Congratulations to Shana Bagley, OCSC Alum, on her selection to race aboard California for the 09-10 Clipper Round the World Race. Keep an eye on the Clipper website for crew biographies coming soon. Shana has been kind enough to keep us in the loop on all the Clipper news including putting on an event at the club last fall. We’ll keep you posted with more from Shana and the Clipper Round the World Race.
California team announced for Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
31 May 2009
The team who will be racing onboard California in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race has been announced during a special crew allocation event at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard in the UK.
On Saturday 30 May, more than 300 Clipper crew members from around the world descended upon England ’s south coast, eager to find out which of the ten internationally sponsored 68-foot yachts they would be racing onboard and who their skipper would be in the Clipper 09-10 Race. The only event of its kind for non-professional sailors, the crew come from all walks of life, representing 33 nationalities and 225 professions ranging from train drivers to lawyers, vets to housewives. Amongst them were those bestowed with the honour of representing California, the entry endorsed by Governor Schwarzenegger, in the gruelling 35,000-mile race around the world.
Pete Rollason, the professional skipper of the Golden State ’s entry, took to the stage of the Action Stations museum to read out a list of his 41-strong crew. Amongst them were 11 Americans, including seven from California , who join crew from the UK , Germany , Australia , Thailand and Singapore .
The Crew Allocation event is much-anticipated among those who have signed up to take part in this race around the globe. This is where the reality of their participation in the race truly begins to kick in; with a skipper in place, team strategies start to take shape, roles are assigned to the crew and, with exactly 105 days to go until the race start, the countdown is on.
Newly appointed California crew member, Shana Bagley from Walnut Creek , was overjoyed at being selected for her local team. “I’m really excited to have been chosen!” the 39-year Deputy Attorney General exclaimed. “I think I felt initially that any boat would be a good boat. However, when it came down to the announcement I didn’t realise how much I wanted to be on California until it came to the moment when the skipper started to read out the names.
“It’s been fantastic to be able to come here today to meet my fellow Clipper crew members. Everyone has been fantastic and many have travelled form all over the world to be here. We are all different but we’re all here for a common goal and I’ve really enjoyed this opportunity to get to know my team mates.”
The race is contested by ten identical stripped down 68-foot racing yachts, each sponsored by a city, region or country. Already confirmed for Clipper 09-10 are Hull & Humber, representing the host port for this edition of the race, Uniquely Singapore, Qingdao , Cork , Cape Breton Island and California . The remaining four yachts will be named in the coming weeks ahead of the race start from the Humber on 13 September 2009.
The Clipper Race was founded by sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, and this will be the seventh time his teams of amateur sailors will circumnavigate the planet, taking the number of people who have taken part to more than 2,000.
Addressing the massed crews Sir Robin said, “You have chosen to do something special with your lives, and that makes you far more interesting. You’ll come back with some wonderful, life-long memories which you have created.
“When you come back, I want to hear you say, ‘That’s the best thing I have done with my life!’ I’ll know we’ve succeeded in changing your lives when I hear you add, ‘So far’.
“We have one life on this earth as far as I know. I am absolutely delighted that you are going to find that this experience is going to help you paint that life of yours in bright colours. Good luck.”