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Bex SIms Firefighter Clipper Race training

After a brief stint at the helm of a sailing dinghy whilst at school, Bex Sims is finally fulfilling one of her bucket list adventures.  She’s a firefighter at Highfields Fire Station in Nottinghamshire which has specialist technical rescue capability and has been selected to compete on leg 6 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – crossing the mighty Northern Pacific.  You may have seen an introduction to Bex in a previous blog.

Her place came about due to a charity watch project we’re running nationally with firefighters that’s endorsed by the FBU.  Our good friends at the Clipper Ra...

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Elliot Brown Kimmeridge ladies watch

Elliot Brown admires people who take on adventure. Perhaps we see a bit of ourselves in their intrepid spirit as we have been on some epic journeys, none less than the one we started when we founded the business! As a part of our brand DNA we seek out that intriguing gene that makes people do amazing things and help in the best way we can with what we have.

We test our watches rigorously, you know this, but when we get a chance to get testers that can test our timepieces in the real world, we’re humbled when they give us a shot at providing something for them to use for their amazing adven...

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Pip O’Sullivan our ambassador aboard GREAT Britian in the Clipper Race gives us a taste of Leg 1.

Liverpool to Punta Del Este, Uruguay, the longest ever leg of the Clipper Race at 6300nM, 33 days, racing 24 hours every day.

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As well as sailing the yacht, Pip’s other duty is that of Victualler meaning that before every leg and in every port, she has to plan each meal, anticipate the length of each leg and buy every morsel of food and drink to fuel her crew aboard GREAT Britain
 as they race around the globe.
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Pip leg 1 Great Britian

When I was selected as an Elliot Brown ambassador on the Clipper Race, I was very ...

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James Macfee leg 1

Leg 1 - Liverpool, UK to Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Distance: 6,300 nautical miles (officially, many more in reality) Number of souls on board: 24
Number of days at sea: 33
Finish position: 8th

We have arrived in Punta and what a good feeling that is. This first leg has lived up to all my expectations and more but it has also shed all apprehension about the length of the race as a whole. After 33 days and in reality many more miles than the official leg length of 6,300nM I was not as excited to get off the boat as I expected to be. In fact I could have easily just had a shower, a nap and head...

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Today the Clipper Race gets underway once more on Leg 2.
3560nM from Punta Del Este in Uruguay to Cape Town South Africa.


Lively weather systems and lumpy seas will make this leg a bumpy ride with life at 45% being the norm.
The crews work split shifts 24 hours a day, often in what becomes an intense match race with little rest, no dryers, no heating and no showers yet speak to any of the crew and their eyes light up because there's something incredibly attractive about stripping back to life's essentials and being part of an amateur team faced with one of the toughest challenges.  As our am...

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