Scorpion Sailor Going the Distance For The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
On recent travels to the city of Plymouth, We caught up with and was very interested to learn that one of our very own Scorpion sailors is embarking on a ‘Bosun Challenge’ this June in aid of Charity. That person is our very own Phil Slade (owner and sailor of Scorpion 2035 which you may recall is possibly the oldest scorpion we have still on the water and which was re-measured and issued with a new number after a full restoration last year).
Phil and one of his colleagues have been training hard for the 170 nautical mile sail from Plymouth to Portsmouth in a Bosum which they think will take them around 40 hours of non-stop, through the night sailing with a small stop off in Portland to await a tidal window. They plan to leave late one evening in June, sail through the night across Lime Bay to arrive at Portland Races in daylight hours. Once the right tidal window arrives they will then sail into the Solent through the Needles and onto Whale Island. They will have a supporting yacht for company and safety reasons but they will otherwise be navigating, eating 24 hour ration packs and sailing the boat themselves with no crew rotations.
In preparation for their adventure, they have both completed their day sipper shore based course with the costal course next on the agenda. They have been training off shore in their trusted Bosun and have been practicing single handed sailing, man-over-board, rudderless sailing, singlehanded capsize, reefing afloat, eating and standard sailing in high wind (over 30 knots) and no wind. They have also been following a physical training schedule designed for endurance and sleep deprivation and they are planning to start capsizing with 275n life jackets fully inflated and sailing with them up…………Sounds like fun to me!!
All this effort is in aid of The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity