Please select your home edition
Clipper Ventures
JOIN THE RACE JOIN THE 2017-18 RACE MAGAZINE DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR RACE MAGAZINE Check out the latest photo galleries from the Clipper 2015-16 Race

Clipper Race Ambassador - who will I become after this race?

by Marina Johnson 31 Oct 2017 08:28 GMT 31 October 2017
Charlie Garratt, the Ocean Safety ambassador and roving reporter, on board Dare to Lead in the Clipper Round the World Race © onEdition

Charlie Garratt knows all about the importance of staying safe on an ocean going yacht. Charlie, who is the Clipper Race Ambassador to 3Si Group company Ocean Safety is already two legs into the voyage of a lifetime since she set off on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in August. The adventure will be changing her life and the lives of all the crews on the twelve 70-foot yachts, as they meet the challenges of the 40,000 miles many of which still lie ahead of them.

Charlie reports into Ocean Safety's Southampton headquarters every week to keep them up to date with life on board her yacht Dare to Lead, skippered by Dale Smyth. As well as her observations and vital feedback about the equipment that Ocean Safety has supplied she writes truly absorbing anecdotes about life on board. You can see the latest blog, as she approaches Cape Town, here. If you want to receive every blog as she publishes it, contact us. Charlie is an evocative writer as she brings alive the experience of the race and unfolds the story before our eyes.

Central to the inventory on all the yachts are the liferafts and lifejackets, which, for the first time, are integrated with personal AIS beacons as the Clipper Race, in partnership with Ocean Safety, continue to develop their safety standards in tandem with technology. For the third edition in a row Ocean Safety is an Official Supplier to the race, providing items including flares, tether lines, traditional horseshoes, and danbuoys for recovering crew from the water.

Charlie is no newcomer to maritime life. A Coastguard employee, she has vital experience in search and rescue, and is particularly knowledgeable about long range rescues involving EPIRBS and other 406mhz beacons. However, just thirteen years ago Charlie was a sailing novice but embarked on a trainee course to become a volunteer with the Rona Sailing project. "My sailing has just gone from strength to strength from there," explains Charlie. "I have now sold my house to do the Clipper Race, and moved in with my parents. Recently I've just been sailing like crazy."

Before she started out on the race Charlie had said "I'm just going to see how I cope. I want to see how I emerge from it and who I become after the race."

You can follow Charlie's weekly blogs including the current report via Ocean Safety's website and Facebook.

Related Articles

Clipper Race Founder celebrates 50 years voyage
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston bid farewell to his parents and the comforts of land At 13:45 on June 14, 1968, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston bid farewell to his parents and the comforts of land, not knowing when he would see either again. As has been well told over the years Posted on 14 Jun
Clipper Race confirms sprint finish finale
50 day countdown to the line in Liverpool In just 50 days' time, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will be reaching a thrilling climax as the fleet sprints up the River Mersey in a spectacular crowd facing finale outside the historic Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, UK, on 28 July. Posted on 7 Jun
Historic draw declared in Clipper Race
Dead heat declared for the first time in Clipper Race history A dead heat has been declared for the first time in Clipper Race history, with both Great Britain and Nasdaq to share eighth place in Race 4: The ClipperTelemed+ Tasman Test. Posted on 17 Dec 2017
Clipper Ventures supporting Invictus Games Sydney
Clipper Ventures is working with Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Clipper Ventures, the organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, is proud to announce it is working with Invictus Games Sydney 2018 for the 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, starting on Boxing Day in Sydney. Posted on 5 Dec 2017
Clipper Race CV24 salvage operation
Vessel to take no further action in the Clipper 2017-18 Race At the time of the incident on 31 October 2017, all crew were quickly and safely evacuated from the yacht by local rescue services, the NSRI, with no injuries reported. Posted on 29 Nov 2017
Clipper Race invites expressions of interest
From Host Ports to 2022 The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the biggest and toughest ocean endurance challenge to circle the planet, has today invited expressions of interest from Host Ports in the next two editions of this unique biennial event through to 2022. Posted on 8 Nov 2017
Clipper Race Yacht partially under water
Evacuated CV24 on the rocks near Cape Town Following careful analysis of the situation and state of the Clipper Race Yacht CV24 the Clipper Race office has confirmed that the vessel is partially underwater after running aground on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Posted on 1 Nov 2017
Clipper 2017-18 Race departs South Africa
For tough Southern Ocean sleigh ride to Fremantle The third stage of the Clipper 2017-18 Race, officially known as Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race, got underway today from Cape Town for its highly anticipated 4,754nm Southern Ocean sleigh ride towards Fremantle, Australia. Posted on 31 Oct 2017
Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival
Just 75 days to go The countdown is on to one of the biggest parties the Whitsundays has ever seen, with just 75 days until the Clipper Race Fleet sails into town and the Clipper Race Carnival begins. Posted on 30 Oct 2017