Meet Florin, our Head of IT. Florin has been with our Intouch Games family for 8 years. He is responsible for all our live systems and development structures.
We caught up with him to find out all about his recent adventure taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race. It is one of the biggest challenges and a huge test of endurance! Florin took part in Leg 6 of the race ‘The Mighty Pacific Leg’, which entailed sailing from the Subic Bay in the Philippines to Seattle in the USA – a whopping 7579 nautical miles!
What made you take part in the challenge?
Like many, we were all thinking ‘why would you do this?!’ To which Florin chuckled and replied ‘I did it for myself, I like to sail, and most of the time, I like a challenge!
I wanted to see where my limits are and be able to cross them!’
Florin first started his adventure by reading! He had read about the Clipper Race and found himself added to their mailing list. He shared that the turning point was when they sent him some printed copy in the post (way to go for traditional marketing). Reading about the race on paper somehow made it more real. As the saying goes, the rest was history.
What was the best part of this experience?
‘There were many amazing parts of this experience! To see a rainbow during the night, to see a whale, make some snowballs, repair the ship at a 10-25 degree angle with lots of waves and water coming up to your knees! Cooking pancakes during a storm, surfing a 10-15 meter wave with ‘the bus’ (the ship is 24m long!), getting a personal top speed which was 18.9 knots, but the best part was that we won the contest and I was helming when we crossed the finish line!’
What was the most challenging part of the experience?
‘The most challenging part of the adventure was only being able to sleep 3-5 hours, depending on my shift, to live with little food but to have the strength to change and raise the sail in record time, whilst dressed in 7 layers of clothes!’
Florin initially attended a training camp, and whilst effective in its learning, it was far from the real thing as he went on to share ‘privacy became a myth, but it also meant we grew very close as a group. I have made some lifelong friends on this trip. We were all experiencing the same harsh conditions and getting through them together. These are memories we will hold forever.’
How long were you away for?
37 days, 7579 nautical miles (or 14036 km) only propelled by the wind (motors are forbidden due to racing regulations). Leg 6 was the longest leg of the whole race. 37 days seeing no land and seeing all seasons, from summer near the Philippines, to winter when we headed towards the North Pole and Seattle!
Having completed one adventure. Florin is already planning for the next, with plans to sail through the Atlantic Ocean.
Thank you to Florin for taking the time to share his adventure with us!