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How awesome is this. Brian Munro's boat ready for the start of his Sailing Around Britain adventure.
Take a look at his schedule. He was meant to sail on 1st June but is taking care of a few last minute preps.
Will let you know when the boat sets sail!
Absolutely thrilled the boat is almost there. What a hero, Brian is!! Looking forward to seeing his updates
Arise and be all that you dreamed.
I can't look at the boat with OUCH UK in giant letters on it without welling up! I hope all goes smoothly for him, he and his helpers have worked so hard for months on end.
Update! Team Brian are rigging up the mast and almost good to go!
They're off! Smooth sailing!
Update: Boat headed to Eyemouth today after a bow repair.
Update on Brian Munro and the OUCH boat folks (the LAUREN SOPHIA). She sailed past the Bass Rock more than an hour ago on her way to Eyemouth. Ahoy Cap'n!
This is just awesome.
The boat reached Eyemouth at midnight. Well done that crew.
and the boat in Eyemouth harbour
Looking forward to meeting him at Milford Haven and I'm going to try members/sufferers local to me to join me so we can give him a warm welcome! Weather awful today here in Wales, hope it is better for Brian and his beautiful craft! Come on guys, lets have a turn out for Brian at every stop, you can see his schedule on http://sailingaroundbritain.co.uk/
Awesome video of the last minute preps and the launch. I was on the boat yesterday! Will post photos later
What great fun we had meeting the boat and crew at Blyth
more of Blyth
This was the day after Blyth. We told them we'd wave from Souter lighthouse at Marsden. They're that little white dot, haha...
They took this next photo of Souter lighthouse from their vantage point. We are the little black and white dots on the edge of the cliff. Haha.
This is the boat today, earlier this afternoon
Boat left Whitby. Headed for Grimsby today
Well the boat arrived safely in Grimsby at just past 3.00am after a gruelling 21 hour leg!! Well done that crew. Carry on sailing!
This is fab! And beautiful photos.
I have a question and a thought..
Question: the lovely OUCH UK whilte on green background banner...... Does that belong to OUCH? Or did someone just get it made for this occasion? Are we allowed to do that? Or does OUCH own banners that we can borrow when fundraising and publicising?
Thought: without wanting to be inappropriately nosey, it would be great with these fundraising things if a sentence was included to identify the fund raisers connection to CH.... Not everyone knows who everyone is and it would be great to know for example if the fundraiser is a sufferer or has a family member who suffers, or anything else they might care to share. Only when the person is comfortable with doing this of course.
Glad you're enjoying the photos. The banner was ordered by Lisa (Brian's partner) and made by a textile company for the occasion. Lisa iis the sufferer. If you click into the link I put in the second post, there's a menu there where you can read more about them and watch videos of preparation, launching and sailing.
At the moment the boat is in Lowestoft and has been having some maintenance done. Lisa will be joining Brian on the boat on 2nd July and she is so excited!
More updates soon...
After much deliberation, Brian Munro has decided to set sail from Harwich today as it is the best of a bad few stormy days...............we're wishing them a safe and awesome sail. Go storm riders! ⛵️⚓️⛵️⚓️
The guys had to turn back because of a problem with the boat. Will update when they're on their way again.
Well as you can see, they got under way again. Look how far they've got!
Here's one Brian took of Alex, the first mate on Lauren Sophia
Safely in Ramsgate Marina
hi hope ot gointg well,, when we the crew be in portsmouth and where abouts so we can meet up if possible? al the best d
Never quite sure of the ETAs as there are sometimes hold ups like maintenance/weather to hold things up but we do get to know pretty quick when the boat is on the move again. Like today! Yay! Dover in sight....
and Lisa Strachan, the skipper's lady flying down to join the crew as we speak. So exciting for her.
Lisa is now onboard and is certainly going to liven things up! Kate Little was there to take these photos of them leaving Dover headed for Eastbourne
Safe journey to Eastbourne gang!
Skipper Brian Munro has been interviewed on the phone for Wessex FM, he's creating lots of attention and awareness as he goes. Brilliant stuff. They're in Brighton today, some essential work on the boat to do but hope they fit in a bit of relaxation too.
Boat's headed for Portsmouth today. They left at first light.
A lovely video of the Lauren Sophia leaving Dover. Filmed by Kate Little
Brian Munro and Rob Chapman interviews on radio Solent. Skip through to 02:10.00 to hear it. Well done guys!
