The Start of the Jester – Photos

March 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

Brian Bird posted some photos of the Plymouth start of the Jester Baltimore Challenge last year on the ybw.com forum and kindly sent me copies.

I’m the red and white chute in the middle… Oh and it does rather look like I’m overtaking bigger boats

What a lovely day that was.

Thanks Brian!

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Jester Baltimore Challenge – Part 1 Plymouth to The Lizard

January 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Here’s Part 1 of my video of last summer’s Jester Baltimore Challenge which shows the start, from Plymouth to The Lizard.

I can’t believe it was only 6 months ago…

All Eyes on the Weather.

June 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Weather Report Monday 1st June 2015

So, I’m in Plymouth Yacht Haven sitting out yet more windy weather…  Just under two weeks to go to the Jester Challenge and I’m using the time constructively making final preparations (securing things down mainly, but more on that in another post). The Navik’s had a couple of run outs and is working well. I’ve managed to clock up 75 miles in the last week or so which i thinks a lot for ‘pottering’.

I’m watching the weather closely though, as no doubt are all the Jester Challengers. I have to say things are looking brighter for next week, and Simon Keeling has just forecast a period of fairly settled, albeit thundery high pressure. So that means Easterlies (!)

Im also watching Magic Seaweed, as I like their surf chart which models the expected swell. The free service runs out a week ahead and you can see the chart here. Press play in the top right hand corner and it will roll through the days.

Finally, I have to say windguru.cz has been pretty much spot on lately, though more than a few days ahead does seem quite changeable.

As for me, I’ll be here in the marina til after my final dentists appointment on Wednesday… Then I need a good week of mile building and some night hours to test everything’s ok properly. I really need to do some longer runs. I’m thinking Plymouth to Dartmouth to Helford (making the run up to 100 miles with a few big tacks) back to Plymouth for mid-end next week, ready to refuel and rest up ahead of the Challenge.

Just need it not to be blowing a gale with a 3m swell “ideally”…

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