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Couldn't find a thread on this so I though I'd start one...

Alex Alley (GBR) is attempting to break the solo RTW record for monohulls 40 feet or less.  He started on 31st December at 14:31:09 UTC in his Class 40 "Pixel Flyer." The aim is to beat the current record of 137 days, 20 hours 1 minute and 57 seconds set by Guo Chuan (CHN).

Here is the website:

http://alexalley.com/

Here's the tracker with text updates:

https://my.yb.tl/alexalley

Here's a BBC article:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46672783

I've never heard of this guy and have no idea about his offshore credentials but an interesting challenge nevertheless.  Good luck to him.  Looking forward to seeing him back before Lehtinen in the GGR.... :) 

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2 hours ago, JMore said:

Couldn't find a thread on this so I though I'd start one...

Alex Alley (GBR) is attempting to break the solo RTW record for monohulls 40 feet or less.  He started on 31st December at 14:31:09 UTC in his Class 40 "Pixel Flyer." The aim is to beat the current record of 137 days, 20 hours 1 minute and 57 seconds set by Guo Chuan (CHN).

Here is the website:

http://alexalley.com/

Here's the tracker with text updates:

https://my.yb.tl/alexalley

Here's a BBC article:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46672783

I've never heard of this guy and have no idea about his offshore credentials but an interesting challenge nevertheless.  Good luck to him.  Looking forward to seeing him back before Lehtinen in the GGR.... :) 

Well good luck to this guy and a safe trip and I hope he can live his dream and beat the record. 

 

It it just goes to show what a little bit of out side the square thinking can do.  I wish our hoppy could see this and live the dream like this guy. 

 

I wish ash him all the best.

 

pulpit

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Thanks for posting this.  Interesting to see Alex v Golden Globe v Spindrift - all moving at very different speeds.

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7 hours ago, Tunnel Rat said:

Thanks for posting this.  Interesting to see Alex v Golden Globe v Spindrift - all moving at very different speeds.

Yes I think if all goes as expected Alex will beat at least Lehtinen in the GGR and Spindrift will beat everyone accept VDH and Slats.  The mind boggles....

The GGR started 200 days ago!

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Thanks for bringing this one up, there is no way to have the wind on the tracker ?

By the way what did happen to Gaetano Mura  attempt (in 2016 I think also on a class 40, forgot ..

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Mura, the guy with the cat, abondend ship. IIRC

This guy ever raced this C40 in a transatlantic or so ? Can not find it. If not, he will be in for a surprise.

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13 minutes ago, LeoV said:

Mura, the guy with the cat, abondend ship. IIRC

This guy ever raced this C40 in a transatlantic or so ? Can not find it. If not, he will be in for a surprise.

In fact he stopped in Western Australia, after having  structural damages :

https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2017/01/05/gaetano-mura-ends-record-attempt/

 

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On 1/15/2019 at 12:29 PM, JMore said:

Couldn't find a thread on this so I though I'd start one...

Alex Alley (GBR) is attempting to break the solo RTW record for monohulls 40 feet or less.  He started on 31st December at 14:31:09 UTC in his Class 40 "Pixel Flyer." The aim is to beat the current record of 137 days, 20 hours 1 minute and 57 seconds set by Guo Chuan (CHN).

Here is the website:

http://alexalley.com/

Here's the tracker with text updates:

https://my.yb.tl/alexalley

Here's a BBC article:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46672783

I've never heard of this guy and have no idea about his offshore credentials but an interesting challenge nevertheless.  Good luck to him.  Looking forward to seeing him back before Lehtinen in the GGR.... :) 

Very little about his sailing background on the website.:unsure:

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1 hour ago, LeoV said:

This guy ever raced this C40 in a transatlantic or so ? Can not find it. If not, he will be in for a surprise.

The "about me" page on his website only mentions his dinghy sailing experience and other interests outside sailing (bog snorkelling?) and says that he is a life long sailor.  No mention of any blue water sailing experience.

This article in Sailing Today says that he has raced around the world before so knows what to expect:

https://www.sailingtoday.co.uk/news/pixel-flyer-and-alex-alley-target-non-stop-around-the-world-record/

Keeping a close eye on the stormy weather currently causing chaos on the Route du Rhum race is Gosport sailor Alex Alley.

He’s hoping to break the record for sailing non-stop alone around the world in a sub-40ft boat, having uniquely crowd-funded his effort aboard the Pixel Flyer – which has the faces of sponsors adorning her topsides.

The 48-year old is targeting a record that currently stands at just under 138 days and reckons it could be possible to shave as much as a week off the voyage. However Pixel Flyer ‘only’ needs to beat the time by a full minute for a record to be ratified.

