In Australia one of the other yachts from the rally was written off when it hit the Great Barrier Reef.
Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Ed returned to St Lucia via Durban, Cape Town, Namibia and St Helena.
When Ed heard that there might be pirates he was offered a “pirate persuader” in Australia - a double barrelled shotgun.
On Devil’s Island he saw the ruins of the prison where the only graves were the prison staff.
When the prisoners died their bodies were fed to sharks.
After returning to St Lucia, Ed sailed on to Bermuda where he was delighted when he was called Captain Ed Southall, Master and Commander, on a customs certificate.
On the voyage back to the UK he stopped at the Azores and faced a storm with 40 knot winds.
Into the Southern Ocean
After returning to the UK, Ed received a call from the Clipper Race organisation.
As a trusted ocean sailor, they were asking if he would deliver one of their boats from Cape Town to Australia.
5,000 miles, across the Southern Ocean, battling the Roaring Forties!
The next voyage was on...