Two sailors keep it simple across the Atlantic on a 26ft Folkboat

Small and simple. Henry Adams’s 26ft Folkboat Ariel is all you need to cross the Atlantic. There’s no need to wait for retirement, or until you can afford a big boat or a big budget. As I said before, you don’t need special boat or special downwind sails or expensive gear like a generator or watermaker. If these useful but inessential things are stopping you, liberate your mind.

There won’t be too many comforts for Henry and his friend Tim Fosh, but do they look bothered? This year alone, they’ve sailed round Britain and down to the Canaries, and the two 23-year-old graduates are going cruising until February.

Ariel is Henry’s family’s boat, a modern glassfibre Folkboat built in 2001. It’s the smallest boat in the ARC rally this year, but I reckon it’s a safer proposition that some larger mass-produced boats. The only thing is they’ll have to take it easy to start because Ariel normally displaces 2 tonnes and she’ll be 50 per cent heavier by the weekend.

Read more about Ariel and the ARC rally on Elaine Bunting’s blog