Alex is hoping the weather will allow him to start the challenge within a few days, although he’s been planning it for 10 years. Portsmouth’s The News reports he’s been chatting with other local sailors like Alex Thomson while he readies for the off:

The main piece of advice I got was not to do it – but I’m going ahead with it anyway. I have raced around the world before so I know what the conditions will be like, but people like Alex have been a big help, advising me to look after the boat and myself ahead of going after the record,” he says.

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A quote from one of the diary entries indicates that he did some if not all of the Global Challenge races - but that was 15yrs ago.

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(From Paula - when Alex and I met on the Global Challenge 2004-5 yacht race, we got stuck in the wind shadow created by Mount Teide on Tenerife in the Canaries, which cost us a couple of days on the 1st leg of the race. Something we have never forgotten!)]

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https://vistage.co.uk/speakers/alex-alley

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Alex Alley

British Round the World Yachtsman and World Record sailor, Alex Alley, has spoken all over the world on his racing experiences, from teaching himself to sail to representing and winning for his country by the age of 20.

Really?

There has to be at least one anarchist that’s heard of him or maybe even met him??

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Hello. I’m Paula, Alex’s fiancé. Alex & I met on the Global Challenge 15 years ago – Alex was my Watch Leader on Team Stelmar and we both did the whole race in 2004-5. We’re (finally!) getting married this year on 7 September. I’ve just come across your conversation on here as I was trying to find the original routing of Guo Chuan’s record attempt.  I thought i'd answer some of your questions...

Alex’s start date and time was 31 December 2018 at 14h 31mins 09 sec, 'subject to ratification by the WSSRC'. If he is to beat the current World Record then his deadline is to cross the line again going the other way, on 18 May 2019 at 10h 32mins 06 secs. He started off Ushant.

Tracker link: https://my.yb.tl/alexalley. I post comments on here when I can, some of which maybe a bit naïve to you all as I’m not a through and through sailor. (I did the GC and a bit on the Class 40, more because I am adventurer) I have also posted some weather reports on there from Nick Leggatt, our router. As you say, it’s interesting to watch this alongside Spindrift 2 who was alongside us in Brest marina, and the current Golden Globe.

 Alex isn’t ‘famous’ as such – though he hopefully will get more known hopefully for all the right reasons! He is basically just trying to follow his dream to attempt a solo, RTW. 

Here is his sailing resume

Alex taught himself to sail in a Mirror dinghy on a lake as a child.

Began racing dinghies such as Merlin Rockets at local clubs then started racing 1/4 tonners at Royal Temple Yacht Club (Ramsgate, Kent) age 14.

4 years racing 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 tonners at RTYC with much success.

Studied Naval Architecture/Yacht design at Southampton and began racing 1 tonners from Hamble. Selected to represent England in team championships in 1990/1 which he won.

Various national championships in different classes.

2004/5 Global Challenge Watch Leader on the round-the-world race on Team Stelmar. 6th overall and set several records for the race despite two separate Southern Ocean medivacs.

2006-8 raced Mini circuit double-handed on Proto 419.

2009/10 Raced Class 40 Palanad 2 No.43 double-handed.

2011 began crowdfunding for PixelBoat campaign - original intention was to compete in the Global Ocean Race (now defunct).

Skippered various race yachts for private owners, including Panther in RORC, Caribbean 600 and Antigua sailing week.

2015 bought Class 40 GBR112 (ex-Jasmine Flyer/Cessna) and renamed her Pixel Flyer.

2015 Length of Britain record with Phil Sharp and Sean Conway.

2017 Solo around the Isle of Wight record.

2018/9 Currently on solo non-stop around the world record for 40' yacht.

Alex’s record attempt is mainly crowd funded through people buying ‘pixels’ on the hull. They then uploaded their pictures, photos and logos which were printed and transferred onto the hull. Some sails were sponsored by organisations such as Fasthosts and all ropes supplied by English Braids.

Thank you for starting the thread and for following him... I hope you all wish him all the best with this challenge! 

 

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Thanks for posting Paula.

I see that Alex had got some wind and was heading SE at 6+kts, then suddenly down to 0.4ish kts with a very variable direction.

Hope all is well.

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I don't think this guy is going to make it...

35 days in and he is still in the Atlantic at approximately 33 S 20 W.  He's got ~102 days left to break the "record" and being that far north and west in the Atlantic, I just don't see him making it around in time.  Not sure if his plan is to go into the Southern Ocean (below 60 S) or stay further north, but he would have to have some very favourable weather and/or go pretty far south (bergs?) to make it to Cape Horn with enough time in the bag for the trip north. 

Le Cleac'h took ~27 days from Cape Horn to the finish in the last VG and I reckon Alex will need to have at least 40 to 45 days in the bag to Ushant when he rounds to be comfortable to break the record.  That means he needs to round the horn in about 57 to 62 days from now.

