this Sailing malarkey!  If you don't believe me read the article submitted to Scuttlebutt Europe by  Eero Lehtinen - one ...

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Race Route So Far

May 6, 2009

I keep getting asked which route the race will be taking and which ports we'll be stopping at. The answer is that it's not all confirmed as yet - but here's what I know so far.

Leg 1  Hull - La Rochelle, France - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Leg 2  Rio - South Africa (likely to be Cape Town but tbc)
Leg 3  South Africa - Western Australia (port tbc)
Leg 4  Western Australia - Singapore - Qingdao, China
Leg 5  Qingdao - San Francisco, USA
Leg 6  California - Panama - Caribbean (Island tbc)
Leg 7  Caribbean...

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About Me

Della Parsons Non sailor before the race now hoping to help bring the local Yacht - the Hull & Humber back home in first place! Also trying to match the 35,000 miles sailed with £35,000 raised for charity. Main charity DebRA. Please click on Sponsor a Race Mile link and help me to achieve this.