Yacht Destiny

Adventures with Janice and Andy

08 November 2018 | Ipswich, UK
25 October 2018 | England
23 October 2018 | NE England
20 October 2018 | NE Scotland
18 October 2018 | NE Scotland
16 October 2018 | Scrabster, NE Scotland
13 October 2018 | Suduroy, Faroe Islands
08 October 2018 | Faroe Islands
06 October 2018 | North East Iceland
02 October 2018 | Akureyri
26 September 2018 | North West Iceland
23 September 2018 | East Greenland
22 September 2018 | East Greenland
20 September 2018 | East Greenland
19 September 2018 | East Greenland
18 September 2018 | West Greenland
18 September 2018 | West Greenland
17 September 2018 | West Greenland
16 September 2018 | West Greenland
13 September 2018 | South West Greenland

Sail for Sale!!

08 November 2018 | Ipswich, UK
Having returned to the UK we are starting the job list and have decided to sell our Asymmetric Spinnaker V3 or Cruising Chute. If you are interested please contact us. Details are:-
New 2013 used maybe 20 times for a few hours.
Lofted by Parker & Kay, at the time making Quantum sails for a 48 foot yacht.
1.5oz Nylon
TWA 100-160°
AREA 210sqm
LUFF 22.2m
LEACH 19.5m
FOOT 11.9m
1/2 GIRTH 11.8m

We are selling this as we do not use it enough and we want the space for a twin jib sail. We have more photos if you email, any questions please ask. The launch bag is included, we do not have a sock for this. It is a big sail, easily suitable for a larger yacht, it is fun and fast but does require some hands to dowse it. Location Ipswich, but we would probably deliver in the UK.
PRICE £1,995 (New price in 2013 £4,400)
Quantum description for this sail is;
Vision V3 is a full size reaching and all purpose asymmetrical. Design makes it ideal for broad racing angles, projecting the maximum amount of area to weather of the centre line when eased. The V3 is extremely stable, with a forgiving entry, making it very easy to trim.
Full radial layout with spectra luff & foot. Like all Vision cruising asymmetricals, the V3 is capable of reaching at wind angles no ordinary cruising spinnaker can. It is perfect for heavier displacement boats and provides turbo performance for all others. Handling can be simplified with a sock.

Back at Fox's Marina, Ipswich

25 October 2018 | England
We got up early yesterday to leave Grimsby at 6am, cast off the lines, called Fish Dock Control only to be told the lock gate was still closed, so we tied up again and waited until 7am when they radioed to say we could leave. Oh well the delay meant it was daylight while navigating out of Grimsby estuary. We put the spinnaker pole out on starboard and raised the main before it got too choppy. Before we'd left the estuary proper we were sailing; the main sail prevented out on port and the jib poled out on starboard. We had great sailing like this all day in glorious sunshine. We gradually removed layers with Andy eventually going barefoot! As dusk started the wind died so we put the pole away; the wind angles having changed to a reach by late afternoon and even closer hauled sailing forecast for the evening. We put the code zero up thinking the wind would ease however, as soon as we raised it the wind increased to 15 knots and we continued under jib and main until the early hours this morning. Having rounded the 'protruding chin' of Eastern Britain made up of Norfolk and Suffolk and comprising the majority of the land East of the Greenwich Meridian, the wind died and the tide set foul against us so the 'iron sail' was started. We had made excellent time again, arriving at the mouth of the Orwell River by 5.30am- 155nm. We motored through the cargo ships at Felixstowe, headed up the Orwell River and anchored up opposite Pinmill at 6.30am. There is such a contrast between the floodlit dock unloading thousands of containers 24/7 out of huge ships to the sleepy, mud flanked twisting Orwell. It was still dark so we relaxed and grabbed a few hours sleep. Several hours later we woke to another glorious day with autumn undertones and colours. We arrived at Fox's Marina mid afternoon. Lee and Mike met us on the pontoon to take our lines and warmly welcome us back.

