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First Class Sailing has rescued a 1908 Gaff Rigger. After some restoration and a refit she will be sailed along the south coast to her new home in Southampton where she will live alongside the existing fleet of modern cruising yachts.
Clive Loughlin invites you to look over his shoulder as he plans a 7-day cruise to the Channel Islands.
Quick Guide for Sailors. We all love a good dose of Vitamin D, but with extra exposure from water reflection it’s especially important to make sure we protect ourselves from the sun whilst sailing. Wind chill and sea spray make it easy to underestimate how much exposure you’re actually getting. This is especially true when… Read more
The final blog from Challenger 2 finds the crew in a reflective and poetic mood. Carey and James G describe the trials and tribulations of such a sea-going voyage, and why it was all worth it Today we wanted to write about those aspects of ocean sailing that are perhaps not as readily evident… Read more
A scandal has ensued aboard the Challenger and 2 rival watches are forced to argue their cases as Skipper Sue holds court. Find out who wins and what constitutes as currency on board these days 30/01/2020 Toffee crisp-gate So today was an eventful day for several reasons. Firstly it felt like the day… Read more
In today’s blog, a crew member describes what if feels like to be air-gapped from the internet for a month and the challenges of working on the fo’csle. But what exactly is the fo’csle? 29-JAN and all is well. Today was a sunny day, something we might otherwise take for granted; but we… Read more
In today’s blog the crew battle with light winds and Matt explains how crucial food is to daily life aboard, before “Wilson”, the stowaway, makes an appearance. Monday blog 27/1/20 Last night we had bioluminescence, strong bioluminescence and dolphins. The electric blue silhouetted their trajectories through the seas as they overtook Challenger 2 and then… Read more
The Crew of Challenger 2 are making way again and headed for UK waters – next stop, Falmouth! Arrival at last! So in the early hours of the morning (UT) we finally got a glimpse of salvation. The bright lights of Horta lured us in the last few miles. Along the way; we were… Read more
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
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