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Today’s blog sees the crew’s moral increase, along with the speed of Challenger 2, as they start to contemplate their arrival and all the pros and cons of terra firma. 21/01/20 A shift in momentum. First things first; weather. Less of it. Finally. Today saw a massive improvement in sea state subsequently resulting in a Read more

Beating, Spirits and the Cool Jazz Sounds

In today’s blog, the crew are sailing upwind and tacking (also known as beating) towards the Azores. It’s hard work and slow-going, but their spirits remain high. The blog goes on to vividly and accurately describe the sounds and the feel of being at sea in these challenging conditions. 20-JAN and all is well Last Read more

Rough weather, high boat speeds and Jambalaya for supper

Excitment is building on Challenger 2 as they close in on the Azores.  Life on board has been challenging in the rough weather they have had.  Crew member Matt gives us a snapshot of the last 48 hours or so. 17th January 2020 During the 21.00 to midnight watch, 25 knots, gusting to 45 knots, Read more

Bouncing the stars – night sailing

Luke gives us an update from yesterday.  They are soon expecting 40+ knots and have carried out heavy weather preparations. Night sailing is generally pleasant when the sky is clear You can pick a star to steer by and bounce it between the shrouds on the windward side. Unfortunately, last night was not one of Read more

An alfresco feast at halfway point to the Azores

Challenger 2 are now over halfway to the Azores and feeling like Champions as this update from Stephen suggests. Our second Motherwatch successfully completed today. Boat swept and mopped, surfaces cleaned, grey water tank pumped and 16 people fed – none of whom complained! Lunch included an al-fresco celebration of passing the halfway point to Read more

Too Much Fun

We haven’t had a blog back from the crew today, but I do have the Skipper’s Log from Sue for the past 2 days for you. It sounds like the wind picked up nicely after the Doldrums and the crew are sailing again.     Tuesday 14th Jan, 2020 Time : 1522 GMT (1220 Boat Read more

How to survive a day in the Doldrums

In today’s blog the crew of Challenger 2 find themselves in the dead calm of the centre of the high pressure. Forced to turn the engine on to make way, the crew go in search of different ways to keep busy.   The Doldrums  Light winds and having to motor. Wind instrument’s arrow restlessly spins Read more

925nm notched off. The crew of Challenger 2 have been pulling together in quite rough conditions.

Today’s blog is a collection of musings from the crew and skipper from the last couple of days sailign across the Atlantic  They have been bounced around but should now be getting some respite as this position update shows they are finally in a more westerly airlow and heading properly east. Salty sea dogs 10/01/2020 Read more

Sharp squalls and sudden lulls – update from Skipper Sue

Short report, keyboard & mouse won’t stay still. We prepped early for the blow that we knew was coming, complicated somewhat by sharp squalls and sudden lulls in the early hours. Top gust so far 45kts. The wind has now settled to a steadier 33kts ish, gusting high thirties at times. The sea state has Read more

Life on the Ocean Wave – some words from today’s Mother Watch

Plain Sailing So we remain on our course north (roughly speaking and helmsmen skills allowed for) in bright sunshine and 18 knots of wind, under reefed main, storm sail and yankee and have covered around 390 nm .  After a lumpy sea state for the first day of the voyage, things are now calmer all Read more