Sailing and hiking
On the weekend of June 18-19, the Skype team had two concurrent outing events in different parts of the world. We do have them once in a while with the engineering crew, but having two at the same time doesn’t happen that often.
]]> ### A day at the races
In a late night strategic workshop session between Skype CEO Niklas Zennström and some other topshots, the idea to take a few Skype people along and somehow go somewhere sailing was brought up.
As with most other initiatives in Skype, there was a short way between idea an action. And that’s why a crew of 10 Skypers found themselves competing in the famous Round the Isle Race that weekend.
[Round the Island](http://www.roundtheisland.co.uk) is an institution in British sailing. It takes place every year around this time, and the isle in question is Isle of Wight, beautifully located a few nautical miles south of Southampton.
The race is not really that much about competing, but more about having a good time and enjoying the wonderful seas aroudn the island. But since many professional crews and boats enter the competition each year, it’s also a chance for some of us once-a-year sailors to be in the same waters as the big guys. Close to 1700 boats entered the competition this year, so there was plenty of action to be had.
… but instead of a long, boring story with us using the wrong words for the wrong maneuvers, we’d rather show you a bunch of pictures from the day.
Final score was a meager 38th place in our class (out of 43 finishing boats), and an overall placement of 446 among the 1,300 boats which finished the race.
### Nature calls
Meanwhile in a parallel universe, the Skype engineering folks in Estonia undertook a journey of another kind — to cross about 25 kilometers of landscape on foot in two days, crossing some great untouched scenery and having some challenges such as crossing rivers hanging from a rope, as well as plenty of fun as the pictures below depict. No winners or losers there, just two days well spent.