I'm off. I left Cowes this morning at 4.

I'm off.
I left Cowes this morning at 4.15 and two hours later i'm clearing the Needles.
The tide is with me and we're moving very fast in a brisk 25 knots of wind. The wind is set to increase later so i'm not sure if i'll stop go dartmouth or press on, we'll see.
Well, finally we're off.
Marco.

Ready to go

I spent the weekend doing the last few odd jobs on the boat and had a chance to go out and take a few picures in the Solent, at 30+ knots I had 3 reefs in the main and the number 4 rather than a nice colourful kite but it was a nice chance to check that all the heavy weather gear was in order before setting off for the bluQube Solo 1000... Wednesday I'll leave Cowes heading for Mylor and I'm feeling ready to go.

Marco.

British Beagle

We did it! We rounded Cape Horn!!!

What a day, we finally rounded Cape Horn! I think it will take me a while
to fully process this fact but I'm sure it'll live in my thoughts for the
rest of my life, arriving here has been at times tremendously tough and
yesterday just when the weather was finally improving we were left with a
a last minute reminder of where we are, a squall came through during the
night bringing another stint of 50 knots winds and lots of snow, it was
quite surreal... In some respects it is an anticlimax, you wait for this
moment all your life and there you are holding a sign which reads CAPE
HORN, the only indication that you have made it apart of course from the
GPS position. We still haven't seen any sign of land let alone the
legendary cliffs of the most famous cape in the world!

But I'm sure it will sink in slowly, day by day, until I'll wake up one
morning thinking to myself "I bloody did it, I rounded the Horn!".

The weather has been constantly improving but it is still bitterly cold
and I cant wait to be making progress towards warmer climates. We have
several days of light winds ahead of us which is often the case after a
big gale but this will seriously slow us down, we have no chance
whatsoever of catching up Cessna as they will manage to escape to the
north of the high pressure forming east of the Tierra del Fuego on our
path towards the finish line in Punta del Este, some 1350 miles away. But
I dont regret my choice of avoiding the worst of the storm, we're all in
one piece, no damage and happily making progress towards Uruguay.

We have already received many messages of congratulations and we really
want to thank everyone that has taken the time to write to us during the
storm and to celebrate the rounding of the Horn, remember you can send us
a message directly to the boat via www.marconannini.com/sms

I wish I was with my girlfriend Ella and my friends and family to
celebrate this moment, I guess we'll have to wait till we are on dry land
as surely this leg deserves the biggest piss up of them all! I'd really
like to thank those who have sent some virtual beers and champagne to help
us celebrate via www.marconannini.com/help

CONGRATULATIONS! by Françoise (not verified)
CONGRATULATIONS! by Françoise (not verified)
Complimenti Marco e buon by Daniele (not verified)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! by Joanne / RainbowChaser (not verified)