Bring On the Bubbles
I last had a drink twelve years ago. I always gave up drink on new year until my birthday at the beginning of Feb
On this particular year, I was going to do my round Great Britain and Ireland Challenge in June.
I promised myself I would not have a drink until I came back Unfortunately, things did not go to plan and I had to sell the boat.
But I kept my promise to myself I am expecting to finish my challenge this time so yes please bring the champagne
First glass for twelve years…
So I am stuck here in Dartmouth hiding from storm Horrible Hagar and keeping myself amused. You can see my healthy if low maintenance diet. My body is a temple. Just it’s in ruins.
The ships Lucky Cat Moggy May and her friend Fred Bear
Pictures of my office, living room and man cave. However, I sleep in the cockpit. I get woken every twenty minutes care of my timer. You get to see a photo of a very inclement Dartmouth not nice. The most important instrument on board shows how much electricity I have left.
I am hoping to leave here first thing on Wednesday morning after the back end of Hagar has moved on.
Don’t forget to share this with your Facebook friends as it’s about prostate cancer awareness. I am happy to include others on my friend list.
All you girls have dads, husbands boyfriends that should know what symptoms look for. We blokes are not very good at that and might need the odd nudge.
Or check out my web page
You can follow Maggie Mays adventure by clicking on a link on the web page and chart our progress when I leave my Dartmouth hideout
Enjoy your day, I am.
It is With Great Sadness
I am going to dedicate my trip to a dear sailing friend Simon Tookey who sadly passed away on the 1/06/2017.
Simon was a larger than life character and will be missed by family and friends.
Simon was one of the main reasons I connected my charity page to prostate cancer. He was a prostate cancer survivor only to be taken away from us by another unforgiving disease; motor neurone disease.
Simon’s daughter Blair has her own just giving site to help raise funds for her very personal cause.
She will be abseiling down spinnaker tower which is pretty daunting, especially if you have a fear of heights.
Read her story and please donate:
In honour of Simon, I have renamed my auto-helm Simon. This is pretty apt because anytime I gave Simon the wheel he would never let go. We would need to prise his hands away. I am certain he would have loved to come on this trip with me and will be there in spirit.
A New Start
My new start date will be Sunday 4th June 2017 to complete my quest to sail single handed non stop around Great Britain and Ireland. My last attempt was foiled twice with mechanical issues. The rudder bearing tightened up causing the autohelm to lock out. The auto helm is one off the most important pieces of equipment on board as it steers the boat automatically while I rest and cook meals etc. This happened just off Falmouth. I returned the boat to Poole and had the boat lifted out of the water and the bearing fixed.
Off I go again only to be stopped this time, again just off Falmouth, with an intermittent engine failure. I need the engine to keep my batteries fully charged to run my auto helm. Again no autohelm means I cannot continue.
Due to time constraints, I decided to put off my attempt to a later date
That date is 4th June 2017.
I have put even more effort into my boat preparation this time. Clearly I need to get past Falmouth this time, that my first goal.
I will be updating my web page on www.lindsaycourtyachting.co.uk on a regular basis and you can track the progress of Maggie May as she travels around the country.
More news to follow
Watch this space
The Pulley block
To recall some of my highs and lows of my abortive round Great Britain and Ireland challenge
The sea was a little uncomfortable. That means choppy and I needed to tack the boat. This requires me to release certain pulleys on one side of the boat and re tightening on the other side as the sail tacks across the boat. Half way through the manoeuvre I looked around and wondered why I could see a pulley block actually growing in size. Then it hit me. Smack in the middle of my forehead. That will smart a bit I though and yes it did.
Daily updates of my adventures carry on watching my web page lindsaycourtyachting.co.uk
And he is off 27/6/14
Dad arrived safely back in Poole yesterday after having a steering problem with his boat. Today Maggie May was taken out the water and the problem with the rudder was fixed.
So you will be pleased to know that tomorrow, 27/6/14 at 8am, he will be leaving Poole for his 2nd attempt at this gruelling challenge!
please see tracking link http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-2.0043/centery:50.72097/zoom:8/mmsi:235104161
It is with great Regret that my Father, Lindsay Court has had to retire from the 1st attempt, of this challenge. he has suffered from equipment failure to do with the autohelm, and is unable to continue at this time. and will shortly be putting in to port, i will update as soon as i have more information.
Richard Court (old news) 2nd attempt started 27/6/14
Text Blog from the skipper 23/6/14
Maggie May leaving Poole Harbour 22/6/15
Lindsay Court is exhibiting the yacht Maggie May at Salterns Marina Poole.
