Yacht Destiny

Adventures with Janice and Andy

14 April 2019 | Fox's Marina Ipswich
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

Destiny Update

14 April 2019 | Fox's Marina Ipswich
Janice Fennymore-White | Overcast
We have been working on Destiny's refit following five years cruising in The Arctic. We have sold the purple asymmetric sail and have just bought a smaller cruising chute to try that and see how it works for us.

We have had new keel sliders machined keeping same Arnite material, as on inspection, the material had not worn but it was the machining fit with the keel that caused a fracture at water level at its weakest support point. The new slides will be fitted with a vacuum gluing process.

We have had a naval architect re-design the rudder in order to reduce its weight, lose the lift part and most importantly incorporate a tube through the new rudder which will enable us to remove the prop shaft without having to have Destiny lifted out and high enough to drop the rudder out completely from the hull. For that to happen we ideally need an 80 tonne hoist or a large crane.

We fly to Sisimiut, West Greenland on 16th May for a month to run our ski tour season from a hut instead of the boat. We have plenty of jobs to do when we return to the UK before getting Destiny back in the water, hopefully sometime in July.

More detailed refit information will follow shortly, as well as blogs from the Greenland Ski Season.

PICTURE : Andy de-constructing the rudder

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
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 - Goodbye Iceland 2017
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Autumn Swim in Hornvik, refreshing 8 degrees C
Alternative ski day
Beautiful wild flowers and waterfalls July 2017
Iceland has many moods July 2017
Godafoss Waterfall June 2017
Lots of water June 2017
Steam vents July 2017: Geothermal power is harnessed for heating water, hot tubs and generating electricity
Rural Hot Tub March 2017
Geothermal activity June 2017
Iced in, Akureyri Harbour Jan 2017
Colourful history everywhere
Spring in the West Fjords May 2017
A good day skiing May 2017
Reykjavik Northern Lights Sep 2016
Akureyri Church Dec 2016
Icelandic Courtesy Flag: What is left after 11 months of Icelandic weather
Vintage Cars for the Isafjordur Bakery July 2017
Traditional Xmas Dinner with Skate & Lamb Dec 2016
Always Fish for Dinner
Fenders BIG ones are needed on Icelandic Quays
Skiing in the West Fjords Mar/Apr 2017
Northern Lights in the West Fjords March 2017
Heimey, Westman Islands June 2017
Traditional Turf House June 2017: Still used as a residence during the summer months
Hot Tub on circumnavigation June 2017
Onto Greenland & the Inuit August 2017
Myvatn Hot Pools