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 Updates at logbook.

This is a record of Andrew Halcrow’s attempt at a solo non-stop circumnavigation in 2013/2014 onboard Elsi Arrub.

Downwind in NE trades


Elsi Arrub route


The proposed route was from Falmouth down through the North and South Atlantic then round Cape Horn. Up the west coast of South America, across the South Pacific in the SE trades to the Torres Straits. Across the Indian Ocean, round the Cape of Good Hope and back up to Falmouth. Departure from Falmouth was November 4th 2013.

Andrew would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way or has passed on good wishes.

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By Robin Wilson-Webb Sun Nov 3rd 2013 at 10:21 pm  

Congratulations and may you have favourable winds and warm weather. I have noted the two bear crew you have on board!
Cheers, robin

By Mary Stewart Mon Nov 4th 2013 at 4:57 pm  

Good luck Andrew have a save trip xx

By Ellis & Trixie Johnson Mon Nov 4th 2013 at 7:52 pm  

Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw :-)
All da very best Andrew an Elsi Arrub
Fae Ellis & Trixie xxx

By Stephen Gordon Tue Nov 5th 2013 at 8:21 am  

Bon Yoyage!

By Sue Kittow Tue Nov 5th 2013 at 6:52 pm  

Best of luck Andrew – sorry not to see you depart yesterday but will be thinking of you! Cheers, Sue

By Carole Radford Tue Nov 5th 2013 at 7:54 pm  

Hope all goes well with lots of amazing experiences along the way, safe journey…..

By Jim Strang Tue Nov 5th 2013 at 8:53 pm  

Looking forward to being involved – if only at the other side of a computer screen – good luck Andrew, god speed

By Edwin Leslie Tue Nov 5th 2013 at 11:05 pm  

Take care Andrew and best o luck.

By grace hughson Wed Nov 6th 2013 at 12:28 am  

safe trip — favourable wind — good luck!!

By Jean Farquhar Wed Nov 6th 2013 at 8:51 am  

Watching your moves and hope the gales abate in double quick time.

By Ellis & Trixie Johnson Wed Nov 6th 2013 at 4:42 pm  

“Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw!”

all da very best Andrew & Elsi Arrub

By Sharon sherwood Fri Nov 8th 2013 at 7:49 am  

Wishing u lots o luck Andrew fae Sharon & Donald

By David Lubbe Fri Nov 8th 2013 at 12:44 pm  

Missing your boat in the Marina!
Keep well and keep in touch.
Get yourself a nice suntan the next few weeks!
Remember to brush your teeth, I’ll check when you back!

By Geordie Sutherland Sat Nov 9th 2013 at 5:52 pm  

Better luck dis time!!

By Francis Matthews Sat Nov 9th 2013 at 6:28 pm  

From one seaman to another, watch how ye go and be safe, I will follow your progress, Fran fae Ayrshire.

By Sue Kittow Mon Nov 11th 2013 at 10:52 am  

Hope to get some pics of you leaving today – good luck again! Sue

By Dot Nicholson Mon Nov 11th 2013 at 11:23 am  

Watching your progress, keep safe and hope all goes well enjoy the adventure.

By Robin Wilson-Webb Mon Nov 11th 2013 at 2:18 pm  

Very pleased to learn he is on his way. God speed, Andrew. Cheers, Robin Wilson-Webb

By Cecil Duncan Mon Nov 11th 2013 at 4:49 pm  

Looks like he is on his way.

By Jean Farquhar Mon Nov 11th 2013 at 8:54 pm  

Glad you’re on you way this time Andrew. It looks much more favourable – Don and I are thinking of you all.

By Sue Kittow Tue Nov 12th 2013 at 10:01 am  

Glad to be able to see you off Andrew! Col was watchign from his window too. All the very best

By Frank Hay Tue Nov 12th 2013 at 2:57 pm  

Best wishes for a good trip and a safe return. Take care. All the best, Frank.

