Great Escape of Southampton - 14 23 310n 51 44 140w
LOG DAY 18- SPEEDRECORD Well, an excellent day of sailing,with less than 550nm to go, we are smashing them out ! It still feels we havethe ocean to ourselves as no sightings of any other vessels for over threedays. Ok so there is NOW a new speed recordof 13.2 knots to beat! I’m afraid I have to claim this one and shall bereceiving my crown upon arrival. Skipper Matt has suggested a pair of ‘SPEEDOS’for the prize to which uncle Pete (Peter Bacon) replied ‘ah something I cansupply from my personal collection’ It is fair to say Uncle Pete is not only aspecialist in speedos but is also an established Speedo wearer across the globe. Other news.. Jan is still rocking hisgreen head bandana, with comments that he is intending to represent a conventionof Makhi Makhi !!! Pip and Mike are on. read more...
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 19 490n 48 24 930w
Log Day 17 – FishTales.. Last night’s watches began in highspirits following our celebratory champagne and canapés. Everyone has stepped up to the helm anddone an excellent job of maintaining a consistent speed of between 8 and 10knots. Position reports show thatwe have crept up on a number of boats ahead of us, and this has spurred everyoneon to keep focused and keep moving as fast as possible (in a totallynon-competitive way of course!) Excitement arose last night withthe sighting of a bright orange flashing light on the horizon. The initial reaction was that it couldbe a flare but after a little investigation, plans to divert and perform aheroic rescue were averted as we worked out it was a weather buoy, quiteamazingly anchored in 4000m of ocean. Fishing was. read more...
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 20 250n 45 23 730w
Log Day 15 – The Chorizo Ultimatum... WIND!!!!! At last after several days of lightwinds, at dusk yesterday the long hoped for wind shift into the North Easttranspired. The spinnaker was put away and we began to beam reach directlytowards our target. The breeze built steadily throughout the night and dawnfound Great Escape surfing on deep blue Atlantic ocean rollers – sometimes at11+ kts! The log shows that over the last 24hours we have covered 194 NM – a big improvement on recent days. We now haveless than 1,000 NM to go to St Lucia and this evening the otherwise dry shipGreat Escape is celebrating this milestone with champagne. Even now, thebleeping of the smoke alarm indicates that Jan is preparing canapés tocomplement the bubbly. While the business of sailing as fastas we can has. read more...
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 15 06 76 N 40 03 23 W
Good progress today. The jib was poled out overnight. We steered to thelight of the new crescent moon before it and neighboring Venus set aroundmidnight. Then nothing but blackness until dawn at 6.30 am. .We have adjustedthe ship’s clock to more nearly reflect local time so we are now GMT –2. The spinnaker is hoisted at first light – the pattern ofthe last several days. And then an easterly of about 15 knots propels usdirectly toward St Lucia at 6-8 knots. It has been sweltering. A sprinkle ofrain this morning was welcome relief. Rations are holding up and we are still eating well, although theproportion of fresh food is diminishing rapidly. We still have half a head ofcabbage, some onions and a few eggs.So, when are we going to get there. We have yet. read more...
Great Escape of Southampton - 15 15 720n 37 51 960w Log Day 12 –
Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water.... There is no doubt that finding original material for a blog doesbecome more difficult in the middle part of a passage - somewhere between theexcitement of departure and the anticipation of arrival. Like the last two days,today has been warm and sunny, variably sultry and, for the most part, lightwinds which means our daily mileage has been less than hoped for. Some areregretting their sweepstake predictions! However life has been far from humdrum - As the wind eventually died and we started to motor Matt stoppedthe yacht for 20mins so that those that wished could swim. Despite me humming the theme tune from “Jaws”all except Matt and I jumped in and cavorted around a line streamed from thestern and attached to a. read more...