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All the latest news from the world of sailing and stories from experienced sailors.

Taking the helm   As a school, First Class Sailing can cater for the wide variety of skills aspiring sailors require. There are some who like to be a member of the crew, not quite a passenger but willing to share group responsibility. Others want to improve, learn more and eventually take the helm as Read more

Crossing the Atlantic Using Denebola and Chertan

  The FCS crew on Challenger 2 can almost feel the dry land and taste wet beer that awaits in Horta or this leg from Antigua to Portsmouth Harbour. First update comes from the mate and that will be followed by the crew’s musing. Will tinned sweetcorn get a mention? Day 12 Blog: Atlantic Wind in Read more

From Bjork to a Tinned Sweetcorn Mutiny – Just Crossing the Atlantic

  Horta is not yet on the horizon but the crew can sense it is getting closer. Ocean habits are starting to form, the little things mean a lot and everyday more and more sailing experiencing is gained. Here are the latest thoughts and observations from the FCS crew on Challenger 2 Skipper’s Midday Report Read more

Crew Writes Donuts in Their Wake

  The variety of weather conditions can be quite remarkable on this voyage from Antigua to Portsmouth. From high winds and 45 degree living to flat seas and a touch of the cold weather we’re experiencing in the upper reaches of the Northern Hemisphere…. Motoring On to Heavy Weather The wind has eased as predicted Read more

Experiencing the Azores High is an Atlantic Adventure

Considering the dramatic actions being described below it is a triumph that this blog has been written at all. This blog perfectly why crossing the Atlantic is an adventure… Date :14 January 2018 Time : 12:00 GMT Position :35.24 N 51.03W Destination Horta Good Morning all Another good day on the good ship Challenger 2, Read more

Heading into the Wind – An Atlantic Adventure

  More news from the FCS crew as they sail from Antigua to Portsmouth, almost one week in they are finding their feet, although footholds would be more helpful if that pesky wind blew in the right direction! Mate’s report first and then messages from the crew. Date :14 January 2018 Time : 12:00 GMT Read more

Messages Home from the Atlantic Snow Globe

  The crew are getting lyrical, maybe it is the sea air, maybe the night sky, maybe the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean has opened their creative minds, either way here are some lovely messages home and once again you have to marvel at the technology we take for granted being able to keep folks Read more

Poetry in Motion from that Atlantic Swell

  The FCS crew on Challenger 2 are settling in on their voyage from Antigua to Portsmouth and here is the latest report, it includes a sea shanty and hopefully the first of many! Time to Meet Mother All is well on Challenger 2. Sailed by moonlight through the night, got drenched by squalls, dried Read more

The Long and the Short of Starting an Atlantic Voyage

  As she sails from Antigua to Portsmouth the latest report from Challenger 2 brought the usual daily update from the skipper Neil, plus a long and thoughtful piece from Alex who managed to find some time between watches to put his thoughts down about taking on a long voyage across the Atlantic. The Pot Read more

Medical Emergency mid-Atlantic for Challenger 2

  You haven’t heard much from the FCS crew on Challenger 2 over the past few days and there has been a very good reason, one of the team was ill, seriously ill and this gripping account from skipper Ricky Chalmers will certainly have you on the edge of your seat… Sunday December 10 2017 Read more