Thanks for a wonderful welcome home

Adrian and Louise wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who have helped to make this voyage of circumnavigation possible, to those who sent messages of support as Adrian prepared to sail away, to those who wrote and emailed during the trip, to all of those who came to make the conclusion such a memorable event today. From Adrian’s preparations, through the voyage he has been deeply touched by the generousity and good will of all those he met – to all those new and much appreciated friends.

Today has been an incredible experience for Adrian and his family. It was not until 15:30 that they were able to enjoy lunch as guests of the Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club and there is a busy afternoon and evening ahead.

Below is a set of photographs very kindly supplied by the British national newspaper the Daily Express, photographer Steve Reigate.

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The cup that refreshes – courtessy Royal Navy

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A great adventure but great to be home

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Family celebration

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Adrian with two very proud sons

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Maybe its worth going round again just for a welcome like this

Over the coming days an weeks there is a task ahead to sort through the images of this outstanding achievement of an ordinary man doing something extraordinary, living a dream.

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AGX Homecoming

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Anyone wishing to rendezvous with Adrian at sea made their way to the EAST BRAMBLE MARK (50 47.2 N, 1 13.7 E) between 9:30am and 10:00am today.

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Spectators were able to watch Adrian as he proceeded up the River Hamble between 10:00am and 11:00am. Viewing from either the Hamble or Warsash side of the river. Adrian is scheduled to arrive at the visitors’ pontoon of the Royal Southern Yacht Club at around 11:00am.

Full Day Ahead

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Today will be a very full day for Adrian Flanagan as he ends a unique voyage – an outstanding achievement.

Perhaps the final course chosen was a gentle build up to today. Originally, Adrian considered leaving Norway and heading South and West around the Shetlands and the Scottish islands, along the West coast of Ireland and round the South West tip of England to reach the Solent. That would be a longer journey but probably his last in Barrabas before she is sold. After looking at all the options, including forecast weather and timings, It was decided that Adrian would take the shorter route into the North Sea and through the Channel to his finish line.

By taking this option, Adrian encountered progressively heavier traffic as he crossed ferry routes and approached the incredibly busy Channel. For most of his 31,000 mile voyage, he had been out of sight of land and rarely saw another ship. Company was the occasional whale, dolphins, flying fish, sea birds, walrus and polar bear – a solitary existence. Today he will be the centre of attention and surrounded by boats and people. It will be a very busy day.

For Expedition Manager and ex-wife Louise, the activity started yesterday with a full schedule of interviews and planning meetings in preparation for today.

Inevitably, this blog will not keep up with the day’s events and so many things are happening, but with the exact order still being finalized.

The Royal Navy have sent a fast patrol vessel out to meet Adrian and to escort him to his moorings at the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The Daily Telegraph is due to publish the first of two articles in the edition today. There is a live interview with BBC radio for the Johnny Walker Show. Other interviews with the press, radio and television and a well deserved celebration of an outstanding achievement.

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ROYAL NAVY MORALE BOOSTER FOR SOLO YACHTSMAN

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HMS Mersey in company with SY Barrabas.

HMS Mersey, one of the Royal Navy’s newest Offshore Patrol Vessels currently undertaking Fishery Protection duties in the North Sea, was able to make a morale boosting visit to lone British yachtsman Adrian Flanagan on Fri evening.

Flanagan (47) is undertaking a world first with his single-handed, vertical circumnavigation of the globe westwards via Cape Horn and the Russian Arctic and hopes to sail his 38 ft stainless steel sloop Barrabas back home to the Hamble later this week.

HMS Mersey’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Alan Wilson Royal Navy, said:

‘I am really pleased that HMS Mersey had the opportunity to meet up with Adrian on the final leg of his momentous journey around the world. As a fellow seafarer I have the utmost respect for what he has achieved, particularly as it is all for charity. Adrian looked on fine form and his morale was obviously very high. Everyone on board is delighted that they could contribute towards Adrian’s chosen charities and wish him the very best for his return to Southampton next week.’

Find out more about HMS Mersey at:
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.00h00100100800c008005

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AGX Position Update

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Adrian emailed:

“Good morning – position at 0700 UCT: 54.44 north, 00.05 west. Going well. Winds arrived as expected – now making 5.3 knots nose to target. “

Current forecasts for the next four days are looking good although the North Sea is notorious for its sudden mood changes.

The wind kicked in yesterday a little later than expected but is now as forecast. Under present conditions, Barrabas will be visible from the shore for much of the remaining distance back home to the Solent. Adrian is expected to ‘cut the corner’ as he approaches the Wash to reduce distance and to avoid the sand banks. He may be visible again from the North Norfolk coast and is expected to work close in from Winterton Point, following the shore line in past Caister, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Southwold and Aldeburgh. On this section he will come within a few hundred metres of the shore and Barrabas is highly visible in her unpainted stainless steel construction with the bright red survival dinghy lashed to the foredeck.

For those intending to go out to meet Adrian as he passes, please give him sea room but he will be delighted to see you.

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ROYAL SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB SET TO WELCOME ADRIAN FLANAGAN INTO HAMBLE

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Lone sailor, Adrian Flanagan, is set to arrive in Hamble next Wednesday having completed the first ever single-handed vertical circumnavigation of the globe, westwards via Cape Horn and the Russian Arctic.

Members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club are looking forward to welcoming Adrian back to the River Hamble, from where he set sail in October 2005 in his 11 metre sloop rigged yacht, Barrabas.

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AGX Position Update

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Posn at 0550uct 16th may 56.08 north 00.43 west.ax

Current forecasts are looking good but weather is of course subject to change.

If conditions hold as expected, Adrian will be bringing Barrabas very close in to the shore from Winterton Point to Aldeburgh on Sunday, expecting to pass Great Yarmouth around 0500 hrs. Distance off-shore is likely to be less than 400 metres for most of this transit and the shiny stainless steel Barrabas with the bright red survival dinghy on her foredeck should be very easy to spot.

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