01 - Looking Forward
It's hard to think that a year ago, Alan, Steve and I had just about completed one of the most traumatic passages of our round the world trip. It was five and a half days of hell - brilliant sunshine but 50 knot winds - in the Caribbean. Now Alan, Jan, Egbert and I are looking forward to the coming record attempt across the North Atlantic.
As with last year, I'm going to have my hands full - with updates for this forum, filming for a TV documentary, and generally keeping the media output on track. We're absolutely delighted that BBC Radio 5 Live have agreed to follow us daily throughout the trip, as have BBC Radio Solent and one or two other regional broadcasters. Our TV documentary is being produced by Meridian, and they will have a camera crew in St John's to capture the preparations and departure, and of course our arrival this side of the pond.
It's going to be busy, for sure, short and sweet, but hopefully immensely enjoyable as well. Notwithstanding the risks, I'm looking forward to getting up close to the icebergs around Greenland, and seeing some whales. It's a bit like being an astronaut on board a boat with a 6 by 8 foot cabin, but it somehow enhances your appreciation of the power and magnificent natural beauty of the ocean.
The Jolly Sailor pub in Southsea, whose name now graces the boat, have been going great guns with their support for us, hosting a media launch, and promoting the challenge and associated charities to its customers. It's a great pub, serving good food as well, so pay them a visit if you're in the area, even before we hit the town on August 9th.