NIGEL Barfoot, Brian Heggarty and Andrew Stone have been sailing anti-clockwise around Britain, in Morgane a 38 foot French built catamaran since May 30, 2013.
At the end of the voyage – their journey finishing in Keyhaven in Hampshire – they will have completed 36 stops, one of them being Torquay Harbour, where they were stopping off to meet Dartmouth yachtsman Henry Bomby yesterday. Henry, who completed a solo sail around Britain in 2010, took time out from preparing for racing his yacht in the Rolex Fastnet Race on August 11, to meet and greet the sailors of an older generation led by Nigel. Henry and Nigel decided to meet up and catch up on their experiences at Lincombe Manor Retirement Village, where a welcome reception had been organised.
Lincombe Manor Retirement Village comprises 48 luxury apartments set in beautiful gardens, with stunning and uninterrupted views of Tor Bay in one of Torquay's most desirable residential locations. There is the option of either outright purchase or renting the apartment on a life time assured tenancy.
Nigel has been looking for a retirement apartment for some time now, and heard about Lincombe Manor on the internet. He said, "It's a beautiful location, and ideal for my favourite pastime of sailing. I can moor the yacht in the marina and enjoy living in a unique retirement village, with lots to do, and superb views over the Tor Bay."
He added, "We are grateful to Lincombe Manor Retirement Village for hosting a reception for us which gives us a chance to take in the breath taking views of Tor Bay and be treated to a bit of comfort in their club and a cooked meal. My visit to Lincombe Manor is also very fitting as the crew are also nearing or past retirement age.
"I am looking forward to comparing past and present sailing tales with Henry Bomby."
Lesley Dennison, Estate Manager at Lincombe Manor Retirement Village said: "It is exciting to be able to host the meet up between world class solo yachtsman Henry Bomby and the team of round Britain senior sailors led by Nigel.
"We will be supporting Henry in his next race and wish Nigel well going into the final leg of the journey. And of course showing him round what hopefully will become his home."