What date was the interview? The link goes to all dates.
Is there any chance it could be 'you tubed' for posterity as per the radio interviews for CH awareness day?
Update from skipper Brian Munro:
"Well yesterday proved to be yet another learning curve. We slipped the needles on the ebb of the tide which worked out pretty well and thought we would have enough tide to take us passed the Portland races. On paper this looked like a well thought out plan, however , sometimes plans don't turn out as you would like to expect. The races turned out to be a lot stronger than we had anticipated so much so that we went on to engine on full throttle and end end up going backwards in the direction we had came at over five knots. To make matters worse the engine decided it wasn't going to play and started over heating . Not a great situation to be in so far from shore. We pulled out the gib and turned and fled for safer waters to assess the situation. As it turned out ,none of us onboard are marine mechanics so an accurate assessment on the situation couldn't be established but we knew there was a problem so the decision was taken in the interest of all aboard that we would head for safe haven, that being Poole our nearest harbour. So under sail we safely docked in saltus Marina."
Latest from skipper Brian Munro: "Strong wind forecast implemented so a day of tinkering with the boat ... Tomorrow looks more favourable , here's tomorrow's passage ....the inner passage is out of the question as winds are still high but offshore is possible if we can average enough speed to pass the headland and get 5-6 miles out and stay on the ebb to pass the races ... Very early start ..."
Sorry Harriet, I have just seen your question about the radio interview, don't know how I missed it. It was 7th July and as I understand it, is only kept on for so long. I wouldn't know how to go about you tubing it...
The gang have been stranded in Weymouth as the engine failed and they need one for getting in and out of harbours. An engineer condemned the engine so Brian sourced a new one and is currently raising funds to buy it. One of our sufferers has set up a group to follow the boat on facebook and has also set up a fundraiser for the new engine so that the boat can continue on its journey. They've been interviewed again by another newspaper (from Aberdeen) and that may help matters. Should be in today I think. They deserve to carry their mission through - they've raised so much awareness for the cause and also lots of donations which have been coming straight to OUCH, for which we are very grateful. Everything's crossed!
Brian and Lisa in the news
After being stranded in Weymouth for a few weeks it now begins to look like the boat can continue its journey. Unfortunately, Alex had to leave but after appeals went out, a small business owner, Marc Rogers, shut up shop and joined Brian on the boat last night for a ten day stint. A new engine has been fitted and is to be tested out today. Good luck Brian and Marc - we look forward to following your continuing adventures!
Great news today. The boat left Weymouth at last and headed West to Dartmouth where it has just arrived safely. Well done Brian and Marc!
Onwards to Plymouth today!
When you see it on the map you realise how far they've come through literally hell and high waters for us. Two weeks stuck in Weymouth and now it's catchup time with help from Brian's temporary first mate Marc.
This is a sight for sore eyes when you see the OUCH UK banner sail past your home town. Don't miss it if you get the chance! I'm so pleased I got the chance to see it twice.
Brian Munro and crewmate Marc Rogers set sail from Plymouth on the Lauren Sophia this morning headed for Falmouth. This is such a great awareness mission for CH and every penny of funds raised will be used for the benefit of our members. Smooth sailing boys! ⛵
Photos and footage taken by Marc Rogers during his time on the Lauren Sophia.
The gang had a great day's sailing to Pwhllei ⛵️ next stop Holyhead.
The boat safely arrived in Holyhead.
The boat is in Scottish waters! They did a massive leg, bypassing the Isle of Man and have now arrived at Port Tarbert.
Here's the proposed schedule:
− Crinnock Canal
− Fort William
− Inverness (via Caledonian Canal)
− Port Edgar
Our beautiful boat left Oban this morning. Next stop Fort William! I can't believe this mission is nearing its completion. Such an amazing journey. So grateful for all they've put into it.
The Lauren Sophia is now in Aberdeen folks! Nearly home after all the trials and tribulations. A later return than was planned methinks so really well done on this achievement. The mission is almost complete.
Well done Brian Munro and all crewmates who joined him on the beautiful Lauren Sophia. Home safe, mission complete. Thank you all.
Trustee Scott Bruce presented Brian with a thank you keepsake trophy and medals for the crew for an epic journey in aid of OUCH.
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