It's been a while but I'm back with the crews at the Derry stopover, and what a fabulous couple of days it's been. I've working for Clipper talking to people about the race and encouraging potential sign ups. So what a job, being paid to talk about Clipper!
Derry has been very welcoming, in fact I shared a taxi from the airport with 2 random strangers from the airport to my hostel!
Meeting up with the guys had been lovely. I have really missed them, however I haven't missed sleeping and working at 45 degrees! They are nearly there now and feeling tired but I know they are determined to do their best to get us all to that podium position in London.
Although working most of the time I did manage to fit in a walking tour of the City which covered the walled city and it's ancient history as well as the more recent turbulent history of Derry. Absolutely fascinating to think this was happening while I was serving and to find out about all those familiar names from the news reports - Bogside, Bloody Sunday etc. and to see the murals. The history of Derry has been sad and violent for a very long time but now at last seems to be entering an era of meaningful peace at last.
I did manage to fit in some lovely local food as well as a proper, proper Irish bar! (Think P.S I love you!)
Last night was the culmination of the Foyle maritime festival. The boats took part in a parade of sail and a beautiful pirate ship enacted out a local legend along the river. The grand finale was a spectacular fireworks display which did the City and Clipper proud. A magical end to a great day.
So today is race start to for the guys so I'm off to meet them for breakfast and then gear up for the big send off this afternoon. Happy times x