Dame Naomi went eastabout. Dee Caffari was first woman to sail solo rtw westabout.Speaking of trailblazers, here's one not often mentioned: Dame Naomi James, "The first woman to sail solo around the world."
(another good link about her and Ellen MacArthur https://www.independent.co.uk/news/the-forgotten-dame-who-sailed-round-the-world-1530210.html )
But it was better than him turning up to find almost everyone had packed up and gone home, surely? I think part of the "show" was an effort on the part of the organisers to demonstrate that his finish was no less important/impressive than any of the others, and part of it was the staff blowing off steam after a long period of hard work. There was a real "end of term" vibe in the race village on Friday. It's been super interesting to have been able to witness it all firsthand, and I feel really lucky to have had that opportunity.Congrats Ari. The show at the end of the press conference was a major cringe, with bad dancing and singing. After all you'd been through, had hoped for a better ending to a good edition.