We did it – a NEW RECORD

In the darkness off John O’Groats, the team of three crossed the finishing line after 3 days 11 hours 52 minutes and 15 seconds at an average speed of 7.39kts. After a very fast start reaching up the Irish sea, things went calm as they passed the Hebridean coast of Scotland. However they managed to…

The long wait!!

Well our waiting may finally be over soon. The plan is to leave Falmouth just after midnight and head to the start at Lands End. The tracker will begin 15 minute updates once we leave the marina (Tracker link) – I will try and tweet and update the blog when I can, you can also…

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…