DESIDERATA - First message from the crew

2015-01-13

The crew of Desiderata have adopted the philosophy of the poem by Max Ehrmann that she was named after.

 

From the initial frantic start to the race in Lanzarote, we decided to use the opening lines, "Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they area vexations to the spirit."
The strategy worked well, as we were the last to cross the Lanzarote Trophy line!
However our spirits were not dashed, and the first day's placing rewarded our hard work with a move up the leader board to fifth place.
"If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself." Tactics and weather routing are playing a key role in the race, so far our team have been making excellent decisions, going our own way, and making hull speed most of the time, in the right direction!
"Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans." These words ring true in our ears. With the challenging sea conditions, not all the plans have been possible due to some breakages. However the ingenuity and skill of the crew have overcome these and we continue to make great progress.
"Many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism." In lauding our first mate who climbed up the furling gear to sort the foresail sheets, and climbed along the boom to fix a wayward batten.
"Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness." Definitely not on our boat! With a flexible watch system and an amazing sense of fun, moral is high and very optimistic.

From the initial frantic start to the race in Lanzarote, we decided to use the opening lines, "Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they area vexations to the spirit." The strategy worked well, as we were the last to cross the Lanzarote Trophy line!

However our spirits were not dashed, and the first day's placing rewarded our hard work with a move up the leader board to fifth place.

"If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself." Tactics and weather routing are playing a key role in the race, so far our team have been making excellent decisions, going our own way, and making hull speed most of the time, in the right direction!

"Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans." These words ring true in our ears. With the challenging sea conditions, not all the plans have been possible due to some breakages. However the ingenuity and skill of the crew have overcome these and we continue to make great progress.

"Many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism." In lauding our first mate who climbed up the furling gear to sort the foresail sheets, and climbed along the boom to fix a wayward batten.

"Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness." Definitely not on our boat! With a flexible watch system and an amazing sense of fun, moral is high and very optimistic.

 

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