Home is the Sailor Home from the Sea – September 2016

Megan (Pembroke 2004) and Ed (St Johns 2001) Clay have just spent 13 months sailing their Contessa 38, Flycatcher of Yar, around the North Atlantic. Setting out from Cobnor on 8th August 2015 and heading south across the Bay of Biscay in late August, they explored Galicia and Portugal before sailing west to Maderia and on to the Canaries. In the Autumn, they pressed south to Gambia where they headed 150 miles inland on the river before visiting the Cape Verde Islands on the way across the Atlantic to Barbados.

After a sunny few months in the Windward and Leeward Islands they sailed past Puerto Rico and through the Bahamas before making landfall at Charleston in South Carolina. They spent the spring working up the East Coast of the States to Maine, before visiting Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. The few photographs below will give you some idea of the experiences they had on this memorable trip.

The next landfall was the west coast of Greenland, where they were joined by Tom Smedley (St Johns 2005) for the trip up into the Arctic Circle – as far as Disko Bay and 70 degrees north. Ben Lister (Christs 2003) joined them there for the trip south to Cape Farewell and then back across the Atlantic, arriving home on 12 September 2016. More words and pictures are on the website of the voyage (opens in a new window).

Humpback whales, Disko Bay, Greenland
Humpback whales, Disko Bay, Greenland

 
Megan and Ed look out over Disko Bay
Megan and Ed look out over Disko Bay

 
Lucky we are not the Titanic ... Disko Bay
Lucky we are not the Titanic … Disko Bay

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