Coming out of the closet

No more beating about the bush – all the ‘filler’ races to date are fore-play.  Anyone that has been friends with me since 1996 knows my primary objective is to ‘improve’ my co-skipper and mentor – Jon Sanders’ triple nonstop circumnavigation ‘World Distance Record’.

After sailing countless thousand miles and races together – my ‘signature voyage’ when I sail 4 X nonstop solo around the world isn’t nearly as far as the 100,000-nautical miles during the record voyage to come!

Tsunami debris field approaching Hawaii

It’s taken awhile to traverse the ‘pond’ with the North Pacific current but the wreckage and flotsam from the tragic Japanese disaster is nearing Hawaii and the US West Coast…

“NOAA and its partners are also coordinating an interagency assessment and response plan to address the wide-range of potential scenarios and threats posed by the debris.

“We’re preparing for the best and worst case scenarios — and everything in between,” says Nancy Wallace, director for NOAA’s Marine Debris Program.

As the tsunami surge receded, it washed much of what was in the coastal inundation zone into the ocean. Boats, pieces of smashed buildings, appliances, and plastic, metal, and rubber objects of all shapes and sizes washed into the water — either sinking near the shore or floating out to sea. The refuse formed large debris fields captured by satellite imagery and aerial photos of the coastal waters.

The Japanese government estimated that the tsunami generated 25 million tons of rubble, but there is no clear understanding of exactly how much debris was swept into the water nor what remained afloat…”

-NOAA

If I do any yacht deliveries this summer it will make for some tension on what is my ‘normal’ yacht delivery route ~ I’ve crossed the pond 30-times +, three this last summer alone.  Not bragging, just that the math dictates if you do something enough times the chances of ‘things that go bump in the night‘…increase to the point of almost a 100% guarantee…

More on the approaching fields of trash below:

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/features/dec11/japan-tsunami-debris.html

Return to France?

2012 could be another ‘Menage-a-trois’ of great races after last year’s big three (Cape Rio in January, Transpac in July & Sydney Hobart in December).

This year I might end up racing the UK, FR Mini Fastnets & possibly the crewed Rolex Fastnet with Jon Sanders and possibly – another Rolex Sydney Hobart aboard my own S&S34 “ISIS 2” AKA “Gitano”.

Thus #433 might see some renewed combat on my 4th, 5th 6th Fastnets respectively!  Just need to decide on who my co-pilots /co-skippers will be!  Takers ?

After Liz Wardley’s long-term success living in France, I’m considering changing to my mom’s maiden name – ‘Bollinger’.  I have no doubt I will divide my life between France and Australia!

A few reasons why France and the Bretagne Region is the creme of the crop in state-of-the-art and offshore racing (see video below):

Liz Wardley for the Vendee Globe 2012!!!

My ’99 Sydney Hobart winning skipper of PHS Div 2 (at the time the youngest team before Jessica Watson & still the youngest skipper and team to win the Hobart race) – has just confirmed French sponsorship for a three year program to race the next 2012 Vendee Globe Race!  This diminutive girl from Paupa New Guinea and Australia deserves it if anyone does and it gives me additional hope for my future prospects!!