Round Britain in aid of RNLI

Motorboater Nick Craddock, who is circling the UK coast for charity, has made it across the Irish Sea and despite problems is hoping to make it to Scotland early this week.

Estate agent Nick and wife Jo are taking their Phantom 43 to ports around the UK this summer, having set off from Brixham in May.

In each port they aim to link with local estate agents to raise funds for the RNLI.

They reached the Isle of Man last week but the bad weather delayed their departure.

In Nick’s latest blog, he writes: “It appears that we have appeased the Gods, because yesterday and today have dawned bright and sunny.

“We departed Douglas harbour through the lifting bridge at 8.45 this morning, leaving behind a melee of motorbikes awaiting the start of the TT which is running throughout next week.

So calm is the sea that we decided to enjoy a slow cruise at 1000rpm and with the tide in our favour, we are making a steady 10.5 knots.

This should sip our valuable diesel at a mere 4 gallons an hour instead of our normal 20 and hopefully, we will have saved enough to eat in style tonight. Indian take-away and lashings of Stella as like as not (we know how to live in style!)

Bangor in Northern Ireland is our destination and as I am typing this on my mobile phone from the middle of the Irish Sea, I will have to report in again later with some fresh blarney from the Emerald Isle.”

The complete Captain’s Blog is online at www.round-britain.co.uk/blog.html 
where you can add your comments and messages to Nick.