How Sailing Helped Yacht Owner Eddie Jordan Prepare for Isolation
by Olivia Michel
The former F1 boss spoke to BOAT International for our new video series, At Home with BOAT. In episode three, BOAT International editor Stewart Campbell talks with Jordan about life in isolation and what he's looking forward to post-quarantine.
Currently self-isolating with his wife in their Cape Town home, Jordan said that isolation was "quite reminiscent of going around the world - that was 13-14 months hardly getting off the boat at all." Between stopping off at destinations including French Polynesia, the Galapagos Islands and Indonesia, Jordan explained that there were long stretches of confinement on board. “I always thought when I was getting on the boat at Southampton in 2012, ‘my God I'm going to be bored to death, what am earth am I going to do?’ [...] but the time just flew by", said Jordan.
For now, Jordan is planning to fill his time with “a bit of writing” and “for that little moment of fantasy and getting away from it all” plans to “dive into BOAT International”.
Jordan also talked at length about how impressed he was by the amazing efforts of National Health Service (NHS) staff in the UK. “I feel so sorry for the people who are affected and I feel sorry for the NHS and all the people who are really the unsung heroes”, he said.
With regards to sailing, Jordan said: “It’s going to be a difficult charter season, that’s for sure”, but nonetheless hopes to be back on the water by August, returning to his favourite summertime destinations of Greece and Turkey.
Jordan also added that he was excited about taking in part in the 2020 Perini Navi Cup this September. Last year, his team were beaten by Maltese Falcon, which he called "the most magnificent boat that Perini has ever made". However, following the recent refit of Blush, Jordan is feeling optimistic. “Maybe we might be able to have a better shot at [winning] it” this year.
For now though, his freshly refitted sailing yacht is awaiting her next adventure in the South of France - “the natural home for all the Jordan family boats."
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