Length of Britain record attempt

Well once this little lot has gone away then we can head out from Falmouth where the boat is now and begin our crack at the ‘Length of Britain’ record. There is no record currently so we will be setting the benchmark. The latest is to head out lunchtime on Thursday. The tracker will be…

La Coruna delivery trip

┬áThis pic shows our track down across Biscay last week. It started out pretty well, fast sailing with the Code0/A3 up heading straight down the Channel, but when we reached the corner it all went very light and we had to resort to the engine ­čÖü However, eventually the wind came in and we got…

Next Challenge coming soon

Well the first proper article has been printed in the November edition of All at Sea.┬á(Online article) The next challenge looks like a record attempt in Pixel Flyer in early December from Lands End to John O’Groats. We have the backing of the Scottish sailing association and the Minister of sport for Scotland amongst others….

If you want to follow us…

Tracker link: WWW.MY.YB.TL/VELOCITYMADEGOOD We leave today at around 1400 from Haslar marina in Gosport and aim to arrive in Cascais near Lisbon in about 7 days time. The tracker is set to update our position to the website every 6 hours – so keep checking back to see how we are getting on…

Off to sea…

Two interesting things have come up this week. I have been asked to sail around the UK as part of a PR stunt in December (more on this later), and the other day I was asked if I wanted to sail another Class 40 – ‘Caterham Challenge’ – down to Cascais in Portugal on Monday!…

Another day – another talk

Last night I gave a talk at the Gosport Discovery Centre. Great crowd – you could have heard a pin drop throughout the talk, everyone was so captivated with┬áthe Southern Ocean story. Lots of interest afterwards and some great questions. I almost enjoy the Q&A afterwards more than giving the actual talk itself. Then this…

First solo sail

Well it had to happen sometime, so might as well start getting used to the idea of sailing the boat solo. Although the engine still has a few gremlins it seems, everything else went to plan. With a hand casting off from the marina, ‘Pixel Flyer*’ and I headed out in to Portsmouth harbour to…

Sailing back from Caen

Well after a weeks delay due to bad weather, we have finally got the boat back to the UK and she is now safe and sound in Gosport Marina. We had quite an exciting blast back, with just two of us onboard and learning the boat and her systems all the time, we still managed…

6 years in the making…

Well, it has been 6 years in the making to get to this point. Last week Paula and I went over to Caen to see the boat and begin drawing on the thousands of squares for the ‘pixels’ on the hull of the boat. Working over 10′ up in the air in the rain wasn’t…

Not long to wait now…

We are now in to August and Cowes week is beckoning. Once that is passed then we will only have a few weeks to wait until we bring the boat, GBR112, back to the UK. The first thing for the team to do will be to start the branding of the hull with the existing…