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Aurora B
Owner Ed & Gemma Simmonds
Design Hallberg-Rassy 42F
Length Overall 13 m 22 cm
Flag United Kingdom
Sail Number 73

We are a family of 4 with a spirit of adventure. Between July 2018 and August 2019 we will be sailing our Hallberg-Rassy 42 sailboat Aurora B from the UK to Australia.
We are a British family currently based in Hong Kong: Ed, Gemma, Eva (age 10) and Henry (age 7).

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Aurora B - More miles disappear under Aurora B’s keel - Day 13

Ted the Bear, Eva and I are really into a routine now. This means the days are going by, so are the miles. We have roughly 870 to go. We were talking about our Christmas present wish list. Eva would like some more Amazon gift vouchers so she can read more books, Ted the Bear would like a new T-shirt, his is starting to smell a bit, and I would like to have a bath.. read more...


Aurora B - Half way there on Aurora B - 10

We celebrated half way (in both formats: as the crow flies and miles sailed to date) with a beer for the adults and an ice cream for the kids and Ted the Bear. it was the end of a slow day where were we felt we were bobbing rather than moving forward. But that has changed now and we are back up to doing 6.5 knots progress.. read more...


Aurora B - The fun never stops on Aurora B - Day 6

With it being the 1st December we managed to dig out the advent calendar... and the kids and Ted the Bear spent a good time working out how to share the tin of Cadbury Hero’s so that all crew members got an even share over the course of the crossing. Making whoevers turn it is to “open” the advent calendar that little bit more exciting...We also managed to turn the eggs and make sure all were okay. Play some ukulele, some colouring of the large rocket ship that we will assemble in St Lucia and watching the flying fish.. read more...


Aurora B - Shaken and not stirred on Aurora B - Day 5

More of the same with a horrid sea state, being tossed around a lot. Making sleeping a little difficult. Any daily routine has gone out the window the only routine we are keeping is the ‘who is on watch’ routine. The kids and Ted the Bear did an hour last night as the sun was setting to relieve the adults. We also managed to turn the eggs which was a laugh in the rolling seas.... read more...


Aurora B - Being tossed around - Day 3

Not much to report today all on board have been lethargic and continuing to adjust to life on the ocean. Ted the Bear managed to find a good spot to sleep in a hammock with the apples and pears.. read more...

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