Training a crew of fresh sailors for offshore racing – Ep92 – The Sailing Frenchman


Alright so we just had our briefings for the level 4 training which is the last training that the crews will have before the race. It’s a training more about offshore, more about race techniques and being out there watch system and stuff So, this week we are 2 skippers and 2 first mates on the same boat, which is pretty cool To learn a bit from each other also see different techniques And yeah, it’s gonna be cool So also the level 4 big difference is that the people on level 1, 2 and 3 are getting trained eventually with other people, with other skippers, but on level 4 we are starting to train with our own crew and next week we’ll start training on our own boat So that’s pretty exciting And today is prep day. So we’re doing like a complete safety check of the boat and the crew only arrives tomorrow. And here’s the other first mate of the boat, French guy What’s up? Hey you, king of splicing, What are you doing ? Doing some stropes for the emergency tiller Alright, so we did the safety check this morning Josh just hit the wall and now we’re going to shopping For 18 people for a week, it’s not that bad for the race How are you doing ? He is camera shy… Do you think we have enough food to feed the kids
all week ? Don’t have the snacks yet, how many are we again? That’s a good ???? for shopping It’s like in a situation that a guy is approaching to you And I’m like “do I know him? No, Yes,…. maybe?” And you just act like you do and you’re like “welcome back” But then you’re not sure And you just hope that his name is actually on the list We are getting ready…we are the last ones, they need to leave first The Clipper race is indeed an amateur race, meaning that crew are paying to get on board, but because of the extreme conditions of the places we’ll be sailing, like the Southern Ocean or the North Pacific It’s not just buying a ticket Each and every crew has to go through 4 levels of training and validate a certain numbers of skills on each of those So, of course one month of training isn’t enough but one never has enough training and experience to go on the ocean. And knowing this, combined with lots of safety procedures and good seamanship makes the whole thing possible It’s 4:30 in the morning and We’re here in front of the Isle of Wight at anchor, we just spent the night at anchor, because this morning we’re going to do exercises with another boat like towing and pushing And we’re waiting for them And I’m on anchor watch making sure that our anchor Making sure that our anchor is not dragging because we don’t have a really good holding Nice place to be, and it’s not raining, that’s great All right, so we’re 10 minutes to the start of the first practice race practice race and looking good We did good on the first practice start and then it’s a race all the way to France and then back to Portland 170 nautical miles race And tomorrow we have another race back from Portland to here And the wind is going to pick up pretty bad so that’s gonna be interesting Doing 12kts upwind, not too bad All right now we need to make some speed, I need a little ease on the yankee So right now we have 8 knots of wind Really not going fast… But later tonight or tomorrow morning, we’ll get a force 8 coming, south easterly It’s gonna be interesting It’s gonna change a bit the pace, now it’s nice, cruising under the sun tomorrow it’s going to be a bit more fruity But these boats are built for this, so looking forward to it We missing a part in the box Okay, I’ll try to put it back and we’ll see what happens Right, good to go How is it ? Brilliant Clipper around the world is a one design race. It means that all the boats are the same They are 23 meters long, built in fiberglass, about 36 tons when dry, this including 12 tons of lead in the keel
and the mast is 29 meters high. They are really robust boats built specifically for the needs of an amateur crew going sailing around the world too low come back up, come back up, you’re 140, that’s too low, too low, come back up Nice See when the spinnaker goes like this that’s the dangerous point So shits got rather interesting, we are rigging the storm jib, gale 8 is here Really good Alright, so on top of the fun, we lost our steering cables, that’s actually how the story started So we are under emergency steering Fun days on the water The month of June just flew by. Josh and I have been on the water every week back-to-back, conducting level 4 training for our crew and to finish, we joined the Round The Island race, a famous regatta around the Isle of Wight. It was an exhausting month
but rewarding Since we got to know our crew better and play with our boat So stay posted for the last stretch of training and also preparation before we start the race on the 1st of September

70 thoughts on “Training a crew of fresh sailors for offshore racing – Ep92 – The Sailing Frenchman

  1. I think by now, you're really my favorite channel on youtube. Do you think you could show some of the Clippers interior, would really like to see how you live down there for longer periods… Good luck for the start of the race!

  2. Haha! I wondered how long that extreme moustache would last! 17 knots! Those are powerful boats. A bit more exciting to sail than your Ecume de Mer! Four days to go!

  3. This is amazing! I found your channel a week ago and haven't stopped watching since. I've always wanted to sail, and videos like this show me how possible it is to learn. Good luck and fair winds for your race in September!

  4. Not long to go! Seriously love your videos mate… Have a feeling they are going to be the ones I most look forward to in the coming year!

  5. How did you do olin the round the island race, I understand the clippers are designed for far greater distances so would like to know how they handled in a relatively short race with other smaller boats. Also at 7:32 you refer to the "Yankee" what do you mean by that?
    Thanks.

