Let me share some of the excitement of the Prize Giving reception. I've gleaned some photos from the Clipper Race website and Facebook to share with you, as well as some of my own...
The prize giving reception had the stunning skyline of NYC as a backdrop. What an event -We were on the podium 3 times!!!
We came in 2nd for Race 10, the first race of Leg 7, Seattle to Panama. It as the first time this boat has seen the podium.
We won the photo contest sponsored by PSP Logistics that illustrates the operational challenges of the Panama Canal. Of course, the photo was taken by Han, who has won several other photo/media contests on behalf of our boat already. "Hey - I'm Asian - I always am snapping pictures!", he said. The team appreciates the extra funds contributed to the crew fund as a result. More trail mix snacks and chocolate to be purshaced, I expect!
Then we were given the Spirit Award since we came from behind in that race after nearly an 8-hour delayed start, and only very narrowly lost first place to top boat LMAX, only to be "unstoppable" in the next race to NYC.
Finally, we got the trophy for 1st place in Race 11, the second and final race of Leg 7.
Then we got to touch the trophy!
And what a trophy it is!
There's Kat! Watch for her and her boyfriend on another Clipper Race boat to be featured on an upcoming documentry.
Next up... What I learned on my epic ocean sailboat racing adventure...