A Halifax osteopath fulfilled her dream to sail around the coast of Australia in an amateur sailing race.
Amy Dickinson, 24, took a six week career break from Halifax Osteopath Pain and Injury Clinic to pursue a dream to take part in the Clipper round the world boating race.
Amy took part in three Australian legs of the world race: Albany - Sydney (2nd); Rolex Sydney - Hobart (4th in class); Hobart - Brisbane (3rd).
Along with a team of 20 keen sailors from around the world, Amy raced in a 70-foot racing yacht for a total of 23 days.
“We lived in a confined space and slept in shifts - half slept while the other half worked on deck - changing sails, helming and steering, changing ropes, or completing cooking duties for the day.
“All tasks required team-work so we all really relied on each other. I learnt intense co-operation skills.”
Amy was away from home throughout the festive period.She spent Christmas day with new crew friends in a rainy Sydney.
“At sea, it was tough conditions - in bed I had to hold onto a hand-rail to stay in bed as the boat was permanently titled. I suffered with sickness for the first few days of each race.
“My favourite part of the experience was being on deck and working with the sails.
“After going without seeing land for days on end - it was emotional when we did. It was amazing to experience the different weather conditions.”
Whilst at sea, Amy and the crew saw albatross, dolphins and even a shark.
“I made sure my harness was clipped to the boat when we saw the shark,” said Amy.
“It was wonderful to have the opportunity to be part of such an exciting and exhilarating adventure.”
Amy, who grew up by the sea in Lytham St Annes has been interested in sailing since she was a little girl.