Congratulations to Richard Reddyhoff and his team of intrepid sailors who over the weekend of 14-16 June 2014 recorded a breaking voyage from Portland Bill to Rockall and back, a total of 1,422 nautical miles, in the remarkable wave piercing vessel ‘MarySlim’.  

The record was RYA monitored, with senior watch keeper and technical officer Andy McLaughlin taking responsibility for recording the time the vessel crossed the start/finish line outbound and again upon return and Coastwatch of Portland Bill acting as the official time keepers for the challenge.  

The start/finish line was an imaginary line drawn from the NCI Portland Bill Lookout passing through the Portland Bill lighthouse, although not due south the line was 174° True and the same for both start and finish. Other NCI stations in Devon & Cornwall kept a watch out for MarySlim, logging her progress as she passed the various lookouts.

Andy logged ‘Maryslim’ out to Rockall at 10:54:38 bst on Saturday 14 June and returning at 16:24:30 bst on Monday 16 June 2014 representing a round non-stop trip time of 53 hours 29 minutes 52 seconds.  

‘MarySlim’ is a remarkable new breed of pleasure craft designated VSV (Very Slender Vessel), which uses wave-piercing technology that enables the vessel to cut through the waves smoothing the ride and enabling it to travel quickly – making her perfect for fast long distance exploration and adventure.  

The stunning $3 million wave-piercing vessel was created and crafted by Multimarine Composites Limited, in Cornwall, and is capable of speeds in excess of 30 Knots and carries 14,000 Litres of fuel.  

At 72 feet long ‘MarySlim’, will enable the bold and intrepid to explore the globe – quickly, safely and with the maximum fun-factor to boot. The pioneering wave-piercing technology allows it to plough through storms no other vessel would dare to tackle. Her revolutionary design makes her ideal for cruising the globe and adventuring in the most adverse of conditions, with minimal crew.  

We wait to hear more of Richard’s ‘Tales of the Sea’, on what must have been a very thrilling and exciting trip, which went according to plan, setting up a new challenge and record…..can anyone beat it?