Quoting from an article in the Sydney Morning Herald:
The veteran yachtsmen Alex Whitworth (63) and Peter Crozier (60) like a challenge. In 1998, sailing Berrimilla, one of the smallest boats in the Sydney to Hobart fleet, they took on the savage storm that hit the race, leaving six dead and several boats sunk. They made it to the finish line, winning their division. In 2004/2005 they have decided to go one better.
In early January 2005, after Alex and Peter completed the 2004 Sydney to Hobart, they dismissed the rest of the crew and sailed off eastwards on the long way home to Sydney via Cape Horn, England, Cape of Good Hope and the Southern Ocean.
In July 2005 they sailed in the Fastnet race winning 11th place on handicap. From Falmouth, England, they then returned to Sydney around the Cape of Good Hope. While at sea in the Southern Ocean, they were awarded the 2005 Seamanship Trophy by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, London, for outstanding seamanship.
Reaching Sydney just 5 days out from the 2005 Sydney to Hobart, the restocked, recrewed, and made the Boxing Day start line. In Hobart for New Years Eve, then back to Sydney on the 9th of January 2006.
Now, that is a little bit of mucking about in boats.
NOTE: Coming home picnic on Sunday, 22nd Jan - see the latest log for details...
The log ramblings can be cryptic, so we have added:
A special request to all y'all out there. Pete and I are sort of at the pointy end of this enterprise and we and lots of other people have put in some considerable effort to share it - originally just with family and friends, but it seems to have taken on its own dynamic. At the same time, we both feel we are the least involved. We only know who is following us from your emails and, mostly, it's the same 20 or so people who write to us regularly - lovely people - with some occasional real surprises. It would give us a lot of pleasure to know who else is out there and particularly, why you think it is worth interrupting your cornflakes to read this stuff.
So please sign in - discard the inhibitions and do us a favour. There will be a 'lucky guest' prize when we get back to Sydney, with a choice of something like a slab of Pete's home brew Dr Coopers (no guarantees!); a day/weekend on the harbour in Berri; a sailing lesson; a signed Berrimilla dogbowl or we will listen to suggestions for whatever we can reasonably manage particularly if you happen to live overseas. My left boot with incumbent ferals is already promised to science but there's always the other one!
In an attempt to stop spammers from finding it and filling it with garbage, we have Berrified it. Other sites have Guest Books, we have a Gust Book!
With the journey now complete, there will not be many updates. Just the odd one for anything Berri related. Thankyou to all who have followed, supported, and enjoyed Berri over the year and a bit of this marvellous odyssey.
To be advised when an update to the log occurs, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the webmaster will include you on the alert list.
To enquire about the Berrimilla site or if you have any questions that can be dealt with by someone on shore, send an email to email@example.com and one of our friendly web slaves will assist you.
To send an email to Alex and/or Peter on Berrimilla, send it to