Day 78 The Finish (or is it the start?) 20/08/16

We arranged to arrive at the Hornet Services Yacht club in Gosport at 1400. We had the tide with us until midday so with the wind behind us and F8 gusting F9 it was to be a quick passage. With just the headsail  with 2 reefs we flew past Southampton and down to Portsmouth entrance at 8 knots.

Arriving in Gosport at 1100 we were much too early so took up the kind offer from the Army Sailing Centre to raft up alongside Gladeye at their base just around the corner from Hornet.  

We slipped our mooring  for the last time at 1355 and were welcomed alongside Fieldhouse jetty by friends and family. Exactly 11 weeks and 2302 miles later.

It was great to see family and friends again and to meet up with Martin once more too.

On 4th June 2016 Martin and I set off from Gosport to circumnavigate the UK hoping to raise money and awareness for Action for Children and  help the many disadvantaged children and families in our country. Martin left on his 26 year old bike, Diana and me onboard mine, Kaz and Harry’s 28 foot family yacht, Tikka with a target of £10,000

I arrived back full of so many emotions, was tired, exhausted  even, but full of pride and admiration for the team that helped us make this dream come true. I am blessed to be married to a wonderful wife and have such a very brave son. The friends and family that have joined us along the way have been brilliant. I hope you  have enjoyed it as much as I have. Thank you too to eveyone that has listened to our story, donated to the cause and wished us well along the way. Together we smashed that target and the total has exceeded £18,000 and continues to climb.

So what’s next? There are still children in our country suffering every day, Action for Children will continue their work to try to change this. Tikka’sTravels could continue to support them. We could sail, cycle, run, fundraise and continue to  spread the word. Is there the appetite to continue? Do my friends and family want to keep fighting to help some of the most disadvantaged children in our country have a better chance?

For now I need a Little Lie Down and some quality time with Kaz and Harry but I wonder…. Hmmm, yes, I wonder……

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Author: stevepointon

I'm sailing around the UK with family and friends onboard our yacht, Tikka, to raise awareness and money for " Action for Children "

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