A total of 16 candidates from around the UK were selected to attend the Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials from the ninth to 14th September. Tested to the limit over 52-hours of grueling mental and physical activities, each candidate rose to the challenge, some were overwhelmed but they all shared one thing in common at the end – complete exhaustion, combined with relief and elation at having made it to the finish; not to dissimilar from the emotions solo circumnavigators experience when they cross the finish line!
Group one candidates Emma Pearson and Luke Dampier race double-handed
'The 2012 Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials have actually been even tougher than last year’s edition. Candidates are tested to their limits, we've made them very tired, physically and mentally exhausted. The Selection Trials really do give candidates an insight into what it's like out there, sailing on your own. In solo sailing you have to be a jack-of-all-trades and try to master as many of those trades as you can, and this is what we have tried to explain whilst assessing whether the candidates display potential,' reported Dee Caffari who joined the interview panel led by Academy Performance Director, John Thorn.
The next Development Squad, to follow in the footsteps of past successful candidates like Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry, will be announced in the coming weeks. Read the full article online here.