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JMore, thanks for starting this thread. 'this guy' is my fiance, Alex Alley!! He's had about three High Pressure systems to content with that slowed him down and put him behind, but now he's further South and heading East, he's picking up speed and achieved 281 miles in the last 24 hours. We have lots of spreadsheets on the go as his VMG depends on what overall mileage he's going to hit; somewhere between 26,000 and 27,000 we think. Based on the 26,000 mileage, he's currently about 2 days behind Guo's record, but making on it in big bites each day at these average speeds of 11+... All is well with him and the boat currently and I have just posted a big update on the Tracker. 

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23 hours ago, Paula said:

JMore, thanks for starting this thread. 'this guy' is my fiance, Alex Alley!! He's had about three High Pressure systems to content with that slowed him down and put him behind, but now he's further South and heading East, he's picking up speed and achieved 281 miles in the last 24 hours. We have lots of spreadsheets on the go as his VMG depends on what overall mileage he's going to hit; somewhere between 26,000 and 27,000 we think. Based on the 26,000 mileage, he's currently about 2 days behind Guo's record, but making on it in big bites each day at these average speeds of 11+... All is well with him and the boat currently and I have just posted a big update on the Tracker. 

Thanks Paula - yes 'this guy' seems to have been making good speed of late and enjoying good weather.  Hope he can keep it up and good luck!

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Thanks. He is enjoying good weather - as are we in the UK! He slowed a bit today but speed is picking up again. Tense stuff for us armchair dot watchers...!

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Isn't it becoming a bit late in the season for the Southern Ocean ?

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On 1/17/2019 at 6:13 AM, JMore said:

The "about me" page on his website only mentions his dinghy sailing experience and other interests outside sailing (bog snorkelling?) 

Bog snorkeling.  Do I need to google that?  I mean I get that it’s snorkeling in bogs, but I’m really curious now.  Gotta love the things people get into...I actually think it’s kinda cool (like the esoteric sport of “sawanobori” in Japan).

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Hello,

Unfortunately Alex decided this morning to retire. Tough decision as I'm sure you can appreciate after 14,000 miles. More updates can be found on his tracker link: https://my.yb.tl/alexalley

Meanwhile, if any of you are based in Adelaide, Australia... please shout. He should be there in 3-4 days. He's just downloading charts, and I will need to sort out immigration and insurance. He would appreciate technical or moral support.

Thank you. Paula

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Sad to hear that Alex is retiring.  What is the plan now?  Ship the boat back or fix it and sail it back. 

Another alternative is selling it to Hoppy.....!

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Does it have an electric toilet ? No toilet, no Hoppy!!!!!

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He would have to divert to Melbourne and park it in Hoppy's pen to be any chance.

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Everything is coming together - thank you so much for your comments, support and help. Meanwhile, plans have been made in huge part thanks to Mark Sinclair (& his boat Coconut) who had to retire recently from the Golden Globe Race after 155 days solo and he happens to be based in Adelaide! He also had to retire in need of repairs so I am sure he can empathise with Alex's situation. He has arranged for Alex to berth with the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron and as it is likely that Alex will arrive on Saturday, he should have a decent escort and celebration coming in - they are all on high alert for him! Rum is being flown in especially... LOL. Alex and Pixel Flyer's plans are still TBC after the weekend... but no, no toilet on board - just a non-electric bucket :)

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Hell of a shake down trip, repair and come back if financial it is possible. A record should take a few tries otherwise it is a record without meaning. How is that for moral support.
 

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LeoV has it right, sailing half way around the world in a Class 40 is quite a long trip in such a sporty small vessel.  I see Alex is nearly to Adelaide,  good to see support from Coconut Sinclair, a well deserved huzzah for a huge corinthian effort.

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Sorry to hear about the retirement and good luck for the future!

 

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Bummer !

Alex mentions repairing an hydrophone in his last note (amongst many other issues) what was that used for ?

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I was checking for the offshore boats on the tracker this am, and saw this guy in our 'hood!  Bummer.  But that answers the question, "What is Jasmine Flyer doing here, too?"...

I'm sure the Squadron guys will help him commiserate!  Bad luck.  Bloody boats.

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On 3/14/2019 at 6:00 PM, yl75 said:

Bummer !

Alex mentions repairing an hydrophone in his last note (amongst many other issues) what was that used for ?

It was for a University project - with the aim to record an 'audioscape' of where Alex was sailing for future analysis.  

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Thanks all. I have just returned from Adelaide and Alex and the boat are in decent spirits all things considered. Unfortunately we cant afford any more record attempts, and even this one was done on a low budget with crowd funding which was hard work over many years... It's sad, but Pixel Flyer is now up for Sale. 

Pixel Flyer for sale 1.pdf

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