ARCing across the Atlantic: In 2008 three of us crossed the Atlantic from Gran Canaria
to St Lucia
aboard ‘Equinox’. a Moody
38 skippered by Gordon Campion, following a delivery trip from Lagos
in Southern Portugal. The crossing was as part
of the annual ‘Atlantic Rally for Cruisers’ (ARC). Of course
it’s not really a race, but for the record we came 61st out of
147 on handicap. Gordon went on to circumnavigate the world in Equinox, which
makes the Atlantic crossing in gentle trade winds look like a gentle stroll.
His story about his epic journey is here... http://www.peyc.org.uk/images/stories/cruising/peyc%20log.pdf and a video of dolphins I snapped in the
middle of the Atlantic here.
I did just over
7000 nautical miles in 2008, at an average speed somewhat less than 5 knots.
All in all the hours spent at sea in 2008 were round about the same as the
average working year for most people.
Flying Elephant to Cornwall:
In 2009 I helped
Fiona Harrison in her circumnavigation of England
in Dumbéa (AKA ‘Dumbo’) her Albin Vega. I sailed the section
from Largs to Penzance via Ireland.
Fiona’s log of her voyage is here... http://www.peyc.org.uk/images/stories/cruising/dumbas%20log.pdf anbd there’s three dolphin videos
I took aboard Dumbo here.
2009 I sailed from Majorca to Sicily, via
Menorca and Sardinia, aboard Andy and Pam
Burns’ Ronautica 40 ‘Grand Slam’. Andy’s log of the
trip is here... http://www.peyc.org.uk/images/stories/cruising/logs/2008/Portugal.pdf
Zoph’s tour of the west coast
took in the Mull of Kintyre, the mainland as far as the Summer Isles and the
outer Hebrides from Stornoway to South Uist. Returning via the Caley Canal.
Racing Rant: I’m far, far too competitive
to race my boat. I would lose and then become bitter and twisted about the
unfairness of it all. Casual observation would also suggest that many racing
sailors are not actually terribly keen on sailing. In order to curry favour
with them I wrote the following piece to extol the virtues of and lay down some
ground rules for proper sailing