The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…..

When I quoted Robert Burns in my last post I never anticipated a storm quite like Covid19! Thalmia will not now be launching on the 8th April and I will not be starting my circumnavigation any time soon! Recreational boating is in lockdown and I am staying at home. The bikes have been cleaned, degreased and fine tuned and we will be cycling, walking, gardening etc. and keeping in touch with family and friends through the variety of technologies we have. Thank you all those keeping working in the NHS and helping in other ways during these difficult times. We will look at ways we can help as well.

With everyone else I am yearning for the time when we see the light at the end of this tunnel and ‘normal service’ is resumed. Speculation on dates is futile. I would like to hope I can start the voyage later this year but nothing is certain.

Last minute checks being made before the shutdown.

On a positive note for the Rainbow Living charity, the ‘fitting out’ of the 4th Rainbow house was completed before the shutdown and 2 tenants will be moving in imminently. The money already donated in support of my voyage and future donations will help with developing a sensory room at Rainbow House 1 or be part of the fundraising for the next house. Thank you to my supporters.

Dawn will come!

I now look forward to updating this blog soon with some good news about my voyage. In the meantime stay safe and well.

Published by Derek

Having started sailing later in life I have migrated from a 14ft dinghy via a Sadler 26 to a 32ft Westerly Fulmar. I sail mostly single handed in the South West from the Solent to the Scillies or across to the Channel Islands and ajacent French coast. In 2020 I planned to sail mostly single handed around Britain. Due to Covid-19 this was unfortunately not possible. I finally completed that challenge starting in April 2021: finishing in early July. You can check out my journey and experiences, good and not so good in the blog posts below or my YouTube channel - search for “voyages of Thalmia” -

7 thoughts on “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…..

  1. Disappointed for you. I was looking forward to following you (from afar). It’s a deferment not a cancellation. Time to do all those jobs Ruth had lined up! Regards from Matakana, NZ


  2. Hope you and your family stay safe, and that you will be on your voyage before too long.


  3. There, just when I had organised a 20000 reception party in Brislington harbour just for you.

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  4. Hi Derek,
    So sorry that your worthy venture has been thwarted by an event that none of us could imagine would affect our everyday lives in such a way.
    Stay safe and hope to see you on the other side (and I’m not referring to fluffy clouds and bright light)


  5. Hi Derek, Don’t lose heart! I’m sure Thalmia will get her hull wet this season! Let’s wish all at Rainbow Living the very best and hope that donations continue to come in.


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