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Old 08 November 2014, 13:26   #241
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I've been on Hot Lemon this morning with Mike Deacon, he's been showing me the boat and what she can do.

Mike talks me through the wind direction, the tide and the sea conditions and then adjusts the trim and trim tabs etc and I was surprised by the settings he used.

Mike makes the Scorpion glide, every landing is perfect like we never even left the water. We're doing 40 knots and burning 1 litre/Nm of diesel. Every movement he makes on the wheel is perfect.

I'm absolutely blown away, he runs in several different directions and can set the boat up perfectly every time.

He's mastered this art and he's doing everything without even thinking about it.

This is why Mike holds world records
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Old 08 November 2014, 13:38   #242
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Facebook post by Huw - Sea Salt (who is STILL in Inverness):

Breaking news, three beers have made it!!! Shame I won't get to Southampton to see you crack them open

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Old 08 November 2014, 18:17   #243
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We had lunch at Pizza Express in Brighton.

Rick G is feeling a bit better and has caught the train down to Brighton to say hello

Daniel and Wayne head back to Ramsgate and it was great to see them

The conditions aren't bad so we make good progress and start to see some familiar sights, it's cowes week so there's a few yachts around.

We've said our goodbyes near Bembridge as that's where Duma lives.

As we enter Southampton water Black Hawk gets a call on the radio from Scrambled so we stop. They remind us that we said that if we make it we will do a jump into the water!!!

Jurgens off!!! I take my boots off and we climb into Scrambled and just let Black Hawk float away

Jurgen can wait, he jumps and I do too nearly landing on him! And Team Scrambled take the picture...
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Old 08 November 2014, 18:40   #244
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After a bit of splashing around we have to swim to Black Hawk and my drysuit zip is letting in a little water over my crotch area

We wave goodbye to Scrambled, then make our way very quietly up the the river Hamble on our own.

I give Mrs W a call who is at Biffers with the kids and they head down to the slipway with the trailer.

I've changed quite a bit, I'm more tanned than I've ever been before, the muscles across my shoulders are huge and I have stubble as I haven't bothered shaving for a few days. I'm also wearing a blue drysuit and not the yellow one I left in.

I can see my wife and kids as we approach the pontoon and my best mate/boat building mentor stood at the slip next to the trailer.

I climb out onto the pontoon and my kids run up shouting daddy daddy!!! They give me a massive hug and then my son says, "Daddy, can we catch a crab?"

Mrs W is standing just a few feet away, smiling and taking in the new me!!

I can't really explain the moment, it's just very surreal.

(Sorry no pics)
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Old 08 November 2014, 19:08   #245
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I want to recover the boat but Biffer sends me straight back to his house to spend some time with my family.

Jurgen and Biff arrive shortly after and we start to unpack and sort out our kit.

My phone keeps ringing which is a pain as we need to get the boat ready and Jurgen has a 1,000 km drive back to Berlin Germany and then a flight back to Kiev to get back to work.

Everything is sorted quite quickly though and Jurgen is soon on his way.
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Old 08 November 2014, 19:20   #246
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Now you may think Mrs W has had a real hard time but she hasn't, she just had a little wobble for a few minutes.

In fact, she has arranged for our caravan to be towed to the beach so we can spend a few days together.

I lay on the bed thinking that the only thing stopping us getting the RIB 4 Macmillan to the boat show is me and although I've tried everything I'm not going to give up. So I stand on the beach and make a call and secure 1,200 sponsorship for our Southampton boat show stand.

I end the call and then take this photo below...
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Old 08 November 2014, 19:29   #247
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End of day 13 (here was the planned route)

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Old 08 November 2014, 19:33   #248
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Day 14

Facebook post by Huw (Sea Salt)

Always look on the bright side of life dd,dd, dddddd.

Well done everyone who made it all the way around!'



THE END...
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Old 08 November 2014, 19:38   #249
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cracking read and superb to see some funding for a great cause....well done!

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cracking read and superb to see some funding for a great cause....well done!

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