Boat delivery to the UK

by Adrian on September 1, 2010

Set off bright and early this morning to Rome. We’ve decided to return the boat back to the UK in order (we hope) to be able to sell it for more than we could in Europe.

If all goes well we’ll put it up for sale in Brighton this winter and next spring.

It’s a long way back, so it’s going to be quite a trip. We’ve just arrived in Rome and are heading up to Riva di Triaino Marina 30 miles away where the boat has been for the last 2 months out of the water whilst we’ve been working in the UK.

From Rome we plan to head across to Corsica (130 miles, 24 hrs). After a brief stop in Bonifaccio we’ll set off to Mahon in Menorca. This is a long leg of 350 miles and will take approximately 48 hrs sailing over 2 nights.

Hopefully Tony will fly in to join us for a skip and a jump along Majorca to Ibiza, where after a brief rest he’ll depart and we’ll head off on a long 300+ mile crossing to Gibraltar or southern Spain depending on the weather and conditions.

We may have to wait for the right conditions to transit the Straits of Gibraltar, as we need either slight winds of an easterly to blow us through.

After then we head across to Lagos in southern Portugal, the end point of our Rally Portugal 4 years ago.

Once resupplied, we’ll set off around the corner and turn north up the Portuguese coast. The weather will be key here as we’ll either have northerly winds on our nose or strong Atlantic westerlies. Hopefully we’ll just hop up the coast as much as we can. When we reach the top of Portugal we have the Biscay crossing to make.

This will really be weather dependent, as the later we leave it the worse the weather could be. The plan is to wait for a weather window then cross to the UK, probably landing briefly in Plymouth or Falmouth before heading up the Channel towards our final destination Brighton.

Well, that’s the plan – we’ll see how it goes. As always, sailing plans are always subject to weather, boat and crew conditions!

The trip should take 3-4 weeks, as we’re going to stop off occasionally to recover since for the majority of the time it’ll be just Jax and I sailing, so lots of 2-3 hour night watches and long days.

It’ll be good to do some miles though with a destination in mind, and will be interesting to get back to tidal waters. The weather will get colder as we head north and we hope we can do it before the autumn storms set in!

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