Nick Jaffe puts his single-handed & self-funded world voyage aboard his Contessa 26' on hold

I’m not even going to apologise for going on all these blog holiday – actually no, I can’t help myself, I’m terrible, I’m sorry. Apologies also go to all those people who write to me, and get replies weeks later, or have their words drift into binary obscurity as emails back themselves up thirty pages down. So now, from the comfort of the worlds smallest continent, I’ll try and explain.

Two Friday’s ago I had the fun opportunity to talk to a bunch of little people. While I tried to make funny jokes about visiting Columbus’ house in the Canary Islands, and the reason for painting Constellation red was purely to increase her speed, questions about deadly snakes and whether Tasmanian devils really exist abounded. In all reality, I feel that little people are able to comprehend killer animals better than small boat voyages – one seems cool, and the other makes little or no sense. At my uncles school I spoke to three classes of third graders about sailing, Australia, venom and geography. It was great fun, and I’ve decided to sell Constellation and invest my money in time machine research, because having your lunch made everyday, getting half day on Friday’s, and playing with toys for 70% of your time, is awesome.

The rest of Nick Jaffe’s blog following his single-handed journey from Holland to Australia onboard his 1972 Contessa 26′ can be found here…