14 September 2021 | Hamble
So the voyage is over!
I'm now spending a few days staying with my parents in Hamble - haven't been able to do that for over 18 months due to pandemic and being away on the trip. It's great to spend time with them, but feels strange to be sleeping in a bed in a house!
There's a great feeling of accomplishment. I know the likes of Francis Chichester or Ellen McArthur did much more challenging solo circumnavigations, but even though I went around Britain and not the globe it was still quite a thing to have done.
I wish it hadn't been so much solo - thanks to COVID and Brexit for that. Some of the most enjoyable bits were when meeting up with and occasionally sailing with friends and family - thank you all. But equally, getting to Orkney, or rounding Cape Wrath, or up to Top Loch Tarbert solo were definite moments of triumph.
I've met some great people along the way - fellow sailors, harbour and marina staff. Those encounters really enriched the experience. Thank you.
I've definitely got the taste for long cruises, but will in future try to plan a bit better to enable crew to share the fun, and spend more time in the good bits and less getting there and back.
So this is signing off for now, but there will be more Adventures of Eowyn in the future.