On Thursday 12th June 4-8pm and everyone is welcome. Roundbritainvoyage Invite click to download more info
Copy of email being sent out…
Contact for further information:
Philip Griffiths 01202 745704
Preparations well underway for Poole yachtsman preparing to sail Singlehandedly Non-stop Round Britain and Ireland for Prostate Cancer UK
Lindsay Court is exhibiting the yacht Maggie May at Salterns Marina Poole on Thursday 12th June 4-8pm and everyone is welcome. Lindsay Court, 63 years old, from Poole, Dorset is sailing singlehanded non stop round Britain and Ireland for Prostate Cancer UK. Lindsay is setting off on this challenge from Poole Harbour on 22nd June 2014 to help the charity to continue supporting the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK as well as raising awareness of the disease. Lindsay was inspired to take on the challenge to fundraise for Prostate Cancer UK after two of his friends were stricken by prostate cancer recently. Preparations for the voyage are well underway at Salterns Marina near Poole Dorset. The yacht, Maggie May, a 37.5 foot Beneteau, is being prepared for this very challenging voyage with the latest electronic instruments including AIS transponder, radar and chartplotting software. Lindsay is preparing for a very tiring schedule of on/off watches to cover the 2000 mile trip which takes in the English Channel, the Western Approaches, Irish Sea, North Atlantic, North Sea returning to Poole Harbour in mid July. Equipped with a solar charger, generator and batteries the yachts electrical systems have to service a wide range of equipment to ensure Lindsay’s safety and communication. Water supplies and food provisions are sufficient to keep Lindsay in good health and energized for the trip which is estimated to last for just over three weeks. Lindsay said, “This a tremendous challenge for me to achieve in support of Prostate Cancer UK – it’s crucial that we help to bring more funds for research, and more awareness of this awful, killer disease. I am very excited about the voyage ahead and very conscious of the help this can give the Charity. I am particularly concerned to get the message over to my fellow workers in the plumbing and building trades – that there are simple health checks available at your local GP that can identify if you are at risk and allow action to be taken to stop the spread of Prostate Cancer before it is too late“ Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re thrilled with the progress Lindsay is making to take on this challenge to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. It is with support like this that we can help provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by prostate cancer and fund research to help fight the disease.” “With over 40,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK and one man dying every hour, it is our aim to help more men survive the disease and enjoy a better quality of life. We wish Lindsay every success with his challenge.” Prostate Cancer UK is currently engaged in its high profile ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ campaign, which aims to build a united front of men against the disease. Homeland star Damian Lewis, Game of Thrones hard man Charles Dance, Sir Michael Parkinson and rugby legend Will Carling – some of Britain’s most iconic figures – have already signed for Men United, a unique team ‘managed’ by comedian Bill Bailey. Men are being asked to sign here where they can also test their health knowledge by taking a quick quiz. To sponsor Lindsay please visit http://www.justgiving.com/RoundBritainSailingVoyage -Ends- Notes to editors Contact details For more information please contact Leena Patel, at Prostate Cancer UK: Leena.firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3310 7216 About Prostate Cancer UK: Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. We support men and provide vital information. We find answers by funding research into causes and treatments. And we lead change, raising the profile of the disease and improving care. We believe that men deserve better. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Every hour 1 man dies from prostate cancer. One in four Black men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Men United – The Facts: Men United v Prostate Cancer is our call for men to join together in a movement against the common enemy of prostate cancer. The aim is to build a united front of men against this disease. We want to get the message out about one of the UK’s biggest man killers, support men affected by it, and intensify the search for more reliable tests and treatments for the future. The core audience is men over 45 who urgently need to know about this disease, and to do something about it. Men United is not exclusively for men. This is a movement for men, but women will be critical supporters and activists within it. But, the core idea is that men are very consciously facing their health and banding together to right a wrong. News Release Contact for further information: Philip Griffiths 01202 745704 ¬ Poole yachtsman prepares to sail Singlehandedly Non-stop Round Britain for Prostate Cancer UK Lindsay Court, 63, of Poole Dorset. is sailing singlehanded non stop round Britain for Prostate Cancer UK. Lindsay is hoping to raise over £5000 by setting off on this challenge from Poole Harbour on 22nd June 2014 to help the charity to continue supporting the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK. Lindsay was inspired to take on the challenge to fundraise for Prostate Cancer UK after two of his friends were stricken by Prostate Cancer recently. Lindsay said: “I was shocked to learn one day that a customer in our plumbing business – Tradelink – who was always friendly and jolly, came in and informed us he had got Prostate Cancer. We watched him change from Mr happy go lucky to a doomed man over the next few weeks. Fortunately his cancer had been caught early, we can now safely say that he will probably die of old age, rather than the cancer. However, that change in him had a profound effect on me and I vowed to try to make certain that others would benefit from what Prostate Cancer UK do in research and support to tackle this dreadful disease. In particular I want to raise awareness in the plumbing and building trades of the risks to men of Prostate Cancer and encourage those at risk to seek the very important tests for the disease which are available at their GP’s.” Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re thrilled that Lindsay has decided to take on this challenge to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. It is with support like this that we can help provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by prostate cancer and fund research to help fight the disease.” “With over 40,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK and one man dying every hour, it is our aim to help more men survive the disease and enjoy a better quality of life. We wish (name) every success with (his/her/their) (challenge/event).” Prostate Cancer UK is currently engaged in its high profile ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ campaign, which aims to build a united front of men against the disease. Homeland star Damian Lewis, Game of Thrones hard man Charles Dance, Sir Michael Parkinson and rugby legend Will Carling – some of Britain’s most iconic figures – have already signed for Men United, a unique team ‘managed’ by comedian Bill Bailey. Men are being asked to sign here where they can also test their health knowledge by taking a quick quiz. To sponsor Lindsay please visit http://www.justgiving.com/RoundBritainSailingVoyage -Ends-