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Mr and Mrs Jeffery Clarkson, whose home is at The Gaiety, Irsha Street, Appledore, recently reached Barbados after having taken 29 days to complete the 2,760 miles Atlantic crossing in their 30ft sloop Pile Cap.

10.3.1972 appledore couple

In a message to Mr Alec Proven, the steward at the North Devon Yacht Club, of which the Clarksons are members and where their progress is being mapped, they explain they took it easy on the crossing.
The Clarksons, who spent Christmas at Lanzarote in the Canaries, plan to sail across the Caribbean to Panama via Curacao before continuing their voyage to Seattle.
Gazette article is dated 10 March 1972.

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