June 17 - Home at last!
At approximately midday on Tuesday 17th June, Steve and Sam finally lowered the sails and glided up to their mooring in Portland harbour. Meanwhile wives, families and friends waited patiently on land for the intrepid two to row ashore.
It has been a longer return trip than expected with contrasting conditions varying between virtually no wind, and 50 knot howlers, much of which has been in the wrong direction.
So now it is back to reality - Money to find to pay the bills and sponsors to woo, not to mention a significant refit of the Spirit of Weymouth to prepare for the tough non-stop round the world Vendee Globe race which is Steve's next challenge.