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Sailing right around Britain: crew profile

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crew bio kate whyatt

Name: Kate Whyatt

Age: 65

Profession: Retired

Hometown: Fleet, Hampshire

Leg/s booked: All 7 legs of the Great British Sailing Tour

Solo or with other people: Solo.

Sailing experience:

I dinghy sail and have a GP14 and race on a weekly basis. I’d done a bit of sailing in The Solent and the Mediterranean before I sailed round the world in 2015/16 on a Clipper 70. It took 11 months, so it was a marathon rather than a sprint. At the time it was really hard and we encountered a horrendous storm in the Bay of Biscay in the first week. but I did it! Crossing the Pacific there were four weeks of living at an angle of 45 degrees. Trying to live below, cook and get dressed with the boat just slamming into the waves the whole time was tough, but so worth it. I learned quite quickly that you have to trust the boat. On the flip side, I enjoyed Australia as I have family and friends there, and the Sydney-Hobart race was really exciting. Vietnam and China were amazing, but my favourite city was Seattle.

Have you sailed with Rubicon3 before?

I went to the Lofoten Islands in Norway in June this year [2020]. I was really impressed and had such a positive experience that I jumped at the chance to go round Britain with them. I would highly recommend it to anyone, even if you have very little sailing experience. You will learn so much. You need all levels to sail. You can’t have a boat full of skippers!

Why did you book?

Ever since I sailed around the world, I wanted to go around Britain and even had a failed attempt. The Rubicon3 Great British Sailing Tour sounds like a mini version of round the world, which I love. Now I’m retired, I had planned to go around the USA for six months, but because of Covid-19, I can’t do that, so this is a great alternative. Covid has brought circumnavigating Britain to the top of my bucket list.

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m keen to see lots of little places as we go. I’m especially looking forward to sailing around the Western Isles – out of Glasgow, Stornoway and The Orkneys. The last leg coming up from Bristol to Glasgow, through the Irish Sea will be awesome too.