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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

Crew prepare to eat own body weight in Spag Bol

The first update from Challenger 2, as they sail across the pond, is in! Everyone seems to be settling in to the watch system. Here is a word from crew member Nick. Challenger 2 left Antigua on Tuesday, bound for Portsmouth via the Azores.   So after leaving beautiful Antigua watch systems are progressing in Read more

Final preparation for Challenger 2 before sailing across the Atlantic – Man Over Board and emergency drills

The Crew of Challenger 2 – go swimming Training Challenger 2 slipped lines shortly after 1100 yesterday for a training sail to complete MOB & emergency steering drills in slightly more clement conditions than they had back in the UK last month. They then picked up a mooring buoy in Falmouth Harbour for some more Read more

The Countdown has begun…

Countdown… Off watch now, enjoying whales, mast climbing and also watching our arrival numbers tick down below the 1000Nm mark (were currently 980). We are all now estimating our arrival time, I’m looking forward to being able to speak with everyone at home, hearing how school, book clubs, tennis, work, rugby matches, sports and maybe Read more

Antigua To Portsmouth Day 19: Leopard Print Pants In The Chain Locker?

We have not received much in the way of blogs due to the heavy weather over the past 24 hours. It’s not that easy to type out there as you will see below. What we do have is the noon Skipper’s Log. The good news is they have only 100nm to go. The crew should arrive Read more

Antigua To Portsmouth Day 15 & 16: Life On A Port Tack After Horta

          The Crew of Challenger 4 are finally making way again, but have to cope with life on the opposite tack for the first time in 2850 miles. But first, we’re brought up to speed on the festivities that took place in Horta. 25/01/19   What happens in Horta stays in Read more