By martin rickard Wed Nov 13th 2013 at 10:31 pm  

We will watch your progress with great interest – some adventure.
Good luck

By Hans Fri Nov 15th 2013 at 12:27 pm  

Greetings from SHETLAND, Andrew !
Wish you a fine trip and good luck !
Hear you on the radio …

By Cecil M. Duncan Sat Dec 14th 2013 at 9:41 pm  

I’ll give you shout on 21.320 MHz +/- qrm at 1500 hrs. GMT during the incoming week.

By siggy vetvik Sat Dec 21st 2013 at 6:52 pm  

Hi Andrew!

I never knew anything about your journey until now.. just found out about it on the internet.. I still have very fond memories of our various trips on the Swan.. Always admired your adventurous spirit Andrew..
I live in southern Norway now.. Onywye aa da best on your trip!!


By Chris Roche Sun Dec 22nd 2013 at 3:58 pm  

Andrew from the Cape Horners, we wish you all the best it was your friend Jan Wit who has kept me in touch I hope for your success. It is such a big world and we all see so little of it I salute you the adventurer.


By Olga and Arno van Cauwenberghe Wed Dec 25th 2013 at 2:18 am  

Hello there Andrew,

Wow!!! Just heard you are living your dream. What awesome!!! Have a wonderful sail. We have bookmarked this blog and looking forward to reading your adventures the coming months. Don’t forget to wave to Cocos when you sail pass. Arno and Olga.

By Karen McLachlan Wed Dec 25th 2013 at 8:01 pm  

Hi Andrew, Merry Christmas. I wonder what you had instead of a turkey dinner? Maybe a fresh fish? At least I hope you allowed yourself an extra Guinness. My friend Howard is completely intrigued by your journey and has been following your log. Am being shouted at to join in a board game so have to go but once again Happy Christmas and will keep checking in. Love Karen (Ann’s sister) x

By Chris Johnson Wed Dec 25th 2013 at 10:56 pm  

Hi Andrew, Chris Johnson your old school and Sullom Voe chum here. Just recently discovered that you had a blog to go with your journey. Thoroughly enjoyed the history and pics (did we really wear those jumpers!) 7as sadly what you were up to passed me by at the time. Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe journey. I’ve always had tremendous admiration for what you have done and are doing.

By Chris Bunyan Thu Dec 26th 2013 at 9:17 am  

Hi Andrew – Your Log Book posts give a great insight into the personal and technical challenges of your journey – I really worry about the hams and the best solution. It all makes for fascinating reading as we follow your adventures. Sailing is obviously not your only talent ! All the best for the New Year and a safe journey. At least it is downhill now you’ve crossed the equator. Best wishes, Chris

By Cecil Duncan Fri Dec 27th 2013 at 2:27 pm  

If you can manage to come on the air during the next few days or so, I’ll take a listen for you on 21.250 MHz at 1200 GMT. The propagation forecast looks promising.
Cecil GM0EKM.

By Linda Pattison Sat Dec 28th 2013 at 9:30 pm  

Hi Andrew, went to St Kilda on the Swan with you many years ago. So pleased to see you living your dream. Stop in NZ and say hi sometime – my partner is a boat-builder…
Kind regards
Linda Pattison

By donald macdonald Sun Dec 29th 2013 at 5:52 pm  

wish you all the very best from the Isle of Lewis. God Bless.

By Peter George Malcolm Sinclair Tue Dec 31st 2013 at 11:12 pm  

Hi Andrew, its nearly 2014 in i wiss de all da very best and a safe journey, look forward ta reading aboot dy progress. Hears tae wiz, wha`s lek wiz, damned few. Cheers Peter.

By Willie&Lynn Fri Jan 3rd 2014 at 7:55 pm  

Hi Andrew,

Keeping tabs of you and “Elsi”, good that your making the miles.All the very best for 2014 to all.

By Sandro Lessa Fri Jan 3rd 2014 at 10:08 pm  

Hi Andrew!

We’ve just talked to you in Santos Basin in the coast of Brazil at 19:45 local time. I am the radio operator on board of the seismic survey vessel Western Neptune and I wish you all the best of luck on your non stop trip around the world. I hope someday you drop by in the Port of Malhado in the city of Ilhéus in the State of Bahia-Brazil that’s where I live.

