Sunday, 21 March 2010

More support!

Big, big thanks goes out to the MacGregor family who live near Ivybridge in Devon. Julian and family were neighbours of ours out in Belize and we have shared many great times. Thanks for coming aboard as supporters and helping make the dream come alive!

Family support!

Many thanks goes out to my stepfolks - Pete & Anita Robins for their generous support and donation of funds to be able to purchase the last pieces of vital equipment. Thanks guys - it all helps to bring the dream into reality.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Lympstone Sailing Club Talk

It was a very warm welcome at the Lympstone Sailing Club on Friday 12th March. I was invited to give a slide show and talk on the previous world voyage on Cookie. The talk was titled "Dare to Dream" to emphasize the success from living out your dreams. Special thanks to Brian Ridge and Richard Crisp for organizing the club venue.
My family and I are now members of the club and have been presented with the LSC burgee to fly during the Jester Challenge!
From the generosity of the club members at the talk, we made a fund raising start of 102 pounds for the Sir Francis Chichester Trust. Thank you to all who attended!

Link to LSC website is

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Chosen Charity for Cookies Jester Challenge

I am very pleased to announce the continued partnership with the Sir Francis Chichester Trust for Cookies Jester Challenge. I helped raise funds for this Trust back in 1997 after finishing the round the world voyage. The Trust assists underprivileged Devon youths to take Outward Bound courses - a legacy left behind by the famous adventurer Francis Chichester.
2010 marks the 50th anniversary year of the original OSTAR Atlantic race that Francis Chichester competed in 1960, so there is a close connection with this charity and the fact that Cookie will be sailing the North Atlantic course in the wake of the mighty Francis Chichester.
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Monday, 8 March 2010

Musto is a sponsor!

Another fabulous step forwards in the project came this week when Musto agreed to supply one of their famous HPX ocean drysuits. That's going to make a huge difference to my life aboard and to survive the northern seas with my tropical bones!!!!! Big, big thanks goes out to Tamsin Hannan, Michelle McDougall and all the team at Exeter Musto including Carl Studholme and Emmie Brown. It's an honour to have the best gear to wear!

Cookies new home for a few weeks!

After a very safe and enjoyable drive down from Portsmouth with Cookie being towed by the mighty Barnes, we arrived at Lympstone and offloaded into my very patient and generous in-laws garden for a few weeks of repair work before re-launching. Huge thanks to Barnes Dave and Phil for more powerful muscle and huge thanks to Jen & Gus for the use of garden space.......I promise to make sure the lawn is green and healthy again afterward!!!!!

Cookie arrives into Portsmouth

Weds March 3rd and our container with Cookie and house gear is unloaded at Portsmouth from the Fyffes ship M/V Elsebeth. The guys at MMD Shipping did a great job of getting all cleared in with customs and we were ready to go and pick it all up on Friday. My stepbrother - Barnes and brother in laws - Dave and Phil all rallied to our help to give some muscle to the project. Huge thanks to all 3 who gave up a day off work to come and help out. I hired a big van and car trailer to handle the load and we had a perfectly clear and crisp winters day for the drive up and back. Special thanks to David Spencer and Gary Nolan of MMD for allowing us to unload at the port.

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