Blog

Join the crew and the Captain on board The Williams II during their voyage round the coastline of Great Britain.  The voyage begins on Sunday 17th March 2019.

Regular updates throughout the voyage will be available on this page.

14th May 2019

By Clive Gray

After an excellent stopover in Scrabster to rest, refuel and visit a distillery we set off for Wick to catch the tide at 2.39pm and had a swift passage under engine power (no wind) arriving at 6.00pm.

13th May 2019

By Clive Gray

A great start to our week leaving for the first time on the Saturday afternoon and sailing the North of Scotland none stop to Scrabster where we berthed alongside for a well earned rest and a re-fuel.

10th May 2019

By Clive Gray

We had a wonderful sail around Skye and on to Ullapool late on Thursday night.

07th May 2019

By Clive Gray

We had a great overnight sail with the crew on a watch system and now alongside in Mallaig for a well earned rest. The crew are coping really well.

06th May 2019

By Clive Gray

Raised anchor early to catch the tide with a beautiful days sailing ahead as we nudge north to Skye.

05th May 2019

By Clive Gray

After a find farewell to last weeks crew and taking their Gansey photograph together yesterday, we settled the new crew in and after safety briefings managed to catch the tide out to Tobermory today.

02nd May 2019

By Clive Gray

After a great stay in Tobermory (the harbour voted us ship of the week and we had fish and chips last night), we slipped in the early hours to catch the tide through to Oban in light winds and arriving at 10.00pm again.

30th April 2019

By Clive Cray

A day passage in heavy rain to Tobermory tested the resilience of the crew. Alongside at 10.00pm, drying out and eating a hot meal were the priority before bed and a day of rest on 1st May.

29th April 2019

By Clive Gray

Once the turbulence of Storm Hannah had subsided and safety briefings were complete, we set off after lunch for an overnight sail to Craobh.

27th April 2019

By Clive Gray

It was crew change day today, but storm Hannah meant that we had to first move the ship to the inner dock at Ayr from our more exposed mooring. We are grateful for the care and support of the team at the Port of Ayr.

26th April 2019

By Clive Gray

Tidying up day, and oiling the masts. We had a Visit from our friends at Corney & Barrow with a kind invitation to a wine tasting this afternoon, which was gratefully accepted. A great time was had by all.

25th April 2019

By Clive Gray

We had a wonderful welcome from the Port team at Ayr, and moored on the same berth as in 2016, when we supported Corney & Barrow’s 250 years as a wine merchant (on the back of the smugglers out of the Isle of Man).

24th April 2019

By Clive Gray

After a fairly bouncy berth alongside in Douglas, we slipped the sea wall at 07.00am

22nd April 2019

By Clive Gray

Fresh South Easterly and Easterly wind forecasts meant we were able to leave Holy Island on The Sunday.

19th April 2019

By Clive Gray

Lots of cleaning up and now flying the flag and resting today. The Half way point.

18th April 2019

By Clive Gray

We invited a visiting photographer and one of our very lovely Gansey knitters onto the ship during their morning visit as we were only out for the day doing drills.

17th April 2019

By Clive Gray

We made excellent time with force 4 and 5 Easterlies filling our sails and got into Holyhead at 8.00pm.

16th April 2019

By Clive Gray

We left the harbour at 2.00pm and headed out to sea. A bit slow getting the sails up the first time with a big swell from yesterday’s storm.

15th April 2019

By Clive Gray

The weather forecast has extended the gale warnings to be his evening, gusting force 9.

14th April 2019

By Clive Gray

After a seamless crew change and food shopping trip yesterday, we are going through safety briefing, competent crew tasks and ship familiarisation today, while a storm blows through.

12th April 2019

By Clive Gray

We have been at sea for 3.5 days without stopping.

09th April 2019

By Clive Gray

After successfully replacing and testing our gear box oil cooler, we were ready to sail at Lunchtime.

08th April 2019

By Clive Gray

The joys of Heritage Sailing! We have been having successive worsening of water in our gear box oil since leaving Blyth.

05th April 2019

By Clive Gray

A big week from Chatham to Weymouth with another new crew, two long legs and quite a lot of being out of phone signal.

28th March 2019

By Clive Gray

The Williams II was eventually clean and ship shape with flags flying by 2.30pm.

27th March 2019

By Clive Gray

A great sail from Blackwater through to Chatham today. Boat and crew performed really well.

26th March 2019

By Clive Gray

Well, best made plans etc... Ipswich lock was completely broken and if we got in we might not have got out for 3 days!!

25th March 2019

By Clive Gray

A good night at anchor last night. Max wind so far was 28 knots but the Kedge Anchor held well.

24th March 2019

By Clive Gray

An early start at 7.00am after a successful crew change, to get through the Lowestoft bridge and headed towards Harwich

22nd March 2019

By Clive Gray

A long slow passage pretty much head to wind and against the tide two thirds of the way to Lowestoft.

21st March 2019

By Clive Gray

A lazy day alongside in Grimsby. Thanks to the team at the Yacht club who ferried the crew for showers.

20th March 2019

By Clive Gray

All the crew were up at 2.15am and away at 3.00am in the dark. We experienced light winds all day and therefore had to the use the motor to sail into Grimsby at 7.30pm.

19th March 2019

By Clive Gray

The whole crew were up at 4.45am for a quick cuppa and rigging the lines to slip. We were away from the side at 5.45am with a whole gang of hardy well wishers to wave us off and take some remarkable dawn photos which were posted almost immediately!

18th March 2019

By Clive Gray

With the swell dying down, our morning was spent ringing ahead to Whitby, Grimsby and Lowestoft and recalculating the weeks sailing times to fit the tides for port entries.

17th March 2019

By Clive Gray

We were all ready for our big departure at 1pm on Sunday, until the Harbour Master and yacht club started recording (un-forecast) 60 mile an hour winds at the harbour entrance and very heavy swells.

16th March 2019

By Clive Gray

Our crew of 12 arrived during the afternoon and were duly kitted our with life jackets, waterproof salopettes and jackets and we completed all the necassary safety & orientation briefings.

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