First Sail Repair

Suppose it had to happen sometime, but we now have our first sail repair to do. Nothing trivial either. A moments inattention in 20Knts of breeze, the Code 1 kite collapses and then snaps back full and hey presto the head comes off luff to leech in an instant. Then, just when you though it […]

Getting Chilly

Starting to get really chilly at nights, not quite down to base and mid layers so far but definitely full oilies, fleecy, hat and gloves now. Even Matt, our skipper is now wearing foulies, hat and gloves! Still at least the drop in temperature means it is more comfortable down below decks and sleep isn’t […]

Tough Intro to the South Atlantic

Leg 2, Race 3! Rio to Cape Town. Well we’re off, Rio is now behind us and Cape Town the destination. After starting underneath Sugar Loaf mountain and around the headland to sail along Copacabana beach it was out into the South Atlantic. From the off we were into strong headwinds and moderate seas. This […]

Rio Finally

So after 31 days at sea we finally arrived in Rio on the evening of the 9th Oct! Whilst the flew into the bay with a hard pressed Code 1 spinnaker (the biggest) underneath Sugar Loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer, lit in pink at night; the last 48 hours down the coastline of Brazil […]

27 Days At Sea and Counting

So this is day 27 of the trip down to Rio from Brest in what should have been a 23 day voyage. We’re still 3 days out as well. Most of the crew are struggling now with fatigue, lack of sleep and the monotony of the watch system. Watches fluctuate between a couple of hours […]

Escape from the Doldrums and the Equator

Well finally the Doldrums have released their grip on us! This was marked by a sudden jump in air pressure as we crossed into the South Atlantic high and a nice steady wind from the SSW. However with the SSW comes another challenge; we have to learn to live life at an angle again until […]

Doldrum Drudgery

Well the Doldrums have really lived up to their name! It is 9 days that we’ve been in them so far; apparently this is the longest Doldrum crossing the Clipper Race has ever had. Rio still seems miles away, as does the equator. So that’s half the race to date we’ve been in them. The […]

Doldrums

Well we are well and truly into the Doldrums now. Wind varies from nothing, all the sails hanging limp and lifeless to 30+ knots in an instant. When these gusts strike we desperately try to bear away onto a run as fast as possible so as not to shred the Code 1 spinnaker that is […]

Wildlife

Quite surprising the amount of wildlife to be seen out here, some 600 miles off the coast of Senegal and 2 days away from the doldrums. Obviously there are the inevitable dolphins; but we also had a pair of humpback whales pass within 150m of the boat the other day. Looked like a mother and […]

Trucking South Picking Up Places

Currently some 900 miles North of the Cap Verde islands. Helming conditions are great at the moment under kite. Average speed is around 15 knots, touching 20 surfing down the waves. But it is clear that the kite system is not up for the job, and nor are the gybe preventers. However the spinnaker halyards […]

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