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Gertha 5
Owner Simon Ridley
Design Swan 46 Mk I
Length Overall 14 m 35 cm
Flag United Kingdom
Sail Number 4342

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Gertha 5 - Lagos

Here we are in Lagos.My 4th rally.The small group of boats made a very good mix, this rally will be the most memorable of all I have done.Great sailing and a great social life, incredibly good value.. read more...


Gertha 5 - Portsmouth

One day to go.Emergency run to shops last night, it is a sign of the mad times we live in, basicly no beer or water for sale in the shops.Wind looks a little light tomorrow, so may anchor in the bay and wait for wind, most likely the forecast is wrong.Think we will head southwest and start looking for land in 4 days.Simon. read more...


Gertha 5 - Biscay Day 2

46.38 N  08.13 W   Weather continues to play the game, a bit light at time. Main excitment was a pigeon for the night he has departed heading for thehorizon. The chalange is to clear Finistear before wind drops and goes on the nose,anyones guess   Simon  . read more...


Gertha 5 - Biscay

40.32 N 06.11 W   Winds were good to start, died in the early morning back now. Me being apurist sailed the calm and watched the fleet motor past. We are clear of shipping lane , no fun with fishing boats, they all left usalone; maybe they are waiting for the continental shelf. Bit of bird life no mamals yet Crew all behaving, life on day 1 is getting into a routine.  . read more...


Gertha 5 - Plymouth

n 50.21 w 04.09   The Head Master introduced himself last night at a modest presentation. Asin terms he is keen that all pupils dress properly, Talk of school outingsto many exciting places. By good fortune Deputy head, Chris Tibbs, is a world famous weather man,my guess is he will tell us all where to go tonight, heaven forbid any pupildoes not follow his directions, there may be a few in detention later in theterm. My guess is this home work wil be marked down because of my poorspelling.   As in previous trips we will attempt to blog on the gertha mailasail blog,Sat phone will be on, happy to supply number if anyone wishes to help with textmessage, looks like we can do things on facebook with the YB thingy. I rely on my crew to do this as I have no idea.   Weather good,. read more...

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