Good man, Brian!
Feeling I might be pushing too hard, I've stayed off this thread for a while. But, if I may, I'll put in a brief reappearance just to keep it near the top of the list.
Clive's latest report of Spirit's passage through the Kuril Islands really is very evocative. The number of Westerners who have sailed those waters is very, very small indeed. Simply, for most of us, they are one HELL of a long way from home.
By any yardstick, this is a most remarkable voyage. It would be a very real tragedy if Alan failed to finish because he just ran out of money.
Don't put off the moment any longer, folks. A hundred quid might hurt a bit. But it will make the difference between success and failure for this bold venture.
Dig deep, please...