exactly 11 weeks after setting off to attempt to become the youngest person to sail solo round Britain, at 15.
Yesterday I came into
Hamble Point Marina
Here is my trip in numbers:
34 knots strongest wind (and yes, the Giga Turbines survived it!)
343 hours sailing
39 days at sea
14 nights at sea
68 snack bars consumed (I’ve lost count of teabags)
**** swear words (mainly into the wind… But it doesn’t count if no one can hear you!)
It was surreal coming back into the Hamble yesterday and I was very moved to have the welcome back that I did. I was also very surprised to see the BBC South sports reporter Lewis Coombes and his cameraman filming my arrival from the pontoon! I was then totally taken aback when they showed me a clip of Sir Robin Knox-Johnstone and Alex Thomson Racing congratulating me on my trip! You can see the full footage on yesterday’s BBC South Today clip below. Over the past 11 weeks I have had an amazing adventure and I cannot wait to share some of the highs and lows of the trip… There are many!
However, before all of this I would like to thank all of my sponsors and supporters, who have helped me with everything; from getting the right kit to undertake the trip, to the individuals who supported my crowdfunding campaign which kickstarted the project.
Musto – Giga – Fox’s Marina & Boatyard – Expedition Foods – Solo Sails Sailmakers Supporting Clubs and Associations: Royal Cruising Club (www.rcc.org.uk) – Hunter Association – Hythe Sailing Club – Southampton
Marinas and Marina Groups:
boatfolk – MDL Marinas – Premier Marinas – Yacht Havens (www.yachthavens.com) Ramsgate Marina – Shotley Marina Ltd –
Lowestoft Haven Marina ABP – Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club – Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club (www.gcyc.co.uk) – Hartlepool Marina – Amble Marina Limited – Eyemouth Harbour Trust – Peterhead Bay Marina – Whitehills Marina – Stonehaven Harbour – Lossiemouth Marinas – Inverness Marina – Scottish Canals – Oban Marina & Yacht Services – Tarbert Marina – Stranraer Marina – Ardglass Marina Holyhead Marina Ltd – Pwllheli Marina – Padstow Harbour – Newlyn Harbour – Dart Marina Yacht Harbour – Shepards Marina
Simon Rowell (www.rowellyachtingservices.com) –
XW Rigging – OneSails GBR (East) – Storrar Marine (www.marinechandlery.com) – Dyfed Electronics Ltd – Ocean Safety Ltd – Owen Sails – Marlec Marine (www.marlecmarine.com) – Alex Page
Thank you to the individuals who supported me through my Pledge Sports Crowdfunding Campaign right at the very start!
Finally, a huge thank you to the countless individuals who I met along the way and went above and beyond to help me.