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My name is Pip O’Sullivan and I am a 28 year old who comes from Hampshire and lives in good old South London. I have asked my friends to come up with a few words that describe me best…drum roll please…a right laugh, driven, loyal and ambitious – apparently they could go on!

Over a year ago I set my life on a different path by signing up for the Clipper Race. I decided that the time had come to do something completely crazy, and push myself like I never have before.

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…” 
– Matilda

I'm not mad! (Honest)

There has always been something in the back of my mind that has told me that what I have been doing wasn’t quite enough for me. So, I took some inspiration from the Clipper tube posters and thoughts of sailing around the world gradually took over. In the space of a few months I went from having never sailed before to being a signed up Clipper ‘Round the Worlder’. My background is in marketing and I have had some great jobs working for various clients. But now is the time to change all that and embrace something completely different. Bring it on!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-Mark Twain

My day-to-day

So, a little bit more about me. My life revolves around my family and friends – there is nothing I like more than spending time with the people I love the most. I am obsessed with hockey – whether it’s playing it, helping to run my local club or being passionate about Team GB! I love cooking – trying out new recipes often turns into a rather hilarious episode of ready steady cook – why does nothing ever look like the pictures?! Things I dislike are the Northern line, cauliflower and the rain (I better get used to that in the Pacific). My day to day life until the race is going to be focussed on getting ready. I need to get fit – being a couch potato is not going to get me around the world. I need to brush up on my sailing skills and I need to get prepared by buying kit, reading about sail trim or writing my blog.

“To be a truly great player you have to have passion, commitment and self belief”. – Danny Kerry, Team GB Women’s hockey coach

Let thechallenge begin!