Chasing the Albatross

My adventure in search of a bird by David Lawson



0 Update Monday 19th February

  • by David Lawson
  • 19-02-2018

Well two things are certain today……it is definitely my brother Tim’s birthday and my future grand-daughter is still ‘sleeping in’ and definitely won’t be joining the family just yet! My odds are on a Wednesday birth….’Wednesday’s child has far to go’. Could be a little sailor girl hiding in there yet!! Here’s hoping….

Today Qingdao slipped out of stealth mode and…….ooooh 2nd! So that leaves PSP in 1st place. This is going to be nail biting. As I write the ‘Mighty PSP’ are 20 miles ahead of Qingdao and importantly 51 miles ahead of Sanya Serenity Coast. With this race finishing in Sanya the Sanya boat is going to be giving it everything they can. Sleep will be cancelled, the adrenaline will be flowing, caffeine will be on a drip and they will be pushing hard with their skipper Wendy Tuck strapped in to the helm and all eyes will be on the forward horizon.

With the wind due to ease off over the next 24 hours PSP will have half an eye on those coming up behind them. Unfortunately we’ve been here before but surely the Wind Gods aren’t going to deny us a first 1st??

I must admit this is stressful sitting on the sidelines and watching the little red tadpole on the race viewer and especially when you know what it will be like to be on our boat and the expectation and hope everyone will be experiencing. Come on team PSP….this is your time. Bring it home baby!

Well I’m off to say a little prayer…..well a very big one actually. Oh and to help the stress…. a glass of red wine….well a very big one actually.


Just in case you aren’t aware I’m using the story of chasing my Albatross to raise some money for my chosen charity, the National Kidney Federation. My eldest daughter and Mum to be, Rebecca, has suffered with long term kidney problems and now manages her life with only one kidney. To all those who have donated, my sincere thanks. Your donation will help to make a real difference in the fight against kidney disease: