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  • The End Of One Journey Sparks Desire To Continue The Objective

    The End Of One Journey Sparks Desire To Continue The Objective

    Long, but final debrief.







    A bit over 10 days ago, my participation in the Global Solo Challenge came to an abrupt and unfortunate end when I dismasted in the South Atlantic Ocean. I had just written a downtrodden and somber blog entry a day or two before where I expressed how challenging and inhospitable the South Atlantic Ocean had been to me.

    Sure enough, she finished me off shortly after that entry. While navigating northward
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  • In Ronnie's Words

    In Ronnie's Words




    "My final view of Sparrow/ Shipyard Brewing… a day filled with many emotions. Shock, then anger, then frustration, then fear, then optimism, then elation, then more sadness, then guilt, and then… it just goes on and on. But I also feel a lot of gratitude. Thankful for the outpouring of support from around the globe.

    Especially grateful to those who helped organize a rescue, and then to the Taiwanese owned ship Sakizaya Youth and her captain Cui
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  • Retrospect: The Days Leading Up To The Abandonment Of Shipyard Brewing




    Live to fight another day - The tough reality of ocean sailing

    By Marco Nannini.


    The skippers of the Global Solo Challenge have to endure months of navigation in the roaring forties and screaming fifties to reach Cape Horn. After braving storms, technical difficulties, fatigue and cold temperatures, the legendary cape feels like the big prize for all the efforts each skipper has put into their project. It is a reward and a climax not just in their...
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  • Ronnie Simpson Plucked Out Of Southern Atlantic

    Ronnie Simpson Plucked Out Of Southern Atlantic



    We could not be happier in relaying the news that Ronnie Simpson is safe and well and has boarded the Taiwanese ship SAKIZAYA YOUTH. We can only imagine the mix of relief and sadness as Ronnie had to bid his last farewell to Sparrow, aka Shipyard Brewing, his companion in this amazing journey by the bitter ending but the countless amazing memories....
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  • Shipyard Crewing Dismasted In South Atlantic

    Shipyard Crewing Dismasted In South Atlantic











    It is with a very heavy heart that we have to write this update. At approximately 0200 UTC, Ronnie Simpson blew up at Shipyard Brewing.
    An exasperated Ronnie Simpson notes the following:

    He was racing to stay ahead of a very deep depression when the boat launched off a massive wave.
    He has cut most of the rig away, and deployed a drogue to keep the stern to the seas and activated his epirb and requested...
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  • A Brutal Approach To Cape Horn

    A Brutal Approach To Cape Horn

    Complex, tricky, difficult weather for Cole Brauer




    I am sure many of you follow the weather evolving around Cole Brauer and are trying to make sense of it. Cole and her shore team have monitored and acted very carefully as the weather to Cape Horn developed and changed. We should probably clarify that weather models are reliable for 2-3 days in the future, then they move on to giving an indication of what might happen. They may show a low pressure moving and it's...
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  • The Ups And Downs Of The Indian Ocean

    The Ups And Downs Of The Indian Ocean



    After discovering a rip in the mainsail on Thursday, Ronnie Simpson aboard Shipyard Brewing been tirelessly working to get the sail back to operational status.

    Facing a rush to the start line and acknowledging a lack of ideal preparation, Ronnie has been navigating a series of repairs with limited resources. He employed a zig-zag stitch to mend the torn areas of the sail and resourcefully used hydranet cloth from an old staysail. This cloth was affixed with sikaflex and
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  • One Month And One Cape In

    One Month And One Cape In





    Thanksgiving At Sea, And The Realities Of The Southern Ocean: Captains log, Episode 8

    Shipyard Brewing blog

    Friday December 1, 2023

    A day of milestones



    There are a number of milestones to be celebrated and reflected upon in this entry. I have now been out here at sea for more than a month. Shipyard Brewing and I have now passed the 1/4 way mark in this long journey of ours; on the theoretical route at least....
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  • Switching Hemispheres : Ronnie Digging South

    Switching Hemispheres : Ronnie Digging South

    Shipyard Brewing Blog

    Tuesday November 14 – 1400



    Aloha from the Southern Hemisphere! At 0349 UTC this morning, myself and Shipyard Brewing crossed the equator headed south. The first major milestone in this journey around the globe, this milestone is the accumulation of a lot of smaller milestones. First it was the start, and then getting out of Europe. The Canary Islands, the Cape Verdes and then the Doldrums. And now beating across the Southeast Trades,
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