The gym for many, myself included, can be an intimidating, narcissistic and overtly sexual hellhole. It's not exactly the kind of environment that encourages women to want to keep fit, but another area of society where women are left feeling demoralised and in competition with one another over their looks.
What I've began to realise over the last few weeks is the bigger picture. If I'd been in that crowd as teenage girl aspiring to work in the game...would it put me off? Quite possibly. Would I want my eight year old girl to witness it and believe that it was acceptable for her to be verbally abused due to the fact that she was a women? Absolutely not.
There was no better day for me to start the Volvo Ocean Race. After three legs of watching my team mates race from the shore, I've been itching for my turn to join them on the Volvo 65 - though after going through everything with Corinna (my fellow Onboard Reporter), it was sad to wave goodbye as we left Sanya...
Sailing to the Eastern world has been a bit surreal. When you're out there, offshore, you're in a bubble--you know you're moving and racing to some place new, but it's not like traveling on an aeroplane. Travel by air takes hours, not weeks, so when you arrive in a new place it's generally not as over whelming.