13.30 yesterday, we tied up in Port Solent. The weather was amazing after
all the talk of doom and gloom, with sunshine and a good breeze to blow us
up the harbour, but what was even better was the reception committee waving
to us in from the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and the even bigger one at
the marina. It was a great party and we would very much like to thank
everybody who turned up with champagne and sandwiches. We would also like to
catch up with those who couldn't make it.
The list of thanks is huge, but special thanks to everybody who sent
messages of support during our journey, particularly on the last 2 legs, and
to my sister Maxine and John's brother Nigel who now have a much better
knowledge of weather across the Atlantic as they emailed us every day with a
summary of the expected weather.
It's been an amazing year, with so many memories and so many plans for the
future. It will be quite difficult to adapt to being on land, and even
worse, going back to work - but for how long?