“I’m off !”

 

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Day 1 Monday, November 28, 2016

This image is from a new system Glenn installed on WestWindII called InReach. It uses satellite technology to locate Glenn  and then sends an update via email every 4 hours. It’s a backup to the onboard Winlink system that will allow him to communicate his daily lat/long along with his blog entries via email which will be posted here.  

In Reach Satellite Communicator on board WestWindII

I received a text message from Glenn moments ago … “I’m off! Just left Poverty Bay and Young Nick’s Head (named after Captain Cook’s cabin boy).”

Glenn leaves Gisborne

Thanks to everyone in Gisborne who helped Glenn make his repairs and offered their warm kiwi hospitality.   

 

WestWind II is coming home

DDay Trial Isl

West Wind II is now off the market, no longer for sale in Australia. 

Glenn will sail her to New Zealand in November, 2014 and further plans will be made. We’ll update the blog as we approach his departure date. Stay tuned.

Glenn meets HRH The Duke of York

HRH The Duke of York listens intently to Glenn's answer to his question about weather and sea conditions in the southern ocean during his official visit to RVYC May 19, 2013 Photo: Ellie Matheson

HRH The Duke of York listens intently to Glenn’s answer to his question about weather and sea conditions in the southern ocean during his official visit to RVYC May 19, 2013 Photo: Ellie Matheson

HRH The Duke of York listens intently to Glenn’s answer to his question about weather and sea conditions in the southern ocean during his official visit to RVYC May 19, 2013 Photo: Ellie Matheson

It’s not every day you meet a Prince. We had the honour, recently, of meeting and chatting with HRH The Duke of York on his official visit to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Watch the video of the event.

Prince Andrew was interested in how the more extreme forms of sailing challenges us and “connects us to nature and to ourselves” as he put it. He was genuinely interested in Glenn’s circumnavigation and the two happily chatted for about 15 minutes. Prince Andrew had obviously given it some thought beforehand and asked Glenn a number of specific questions – Why take on the challenge? Which route will you take? What kind of boat do you have? Why west about? and.. How does your wife feel about this?

Glenn and HRH The Duke of York share a laugh during his official visit to RVYC. May 19, 2013.<br />Photo: Ellie Matheson

Glenn and HRH The Duke of York share a laugh during his official visit to RVYC. May 19, 2013.
Photo: Ellie Matheson

He wished Glenn good luck on his voyage and asked to be kept informed about his progress, particularly when he crosses the finish line. We gave his aides the url for this blog and who knows… maybe we’ll see a comment from HRH on these pages from time to time. Stay tuned.