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.