The GOR has now come to an end and its time to return the boat back to her home in the Hamble, UK. Prize giving was on Saturday night and the weekend was full of celebrations. Our new crew have joined Phesheya and we are in full on cruising mode heading north up the coast of Brittany.
Prize giving was full of surprises for everybody. Phesheya and her crew did very well not only being the only two crew have sailed the whole way around the world together but I walked away with the Spirit award and the best sailor award for the GOR. I never expected either of these two prizes to be in my hands 3 years ago. The Spirit award was awarded by the GOR race committee and Gottfried Possl of Celox Sailing awarding the best sailor award. Nick won a media award for best media input during Leg 5 of the GOR. Alan Green from the Race Committee then awarded our navigation award for the best estimated time to Cape Horn from 1000 miles out. These were two lovely gold engraved yachts and membership to the Royal Institute of Navigation in London.
Nick and I were both awarded finishing trophies for completing the whole of the GOR. These amazing trophies were stainless steal engraved Class 40s personally for each yacht, with the unique orange top mainsail.
Leaving Prize Giving with a smile on both of our faces as we achieved much more than both of us expected! Third in a double handed round the world race from 6 boats! Thank you to everybody who drove or flew in for the occasion, it certainly made it very special.
On Monday afternoon Nick and I boarded Phesheya with our new crew. My brother Richard has flown in from South Africa and my cousin Greg has flown in from the UK to help us deliver the boat back to her home in the Hamble.
Josh Hall the GOR race director cast off our lines and wished us well for the final leg. The sun was shining brightly but the breeze was chilly and it was not long before everybody was wrapped up warmly. We beat all night until sun rise when we were able to crack off slightly off Belle Ile. We are sailing very close to the coast under full main and stay sail. The winds have been light and forward of the beam. Last night we enjoy home cooked stew that my Mum, Dad and Richard cooked up before we left Les Sables.
It has been wonderful to have someone else on watch with me to talk to and help keep a look out. Although it does feel a bit strange having another two people on board….
Our position on Tuesday morning is: 047* 23 N, 003* 31W off the island of Belle Ile near Lorient on the Brittany coast.