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1000 mile qualifier report
So, there you have it. Crean is back in Brighton Marina and I am back at
Obviously I am bitterly disappointed to not have completed the 1000-mile
qualifying passage but at least I can say I tried as hard as I could and was
beaten only by time.
could have continued on with the passage and would eventually have finished.
However, after eight days I had not got even halfway and it was clear that I
would not have completed the course within the time-frame I had allowed
myself. It seems clear that I need to allow three weeks for this challenge.
am going to give myself a few weeks before I decide my next move but fully
intend to complete this project. At some stage I will be sailing across the
good things that came out of the last six weeks are:
Pete and I
completed the Mini-Fastnet.
I met some new
friends and have to thank them all for the help they gave me, especially Charlie
Hope-Lang who ferried me around between railway stations and
I sailed about 1000
miles single-handed and another 1000 double handed and wasn’t put off!
I saw my first
whale, about 30 metres from the boat. I think it was a Fin whale,
cruising through Biscay looking like he owned the place.
The boat performed
brilliantly even when asked to beat into 40+ knots of wind.
Having made the
decision to stop I went into Camaret and discovered, not only that it
was Bastille day and there were fireworks and processions, but also that
my old friend J.P. Chomette was there with his Open 60 ‘Solune’ fresh
from breaking the round Britain record.
http://www.teamsolune.com It was great to see him.
I saw the Eiffel
tower for the first time. (very briefly, out of a taxi window!).
As much as I love
sailing, the qualifier was very tedious. I spy something beginning with
The smell! After
four days in the same clothes, and without breathable outerwear, it gets
fairly unpleasant. Trust me!
I slipped and bit
right through my top lip whilst skirting a little too close to the
Portland race. It was a little rough to say the least! (I realised that
I was dribbling even when my mouth was closed! Most strange).
It became clear
that my wet weather gear is not good enough and needs replacing and also
that my mid-layers could do with some improvement.
Having to give up
on the attempt. Very hard.
and Kim’s wedding.
Next challenge: My 1000
This is a fixed route set
French Mini Classe association and is intended to test Transat hopefuls
and help educate them as to just how hard sailing 3500 mile single-handed
The route is a loop from La Rochelle to
the Coningbeg lightship off the south east coast of Ireland and can be
joined at any suitable place along the route. I intend to join at Douarnenez
as this where Crean is at the moment.
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