Clipper 2017-18 Race: Sponsorship for a Study and Fundraising for Unicef
I am very lucky to have the choice to take on one of the biggest adventures of my life. I love sailing but I want to make this more than something that is just for me. I am curious about how challenges can become a catalyst for change and development. So I am racing across oceans at the same time as studying the impact of extraordinary challenges. A crew of 20 people, on a 70' yacht, racing round the world - what will we learn about ourselves and others? Can we deepen our understanding of how are we interdependent, how this can make a difference and turn this into action that counts? With your help that's what I want to do.
I am also fundraising for Unicef, because there are too many children in danger - children who need help now. They face challenges that they have not chosen and that we can work together to change.
How you can help: By sponsoring the study you will enable me to explore the impact of challenges we face using a quantitative assessment, which can describe the current development stage of crew, how this changes, how we mature and can continue developing throughout our lives. This will cost £5,000. All funds raised in excess of this amount will be given to Unicef, to help them defend and protect the rights of every child. I want to raise at least £10,000 for Unicef ... please donate generously by clicking on this page, where it says 'Donate Now'.
What I can offer in return: I will share the results of the study, with articles and presentations. My hope is that the study will have a ripple effect enabling all crew who participate to continue developing, and as this happens, that they can then support and encourage growth in others.
|What I am doing: As member of Qingdao team in the Clipper Race I am sailing more than 14,000 nautical miles on the two longest legs of the race. Firstly from Australia to China - from the tropics - crossing the Equator, then heading north and the freezing cold.
My second leg is from the west coast of America, through the Panama Canal and then continuing the race up to New York, navigating all sorts of different weather conditions, sometimes light and fluky, unpredictable squalls, trade winds and thunderstorms.
All this in a stripped down yacht, with a wonderfully, diverse team from 15 different countries, ages and backgrounds, some with little or no previous sailing experience.
From previous Clipper races there is plenty of anecdotal evidence about how perspectives change when we face the challenges of ocean racing.
I will study this and for the first time, provide a structured process, which explores and measures what changes and how this translates into sustainable learning and development for the crew and team.
|What the study is all about: Revealing what changes for us out there in the oceans - when we unpack the kitbag of self... does facing extraordinary challenges become a catalyst for change - which can enable us to take on new challenges in our lives?
In the context of increasing challenges for us all as individuals, in teams, businesses and society, new and expanded perspectives can also give us the capacity for more effective approaches to problem solving and navigating in an unpredictable world.
Before crew set off, I will interview study participants and assess their stage of development. This is an assessment of their ability to take perspectives and it will be done before and after the race.
During the race, crew will keep a diary of what we notice about ourselves and others, with questions to stimulate reflection and learning. This will provide qualitative data on what is happening to our perspectives and what we are discovering about ourselves and the team.
The results will show whether the journey of self-discovery and increasing understanding of others, is as profound and enduring, as the external journey is exciting and challenging.