Alan Tyson-Carter

The Rose Medal - 2002

Karma - for his circumnavigation, mainly single handed, aboard his 39ft steel ketch. His voyage began in Kiel, Germany in September, 1998 where it started with a Force 8 Gale which took him all the way to England. It has ended in a Storm Force 10 on the night of 13/14 November when he had to heave to off Start Point! He had crew as far as Martinique on the outward leg, but then single handed since then. The route was the classic one Germany to UK, leaving Falmouth for NW Spain, Portugal to Madera, The Canaries, Cape Verde Islands to Barbados; hit a whale after a gale passed on the crossing. No damage to the boat, but the whale was left bleeding behind; Barbados to Martinique, St Lucia, ABC Islands, Panama, Galapagos, Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji where the coup took place just before he arrived; to Vanuatu, Cairns, Australia, round Great Barrier Reef to Darwin, Timor; along Indonesian Island chain to Bali, Singapore, Langkawi Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Aden, Red Sea, Malta, Sardinia, Gibraltar and ending in England.