We set out to do a singlehanded crossing of the North Atlantic from Plymouth (UK) to Newport, Rhode Island (USA) on board the smallest participant in the 2010 Jester Challenge - the self-built Golant Gaffer 'Just Right' in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Due to adverse weather conditions during the first fifteen days, it became evident that it would take at least another 40-50 days to reach our objective so headed for the Azores as this is the destination for every other Jester Challenge.

 After a few days of rest and repairs we returned to complete an "Azores and Back" in an overall sailing time of 32 days and six hours at sea, covering exactly 2800 nautical miles. The final three days were made under jury rig due to gaff fitting failure, fortunately all downwind under the amazing Parasail. Our worst day at sea was 25 nautical miles of progress to windward in somewhat challenging conditions and our best day happened on the way back where 'Just Right' did 107 miles with the wind abeam (from the side) in perfect weather conditions.

 The fundraising activities for this challenge will continue until November 2010. These will include a passage up the coast to the Solent, an appearance at the Southampton Boat Show and two months of promotional sailing activities in the Solent. After this, 'Just Right' will be trailed back to the Midlands and exhibited on her trailer. Click here to find out more.

Raising money for

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

Charity Registration No. 261017

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. We are Macmillan.

Donations 55

All of us at Healthcode Ltd

Donation by Raj Rana on 21/12/10


Well Done

Donation by Clive Stone on 31/10/10


Donation by Agilisys H-G Dress Down Friday on 31/10/10


Well done

Donation by Sastrugi, Mercury Yatch Harbour on 19/08/10


Great to meet and chat with you in Mercury Marina and an amazing achievement. Hope to meet again,David and Jackie (Ramora)

Donation by Jacqueline Clarke on 17/08/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

well done

Donation by Joan (neighbour) on 02/08/10


Treasured memories and lots of stories to tell, you will dine out on the adventure in the years to come

Donation by Yvonne Obert (Germany) on 02/08/10


Treasured memories and lots of stories to tell, you will dine out on the adventure in the years to come.

Donation by Yvonne Obert ( Germany ) on 02/08/10


In support of this worthy cause. BMI Healthcare - The Consultants' Choice

Donation by BMI Healthcare on 01/07/10


See you soon Gus!

Donation by Jerry & Jill Hawkins on 24/06/10

Fair winds and following seas. Wishing you well Gus.

Donation by Mr + Mrs Shufflebotham on 22/06/10


Amazing achievement! Well Done Gus. Clara and Emily Paris

Donation by Clara Paris on 15/06/10


+ £8.46 Gift Aid

We are thinking of you, Keep safe! Our map is charting you progress.

Donation by Aunty B, Uncle Max on 08/06/10


Best wishes from parents of Ruth Paris

Donation by George Mackie on 06/06/10


+ £28.21 Gift Aid

Keep up the hard sailing and look forward to hearing all about it on the other side. Love Lili x

Donation by Leigh-Anne Davidson on 05/06/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

good luck Gus.. been tracking your progress...bit zig zaggy..been at the red wine? Love from Pops Bob and Grandma Julia

Donation by bob paterson on 04/06/10


+ £28.21 Gift Aid

Good luck Gus!

Donation by Craig Edmondson on 01/06/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Good luck Gus... not that you'll need it! Lots of love Tam & Jonah x x x

Donation by Tamsin Jones on 30/05/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

From all those who were on the "Devon Bell" at the start line, good luck, fair winds and safe sailing

Donation by Bill Jokiel on 29/05/10


Well done, keep going.

Donation by Bill Jokiel on 29/05/10


Was looking for news of a friend in the challenge, Chris Jackson in Sixpence, and found you instead. A brave attempt. Will follow your progress.

Donation by Nick Sutcliffe on 26/05/10


Fair wind Cuz, will be following all the way! Lots of love Kate, Ash and Gareth

Donation by Katharine Nel on 24/05/10


Good Luck Gus. We know you are going to do a great job! Hope everything goes smoothly.. Love Clare & Howard xxx

Donation by Clare Dunkerley on 24/05/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Very best of luck Gus. Hope all goes well.

Donation by Jon & Wendy Hirons on 22/05/10


+ £7.05 Gift Aid


Donation by annette ray and brett on 17/05/10

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£7,661.50
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£7,661.50
  • Gift Aid£530.26

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