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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

Why now is the best time to go back to school to learn about trigonometry on a Day Skipper Shorebased course?

A lot of the navigational side of sailing is based on very simple school girl/boy trigonometry. The question of how to get from A to B when the tide is pushing you in a certain direction can be solved by drawing straight forward triangle on the chart. And so why is now the best time Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 5: Dolphin Whisperers in the Galley

In today’s blog, singing in the galley leads to a dolphin sighting. Were they called to the boat?   Monday 14 January 2019 We awoke to calm conditions after a slightly bumpier, wet and much colder night than we’ve been used to so far. This morning the wind had turned and we have had smoother Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 4: The Real Sailing Begins

  Today the real sailing began. Following a windless night motoring through an inky black sea and dense cloud cover, the wind came through around 4am. Those on watch shook out the reefed main and hoisted the yankee and staysail. We were soon powering to windward at around 8 knots. Two tacks were thrown in 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

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 1: Introducing the Best Watch

The first of the blogs from the FCS crew on Challenger 4 as they set sail from Antigua to Portsmouth and make one of the epic journeys that sailing is all about. We’re Going To Barbuda! The journey begins.. with us running away from the ‘not-so-Jolly Harbour’, nine members of our 16 person crew having been struck Read more

Challenger 4 Departs Antigua for Portsmouth

  After a bout of poorly stomachs, with several crew incapacitated before our yacht had even left Antigua’s Jolly Harbour, Challenger 4 is finally on its way! Here is their first midday report. Good morning all All is well after a fairly windy night on Challenger 4 which saw up to 30kts of NE breeze, Read more