We welcome our ringing master Martin Crick back to the bell tower after his successful circumnavigation of Britain. We congratulate him on his journey that began on April 20 and was completed on September 12 when he moored his yacht Eowyn at its home berth on the river Hamble, Hampshire.
The trip was almost all a solo odyssey, apart from a couple of weeks when friends joined him as crew. ‘Sailing single handed is fine – it just takes planning ahead,’ he says. ‘But mooring up in marinas is tricky, so I anchored or picked up a mooring buoy whenever I could.’
He sailed anti-clockwise, hoping to benefit from prevailing westerly winds in the English Channel. In the event he spent a lot of time dodging unusual easterlies.
‘The most beautiful section, by far, was the northwest coast of Scotland,’ says Martin. ‘Here I visited Skye, Rona, Jura, Isla, Loch Sunart among a lot of stunning anchorages. I met many people along the way – fellow sailors, harbour staff, local people – and all were friendly and helpful.’
‘It’s truly been a joy to experience our country this way and gives me a great satisfaction to have achieved it safely. I’m now enjoying being back on land with such simple luxuries as unlimited hot water, and the company of my parents.’