Our ringing master Martin Crick has set sail on an adventurous journey around the coast of Britain. He left his home port of Hamble in his yacht Eowyn on April 20 and hopes to be back before winter.
Progress will often depend on the direction of wind and tides although the vessel’s engine will provide back-up when conditions are unfavourable for sailing. That said, there was a motor failure in strong winds near Harwich that forced Martin to manoeuvre a tricky berthing under sail at the Suffolk Yacht Marina on the river Orwell in May. After repairs Eowyn was ready to resume her journey.
Martin had planned to make his circumnavigation last year while taking a sabbatical but the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown ruled that out.
After the long delay he was delighted to finally cast off for a vigorous sail against the wind along the eastern Solent and to the open sea to Chichester and Hayling Island. ‘It’s a great feeling to be under way at last,’ he said.
Martin has crossed the Channel to France several times, often with friends as crew. This time he will be sailing solo although he expects to be joined by friends from time to time.
Eowyn is a 36-foot ‘go anywhere’ yacht built by Hallberg-Rassy in 1993.
You can follow Martin’s progress on his blog