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Pete Alex
Pete and Alex rounding Cape Horn - 11th March 2005 Berri, Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge


What is this site about?

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.

Terminology a challenge? Try A Hitchhikers Guide to Berriland

NOTE: Coming home picnic on Sunday, 22nd Jan - see the latest log for details...
Berrimilla Logs
  • 01.
  • Sydney to Hobart (26 Dec - 2 Jan)
  • 02.
  • Hobart to New Zealand (03 Jan - 16 Jan)
  • 03.
  • New Zealand to Date Line (17 Jan - 30 Jan) Ref 25-39
  • 04.
  • Date Line to Mid Pacific (31 Jan - 12 Feb) Ref 40-58
  • 05.
  • Mid Pacific to heading south (13 Feb - 19 Feb) Ref 59-71
  • 06.
  • Below 50S (20 Feb - 28 Feb) Ref 72-88
  • 07.
  • Near the Horn (01 Mar - 08 Mar) Ref 89-105
  • 08.
  • Horn to Falkland Islands (09 Mar - 16 Mar) Ref 106-123
  • 09.
  • Falklands (17 Mar - 24 Mar)
  • 10.
  • South Atlantic - going up (25 Mar - 03 Apr) Ref 124-143
  • 11.
  • South Atlantic - 26S (03 Apr - 16 Apr) Ref 144-168
  • 12.
  • 26S - Nose of Brazil (16 Apr - 30 Apr) Ref 169-192
  • 13.
  • Across the Equator (30 Apr - 12 May) Ref 193-213
  • 14.
  • Nearly to Falmouth (13 May - 31 May) Ref 214-265
  • 15.
  • Falmouth, Malta, and environs (01 Jun - 03 Jul) Ref 266-278
  • 16.
  • Lymington (04 Jul - 05 Aug)
  • 17.
  • The Fastnet (06 Aug - 14 Aug) Ref 279-298
  • 18.
  • Betwixt Madeira and Morocco (15 Aug - 31 Aug) Ref 299-322
  • 19.
  • Senegal to Pete's Birthday (01 Sep - 09 Sep) Ref 323-343
  • 20.
  • Belmore and Pete swims (10 Sept - 17 Sep) Ref 344-370
  • 21.
  • Equator to left turn (18 Sep - 27 Sep) Ref 371-389
  • 22.
  • Still heading south south east (27 Sep - 03 Oct) Ref 390-411
  • 23.
  • Next landfall Tasmania (03 Oct - 11 Oct) Ref 412-432
  • 24.
  • Closing on the Barn Door (12 Oct - 18 Oct) Ref 433-454
  • 25.
  • Blowing a (super) gale (19 Oct - 24 Oct) Ref 455-480
  • 26.
  • Through the Barn Door (25 Oct - 29 Oct) Ref 481-499
  • 27.
  • Indian Ocean Examiner (30 Oct - 04 Nov) Ref 500-519
  • 28.
  • How low to go? Towards 45S (05 Nov - 12 Nov) Ref 520-545
  • 29.
  • Running along 45S (13 Nov - 21 Nov) Ref 546-573
  • 30.
  • To abeam Cape Leeuwin (22 Nov - 01 Dec) Ref 574-606
  • 31.
  • Sooo close to Hobart (02 Dec - 10 Dec) Ref 607-636
  • 32.
  • Made it - Sydney (11 Dec - 21 Dec) Ref 637-666
  • 33.
  • Syd-Hob (and nearly back) (22 Dec - 07 Jan) Ref 637-691
  • 34.
  • Current Log updated:
    Name: Berrimilla
    Launched: 1977
    Sail Number: 371
    Club: RANSA
    Location: Sydney, Australia
    Type: Brolga 33
    Designer: Peter Joubert
    Builder: Baker
    Construction: GRP
    IMS GPH: 739.2
    IMS Stab Idx: 141.6
    IRC TCC: 0.891
    LOA: 10.1m
    Beam: 3.1m
    Draft: 1.8m
    Displacement: 6,933 kg
    Rig: Masthead Sloop
    Fore Triangle: 39.25
    Mainsail: 21.43
    Spinnaker: 88.09
    Hobart Crew: 6
    Shorthand Crew: 2

    The log ramblings can be cryptic, so we have added:
    A Hitchhikers Guide to Berriland

    Maps
  • Progress map (references are to log entries)
  • Weather map
  • Other maps
  • If you own Visual Passage Planner 2, there is a datafile of the current leg here.
  • If you have the freely available GPS TrackMaker, there is a datafile of the current leg here.
  • Do you have Google Earth??? Highly recommended IF you have broadband. If so, this Berri's entire trip for Google Earth.
    Guest Book

    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!

    Read and/or update the Gust Book.

    Contacts

    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 alert@berrimilla.com 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 admin@berrimilla.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 berri@berrimilla.com
    Emails are collated by the webmaster and forwarded to Berri at the next comms opportunity. Only text can be sent - because of the slow transmission speed over the radio, the email delivery system automatically removes any pictures or other attachments.

    email Berri

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    Berri is the little boat on the right, and that's Alex in the '61 Fastnet

    Berri at the start of Hobart 2003, Webguys Malcolm in harness and Stephen on the bow

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