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Jock and Freya Arrive Home to Tighnabruaich!


Jock Hamilton and Freya arrived in Tighnabruaich at 1045 today, 12th June having sailed non-stop, single handed under jury rig since since their dismating in the mid-Atlantic. Jock had just passed the half way point of the crossing between the start point in Plymouth, UK and the finish line in Newport, RI, USA when his yacht Freya was dismasted in strong winds and large seas. Jock managed to save the boom but had to let the mast sink to avoid it damaging Freya. The boom was rigged as a mast and heavy weather sails were used as a replacement mainsail and jib. Unable to sail into the wind, Freya could not reach the nearest landfall in Newfoundland, so Jock headed downwind for the 1500nm mile journey back home. Nineteen days later, Jock sailed Freya up West Kyle in the Firth of Clyde and back to the mooring outside his house in Tighnabruaich. An epic journey and demonstration of seamanship which Jock puts down to good luck!




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