The smile that said it all – (photo – Louise Flanagan)

The Alpha Global Expedition ended at 11.00am on Wednesday 21st May when Barrabas crossed the start / finish line between Calshot Spit and Hillhead in the Solent. Adrian Flanagan became the first single-handed sailor to achieve a ‘vertical’ circumnavigation of the earth. Below, in his own words, Adrian describes the end of his epic voyage.


“30,825 miles. That’s what the log read when I tied up at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in the Hamble River just after 11.00am on Wednesday 21st May. I had crossed the finish line, a transit between Calshot Spit and Hillhead a few miles before, crossing my outward track – ‘tying the knot’ as it’s called. Events had overtaken time – too much happening to take in, not enough space to accommodate all the images and emotions which time had swept and heaped and stored at this place, the end of the Alpha Global Expedition. Barrabas sailed beautifully from the Dover Strait to Selsey Bill just east of the Solent, so well and fast in fact that we arrived in the eastern Solent late on Monday evening. I decided to find a protected anchorage where I could rest up. I found it in the aptly named Chichester channel………….

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