Have a journey!

By Bobby Kerry n craig Mon Jan 6th 2014 at 10:37 pm  

Hi Andrew and Alison .happy new year. Just to let you know
We are still thinking about you . Can’t wait to introduce you to craig .
Keep you’re pecker up see you back hom later this year.

By Shane Tue Jan 7th 2014 at 12:06 pm  

Just amazing!!! best of luck and fair winds….

By Linda & Andrew Phillips Wed Jan 8th 2014 at 8:55 am  

Hi Andrew from Australia. Good luck on this new voyage, safe sailing, smooth seas!
Love, Linda & Andrew Phillips

By Rebecca Riser Mon Jan 13th 2014 at 12:03 am  

Im not sure if our previous comments made it: but we totally enjoy reading the logs. By the way, our word for fancy albatrosses, etc (yeah we have wood stork, great white herons, small ibises, etc etc.. right outside our back window on the right day – regular folk on figuring out birds) but we tend to call those albatross types a “terradactyl” (ya know, that would include pelicans, etc). So in our neck of the woods, they are birds that eat your next lunch – so beware! Anyway just enjoying your diary and Alyson’s input. While we are a little worried on safety issues (and still have to google a lot of terms to understand what you are talking about on “F” this and “F” that on speeds or winds or something) but just enjoying the educational experience, we are thoroughly enjoying the reading of your journey! God speed through the Cape! Dave and Becky Riser (Ruth Moss = sister).

By Rebecca Riser Mon Jan 13th 2014 at 12:15 am  

To ALYSON: please feel free to edit ANY submissions we make to suit :) We really are enjoying watching the journey, and have a bunch of folk watching the progress. You are a champion, and love that we can enjoy this – its something really “out of our dots” so very good to enjoy from a nice comfy couch :). Hope you are doing ok – and staying somewhat warm (if you are back in the frozen scottish north!). Hopefully you get these submissions and decide what is good to post! Take care. Becky Riser (Ruth Moss’ sister).

By AH Mon Jan 13th 2014 at 7:59 am  

Hi Becky,
I have received your previous comments and approved them – Thank you – its great that our US “rely’s” cos you are via Ruth, are keeping up with Andrew and his quest.
Sitting having my breakfast in the dark with rain tissing it down outside! Andrew will love your info about Albatrosses, one flew close by him last night as he was speaking with me on the phone – really exciting. Keep watching and posting. Love Alxxx

By Neil Sutherland Wed Jan 15th 2014 at 8:09 pm  

HI Andrew
Windy here too. Hope Elsi Arrub is goin well and you are too. Fire festival season is underway. Scalloway had great weather. Cold and still. Mhairi and I went to Hamnavoe Hall and had a super night.
Hope you get Fair Winds.

By ashok & swati Thu Jan 23rd 2014 at 10:19 pm  

hi andrew .. glad to see that you are at it again..
wish you fair seas and favourable winds
My resolution .. want to sail with you on the elsi arrub
if only circumnavigating the british isles

By ashok & swati Thu Jan 23rd 2014 at 10:22 pm  

hi andrew … hey glad to see that you are at it again
may you have fair seas and favourable winds

By jim king Tue Feb 4th 2014 at 10:02 pm  

Mr. Halcrow,
In the course of preliminary research into the building of a Tahitana and a desire to be informed of it’s sailing capacity I have had the extreme good fortune to have encountered your website and published log. I will be marking it to my desktop for a daily reminder of what and how a good life should be lived.

Study plans for construction have been sent for this week and I have already begun a translation of the table of offsets floating around the internet to a 1/3 scaled version which I hope to use to complete a scaled hull this winter to study the neccessary geometry of plating. It should keep me occupied during the winters slow construction period. I operate a single owner fabrication business and have been in the trade my entire working career. Did 6 years in the marine industry but all of it on commercial vessels so yachts and sailboats will be something quite new. I doubt the time that’s been spent studying the subject in books, while possible helpfull, will compare to the actual doing.

