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

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

Who You Gonna Call?… Coast Busters!

This blog was written by one of our instructors for Sailing Today and published in their magazine. Sailing Today have kindly let us post it here. Instructor Clive takes us through a recent Coastal Skipper Course to Dartmouth, and explains what to expect on your course and how an instructor helps the students achieve a successful Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Days 9-11: Approach and Arrival in the Azores!

  Challenger 4 is safely tied up alongside the wall at Horta at 0730 UT, 0630 local time, just under 13 days of rather wonderful sailing since we left Barbuda. 2425nm run since leaving Antigua. Bacon, egg & Clive’s freshly made sourdough await for breakfast. Catch up on the weekend action below:       Read more

The Lofoten Islands: Arguably the Most Beautiful, Unique Location on the Planet

  People often ask me, ‘What’s New Zealand like?’. And, I often reply, ‘Go to Norway, instead’. Having spent over 6 months travelling around the two main islands, I guess people think I should be able to convince them to fly half-way around the world to go and ‘see where the Lord Of The Rings Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 8: ‘To Avoid Doom, Steer Away From the Boom’

Thursday 17 January 2019     As the weather builds for the first time on this crossing, the crew have to work together to keep Challenger 4 on course and each other well fed. The next 2 days of weather will be challenging for them, but there are signs that they are up to the Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 7: How to rehabilitate your loved one upon their return

  Look out for Clive’s apology below as he tries to dig himself out of a 5 mile deep hole. Not sure if Penny will let his mistake go as easily as he let the wedding photograph go. The crew of Challenger 4 are past half-way and already thinking about how they will readjust back Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 6: ‘Absolutely Perfect’ Sailing

Tuesday 15th January 2019   The Sailing Blog   What a day to be on the water! The 4am till 7am watch this morning was sublime, not a cloud in the sky, full view of the myriad stars and planets that cover the firmaments and a count of at least 20 prominent shooting stars. Then Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 3: Afternoon Tea On The Atlantic

  You can send a blog from almost anywhere on the planet and in this case it is 547 Nm from Antigua sailing to the Azores. A perfect spot for a British tradition… The Crew Is Becoming Shipshape It’s been a busy day! I started off at 7am with a three hour watch on deck, Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 2: Brilliant Caribbean Weather

  On their voyage to Portsmouth Harbour from Antigua the crew will learn many new tasks during their Atlantic Adventure along with some amazing sights. This is their first blog at sea… Crew Blog dated Thursday 10th January 2019. Two full days out and the crew is happily settling into its three watch pattern with a Read more