We are home, safe and dry. Unfortunately we didnít make it all the way round Great Britain. Due to bad weather, delays on the Caledonian Canal and an engine failure in Aberdeen, we only managed to make it to Grimsby. So with 1000 of the 1700 miles covered we are not quitting, just postponing the finish! We both have to be back at work now, but whenever we have a suitable weather window, and our rosters match, we will be back out to finish it off.
We brought the boat home with us and are very pleased how it has faired under such a tough ordeal. After a good wash and polish it appears to have no damage or signs of fatigue. The engine is in great condition too (whose failure in Aberdeen wasnít its fault, it was the result of bad wiring installation when fitted), which is more than can be said for some other items!
Both GPSís are water logged and have condensation on the inside of their screens making them almost impossible to view. The depth sounder failed on day one. The fixed VHF has water in its speaker, so is unbelievably quiet. The seals have failed on all three auxiliary fuel tanks, so they leak petrol everywhere. The search light failed making it unsafe to travel by night. Both the main and spare intercoms failed so we had no conversation for the last couple days!. But worst of all, the phones/cameras failed on day one leaving us with very few pictures of our journey. Oh and the crew are pretty knackered too!
What photos we did manage to take are available on our website www.roundbritainboatchallenge.com
We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed and helped us to raise over £2500 for Cancer Research and the Dr.Hadwen Trust (my crewmates chosen charity).
If you havenít already made a donation and would like to, our website will still accept donations until the 18th October. Please visit www.justgiving.com/roundbritainboatchallenge
Also thanks to:
The Smiths, for the coffee and rest aboard Galena in the sound of Jura
Alan and Gary, your support in Scotland was invaluable.
All the British Waterways staff of the Caledonian Canal (except the one who gave us a warning for speeding!!! (only kidding, you too)) for trying to get us through quickly. And Phil for the accommodation.
The Whitehills Harbour master for support even at 9:00pm
John, in Stonehaven Harbour, for the coffee and shelter.
The Port of Aberdeen for letting us berth whilst repairing the engine wiring.
The Land Lord of the Schooner in Amble for letting us have a room and for your kind assistance in getting fuel etc.
The Humber Cruising Association, for the warmest welcome of the trip and all youíre support and encouragement (and lodging!!!) Looking forward to seeing you all again when we re-start from Grimsby.
The crews of Devocean and companion boat (sorry didnít get the second boat name!) for your escort from Grimsby into the Humber (and smooth wake), Enjoy the rest of your voyage wherever it may take you!
Mercury for making very tough outboard engines
Ribcraft, for making the strongest and most stable small RIB on the market, a truly excellent boat.