Henry Bomby Sailing - Round Britain Project - The Seahorse Restaurant, Dartmouth



Welcome to the website of my Round Britain Project 2010.

On June 12th, 2010 I set off from Dartmouth to sail single handed around Britain, arriving back home 72 days later having competed in the Round the Island Race, the J80 Europeans, and having climbed the Three Peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden.

My boat for the project The Seahorse, a Contessa 26, was brought through £2000 of my own life savings and a £7000 loan secured from local boatyard, Baltic Wharf, which was paid back when the boat was sold at the end of the project.

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Latest Updates:

29/10/10 - Seahorse SOLD

I am pleased to announce that Seahorse has found herself a loving new home. She will be kept in Portland and is very much looking forward to having new adventures with her new owner!

For me I am currently looking to get some good shorthanded training this winter, most likely out in France. The longer term view being to put together a Mini 6.50 campaign for the next two seasons. Progress is slow at the moment as is expected but I will hopefully have more news soon.


01/09/10 - Seahorse FOR SALE

It is with great sadness that I am selling my beloved Seahorse. She is an incredible boat and will provide many happy adventures for her new owner. A complete inventory is available as well as a comprehensive survey carried out in 2009.

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29/08/10 - Dartmouth Regatta

So it's been nearly a week since I got home and I havn't had a chance to sort anything! It was straight into Dartmouth Regatta where I have been racing with Mum and Dad and family friends Nikki and Nick which was great fun. We managed to win our class to so a great week for us all!

It is just hitting me that I am actually home, Regatta is over and there is a lot to do. I have literally just left my beloved Seahorse on her mooring since I got in, with everything still on board so tomorrow I will get back onboard to get all my stuff off. Incredibly sad to even think about it, the trip really will be over then. Anyway lot's more to focus on now, got to get my fitness back up for the Artemis Academy trial I have on September 13-15 and also need to start organising what I am going to do with The Seahorse. I have my Baltic Wharf loan to pay back now, so anyone interested in giving Seahorse a caring home and another adventure do get in touch...


24/08/10 - Home

Wow! Yesterday was a very special day, to be thrown out of my own little world and back into the reality of life at home, with friends and family was very bizarre, but also very exciting! There was an amazing welcoming for me at the RDYC which was fantastic, from junior sailors competing in the dinghy regatta at the moment, to friends, family and my incredible sponsors, without all of whom I could have never achieved my goal. I even got to spray champagne, which was incredible! But I think I need to refine my technique a bit more!!

Regatta starts soon, so life back home is very busy, which is perfect. It is also my parents 25th wedding anniversary today, so we are preparing for a big celebration this evening! Very much looking forward to catching up with everyone over the next week, and settling back into life at home. There is a lot to sort out, but I am very keen to get back out on the water and competing again soon.


23/08/10 - Salcombe to DARTMOUTH!

Okay I am currently sitting in Salcombe and will be leaving around 1000 this morning to get round start point before the tide turns to strong against me, I should be arriving by Dartmouth castles around 1400 this afternoon if all goes to plan. The forecast is for strong SW'lies which is fine for me as I will be going with it, but Start Bay isn't very nice in these conditions as it's very exposed so anyone coming to see me in please make sure you are properly equipped and ready!

See you all soon!


22/08/10 - Falmouth to Salcombe

With more oncoming gales I have sailed to Salcombe to set myself up for coming in around lunch time tomorrow. The weather isn't ideal but hopefully I will have a window to get round Start Point and home!!


19/08/10 - The Padstow to Falmouth Epic!

After arriving in Padstow I was ready to set up camp for a few days to really enjoy this beautiful place. However the weather had other ideas, so I decided to get down to Falmouth before the gales we have now. I am glad I made the decision, but bloody hell was it an epic leg!

Started off with strong force 5 upwind stuff for 9 hours all the way to St Ives, then the breeze died a bit and the sea flattened so I put the engine on to recharge the batteries. At 10 o'clock it just stuttered and stopped, without any hint or reason why. I tried restarting it but couldn't, so because running the engine is the only way I can charge my batteries for autopilot, instruments and lights etc, I went into power saving mode. I looked at turning back, but with the gales coming I was keen to get round to Falmouth so decided to press on. I spent the whole night helming from 10 until 8 the next morning to just keep the boat moving, never going above 3 knots the whole night. Exhausting stuff.

The leg was already billed as a big one for me, Lands End at night and upwind, so to add the engine issue and the un-forecast lack of pressure, not to mention the impending Force 7 Southerly if I didn't get in in time meant I really had to just sail fast. Which was great, for once I had something to race, not another boat, but the weather! Once we rounded Longships the breeze filled in and we ran for our lives heading East sharpish! It took us all night to sail the 10 miles from the top of Lands End to the bottom, ouch! Anyway in now, so rest up until Monday for my last passage home, a sad thought. Engineer coming tomorrow to look at engine.


16/08/10 - Arrived into Milford Haven, Dale Bay.

After a 26 hour passage I have finally arrived into Dale bay in Milford Haven this afternoon. I am currently tied up alongside the drying pontoon so I can have a walk around ashore as it is high tide, before going onto a floating pontoon out in the middle of the river for the evening. Then it will be an early start to head down to Padstow, setting me up for my last few legs for home.

I plan to be back on the 23 August around mid-day, so today is officially my last week of the trip. And as of tomorrow I will be back in the West Country and familiar waters... Just thinking about the trip being over makes me very sad, what an amazing adventure I have had. (Am having!!)


15/08/10 - Snowdon, done. Onto Milford Haven.

Yesterday I completed my last climb. It was a great day as my brother and Mum and Dad came to do the climb with me. It's the first time I have seen Ross since the start of the trip and over a month since I saw Mum and Dad in Eyemouth so was great to catch up with everything.

The weather delivered thick fog and no stunning views for us at the top. But it was a great day and I am looking forward now to my last long passage of the trip, 120 miles to Milford Haven. Then from there ití»s down to Padstow and the West Country!!


13/08/10 - Arrived in Holyhead

After a rough passage I have finally arrived in Holyhead. It was so good to leave Whitehaven after being stuck there for 5 nights. I left at 0000, and it was pretty hectic at the entrance with huge waves. Locking out in the dark was also fun, but as we said goodbye to land the waves became longer and life became more comfortable onboard. It was a reach to start with, and then a broadening reach throughout the day. The wind picked up to a strong Force 6, but going with the wind and waves meant it was possible, if but a bit uncomfortable!

Snowdon tomorrow!


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