- How much is this going to cost?
- What is your experience sailing
- What other things do you do that deal with the sea?
- Can I have your autograph?
A lot, unfortunately. While I plan on kicking in as much as I possibly can, I can't pay for the entire thing. Just to participate in the race itself this year is about $80,000.00 (Canadian). I'm sure it will be more expensive two years from now. Assuming 900 days before then, that amounts to needing to raise an averable of about $100.00 per day just to enter.
But that's just the race itself. There is also training, practice, gear, physical training, travel, not to mention health arrangements, lodgings. It adds up.
I started sailing around the age of 12 on a Hobie 12 catamaran in the Great South Bay of Long Island, NY. My father used to take my brother and I out on rented sailboats for day sails and I caught the bug. Eventually I got my own boat (a "Fireball") that I used to sail around the same Great South Bay single-handedly. Over the years I've sailed a number of boats as well as acted as crew and mate for dinner cruises in Newport Harbour, California.
Since then I've achieved my ASA sailing instructor rating and am working on even more advanced sailing certifications such as my Yachtmaster Offshore rating at the end of April 2019.
I'm a certified SCUBA instructor, having started diving in my teen years and kept it up with thousands of dives in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Fiji, Mexico, and Hawaii. Although it doesn't count as sea experience, I'm also an instrument-rated pilot having volunteered with AngelFlight and the U.S. Civil Air Patrol.
You must be joking. Mine? Ummm.. sure.
(Actually, noone has ever asked for my autograph yet, but I have hopes!