Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

crossing the Cook Straits

Sailing a pathfinder across the Cook Strait

I’ve just learned that one brave soul has sailed a pathfinder across the strait between north and south island in New Zealand.  Grant Therese achieved this feat yesterday and it took, by my calculations, 9 hours. He was well kitted out with GPS, ERIPs, safety harness etc.  I think the Cook Strait suffers strong winds, fast currents and changeable weather. Friends comment on his excellent preparation and planning in advance.
I don’t think this is a small undertaking by any means. In fact I sense it is a rather impressive achievement. 
I’m missing sailing and am quite looking forward to doing some voyaging. It won’t be on the scale above but my intention this year is to try and sail down to Falmouth via Fowey and spend a few days around the Fal or alternatively sail eastwards around to Torquay via Salcombe, Dartmouth and Brixham.
Well done to grant. Quite some achievement in a small open boat.


Marius said...

Hi Steve,

Coud you post a link to this interesting sounding story please?


steve said...

Hi Marius
Good to her from you
Belated happy new year
I can't post link because it is to forum site. If you join the John welsford builders yahoo group, then subject to moderator approval, you can red developing thread there. I will post a brief edited version here. I did a few minutes research about cook straits earlier on . Some interesting stuff