It is great to be in the right place at the right time. This time we were anchored in English Harbour, Antigua on the night the first solo competitor in the Talisker Challenge was due to arrive. Obviously these competitors must be a little crazy - I can't imagine rowing across the Atlantic myself, but admire anyone who is brave and fit enough to try. I will never know how it feels to arrive at an island after nearly 2 months alone at sea, but it was a surprisingly emotional experience to watch it happen.
Supporters had hiked out to Fort Berkley with torches and flares to cheer their competitor Gavan Hennigan in and his small craft was surrounded by the local rescue boat and numerous dinghys as it passed through the channel in English Harbour, en route to land at Nelson's Dockyard. Those of us at anchor in the bay joined in the festivities with cheering and horn blowing, particularly when Gavan lit a triumphant flare at being the first solo rower over the finish line. The loud cheers from the Dockyard could be heard as he finally stepped ashore and I felt very fortunate to have been an active spectator of this exciting and emotional experience.