Just after 05:33 on Monday 2nd January, Alex and Pixel Flyer crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron start-line off Cowes to begin an attempt to set the Solo Round the Island record.
6 hours 20 minutes and 32 seconds later he crossed the line again to establish a new record (subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council WSSRC)
Alex had to make a call the day before and based on the forecast of 20-30kts of wind decided to give the green light. However by morning the wind was yet to appear, but he was already committed. ‘We have been waiting for a long time for the right conditions with the wind and tide and Monday looked just right. However after the start, on the leg to the Needles, the wind dropped right down to as low as 8 knots – not what we wanted at all. But by the time we gybed and went through the Hurst narrows, the wind began to fill in again and we made excellent progress round the south side of the Island. The sea was pretty lumpy off St Catherines as we shot through the steep overfalls at over 13kts. There was certainly plenty of water over the decks and through the cockpit. It felt more like a submarine at times. I think we went through most sail combinations on the trip round – it was pretty busy and glad to report we had no major problems with anything. Time for a rest and regroup now and look to the next challenge.’
A huge thanks to everyone who has helped us to get to this point. Our main sponsors – English Braids, Sebago, Waterfront Cars, DCI and Kannad as well as all those who have already put your pictures and logos on the hull – still plenty of space for more to join in.