I had a one-off to challenge myself to something bigger than a marathon or the Three Peaks Challenge! Scary as it is, I signed up to sail across the Atlantic in the largest ocean race in the world – The ARC.On 25 November 2013, we set off to sail the circa 2,800 Nautical Miles on a 72ft yacht called Challenger 3, handling whatever conditions come our way. I was one of a crew of 10 novices, but thankfully our skipper is fully qualified. Our first training session, and the first time we met each other, was on 8 November. I’m not a complete novice to the water. I’ve been around boats for most of my life, but I’ve never been out of site of land for more than eight hours at a stretch. It was both exciting and frightening!