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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 - Land ahoy for Aurora B - Day 18

All go on Aurora B as we prepare for a late night / early morning arrival in St Lucia tonight. Ted the Bear and the kids have been helping with the tidy up, they even have managed to find some body wash for a shower, everyone will be grateful for that! All in shock as we have made it and are so pleased with ourselves.. read more...


Aurora B - Getting closer on Aurora B - Day 15

The kids and Ted the Bear on board Aurora B are now starting to think about land and Christmas. We have made steady progress and are now enjoying the last week on the Atlantic Crossing. Unfortunately we have come up with some stumbling blocks, our generator battery has given up so we are having to be conservative now with the water usage etc. But the thoughts of land are driving us forward.. read more...


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...

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