An adrenaline junkie, Della has completed marathons, 100km walks and skydives, and is currently into walking, cycling and photographing nature along the way.
Della was a circumnavigator on Hull and Humber in the 09-10 Clipper Race and then returned for numerous legs of the 11-12 race as a videographer/producer with then Clipper Race documentary makers, North One. She now works for Clipper helping to inspire other people to take on the challenge of a life time!
The race was the challenge of a lifetime for Della, and there were times during training and the event that she didn’t think it was possible. During this podcast we learn more about Della, what drives her and why she wanted to take on this challenge!
“The race was a hugely challenging, positive and inspiring experience for me. It was a huge learning curve and it did change my life”
Who is Della?
Why she wants to live an adventurous life
Being happiest in nature and having a love of the water
What is was like for her growing up
Adventurous jobs and leaving home at 18!
How she got into sailing!
Wanting to make a change - but not being brave enough
Having no money…
Starting her training and not knowing what to expect
Getting out of her rut and what she has leant
Achieving all of her goals
Having a career break - Doing Camp America & doing a ski season!
Following her gut instinct and knowing she wanted to sail around the world
Making the decision and getting to the start line
Using your friends and working with other women to make it happen - make sure you do ask for help
9 months to get ready for the first stage of the race
Working with local school so children could follow the race
Going in with an open mind and her first day stepping onto the boat
When reality struck… and getting to meet new people on each leg of the trip
The days that stand out! The good and the bad!
Dealing with challenges while out on the sea…
Reflecting back on what she learnt from the experience
Having more confidence in her own abilities
Working for the Clipper Yacht Race!
Social Media Links
Learn more about Della
Twitter - @MissDellarella
Clipper Yacht Race
Clipper Yacht Race Website
Twitter - @ClipperRace
Facebook - @clipperroundtheworld
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