Wanted to take this opportunity to wish you the very best in your voyage and thank you for setting an example the rest of us armchair types should take heed of and pay attenton to. Fair Winds.

By Iain King Fri Feb 7th 2014 at 2:18 pm  

Forgive a sooth-mooth landlubber asking, “Why the patterned topsides?”

From your 2nd cousin once removed in-law.

If du’s tinkin “Wha’s yun?”, ask dy mammy.

Best wishes for a successful journey and a safe return.

By Mike Mon Mar 10th 2014 at 5:15 pm  

The pattern that you see on the topside are cut pieces of grip adhesive material. The material is a sand, usually obsidian I believe, that is glued to a backing with epoxy. This adheres to the deck via more glue on the backing.

The pattern is likely the work of a man with a lot of time on his hands, and a lot of interest in making his deck look more interesting. A solo navigator (I am for the moment, though I haven’t gotten far) tends to put little extras into the ship as the ship is more than just a vessel, it becomes a companion.

Creating a pattern like that is actually a clever idea as it gives him something to do on long voyages. It also allows tendencies to hallucinate to be given what I would guess would be healthy exercise – looking for objects or patterns in the maze of cut pieces would be a healthy way to wile away the lonely hours at sea.

Also, remember that Halcrow built this ship himself. He takes great pride in it, and she has saved his life and her own twice now. That is how I know he will try this again. She has proven seaworthy even if she was dismasted in rough weather. Andrew is probably right now trying to figure out how his mast broke and how he can prevent it happening again, even if he is still shaken from the weather. He did, after all, successfully round the horn.

By Ian Fri Feb 7th 2014 at 6:22 pm  

“Halcrow rounds the Horn” Shetland Times Great News Andrew
Watching your progress, keep safe Wishing you well and good spirits as you mosey on the way

By Bobby Sandison Sat Feb 8th 2014 at 10:53 am  

Best wishes for a safe and interesting journey!

By euan crawford Sat Feb 8th 2014 at 8:14 pm  

Following your progress with great interest here in Shetland. Well done on the great progress so far! I’m sure you’ll be relieved to get round the Horn and now focused on heading north and eventually getting some warm trade winds filling the sails for the down hill run! Fair winds and have a safe trip across the South Pacific. Do you have plenty of fishing lures?
S.Y Sonar (Sandwick)

By Greta Hartley Sat Feb 8th 2014 at 11:13 pm  

Well Done Andrew and Elsi. Following your progress with great interest and pride. Keep safe.
Greta and Fred

By Edward Fullerton Mon Feb 17th 2014 at 12:14 am  

Hello Andrew,
Im keeping an eye on you oot yunder in da big bloo see. I mind as a peerie boy standing in your shed when you wirr building da Elsi Arrub an you telling wis your plans ta go around da world. Weel I canna believe you’re at it again.

All da best, and keep safe and enjoy every meenit.

By ashok Wed Feb 19th 2014 at 9:05 pm  

hi andrew congratulations
may you have fair winds and smooth seas to complete your voyage safely
ashok n swati

By James Balfour Fri Feb 21st 2014 at 4:10 am  

Hope your voyage goes well, shetlander in Australia watching your progress . Glad you made it round the cape safely.look after yourself .save sailing James Balfour. , Perth WA.

By Peter Anderson Fri Feb 21st 2014 at 7:12 pm  

Keep it up! Your doing well! See you when you get home!

By le dauphin Mon Feb 24th 2014 at 4:06 pm  

Best wishes for a fine passage Cape Horn does not look like a place to stop for long. Will see you in the Small Boat harbour in Lerwick alongside the Swan in August 2015.

By Cecil Duncan Wed Mar 5th 2014 at 12:17 am  

Hi Andrew, I was wondering what the radio propagation is like now that you getting more to the east. Do you hear any UK amateur stations on the air. If so what are the best frequencies and times?

By euan crawford Sat Mar 8th 2014 at 7:39 pm  

Absolutely gutted for you Andrew. Hope you get ashore safely. Euan

By Conrad Burt Sat Mar 8th 2014 at 7:44 pm  

My thoughts are with you.

