Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Finally got some pics and video links online!

Hiya followers! Cookie has been having a good restful snooze in Lympstone Inner harbour for the winter and has had snow on her decks for the first time in 20 years!!!! Yikes! It snowed so hard it even covered Cookies foredeck net??!! Michelle is telling me to hurry up and go to the nice warm pub round the corner!

Link to Jester Challenge Cookie pics uploaded so far -

Link to Jester Challenge Cookie video clips uploaded so far -

Don't forget all you folks out there...................follow your dreams !

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Rory & Cookie resting up!!!!!

Thanks to all who gave Cookie and I a fantastic welcome back to Terra Firma late Monday night. Even Tiki 21 designers - James Wharram and Hanneke Boon had made the trip up from Cornwall to be there. A great surprise to a dazed sailor stepping ashore to have all this noise and hubbub going on. I tried hard to make sure everyone got a bit of champagne spray on them!!

It was certainly a dream run back across the North Atlantic. Cookie as capable as ever, needing no repairs at all this time. After a slow start the first 3 days, we had a weather front pass over and we were off, riding SW winds the whole way for the next 19 days!! I got bored! Read 5 paperbacks in all and wrote the first 100 pages of the 'book'! I had time this trip to enjoy cooking and even put on a little weight for a change!!

As with the Jester Challenge to USA, the last miles were the most frustrating. When you can just about see the finish line, the wind gives out. I did more sail changes from Scillies to Exmouth than I did the whole Atlantic!

Big thanks to Dave de la Cour, who was my weather eyes for the trip home and added a joke of the day on each text. Good on ya mate!

It is fantastic to be with my kids Josh and Soph again. 2 months is the longest we have been apart and I missed them like mad. We have lots of fun kids' stuff to catch up on!!

Thank you one and all to all of you who have donated to the Francis Chichester Trust. Now we have nearly reached the 2,500 pound mark with some additional cheques forthcoming. That means we will have made it possible for 3 more young kids to have the chance to go on an Outward Bound course. Just brilliant!!!!

For my part, I have had a very successful adventure and thank you again to all those who have helped to make it possible. I urge all of you who read this, to recognise your dreams and take the first bold step towards making them reality. Go on!! I for one, know you can do it!! Happy trails dreamers :-)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Monday 2nd August 2010 Position Update - Home At Last!

Rory's Spot
GPS location
Date/Time:08/02/2010 23:36:51 BST

Well at long last, Rory is home! Big thanks to Adam Butt & Maximus, Alan Dixon & Richard Crisp for that last little tow home. And also Lympstone Sailing Club for the welcome home & mum, dad & family for champagne & pasties! I am sure after a night's rest, Rory will post his comments tomorrow.

It has been a fantastic adventure,and I will be a little lost now that the blog is nearly done, but thanks to all that have followed!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Monday 2nd August Position Update

It's going to be a long day!! No wind...... it always starts and finishes like this!! Maybe tonight?

Rory's Spot
GPS location Date/Time:08/02/2010 07:04:28 BST

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Saturday 31st July 2010 Position Update

Rory's Spot
GPS location Date/Time:07/31/2010 14:16:15 BST

He is right around the corner!! Come on Cookie!

Friday, 30 July 2010

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Wednesday 28th July Position Update

Rory's Spot
GPS location Date/Time:07/28/2010 14:21:40 BST

Well only a few days left of blogging for this trip! Hmm, I will have to find something else to do with my time now! Rory & Cookie are still flying along!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Tuesday 27th July Position Update

Rory's Spot
GPS location Date/Time:07/27/2010 14:15:46 BST

Very brief chat with Rory tonight. He is happy to be marking the miles off. 10 knots of breeze, with full sail up when I spoke to him. And they topped the best run again, so Cookie's best 24hr run is now 185 miles!! He reckons he has about 800 miles to go, so I think early next week he should be arriving back into Lympstone Harbour!!
What a fantastic trip they are having!! I am really very proud of both of them :)

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