23rd January 11.30 am. '"The realization of a dream' Sailing around the world’" : Paul Covell
Go behind the scenes and discover what really happens when you sign up for a round-the-world yacht race. Will you be fit enough? How do you cope with 10 months away? Who’s going to fund it? Why it took four years to prepare for the experience of a lifetime: and it began with an offer of a berth on a 72-foot racing yacht. Plus discover what happened when two yachts suffered a severe collision in Wellington Harbour, New Zealand.
In July 2000 Paul took early retirement as Marketing Director of Sun Chemical Limited an International Printing Ink Company. In September that year he was a crew member aboard "Quadstone" one of twelve identical 72 foot yachts which took part in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race, otherwise known as the worlds toughest yacht race. At 61 Paul was the oldest competitor in the whole fleet. Between 2009 and 2011 Paul studied Maritime History at the GMI in Greenwich and achieved an MA with merit, and graduating in 2012.
11.30 am The Cutty Sark Pub just five minutes east of the Naval College,
4-6 Ballast Quay
£12 for the lecture or £10 for London Historians and past attendees plus the cost of the light lunch / bar snacks afterwards
Numbers are strictly limited so please book early.