My sail round Britain will take at least a couple of months, so staying fuelled with sufficient calories and finding suitable places to overnight will be a major part of the challenge. To overcome these difficulties I am appealing to the good nature of the sailing community and coastal dwellers in general. Please do consider registering as a Local Contact - you'll be supporting a bid for a windsurfing first and, indirectly, the charities associated with this challenge.
Local Contact Network
I'll be setting out clockwise, from London and for most of the rounding will simply follow the coast. For the Irish Sea I will consider alternative routes as shown on the adjacent map (click to expand).
The long crossing to Ireland (red route) would probably only be a realistic option if there was another craft heading over in the vicinity as a 'just in case' backup measure. If you have a suitable boat and fancy making that crossing then please do get in touch.
The via Isle-of-Man routes (purple, purple/green) involve shorter crossings but would still require settled conditions.
Very roughly, I expect timing to work out something like this:
|Departure - London (clockwise circumnavigation)||June 2015|
|South coast England, West country||June|
|Wales, NW England and/or Isle of Man||Late June / July|
|West coast Scotland||July|
|North and East coast Scotland||Late July / August|
|East coast England||August|
|Arrival - London||August / September 2015|
Types of help
These fall into 3 categories. If you are in a position and have the inclination to help out in any of these, it would be great to hear from you. Your contribution will likely be afternoon/evening time and I'll be sailing off into the distance the following morning.
|Type of help||Example|
|Somewhere to park my board and sail||
- a seafront garden or garage
|Access to food||
- a hot meal
|Somewhere to sleep||
- a luxury suite with one of those big baths that has bubbles and things
Register as a Local Contact
Registering is very simple, you'll be done in about 2 minutes. Please remember to zoom the map to a high level of detail so that you can be as accurate as possible with your marker position.