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Two Adventurers Celebrate Success
Two English endurance adventurers have successfully circumnavigated Great Britain in just over 15 days, setting a new world record. Will Hodshon (42) and Rich Mitchell (44) set sail on 15 June from Salcombe in Devonshire, and arrived back at the port on 1 July at 10:30 AM, which means they finished their adventurous journey in 15 days and four hours. The two intrepid sailors said they were happy to be safe, but very tired.
Going far With the Nippy Gee-Gee
The journey stretched across 1,390 nautical miles, which translates to roughly 2,237 kilometres. It may not sound like much in the sailing world, where oceans are regularly crossed, but considering how they did it, this was quite an accomplishment. Hodshon and Mitchell completed the journey unassisted with a 16-foot mahogany Wayfarer dinghy called the Nipegegi (pronounced nippy gee-gee). The dinghy is only relatively small for such a journey, it’s also open, and 60 years old! Hodshon’s grandfather, Bill Hodshon, bought the Nipegegi at the London Boat Show in 1959.
A Daredevil Expedition
As the sailors braved the elements, they enjoyed the beauty of the British coast and saw whales, dolphins and seals. They also had some harrowing moments with massive waves and turbulent winds keeping them awake. Sleep deprivation becomes challenging, especially on a boat in the middle of the ocean where getting off is not an option.
One of their favourite legs of the journey was traversing the North Sea. According to the sailors, this part of the ocean is known as a miserable, brown and cold place. But despite this, they experienced a stunning, sunny day where the sea was as smooth as glass and everything was peaceful. This gave them a new perception of what the North Sea is. Hodshon and Mitchell also enjoyed the stunning views of mountains and hills as they sailed through the islands of west-Scotland.