Andy's Dream

To sail non-stop solo around the world in honour of the 9 people who first attempted it 50 years ago with the Golden Globe race, and to raise awareness of these people and hopefully inspire others to chase their own dreams.

GoldenGlobeRaceRoute

You can help Andy by visiting https://fundly.com/crazy-sailing-challenge

News ...

18th July 2018

Current Position - N50.57599  W6.00634

Today finds Andy about 30NM NNW of Lands End following a close passage to shore to contact shore base for some advice. Since then his track looks like he has been trying to write something (I think it's WBYC but I am biased). Winds from the South West are hampering his progress but with the winds staying in the SW-W corner he will continue to struggle. Shore base had a good long chat with him and between us we managed to sort his problems and come up with some solutions to little niggles. The next time we will be able to talk will be if he is close enough to the Scilly Isles. Good progress and spirits high he is sleeping well and eating better. Talk soon Andy.

17th July 2018

Current  Position - N50.53645  W5.78085

This morning finds Andy 25miles north of Lands End progress has been slow due too very light winds but ground has been covered since yesterday. He was a bit down yesterday morning due to lack of sleep and food (no time to cook something decent) he slept a bit in the afternoon and some simple food, spirits lifting. AIS was down for most of yesterday and shore base was unable to contact him but AIS back up and running. Forecast for the next 24hrs West backing southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate sea fair weather and good visibility.

 

16th July 2018

Current Position - N51.10  W5 21 - level with Ilfracombe (East West) and Milford Haven (North South)

He's off... Saturday 14th July 2018 at 2036 Andy started his epic voyage. With a good breeze and the ebb tide to help him set off down the Bristol Channel only for the wind to abandon him in the early

hours. No wind means no hydravane to steer for him so Andy spent all night keeping a very watchful eye out in a very busy shipping area. The wind was fickle again all day Sunday and following a telephone call to base he is in good spirits and looking forward to his adventure. Monday morning found him mid-point between Lundy and the Welsh coast with, yet again no wind but an improving forecast.

So the big day has arrived. Andy postponed the start to get a few niggles sorted out - and the big news is that it's looking good for a departure on Saturday 14th July. We are going down to the Weston Bay Yacht Club to see him off from about 5:30, and he'll be leaving the bay around 8:30 all being well.

About the 1968 Golden Globe Race

In 1968 nine people attempted to become the first to sail non-stop solo around the world. A 10 month journey through some of the most dangerous waters in the world, alone and in a time before satellite navigation and satellite communications.  9 people made the attempt, only 1 made it to the finish line. Each of their stories are fascinating and inspiring, and well worth reading about.

Here’s a start: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday_Times_Golden_Globe_Race

This year is their 50th Anniversary, and I’d like to invite you to honour these great sailors by overcoming a challenge and pushing towards making your own dreams come true.

About Andy

My name is Andy Press. I grew up sailing, coastal hopping in Devon and trips over to France and the Biscay coast with family. This all abruptly stopped when I was 19 and for the last 20 odd years I’ve been yearning to return to my beloved ocean. Time goes quickly and dreams get put on hold.

Enough was enough and for the last 8 years I’ve been saving and working towards getting back on the water as well as making this voyage a reality. A non-stop solo around the world attempt following the route of the original event.

Finally bought my boat last year, she is not only beautiful but has exceeded all my hopes and expectations. There is a lot of work to get her ready for serious ocean sailing, but she is more than capable.

I'm planning on having an Open Boat day on the 23rd June, for people to come along, have a nose about and ask any questions. The planned departure date at the moment is the 30th June. Both events taking place here at the yacht club.

About what WBYC will be doing

We're helping and supporting Andy as best we can. We'll be adding to this story over time, and providing updates from Andy as we get them. We'll be holding events leading up to his departure, including a BBQ for the Open Boat day mentioned earlier.

New Crewmember for SV Greenfingers

Meet Louis, the latest addition to the SV Greenfingers crew, seen here familiarizing himself with the ships helm.
Louis is no stranger to adventure having already ridden on the front of a motorcycle from Land's End to John o' Groats and back again raising money for the RNLI. Louis brought them luck and a big thanks to the RNLI for letting him join the Greenfingers crew on this coming adventure.
Please show the RNLI some love, these brave souls endure tough conditions to save the lives of others every day. They are entirely reliant on volunteers and supporters like you.
Please give generously and if you see a volunteer give them a hug, unless they are rushing off on another call in which case get out of their way.
https://rnli.org/