Yacht Fathom - Setting off from England in May 2016 on a single-handed voyage somewhere a bit warmer

Return to Yarmouth

I will never forget the incredible welcome on my return to the Solent after 37,000 nautical miles around the world. I sailed to 19 countries and 80 islands, incredible places such as the uninhabited coral atolls of the Tuamotu’s in the South Pacific, isolated villages in Madagascar and iconic landmarks such as the Opera House in Sydney Harbour, but nothing beats the sight of the Needles appearing on the horizon after 4 years and 2 months away.


Thank you to everyone that came out to greet me, both ashore and afloat. It was a special day and a perfect way to finish my voyage on the River Yar, surrounded by friends and family at the very place I learnt to sail in my Optimist dinghy all those years ago.


Some facts and figures from The Voyage of Fathom:

*Miles under the keel: 37,223.3

*Length of voyage (Yarmouth to Yarmouth):4 years, 2 months, 4 weeks and 2 days

*Intended length of voyage: 12 months

*Countries visited excluding territories: 19

*Islands visited: 80

*Best 24 hour run under sail: 167 nautical miles (South Atlantic)

*Best 24 hour run under sail and engine: 201 nautical miles (Mozambique Channel)

*Total number of days where Fathom was on the move: 524

*Total nights alone at sea: 272

*Longest passage: Panama to the Marquesas, 4,000 nautical miles

*Longest time alone at sea before making landfall: 5 weeks and 3 days

*Max wind speed encountered: 49.5 knots (East Coast Australia)

*Longest time spent hove to. 3 days straight

*Fastest speed over the ground: 12.6 knots

*Largest number of people onboard for drinks: 14

*Largest number of people from one nationality onboard at the same time: 11 Norwegians

*Largest number of people sleeping onboard: 5 during the Panama Canal crossing (cosy)

*Number of times I had to jump overboard at sea to clear rope or net from the propeller: 4

*Number of times I was seasick: 0

*Number of times a meal ended up on the cabin floor: 7

Then and Now:


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