  6. Preparation is half of the journey , know all to well, it reminds me if my first ocean race with the Flyer.

  7. Do participant really have "zero sailing experience"? I find it hard to believe – like with climbing – say for Mont Blanc there are usually members of the group with different level of exp, but most people still have years of climbing experience before attempting it, and for Monte Rosa and Matterhorn its even higher – thou not everyday climbers, people still need to build confidence before atempting a higher difficulty level mountain. I believe same goes here: even if you pay for the race you would measure personal exp level of sailing skills against difficulties of around-the-world sailing. Correct?

  8. Baby face ! You have an amazing attitude- I really give you so much credit for being part of this . Your shining! Great video cant wait to see more!

  9. NOOOOOOO! not the Mo Deduct 50 points from IQ. BTW, seeing someone prepare for a big race like this is super cool, thanks for sharing.

  10. Un petit commentaire en français !!
    Ça fait un moment que je te suis, petit marin que je suis, et tes aventures me font rêver.
    Je me demandais juste si tu pourrais expliquer le processus pour rejoindre cette régate, et les niveaux attendus en tant que second et équipier ? (J'aimerai tant la faire !!)
    Bon vent à toi !
    Et bonne régate 🙂

  11. …. Je sortais du Pub et longeais les quais, histoire de prendre l'air et de me dégriser de ce trop plein dialcool…. J"admirais les voiliers dont les drisses cognaient contre les mâts dans un solo de percussions désordonné sous les bourrasques du noroit… Je rêvais une fois de plus prendre la mer aux premières lueurs du jour, à laisser les échoués à leurs smartphones et le destin décider de mon sort.. Je rêvais, comme depuis toujours, être cet autre, ce courageux marin que les tempêtes effraient bien moins que le tumulte d'une société surbookée à tourner en rond….

    … Alors que je levais la tête jusqu'au sommet d'un immense mât carbone cintré sous ses haubans, une voix m'interpella: "Ah ben, tu n'aimes pas que les Mojitos toi, t'aimes bien les bateaux aussi, à ce que je vois!…."
    Merde alors! C'était ce type, celui qui m'avait bousculé au Pub, payé un verre pour s'excuser et raconté sa vie "de rêve".
    Ce type, celui là même dont j'avais fini par penser qu'il n'était qu'un énième Mythomane qui rentrerait bientôt cuver son ivresse avant de s'inventer une nouvelle vie….;
    Sur le pont d'un 70 pieds "taillé" pour la course, il lovait une écoute immense d'un geste aussi assuré que le mien qui ne trouvais rien de mieux que de me rouler une énième clope dans l'espoir de me donner une contenance….
    "Ouais, j'aime bien!", répondis je, "Ca fait rêver les bateaux quoi!…."

    Le type m'expliqua qu'ils avaient une régate "d'entrainement" demain, qu'ils allaient traverser la Manche "aller/ retour", histoire de "se faire la main" avant le grand départ…
    "Cool!", répondis je… " Bon vent alors!"
    Ouais merci!", répondit l'autre d'un large sourire, "… On ne devrait pas en manquer!..;"
    ……

    … Je regagnai ma chambre d'hôtel, en ouvrît la modeste fenêtre et m'en fuma une dernière avant de m'abandonner définitivement aux bras de Morphée..
    " Mytho toi même!", pensai je, avant de sombrer sous le pesant sommeil de l'ivresse….

    Bonne bourre le marin!

  12. Very grateful that you are taking the time to vlog this, fascinating. Will be following closely on the tracker. Good luck on Sunday

  13. Fun episode Hugo! A tad different from Caribbean cruising huh? I did the Round the Island race years ago…what a blast! Hope you will be able to provide video during the race, will be following. Merci, a bientot! Andrew

  14. man, you're pumping out those vids over the last few weeks – very nice, really enjoying them, keep it up dude

  15. Toujours cool, précis, bonne compagnie, confiant et pro. Un régal de te suivre. Merci de nous emmener avec toi. Tes vidéos me mettent en mode "sourire béat".

  16. Your going to have some great adventures in that boat, they are so powerful. Huge loads on all the kit, all the time. For many of the crew it will be life affirming while others will jump ship. Sail fast and safe.

  17. Great video, great to get a behind the scenes look. What are the requirements for aqp/1st mate? What would you say are the average, most and least qualification(miles/certificates) of all the 1st mates?

  18. Hugo, I wish you and all the crew a safe journey. It’s been fantastic watching all your videos to date. You’ve inspired me to start sailing lessons.

  19. Did I understand this right. You (first mate) and skipper is the only one who get paid for being on the boat, are the rest paying for being there?

  20. While you were going 12-17 knotts sailing on the ocean, was getting a co!onoscopy . I think you had more fun ! Ioi!

  21. Wow,, that was quick. I saw an episode where you said you wanted to race, you applied, and your there, just like that. This will be cool.

  22. Brilliant video thanks so much for give us an insight into the clipper race, something most of us could not afford to do.

  23. Was your "emergency steering" steering with just the sail or did you have a way to use a rudder? In your practice race were you able to finish? It sounds like on Level 4 you are given the oldest boats/equipment to use.

  24. Dude, un gros merde pour la course qui débute bientot! Have fun and be safe. Prend soins de toi. From another french guy in Quebec! Cheers

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