Upcoming challenges

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

Jester Challenge and Beyond

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

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

‘2008’ Jester Azores Reunion

The 2008 Jester Azores Challenge was one of the most successful so far with 42 entrants and 29 finishers. To celebrate this success and renew old friendships an evening dinner and re-union is being organised on Saturday 23rd February, 2019 at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club in Ipswich, Suffolk. Whilst priority for dinner places will … Continue reading ‘2008’ Jester Azores Reunion

Jester Challenge: Preparing for a solo adventure

Originally published in PBO magazine by Ben Meakins, Feb 2015 Two-time solo Atlantic racer Basil Panakis shows PBO’s Ben Meakins how he prepared his 25ft yacht to face the Jester Challenge He that would go to sea for pleasure would go to hell for pastime,’ runs the old saying. But where does that leave the … Continue reading Jester Challenge: Preparing for a solo adventure

Medusa’s challenge – Tim Luke

Tim and Medusa, First finishers Jester 2018. Transatlantic Summary (non technical): The stressful bit was getting Medusa to Plymouth a couple of weeks before the start. Then, with 72 hours to go, discovering that the replaced battery monitoring system had failed again and needed replacing during a Bank Holiday. Crossing the start line on 7th … Continue reading Medusa’s challenge – Tim Luke