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Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:25:32 PM »
On 31st May Jeremy Warren and I am are setting off from Weymouth to sail around Britain. We both sail at Thornbury Sailing Club, our modest vessel is ‘Hafren’ a Wayfarer sailing dinghy. We plan to complete the circumnavigation in 2 months, whilst doing so raise money for the RNLI and a local charity The PAPPA Fund. More details on the website. 
Previous successful attempts have only considered sailing in day light stopping each night to camp etc.  We intend to sail continuously for 2-3 days at a time (weather permitting) allowing us to cut some large corners and make better use of periods of favourable weather.  With these two benefits we hope to round the mainland of England, Wales and Scotland in the fastest time for a monohull dinghy. 
To make this more possible we have modified the Wayfarer a little (yes some carbon is involved).
We have enlisted shore support with two friends acting as routers.  They will advise us on weather, tides and develop a strategy for each leg. They will also be able to advise us of suitable harbours, beaches and notify harbour masters of our intended arrival.

To learn more about our adventure, follow our progress and donate to our chosen charities please look at our website.

www.xtremedinghycruising.com
Also follow us on twitter at Wayfarerhafran
and on facebook at  xtremedinghycruising

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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 09:00:15 AM »
I'm impressed Phil and Jeremy. These days everyone is up to raising money for charity, and good on em - but you just raised the bar.

Good luck, We'll be watching from the comfort of an armchair or a laptop in a warm bed, donations at the ready !

I had no idea you would go to such lengths to get off child duty !

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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 09:24:45 AM »
Have a great trip guys, I did some of this back in '81 as part of a team windsurfing round Britain. My stint was from Falmouth to Bangor in N Ireland. Memories fade but what a time we had!. We had a liveaboard Moody 44 team boat (that couldnt keep up) and a 22 foot rib that also, at times, could'nt keep up!
Good website as well. I will be monitoring your progress.
Best of luck, fair winds (a steady F4 and beam reach all the way round) and 20 degrees should do it.
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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 04:35:04 PM »
Looks like Phil and Jeremy are going well. Only 5 days in and they are already round the SW corner of Wales. They're currently somewhere off Fishguard.
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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 05:54:30 PM »
yes its looking good for them, they could even have the kite up for the next 3 days, hopefully.
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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2014, 06:50:52 AM »
What people will do to get out of sailing with me.
Both Phil and Jeremy have risked sailing with me and now the only thing to do is sail around Britain.
They are doing really well.
Good luck and get back soon, wee need all the practice we can get.

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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2014, 03:16:53 PM »
They've just passed New Quay, where we have had several Cherub National Championships. They're currently 30 miles offshore, out of sight of any land. Even the thought of that in an open dinghy gives me the heeby-jeebies! Respect is due.

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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2014, 11:46:32 PM »
Hope the guys are ok. The satellite tracking shows a bit of gyrating in the middle of the north channel of the Irish Sea since about 8pm. They now appear to be heading for the nearest land south of Larne in the dark. Maybe a bit if gear failure. Plenty of shipping round there if they had a major issue.

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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2014, 08:35:42 AM »
The boys are heading for Cape Wrath....a 'turning the corner' moment
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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2014, 02:14:28 PM »
They're now past John O'Groat's and have rounded the corner at the top of the Scottish mainland. Downhill all the way home from there. Looks like they're on target to absolutely destroy the previous record too.
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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2014, 02:27:19 PM »
there is some good stuff on twitter, some you tube footage as well. the guys are going really well. congrates to them and the team.
Anyone fancy it in a Cherub?
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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2014, 11:34:49 AM »
Amazing progress.
I hope that Phil does not get this luck with the wind shifts at the nationals.
If so I am following him every beat.

Have they dropped the kite yet? It looks like they will fly it for the next few days as well.
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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2014, 05:29:00 PM »
We'll be ok as long as he brings the wayfarer!

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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2014, 08:00:41 PM »
I gave them a wave as they passed the mouth of the Tyne this afternoon. I was at work in the centre of Newcastle and they were about 3 miles off shore at the time, but at least the thought was there.  :)

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Re: Phil's Round Britain Challenge
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2014, 11:43:33 AM »
My Suffolk coastguard mate and his colleagues are watching out for them...won't be long at this rate.

Awesome job guys
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