It's not an easy ride. See Marion's update below on Richard's progress from Ramsgate to Portsmouth:
https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/fundraising/my-page-1623944303270 raising funds for Give the World a Shot & Orphans in the Wild.
7th October. After 10 days stuck, moored at the Ramsgate inner harbour because of dreadful winds and rain, even sheltered, being buffeted about on his Mc.Gregor 26 yacht, Pegasus, Richard who is sailing alone around the UK, at last was on his way to Eastbourne. it was not an easy sail, the seas were still choppy and with the tides not behaving quite like Richard expected, he was either being raced along with the tide or struggled going forward, against it from different angles! He managed to get the jib out but an unexpected squall came along and had to get it down, all in all, it took double the time. Leaving at an amazingly beautiful sunrise to reach Eastbourne very late to be welcomed by Alan Alder who had stayed up to make sure he was ok and helped him dock. Alan was such a help and support. Got his petrol in, was great company and they enjoyed a meal together. They were both at Kongwa School, Tanganyika in the 50’s, although they didn’t actually know each other from those days, reuniting through Facebook, up they met up that evening.
9th October. Leaving Eastbourne, Richard passed Beachy Head from which Alan took some photos, he looks like a tiny dot from the white cliffs! The tide was totally against him causing him to do 4/5 knots instead of 6/8. He passed the Seven Sisters and finally anchored at East Head, Chichester Harbour where he stayed the night, nicely sheltered.
10th October. After enjoying watching quite a few 420 sailing yachts racing early afternoon for a while, with the turning buoy only 300 yards away, he decided to make for Portsmouth, only a short hop along the coast and is now moored where he will stay for a couple of days at the Royal Clarence Marina.
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I am sorry i made out that you are older then you are.
Penzance is in front of you now, not behind you. Hope the winds are kind to you and you get home on schedule.
Update tonight. Well done John and Roly, I am sure your visits were appreciated.
Chichester East Head to Gosport the square sailer is Royalist sea cadet sail training ship.i have enjoyed seeing and meeting with John Grisley ,Roly Simpson,and My friend John Caine and his Wife in Gosport on towards poole tomoz
Post from John Grisley - hope you don't mind me re-posting - who started this forum thread long ago:
I was so pleased to get the opportunity to meet with Richard Kerswell and have a chat over a few bottles of Tusker IPA 😃 Richard is sailing his Battle Hardened Mac M "Pegasus" around Great Britain. Unlike others that famously completed the trip this year and broke records, Richard has actually sailed around Britain. He has visited The Isle of Man, where they refused his landing (Covid restrictions), he has visited Northern Ireland, cruised around the islands off the West coast of Scotland, taking in the Crinnan Canal and St Kilda amongst his exploits. He has sailed up and around the Shetland Isles, down the East Coast of England with its shifting banks, and is now on the home straight, heading West across the South Coast of England. Currently in the Solent area.
I have really enjoyed following his adventure, and been inspired by his seamanship in his hard worked Mac M.
Richard is raising money for two worthy charities whilst ticking off another adventure from his bucket list. One evening was clearly not long enough to hear the many exciting tales Richard can tell from his amazing trip so I hope to catch up with him again when he completes his Odyssey 😃
Check out Richards progress and help him raise money for these worthy charities at:
It really was great to meet Richard. I have found his adventure very inspiring. Not only has he sailed to islands no one else does on their round Britain, he has done the whole trip without an auto-helm. As Mac owners we all know how a Mac likes to "wander" when you leave the helm. Can you imagine some of the long passages that Richard has completed without auto-helm?
My respect for Richard continues to grow the more I speak with him. A very humble gentleman who deserves recognition for this awesome adventure he has undertaken.
I'm looking forwards to cheering him into Penzance when he completes his Odyssey 😃
Are we able to project a date for his return to Penzance? Roughly....
I absolutely echo your comments Griz. I was great to meet him in person in Portsmouth and to hear about all his exploits recent and past. Tales of powering at 12 knots through seas with waves as high as a house ! He is fearless and gas complete confidence in his Peggy . It shows what we can do in our boats , albeit with a good engine. He has a Yamaha 70 and may have tuned it up further , so may well get her on the plane.
I would estimate he will be home the weekend after next , which possibly link in for me.
I am, I hope, going to be in Cornwall from weekend after next for a week; so, if I can, will join the welcome committee.
Update from Marion below, from last night. Nudging his way west....Portland Bill today, yikes:
I’ve just spoken to Richard, he had a great catch up with Pat Worthington, she helped him get fuel and cooked a home cooked meal for him, which he thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed.
He’s been turfed off the Poole Yacht Club pontoon, despite being told he could moor there, as the Chairman says it is a working pontoon, so he’s gone to another part of the harbour but the mooring charge is very high and has decided to move on tomorrow. He’s going to go round Portland Bill, which is a big, big headland if he can. The tide there is very strong, if he finds it is not safe, he will go into Weymouth, if all’s well he will go into Lyme Regis.
Update from Richard yesterday, he'd reached Lyme Regis....ice cream weather....