By Peter George Malcolm Sinclair Sat Mar 8th 2014 at 9:40 pm  

Dats a real vexation, but as long as he is ok dats da main thing, my thoughts are we you. Peter

By Olga and Arno van Cauwenberghe Sun Mar 9th 2014 at 4:33 am  

To dear Andrew and Allyson,

Thankfully you are safe and that is what counts. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Olga and Arno

By David Dow Sun Mar 9th 2014 at 1:36 pm  

If at first you don’t succeed…………

Nothing you could have done. Freak accident. Gutted for you.

By Bobby Kerry n craig Sun Mar 9th 2014 at 2:05 pm  

I am sure that all the meany people dat met Andrew in
The sailing world will be saddend to hear about the end
Of the attempt but will all be glad Andrew is being
Rescued. Elsi arrub is built as strong as they get with water
Tight hatches and so on. As they say its not the destination
It’s the journey.!!!

By richard pugh Sun Mar 9th 2014 at 6:32 pm  

Andrew. I am so so sorry, you must be devastated. Having seen that mast in Falmouth, I can not believe it would fail. You have a massive amount to be proud of. You are safe + that is what matters. Take great care + we are thinking of you + your safe rescue. Liz + Richard Pugh

By Terry Thomson Sun Mar 9th 2014 at 7:59 pm  

Very sorry to hear news of the dismasting, but glad that Andrew has been picked up and is safe and well.

By Ania Sun Mar 9th 2014 at 10:12 pm  

Really sad to hear that you have been thwarted by storms breaking your mast, you must be feeling so, so devastated. Great to know that you are safe and have survived the storms.
We met as you were leaving Scotland to begin your journey, at Crinan in Argyll, I am a crew member of ‘An Sulair’ a classic wooden yacht.
‘If at first you dont succeed, try, try and try again….’…
Thoughts are with you for a safe return
Kind regards

By Tim Barker Sun Mar 9th 2014 at 10:28 pm  

Having sailed in those waters two years ago, you are experiencing the catastrophic gear failure that I had prepared for but thankfully avoided. My thoughts are with you for a safe rescue. If you get to Puerto Williams, after a couple of legendary Pisco Sours on the Micalvi, you will remember nothing! I will be following your progress. Very best of luck. Tim Barker S/Y Mina2

By Eduardo Sun Mar 9th 2014 at 11:40 pm  

Andrew is safe now? what happened with the sailboat?

By Wolf Mon Mar 10th 2014 at 4:16 am  

Congratulations on surviving another attempt.

Your efforts are not wasted Mr. Halcrow. You are doing what few can even dream of doing and are an inspiration to us all.

I do hope you will try for another attempt, perhaps with a stronger mast, or perhaps a bit more patience with the weather on the Horn next time around. I do look forward to your blog entry describing the events. I myself would love to attempt the horn one day, perhaps solo, perhaps not. I’m in a ferro-cement yacht, though I didn’t make her though I am the first to sail her.

Good luck and we’ll see you out there some day.

By Bruce Stewart Mon Mar 10th 2014 at 4:42 am  

Hi There from Bruce Stewart and Dot Nicholson in Australia, is it time to start a “get the boat back and buy a new mast fund”? Regards from down under Bruce and Dot….

By alfredo marambio Mon Mar 10th 2014 at 7:15 am  

saw the video of the rescue. Andrew must be crushed, but is good
to know he is fine and in good spirits. What’s the outcome with
Elsi Arrub????

By Jane Jonesŷ Mon Mar 10th 2014 at 6:58 pm  

Hello Andrew! So sorry to hear about your mast…..very bad luck. I was, however excited to hear about you and the second attempt.
I have retired from teaching and hope to be doing a lot more sailing…..:) The kids are all really grown up now- even wee Harry is 22!
Best wishes…will you be able to recover the boat?
Lots of love from Jane

By Jonathan Wills Mon Mar 10th 2014 at 8:46 pm  

Very sorry to hear this, Andrew, but glad you’re safe. We have a good friend in Punta Arenas who runs a marine consultancy business, has good contacts and might be able to advise on possible recovery of Elsi Arrub. My boy Tom has worked with him on projects. If this is of interest, give me a shout. JW

