October 2016, Andy Lamont and his 34ft S&S yacht Impulse set off from the Gold Coast with the aim of becoming the first sailor to circle the world in a westerly direction, solo and unassisted in a yacht smaller than 40ft.
But an unscheduled stop in Sydney was unavoidable after a testing sail down the East coast and Andy found himself moored at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) for several weeks making essential repairs to Impulse.
By the end of November Andy was again ready to start his world-record attempt journey and left the security of Keltie Bay and Sydney Harbour to head South. With a max of 30knots there was good wind on his side and Andy made his way along the South Coast passing the final piece of Australia, Chatham Island, on Boxing Day.
As Impulse made her way into the Indian Ocean winds and weather increased causing both skipper and vessel to get bashed about but fortunately they made it to the end of December with no major issues and nothing broken.
The rough seas and winds were quickly followed by very light airs in the new year which allowed Andy to complete some maintenance and pre-emptive jobs ahead of the next front and also get stuck into some Charles Dickens reading.
By mid-January great progress was being made and Andy found himself half way across the Indian Ocean. While headway was good and the miles were being sailed, strong winds pounded the 34ft sailing yacht and Andy found himself having to rig a broken boom vane.
We are really pleased to see that Andy now has South Africa in his sights and is heading for the Cape of Good Hope. You can keep up with Andy’s progress here> http://yb.tl/Impulse