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Yachtmaster Offshore The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence is largely regarded as the pinnacle of sailing qualifications. The Exam To achieve the qualification you need to pass a practical on the water exam that can last for up to 12 hours.  That is correct – a 12 hour exam! The exam can be tough Read more

The Atlantic Rovers Return to the Sea

  Having filled their boots ashore the FCS crew have returned to the sea, or in this case the English Channel and have their sights on Portsmouth. Still time to blog and also regale us with a ditty they composed during said boot filling sessions… Day 23 Friday February 2018 Date: 2nd February 2018 Time: Read more

Wind! Gale! Action! Mother Nature’s Welcome Home

  No mention of the FCS crew getting the Channel jitters – a known phenomenon that sees people go slightly loopy as excitement of land builds! However the Chain Locker in Falmouth gets another mention… Date :31 January 2018 Time : 12:00 GMT Position : 49.37.82N 5.37.62W Destination Falmouth ETA 31 January Morning all At Read more

Goodbye to the Atlantic and Hello to the Chain Locker

  Bishops Rock lighthouse, The Chain Locker Pub, fish and chips; having crossed the Atlantic how much will these British landmarks mean to the FCS Crew as they land at Falmouth? Will they miss the whales, 45 degree living, the everlasting horizon, the donkey, the tinned sweetcorn? Find out below…. Date :30 January 2018 Time Read more

Day 13 – the missing Blog! Jamaican madness and heart felt reflexions

What follows is a blog that has only just made it back from the boat.It is from Day 13, so before the boat reached thed Azores. There are some wonderful insights into the friendships that can develop on an Atlantic crossing and what causes them to come about. Day Blog 13 20/01/2018 Good Morning The wind Read more

A Whale and Unseasonal North Atlantic Weather

  Where is the wind? As skipper Neil points out this is the weirdest spells he has encountered. However the FCS crew are undaunted and making the most of their voyage with the prospect of full on sailing around the corner. Morning all An exciting 24 hours on Challenger 2, a Whale has been spotted, Read more

Challenger 2 finds its way across the high pressure in the Atlantic and ask not how far we have to go, rather how far have we come…

Day 17 Saturday January 2018 50-55 Knots – that was last year! Good Morning Well there has been little or no change of any significance since our last mid-day report. We are still motoring through the high at between 7 – 8 knts. The sea state is glassy with a slight swell. The wind speed Read more

Chocolate-Gate and the wobble of motoring

Day 16 Friday 26th January 2018 Nightly Chocoloate restriction lifted Position at noon: 41°11.88 North, 22°36.04 West Morning all Another jolly day on the good ship Challenger 2 still motoring, latest weather is still no wind until the channel, only slight change is that instead of us getting a right spanking it now looks as Read more

Atlantic Rollers and The Many Ways to Describe Them

  As usual the FCS crew have provided us with a variety of interesting posts, with almost all of them having a go at describing Atlantic rollers – those friendly giant waves that… well, we’ll let them put pictures into your mind’s eye. First up is the midday report from Nick the Mate, who also Read more

Back on the Atlantic and Heading to Falmouth

  After a couple of days off the FSC crew are ‘rested’ and back on Challenger 2. What did they do in Horta? How did they spend their time? Will most of it stay in Horta? And what does it feel like to be back on board? All is revealed in today’s blog from the Read more