HAMBLE SEA-TRIALS – Finished.

HM3 in RSYC's new marina during recent sea-trials.

HM3 in RSYC’s new marina during recent sea-trials.

Team Hallin have just returned from the Hamble after 6 days on the sea.  The sea-trials were successful in finding a list of issues needing to be addressed before ‘Hallin Marine III’ is ready to undertake her Round GB Solo Sail Attempt.  So David has now brought the boat back home to London where he will make the modifications to: the centreboard lifting mechanism; the rigging; the rudder; and the autohelm.

Thanks to the support of Elvstom Sails [see post below] David will also see if he can modify the present rig to allow the new yellow kite to be flown.

Finally, David would like to thank his brother and all those at Richard’s club [The Royal Southern Yacht Club] for their help, support and kind hospitality over the last 6 days with David conducted his sea-trials.

DBH.

Thursday 18th June 2015

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Many thanks to Mr Jeremy White & Elvstrom Sails UK.

ELVSTROM SAILS UK

ELVSTROM SAILS UK

David and Team Hallin are extremely grateful to Jeremy White and his excellent team of sailmakers at Elvstrom Sails UK [Unit 2, HYS, Port Hamble] for making essential modifications to the inner jib and mizzen in double quick time.  Elvstrom Sails UK also showed their generous support by further donating a spinnaker to Team Hallin – so watch out for the lovely yellow kite when ‘Hallin Marine III’ next goes to sea.

DBH 18 June 2015.

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Round GB Solo Sail – Sea Trials Day 1

SEA TRIALS DAY 1 (13th June 2015)

Sea trials have begun with Hallin Marine III being launched in the Hamble on Friday at the Royal Southern Yacht Club.  Huge thanks again to the Royal Southern Yacht Club for their hospitality and kind support.

Royal Southern Yacht Club - Have been extremely supportive during the Sea Trials

Royal Southern Yacht Club – Have been extremely supportive during the Sea Trials

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Round GB Solo Sail – Day -1

DAY -1 (11th June 2015)

Hallin Marine III at home bow aspect

“HALLIN MARINE III” at home, bow aspect

The day before ‘HALLIN MARINE III”s launch in the Hamble (the Solent) – with thanks to Richard Hosking for agreeing to help with the tow and also thanks to Tim at the Royal Southern YC for agreeing to assist with the launch tomorrow morning.

David and youngest son Edmund, are spending the last day ashore sorting out this website and loading the gear required for David’s epic attempt to sail solo around the 2,100 miles of GB coastline.

If all goes well with the sea-trails in the Solent this weekend and subject to a favourable weather forecast, David intends to start his solo adventure early next week [mid-June 2015].  The world record for sailing round GB in a dinghy is around 33 days – but this was with two crew – David expects his trip [if successful] to take two months or so.

You can monitor David’s slow progress using the link on this site to the Yellow Brick Satellite Tracker page blogsite.

The purpose of the attempt is to hopefully raise a total of £60,000 for the charity ‘Combat Stress’ – in past adventures Team Hallin have raised nearly £40,000 – so David wants to  reach the above goal on this trip – so please help him by donating to the Charity on the just giving link opposite.

Combat Stress -  A great Charity who do unbelievable work with  Service men and women

Combat Stress – A great Charity who do unbelievable work with Service men and women

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‘Hallin Marine 2′ has been sold

‘Hallin Marine 2′ has recently been sold to Team ‘Oarsome Odessy’ who will use the boat in the Talisker Atlantic Rowing Race Race 2015. David and all at Team Hallin wish Jay and Ross the very best of luck in their forthcoming row across the Atlantic Ocean this winter.

David would like to thank his brother Richard for allowing him to store ‘Hallin Marine 2′ at his home in West Byfleet for the last few years and for all his help and support during Team Hallin’s charity fundraising bids.

Finally, David would also like to thank Graham of ‘G&G Autos’ who helped free a jammed trailer wheel as Team ‘Oarsome Odessey’ took delivery of the boat last week.

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Team Hallin’s new boat

Team Hallin's new boat - 'Hallin Marine 3'

Team Hallin’s new boat – ‘Hallin Marine 3′

Team Hallin have just bought the above ‘Jolly Boat’ which was designed by Laurant Giles and built by AJS Marine services in Chichester in 2000. The boat has a grp hull with wooden internal fittings – she is a 15 ft Gaff rigged Yawl – but she has a a pair of old oars so David can row her when there is no wind! David hopes to carry out a few modifications to the boat over the next few weeks and then see whether he and she can attempt a Round GB charity sail/row later this summer.

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BOAT BACK IN THE SEA!

'Hallin Marine 2' alongside her bigger sister a Contessa 32 named 'Browzer'

‘Hallin Marine 2′ alongside her bigger sister a Contessa 32 named ‘Browzer’

Hallin Marine 2 on the River Hamble Friday 13 June 2014

Hallin Marine 2 on the River Hamble Friday 13 June 2014

HM2 almost ready to set off on her epic attempt to go around GB coastline this summer

HM2 almost ready to set off on her epic attempt to go around GB coastline this summer

Thanks to Richard Hosking and his yacht club the Royal Southern, ‘Hallin Marine 2′ is now once again afloat. Tonight she will spend the night alongside Richard’s very smart Contessa 32 and tomorrow David will make the final preps before heading off down the Channel.
David’s Olympic Rowing Champion Daughter [Sophie] has kindly agreed to keep the Twitter feed going whilst David attempts to row around GB this summer.
In idea conditions for rowing – flat water and no wind or tidal streams David had a paddle up the River Hamble before mooring his boat alongside Richards.
The Yellowbrick tracker is now operational – so do check the Tracking mode on this website – but tonight it is located in Sophie’s old bedroom in David’s home in Wimbledon!! Tomorrow it will go to the Hamble – so be prepared for some quick movement which will NOT be the case when David starts rowing!!
Photos from today’s launching are attached.
Regards,
David
Skipper HM2

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Ready to launch!

20140612_115253David is pleased to report that he is now ready to launch his boat!  He is grateful to his brother Richard who will tow the trailer to the Hamble at lunchtime tomorrow for the boat to be lifted into the river in the afternoon.

David was very impressed with his boys at Charterhouse School Boat Club who won 4 pots at Walton Regatta last weekend – well done boys and sorry I was unable to be there with you.

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Row preps started.

Winter covers coming off

Winter covers coming off

Work has been ongoing over the last 10 days to get the boat and equipment ready for the solo round GB charity row.  The watermaker, batteries and fuelcell are now installed back in the boat and harbour tests have been successful.  Yesterday a new Rocna anchor was ordered and all the seamanship gear was remade up and tested.  This week remaining gear and food for 3 months will be obtained and wrapped up in waterproof sealed bags.  A new satellite phone card has been ordered along with a new waterproof rugged mobile phone.  With luck David will be ready to launch ‘Hallin Marine 2′ next weekend.  He will then conduct sea trials and safety drills before setting off from the Solent.

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SOLO ROW ROUND GB 2014

Team Hallin’s next charity fundraising adventure will start within the next month when David hopes to make an attempt to become the first person to row solo around the GB coastline.  He intends to start from the Solent in early June 2014 and the voyage is planed to take at least 3 months.

Please show your support for this record attempt by giving generously to ‘Combat Stress’ on the justgiving link on this website.

Many thanks in anticipation.

Skipper Team Hallin.

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