Making passage to home ports: 21 August, 2013

After the celebrations in Cowes, skippers, crews, friends and families are departing for home, with a two Welsh boats continuing on their circumnavigation westwards and the Dutch counter-circumnavigator sailing east with another 300 miles to go.

'Cine Mare' in the Solent Photo: Alistair Randall
‘Cine Mare’ in the Solent Photo: Alistair Randall

In this update, we catch up with some of the vessels as they make passage home.

Completing her Round Britain Challenge, 'High Barbaree' hosts an impromptu party as she reaches her home port at Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River.

'Victoria' manages to leave Littlehampton, at the fourth attempt, and after motoring through the Looe Channel to reach Chichester harbour, she visits Itchenor taking a berth in Chichester Marina. Skipper and crew are now enjoying a sail in the Solent, relaxing after the rigours of sailing 'Bonify' in the Round Britain Challenge. Meanwhile, with guest skipper and crew, 'Bonify' makes passage back to the East Coast for the Fambridge Rally, and is now in Ramsgate.

We hear from the lovely Dutch boat, 'Vlieter', that he has a problem with a damaged mast, so is taking a gentle passage back to the Netherlands. On passage he takes another  chance to explore Brighton, this time in the sunshine. Also in Brighton are 'Gwenili', 'Plum of Mylor', 'Transcur', 'Maid of Tesa' and 'Hussar' on passage back to their East Coast home ports.

There's bad news from 'Robinetta' in Rye, where Alison's been taken to hospital after her fingers were trapped by a warp. Surgeons are confident there's no long-term damage that won't mend with time though, and we send her our good wishes for a speedy recovery.

'Bonita' is taking advantage of the favourable winds to make safe passage home to the Swale after enjoying the celebrations in Cowes and complleting her Round Britain Challenge.

'Cine Mara', pictured here in the Solent on passage to Cowes is approaching the Dutch coast on passage back to Schermer.

There are, of course, a few boats still to complete their circumnavigation and we hear that 'Snoopy' is still making progress counter clockwise from Cowes, reaching Rye to rest in the mud for the night with just under 300 more miles to go . . . and another Dutch vessel, 'Leonora 3', continues her passage down the East Coast of England, reaching West Mersea.

The two Welsh boats continuing their circumnavigation, 'Minstrel' and 'Capraia', departed Cowes after the weekend's festivities and we hear they're both in Weymouth.

A group of the Dutch boats joining the celebrations in Cowes, 'Gwylan', 'Theodosia', 'Ragamuffin', 'Orm' and 'Blackwater' are now in Dover, along with Belgian boat 'Drum of Drake'. Fired with enthusiasm from the events this year, members of the Dutch OGA are heading back across the North Sea to organise celebrations for their 10th anniversary in 2014.