Paula speaks inspirationally about living life to the full, sailing around the world and skiing to the South Pole: “So when you’re on your death bed, watching your toes curl up, you’re thinking – ‘What have I done with my life?’”
Paula has achieved 118 things on her ‘Things to do Before She Dies’ list including sailing around the world, skiing to the South Pole, walking on hot coals, paddling down the Mekong, walking across the country, running the marathon and kayaking the length of the Thames.
With NO sailing experience and just 2 months notice, Paula raced 35,000 miles the wrong way around the world in the Global Challenge – The World’s Toughest Yacht Race. “No regrets. It was extremely tough: frightening; freezing; exhausting; formidable; and there were 37 reasons why I shouldn’t have done it. But I did. And it was the best decision of my life.”
“Have a list of things to do before you die. And make sure you do them. You only live once and you’re a long time dead.”
Paula experienced some huge highs and huge lows during the Global Challenge. Personally, she had to dig very deep and developed an inner strength, a determinedly competitive attitude and massive tolerance and perseverance. “Day 1 of the race. I wasn’t ready. I’d had 2 months prep and 7 days training. I was seasick. We had Force 8 gales and MOB within 10 hours of the start.”
Her books BOAT to BOARDROOM and The 7 Racing Rules use the Global Challenge as an extreme case study, referencing it to provide lessons, advice and practical exercises in high performance leadership and teamwork. “A gripping story with powerful lessons; a fascinating and useful book.”