Around These Islands

Round Britain and Ireland 2019

The Voyage

On 21st April 2019 Anne & Jonathan Winter set out on a 2,500 mile six-month voyage around Great Britain and Ireland aboard yacht Nova. The purpose was not to break records, but to explore the coast and harbours of these islands. As we cruised the coast, we asked ourselves: What does this place tell us about the story of these islands? And what does it tell us about our future? Our desire was to discover hopeful visions for the future.

Logo - map of British Isles

As well as pictures and stories from aboard Nova, we collaborated with a think tank called These Islands, who will be publishing articles by leading writers and thinkers – one for each of twelve key ports, and with Chrome Media to produce a series of podcasts. As they are published, you’ll find them here.


Commissioned and named in 2018, Nova is the first of the GT yachts, designed by Stephen Jones. Built like a mini-Oyster, this is the closest thing to a successor for Steven Jones’ popular Starlight 35. Classified as a Category ’A’ (Ocean) offshore yacht, for her owners ‘Nova’ is a fast, modern, British-built alternative to yachts like the Hallberg Rassy 34 or 37.