Bill Backhouse (53), of Waddington, is currently undertaking the biggest challenge of his life aboard the boat The Singapore, as he takes part in the Clipper 2011-12 round the world yacht race.
This week, we catch up with Bill as he meets the boat coming into port from leg three, in Geraldton on the western coast of Australia, and preparations begin for the next leg of the race and Bill’s own personal adventure:
He wrote: “Last evening, she came into Geraldton, a little bloodied, but not bowed. A few of us were lucky to cadge a ride on a fast RIB to escort her into port.
“Although this leg was Singapore’s worst result of the race so far, we’ve resolved to put that aside and swiftly move back up the fleet.
“Today we got stuck into essential maintenance and deep cleaning jobs, so I now feel a real part of my yacht. More graft tomorrow and Saturday before the ‘off’ on Sunday, at 1-30 p.m. local time (5-30 a.m. GMT). The passion to do well is tangible and a great feeling is building amongst the crew.”
Reporting a couple of days later, Bill continued: “It’s a chaotic scene dockside as 10 yachts are readied for sea and another 3,000+ nautical miles of trans-ocean racing to New Zealand. In the last 48 hours, we’ve stripped winches, fitted water pumps, run lines and provisioned for 24 days, amongst various other tasks.
“We’re a little depleted with only 14 crew as five have dropped out with various injuries. So, here we go then. Very excited and pretty nervous to boot. The game’s afoot...”
l The Singapore is currently lying in fifth place out of the 10 yachts competing in the race.
l You can also follow Bill’s progress and get daily race updates at: www.clipperroundtheworld.com.
l To donate to Bill’s fundraising effort, visit: www.justgiving.com/Bill-Backhouse