By Barbara fraser Thu Mar 13th 2014 at 9:02 pm  

Hi, Andrew,,got in a buckle a sh… Tryin ta send a message twartree days ago. ( just whin I tocht me an dis ipad wis called a truce !) wis so impressed at da calm wye du set aboot cuttin awa dy mast in datn heavy seas at a time whi du hed tae a been sae upset too. Bit dy followers is been astounded aa da wye trow wi dy seamanship an perseverance . Dee an elsi is gien wis so much inspiration aa winter . Do hope du gets her back. Yuns a wild coastline right anyoch , bit elsi is a tough peerie boat . Best wishes.

By Becky and David Riser Mon Mar 31st 2014 at 12:38 am  

darn sad that the mast broke, but so happy you are home safe!. BUT where is Elsi eh?!!

Just wondering with your maritime skills, maybe you can help Australia / Malaysia figure out this last maritime disaster (the flight that bombed while you were “en route”)? Hmm they may need some on the ground “common sense” ehh?

We LOVED following your route – so like Al said (we think she said) maybe you set a record for passing the cape lol. OH well , we have watched your travel..Glad you are home safe. Dave and Becky (sister in law to Alastair)

By Bruce Stewart Tue Apr 1st 2014 at 7:46 pm  

Hi Andrew,

thanks for the email…I enjoyed getting up each morning early and the first thing I’d do was check out
where Andrew was….the rest of the world had to wait!…to me it was a person having a go at what very few in fact have done
and I guess its every serious yachties dream to do and join the club of being an “Earth Rounder”.

Personally I don’t believe its over at all, yes its a setback but so what, I’d be working on “Plan C” straightaway, no question,
this is unfinished business and it must be resolved. Obviously the monetary situation is hard but not insurmountable.

This may sound like a bold idea however here we go, have you thought about “borrowing a more suitable yacht” do the trip and give it back
to whoever you borrowed it from? lets face it there are marinas all over the world with yachts parked up doing nothing…expensive
toys if you will….so why not put up a website, Facebook and advertise to borrow a yacht?…there must be a way….I know you
loved the Arrub however from what I can see its inability to point was a bit of a downer so something bigger and quicker might be the go…
oh and with an engine too!…:o)

I can very much see it happening a third time, no question……maybe market the idea as “Round 3”…..

Cheers from down under.

Bruce Stewart and Dotty….otherwise now known as “Auld Mini”

By richard pugh Mon Apr 7th 2014 at 11:05 am  

Hi Andrew,

Have tried to answer your e mail, but the Shetland Gurus have sent it back. So hopefully this makes it ?

So, thank you for your e mail + welcome home ! By coincidence I was in Falmouth lat week + went along to Pendenis to try + find your postal address. I was going to drop you a line.

You must be gutted + I am so sorry that you have lost your boat. Our boat is very dear to us, but all we did was write a cheque for her. You have put life + soul into Elsiarrub so it must be very different. Not much more I can say, but I am so sorry. Having made a channel crossing last year with the aid of my Ray Marine I am in complete awe of what you have achieved.

And don’t say never again. I see that Robin KJ at 75 has just put an entry in for the Transatlantic race But it may an idea to enjoy spring in The Shetlands first.

I remember looking at that mast in Falmouth + was convinced it was bullet proof. But you are safe + have achieved a massive amount.

Life can change in a flash. On the 10th February I was paying my daily visit to your log + learning about Isla Lennox, when Liz shouted from up stairs that she was in great pain. Our doctor arrived + Liz was blue lighted to QE Hospital in Birmingham. Within hours she had an emergency operation for a cerebral haemorrhage. It was very difficult for a few weeks but Liz is now home + making slowly gaining strength. It could have ben very different. So a quiet life for a while. We have a great deal to be thank full for. Life is sweet.

So when you fancy some gentle sailing on The South Coast give me a ring. In the meantime take care + very best wishes to you + the wider family.


e richard@uplandsorchard.co.uk