49:35.0N 005:50.7W at 0915bst
this is probably going to be the last blog update as we close-in on the
Cornwall coast, the wind has headed us a bit and we are now close-hauled on port
tack heading for the lizard (that’s Lizard point for the non-sailors). I
believe we are currently forecast to be 5th place in class but until we cross
the line it is all to play for.
I think it is going to take some time to digest the last few weeks of
sailing as there have been so many ups and downs since we arrived in Falmouth a
few days before the start. Many friends have been made along the way and
many new experiences gained both on and off the water that will be drawn on in
I’m sure there are many over the coming weeks that will ask Mark and I the
simple question “how was it?” and I have not yet worked out how to
answer. Am I pleased that I signed up and did the race? –
absolutely! Where there times when I would have done anything to be
sitting under a tree – again Absolutely! but those times were challenges that we
had to meet and overcome and the trip was all the richer for it. I have
always been a believer that there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from
completing something that was a struggle and takes you beyond your comfort
zone. As an old boss of mine used to say – “if it was easy everyone would
be doing it”.
I can’t signoff without thanking some folks that have made this trip
First and foremost we need to thank our lovely ladies at home for letting
us go to sea leaving them with children to look after alone alone. Mark
and I are extremely grateful for your support and we have some serious brownie
points to earn back.
Next the folks at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club who organised the race,
parties and support when things go wrong.
Huge thanks must go to Keith and Pam Feltham for their support in Ponta
Delgada, having a fresh clean and non-moving bed to sleep in was wonderful, as
was the home cooked food and a base from which to recover and regroup for leg
We particularly want to thank Sue (Mother Hen) from Taymar Swallow and
Richard from Carolina for their support on Leg one when we had some problems to
overcome. Sue’s supporting conversations on the VHF radio made a world of
difference to Mark and I.
Lastly and most importantly Mark, my trusted co-skipper, who knows me well
enough to tell me to shut-up and go to bed when I am grumpy and knackered, he
also kept me buoyed up when the boat was in bad shape on the way across.
I’m pleased that we work well as a team and not-once have I had any regrets
about asking him.
all folks, I hope I come up with a better answer to the “How was it?” question,
I have another 40 miles to think about it.