J51/8C SITREP 3 1500H 17th June 2021 A busy 24 hours at Milford Haven as Jesters from both Pwllheli and Plymouth start to arrive. The Pwllheli boats probably had more favourable winds and so it was no surprise that the first three arrivals were from the north: Ella Trout III, Roger Fitzgerald, crossed the line … Continue reading Jester 51/8 SITREP 3
The great news is that thanks to the support and efforts of Captain Paulo da Silva, the Praia da Vitoria Port Captain, the Jester Challenge has been granted a special dispensation to sail directly to Praia da Vitoria as our port of entry to the Azores. (Please note that this is granted only to the … Continue reading Jester Azores Challenge 2021
With Baltimore Pirates’ Week cancelled, and Ireland still reluctant to accept visiting yachts, 51/8 is a one-off Challenge that, while giving yachts a good sail in open sea, will keep the fleet more or less in UK waters, and obviate any need for Covid-related testing. The challenge will be conducted in the spirit of the … Continue reading Jester 51/8 Challenge 2021
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THE JESTER CHALLENGE DEFINEDSeamanship without ShowmanshipHe knows not where he's goingFor the ocean will decide.It’s not the destinations,It's the glory of the ride. After many years of superb organisation, Ewen Southby-Tailyour has handed over the Jester helm to Roger Taylor, George Arnison and Howard Chivers. Please click here for more information.
Prognosis of future Jester Challenges (JC, JAC and JBC) with very rough, out-line start dates. 2020 Azores mid/late May (JAC) postponed 2021 Baltimore mid June (JBC) 2021 Azores mid June and following on from the JBC with simultaneous starts at Plymouth and Baltimore. “Two for the price of none!” 2022 Newport early/mid May (JC) 2023 … Continue reading Upcoming challenges
J51/8C SITREP 2 1300H 16TH June 2021 Light winds and slow progress continue to take their toll on the Plymouth starters. Blue Diamond, Katie Long, has retired to the Isles of Scilly. Kerrin II, Ronald Olivier, is currently in Falmouth but waiting for more favourable winds before continuing. Black Magic, John Moody, was anchored in … Continue reading Jester 51/8 SITREP 2
J51/8C SITREP 1 2100H 14TH June 2021 The fleet has largely been ravaged by light winds right from the start, with the prospect of more to come. Reports in so far: A number of Jesters anchored on Saturday night at Looe to wait for the tide. Anomaly, Mark Castle-Smith, retired to Fowey. Belgean, Bill Churchouse, … Continue reading Jester 51/8 SITREP 1
Small Boat Atlantic Crossing on a Budget. If you have ever dreamed of sailing a small boat a long distance on a low budget, then this is the book for you. Nor should age be a barrier, as 73-year-old Basil Panakis proves in his exciting voyages with the Jester Challenge, single-handed sailing event. Basil … Continue reading Jester Challenge and Beyond
Single-handed Ocean Sailing in Small Boats Wivenhoe Sailing Club 30th November 2019 at 7.30pm The Wivenhoe Sailing Club is delighted to welcome John Apps to the club on Saturday 30th November to talk about his single-handed ocean sailing experience in boats mostly less than 30 feet. Known amongst his friends as the East Coast’s … Continue reading Single-handed Ocean Sailing in Small Boats