"Grey Ghost" will be sending us regular updates of their progress in Venture 14

As if the crew on board the 10m Scorpion RIB Grey Ghost don’t have enough to think about during their 2,500-mile trip from London to Monte Carlo, we managed to convince them to send us pictures and updates along the way.

We’re not promising much – they have greater concerns than emailing Motor Boat & Yachting after every leg, like consuming copious amounts of cold lager – but what they do send in will end up here.

So far, helmsman Paul Glenister has sent us a handful of pictures from the opening weekend, where the teams went from St.Katharine Docks to Lorient, France via Jersey.

As I type, they are bashing their way towards Arcachon, right through the teeth of the Bay of Biscay. Remember you can follow the boats’ progress on the Venture Track website.

Here is what Paul had to say in his brief emails:

Saturday 7 June, 18:39: “We enjoyed a Police escort up the Thames early this morning, now arrived safely in Jersey. Weather good today on day one, off for a beer now!”

Sunday 8 June, 19:28: “Day two – the fleet arrives in Lorient, France. All still in one piece.”

Pictures below: Paul Glenister and Neil Holmes of Grey Ghost look relieved after the first leg.

Paul takes a seat on Cube52 after the fleet ties up in Lorient.

We will be posting updates from the crew as and when they arrive, so keep checking back.

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