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    Alchemist V274 is offline Registered User
    Location : Home Norfolk, Boats in Brightlingsea and Ipswich, will work anywhere!
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    Sep 2001

    Default Re: Jester 2010? Whos doing it?

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    Looking forward to that chat and beer !

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    I will definately be in Bradwell Sat 6th Sept as the sailing assoc that I am Hon Sec for has a supper meet at the Green Man. Sat will be quite busy but if I got my act together and came over on Fri 5th might you be about?

    BTW I have now 'come out' and confessed all to family (well not Mother yet as she would only worry) work etc so it is all systems go for 2012. The only thing that could stop me getting to that start line now is ME! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
    Peter. Not changing my name yet but am now Boatless.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2005

    Default Re: Jester 2010? Whos doing it?

    Yes, sorting out a good 500 mile prep trip is the thing. I appreciate that it won't be the same as the real thing, but for me an absolutely essential focus for preparation, and also test of whether I actually want to do the real challenge.

    I like the idea of rounding an island, but not sure I'd want to commit myself to being so close to shore. I should have the time for a weeks outward journey then a more leisurely return (possibly leaving the boat somewhere for a bit in between). At the moment, East coast of Scotland looks favourite.

    I'd love to pick your brains, Alan, particularly on sleep management. Also, can't remember what you used for sending back your position reports. And did you use the sextant much, and, and, and...

    I have no need to "come out" as I haven't decided to do it. I am only planning to.
    Black Sheep. Not black, but sometimes sheepish

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    Join Date
    Sep 2006

    Default Re: Jester 2010? Whos doing it?

    You are right about having something to focus on and for me, it was the preparation trip, and then getting the boat (and me) ready. The other thing is telling people. It seems to have been a common strategy to tell as many people as you can that you are doing it, and that makes it harder to pull out !. Feel free to fire as many questions as you like to me, and I am sure the others.

    Sleep in the busier areas was 15 mins max on the egg timers, however this extended in less busy areas, where AIS (and I personally would not do a trip like this without it - i had the basic NASA AIS Radar, and it was fantastic) played a major part.

    I took a satphone and sent daily positions (via text 0 the phone was not connected to a pc) to my brother who posted my positions on the forum.

    My biggest disappointment was that I didnt get the sextant out at all. It seems that there was always something (usually sleep) which carried higher priority. I had a total of 5 independent GPS units on board, 3 powered by batteries other than the boats main units.

    If I was to do it again (maybe 2012), the main thing I would change would be steering gear (I ended up on tiller pilots).
    Life is just far far too short.

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    080653 is offline Registered User
    Location : Scarborough
    Join Date
    Mar 2007

    Default Re: Jester 2010? Whos doing it?

    Being a Scarborough based boat, I had to sail solo along the south and back up the east coasts. I got a lot of sleep out in the atlantic but the coastal bit was very tiring. My solution was to sleep in 30 minute cat naps for one night and anchor or harbour it the next. Obviously ferries, fishing boats were more of a problem to me than oilrigs, they don't tend to move and are good navigational marks!

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    Sep 2007

    Default Re: Jester 2010? Whos doing it?

    I'm still doing it. I may even have found a boat to do it in; I'll let you know what it is if I buy it. I hope to be back on the water before the end of the year and put some East Coast miles in. I expect to join in the 2009 EAORA sailing two-handed to break myself into the longer distances.


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