There are some assignments in in this job that can plausibly be described as work but feel more like a pleasant day out. I spent this morning, for example, sailing around New York harbour with Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, and his 26-year-old daughter Holly.
There were, admittedly, a few other people on the boat with us. In fact, there was a bevy of reporters and photographers to report on the launch of Sir Richard’s latest
publicity stunt attempt to break a world record.
After taking a break from crossing oceans at high speed in boats (including one time when he sank) and attempting to circumnavigate the world in a balloon, he has returned to the fray. He and a crew that includes Ms Branson and her 23-year-old brother Sam will next week attempt to cross the Atlantic in a single-hulled sailing yacht in record time.
I must admit that I spent most of my time on board the 99-foot Teamorigin yacht taking in the New York sunshine and chatting to Ms Branson, a pleasant young woman who has just graduated from medical school in London and is taking a year off to learn about the Virgin business before resuming her training as a doctor.