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Round Britain Challenge 2013


Round Britain Challenge

Annabel J is joining the Old Gaffers Round Britain Challenge in 2013. This celebration of 50 years of the Old Gaffers Association and they have devised this Round Britain Challenge as part of their Jubilee festivities.  

Annabel J is one of the larger old gaffers and so the programme they have put together will give Annabel J plenty of time to explore as she goes around Britain. This has been arranged to allow the smaller boats to catch up with the fleet.

It’s a 110 day exploration of Britain by Sea and Annabel J’s voyage starts and finishes in the Hamble in the Solent. For a real sailor the chance to Circumnavigate Britain has to be one of the things you need to add to your list of achievements.


The whole Round Britain Challenge is available on a first come first served basis to the first four crew who sign up for this exciting voyage. Individual legs can also be books but again there will only be four berths available per leg. This way Annabel J will be sailing around Britain with a maximum of eight crew on board.

Doing the complete Round Britain Challenge gives you the accomplishment of sailing all around Britain and not many people have achieved that. You also get a big price discount for doing all the legs.

Want to find out what it's like to sail on Annabel J ? Try a voyage this year and see how brilliant she is!

Here is the outline of the Round Britain Challenge Schedule for Annabel J

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Voyages start and finish times to be announced shortly.



Wed 1 May

Sun 18 Aug


Annabel J Complete Round Britain Challenge.

Accomplish the circumnavigation of Britain at least once in our lifetime.



Wed 1 May

Fri 17 May


Hamble to Milford Haven. West Country Spectacular.

Going via Weymouth, Dartmouth, Fowey, Falmouth and the mazing Isles of Scilly



Sat 18 May

Thu 30 May


Milford Haven to Dublin. Irish Sea Adventure. Going via Holyhead and the fascinating Welsh and Irish Coastline



Sat 1 June

Wed 19 June


Dublin to Oban. Islands, Lochs and an intricate Canal.

Going via Campbletown, Arran, Scottish Lochs and the Crinan Canal. Explore the wonderful South West coast of Scotland.



Thu 20 June

Sat 13 July


Oban to Peterhead, The Ultimate Scottish Island Exploration.

Mull, Eigg, Rum, Skye, Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetlands



Mon 15 July

Wed 31 July


Peterhead to Hamble. East Coast Discovery. Traveling down nearly the full length of the Britain. Visiting east coast ports and turning south west around Kent



Fri 2 Aug

Sun 18 Aug


Hamble to Hamble Paimpol Festival Spectacular. Channel Islands and Brittany for the Bi Annual Paimpol Festival, just the right size of Festival, big enough to be entertaining, small enough to get a real welcome.

Finale in Cowes to celebrate the completion on the Round Britain Challenge for the Old Gaffers Association.



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