Mini non official report to be going on (if you are not happy Cookee just phone me and I will delete).
SR4 phoned me to let me know Grimsby To Chatham leg was being auctioned on ebay and it sounded like a great idea.
I put my bid in and won it for £102
I watched weather and progress followed progress, this site being the most up to date.
The weather was foul, the team clearly had a rough time both at sea and teh land based support crew (got stuck in southshields tunnel for over an hour on one leg).
Only committed dedication kept them going .
I was amazed when they arrived at Grimsby , early hours in the morning after driving through the night.
They managed a great welcome and immediately made me feel part of the team.
The press were there to take photos and a representative from the local hospice arrived to collect a cheque .
The Banana Shark
was launched and following a short delay for the lock gates to open we were off...........
5 knots to start with, then rev both engines to 3000 and then drop the props in.
I can only describe it as revving a toy car to max and then dropping it so it speeds off at full.
Instant acceleration, truly awesome.
Out of the Humber and it was getting bumpy, I would have been turning round for home @ 10-17 knots but these guys were still going for it 40-50 mph on the gps.
I managed to take a short video on my phone which I attached (hopefully).
As we headed out of the relativity sheltered Humber it got a lot rougher, they were concerned that help is at least 2 hours away when you are off the wash , usualy when racing there are divers standing by in RIBs but not so here so they decided it was safer to turn around and head back.
At this stage is was far too rough to attempt to video sea state.
On return I checked the met office old RAF Donna nook weather station and it was F6 gusting 8 ( 45mph) 1200 -1300 gmt which was about the time we turned around .
I set up a justgiving page in an attempt to raise extra funds for Grimsby hospice here
Here is the
Out of a scale of 10 the enjoyment factor was 110..............way off scale
Please let me know cookee if you are not happy with me sharing this, I am happy to remove it.