Lee reminded me that we left Fox's Marina on 16 October 2013. We have spent the last five years cruising the Arctic, living and working onboard Destiny. After our failed North West Passage attempt this summer, we decided to return to the UK to refit Destiny ready for the next adventures. Gales in the Atlantic prevented us going straight across to the UK. We couldn't even get across to Reyjkavik, Iceland in the gap between gales. We made a tactical decision that has paid off. Our cruising friends The Freds on Fredoya left West Greenland just before us and, going via The Azores, arrived safely in The Canaries a couple of days ago after three years cruising the Arctic. Like many of us they too have been dodging the persistent gales. We have travelled 2,994nm from Sisimiut, West Greenland to Ipswich, UK via East Greenland, North and East coasts of Iceland, The Faroes and finally the East coast of Britain. It has taken 48 days, 16 of which were rest days mainly gale bound. The remaining 32 days have been spent sailing. An average of 94nm per day at sea. Of interest is whilst in the Arctic circle we sailed about 30% or less, once we departed Iceland returning to the UK we sailed more than 65%.

In returning to Ipswich we have also now been round England, Wales and Scotland in Destiny including the East coast of Ireland. Happy Days but it will be nice to be 'still' for a while. It is hard work being on the go for that length of time, your body is constantly moving and under tension- we are much leaner and fitter than at the start of the season. There is a long job list for Destiny, a big "To buy" list and we even need a wardrobe refit- much our clothing looks decidedly tired! Destiny and the crew all need a 20,000 nautical mile service and refit.

PICTURE : North Circumpolar Region with our routes

What a Blast to Grimsby

23 October 2018 | NE England
We left Eyemouth at 11am on Monday with 180nm to run to Grimsby. We had fantastic sailing weather with a NW wind, so broad reach or downwind sailing, the wind between 15 - 25 kts. We also had the tide with us so Destiny was blasting along at 7- 9 kts. We arrived in Grimsby a whole tide early which meant we had to anchor up opposite the Fish dock for several hours to then be able to get through the tidal lock gate to moor up at the Humber Cruising Associations Marina. 180nm in 24 hours ... FANTASTIC Navigating up the river was interesting having to cross the commercial ship lanes 3 times and keep a listen out on various VHF stations. It is also very shallow with tides, hence the various crossings to get the least flood tide against us. When we leave early tomorrow we simply stay on the south side of the river to the estuary entrance then head south past The Wash, finally arriving in Ipswich late Thursday. If we are lucky it will be another 'blast'. The Arctic has been great but by the nature of its weather you tend to do approximately 50:50% sailing and motoring, so the last week of good winds and almost 100% sailing has been great. It is also still warm, for us anyhow!

Another day of strong winds so we have enjoyed exploring Grimsby. We went into town to sort a mobile phone today and visited the inside town market. Great place with stalls full of locally grown vegetables, butchers and bakery stalls. Interestingly, whilst in the Arctic countries we have had to use very little cash. Since being back in the UK and stopping in small places we have had to use cash, particularly today in the town market. Niels and Oddný gave us a parting gift of kale from their allotment in Iceland so we have a taste for it. We bought some today along with a Romenesc, some delicious Brussel Sprouts (gently sauté in butter) and Sweet Potato. Great accompaniments to the lamb we bought. YUM. This afternoon we visited the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre which was very interesting and well laid out. They had made a great effort to make the tour authentic, walking through the old streets, looking down on a trawler bringing in fish. They even tried to get the smells right! We finished with a tour of the last surviving Cat Trawler Ross Tiger; the guide had been Captain on her for 9 years so great information. He made it very relevant even for the young kids there.

PICTURE : Andy outside the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre
Vessel Name: Yacht Destiny
Vessel Make/Model: Van de Stadt | Samoa 47
Hailing Port: Stornoway, UK
Crew: Andy and Janice Fennymore-White
About: We built Destiny from scratch in a barn over 8 years and have lived aboard her full time since 2013. We are on a journey to explore our limits without time constraints anywhere the wind may take us. We have spent the last 3 years in the Arctic enjoying endless summer days and long Northern lights.
Yacht Destiny's Photos - Main
Pictures of Icelandic nature including animals, fauna, birds
22 Photos
Created 30 July 2017
We have been in Iceland for almost a year, we have met fabulous people and enjoyed the wild weather, but it is now time to depart..
27 Photos
Created 27 July 2017