7 September 2016
With the 2016 sailing calendar in full swing, we welcome the friendly face of Emily Bambridge to the team to assist with the Clipper Events sailing days and regattas this summer season. We have a packed programme for our Clipper 68s and Clipper 70 fleet which has just completed its second circumnavigation of the world’s oceans.
Emily, whose background in hospitality, has just stepped off the 2015-16 edition of the Clipper Race, having crossed 21,832 nautical miles across the globe from London to Brazil, China to the US, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and back to the UK after calling the Clipper 70 Visit Seattle her home for five months.
“I have sailed since a child and after a break in adult life it was something I wanted to get back into,” explains Emily. “On board the boat you have to be a happy person and be flexible and that’s generally the way I am although I must admit I am OCD at times! I love being in the galley on board a boat, I am very clean and tidy and I have discovered I fold everything! I have always pushed myself to do new stuff or something different and I have met some fantastic people as part of the experience.
“The highlight has been the achievement of doing something that is unusual, it’s quite easy to fall into a pattern and it’s quite nice to shake it up a bit. It still doesn’t seem real that I have crossed so many oceans.”
Emily started working in the Hospitality Industry 16 years ago, starting her career in Silver Service as a student at Portsmouth University and working at the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club. After university Emily moved back to her home county of Kent and worked for various hotels and venues, including the 5* Stoke Park Country Club and Spa Hotel.
“I love hospitality, meeting and helping people,” say Emily. “When I saw the Clipper Events Assistant job I knew I didn’t want to leave the Clipper Family just yet. I wanted to work for Clipper Events because the opportunity to work with the boats and the people combines my two passions, hospitality and sailing. In the events industry it’s all about the people and making sure they have a good time, and you will do anything to make sure they get that.”
For the past three weeks Emily has been getting to grips with this year’s Clipper Events programme, which includes weekend regattas and management training days. Emily’s role will see her in the office and on the water to ensure all clients have an equally amazing experience as she had on the Clipper Race – though hopefully with less storms and crashing waves!
There are still some yacht charters available this season on the Clipper 70s. To discover more about any of our events and how to join us out on the water, contact the Events Manager, Emma Eason.