MAPS FOR THE TRIP
Last month, Saltrock sponsored a crew of eight to sail around Great Britain on a non-stop journey on ‘Aspiration’. Skipper, Andy Wright gives us the low-down on how it all went.
By Andy Wright
Following our departure on the 24th May, we are pleased to say that we circumnavigated the UK, via the Crinin and Caledonian Canal in 14 Days 18 hours.
If you didn’t see my first blog post, you can catch-up with it here but in a nutshell I packed off seven of my students from the FdSc Yacht Operations course, at South Devon College’s Noss Marine Academy, on a 2-week non-stop sail around the UK.
DOLPHINS KEEPING US COMPANY!
During the first night we rounded Lands End and started to head across the Bristol Channel and into the Irish Sea. This passage gave us some fantastic sailing but also some calm conditions in which we motored. Dolphins were around us for much of this leg and life on board was relaxed and committed to achieving the goal.
As we headed north, the weather started to close in and we soon found ourselves in 38 knots of wind – a Beaufort force 8. This shaped our decision to go through the canals and see some of the fantastic scenery that Scotland has to offer. We didn’t stop any longer than necessary, and after five days, we found ourselves in Inverness preparing to start our voyage south.
After a windy and exciting sail to the coast of Peterhead we then started our due South course only stopping for a few hours in Lowestoft to collect diesel and have a well needed night’s sleep!
We left with the early morning tide and headed across the Thames Estuary, through the Dover Strait and into the English Channel, just 200 miles to Dartmouth left!
The wind was kind to us in the Channel and we sailed from Portland Bill to Dartmouth in just 5 hours, at an average speed of 10 knots.
What a great challenge the voyage was and all of the students fully engaged in the experience and worked continually to ensure that the boat was sailed in a safe and fast way. That said, the crew were delighted to be home!
WHAT A TRIP! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED OUR ROUND BRITAIN CHALLENGE
Many thanks for everyone’s support in making the Aspiration Around Britain Challenge 2015 happen.