Ocean Venture - Home run- 880m left
Ok, no blog yesterday as not in best spirits after loosing spinaker at night and feeling too tired to write one is the honest truth.Been a slog till yesterday AM when the shift came that we have waited for. Northerly breeze and a beam reach has put us back on track with a two hundred mile run last 24hrs with exilerating ocean sailing and a good 5 day forecast of it continuing.Flying fish have taken to attacking helmsman at night and even finding there way below decks!All commenting what a fantastic boat this is and how easy to sail and maintain as well as keep clean with 10 men on here.A domestic teamrota of cleaning duties with two on a day (Duke gets away with this somehow), keeps our smell factor within acceptable limits.( I have been asked not to mention this for obvious reasons.....).. read more...
Ocean Venture - Yahooooo - Wahoooo
Just as weask for any private food cashets to be declared andpooled for the common good, our last two meat meals allocated and the sundowners becoming a shared glass of water passed around for the traditional cockpit 'together time' discussing days events, crew differences sorted, weather tactic and routing talk,bad jokes etc., the shout went up 'big fish on'!! Slowly and skillfully and on a hand line we, (ok Ian ) pulled in the catch of the voyage for sure with this, ( see pic) superb specimen of a Wahoo, the fastest predator of the ocean.We soon had 20 generous steaks and crew moral soared. Out with the hand rolling sushi kit and wasabi and all were happy except non fish eating Bill who resorted to soup again.Tactics now as waiting for wind to fill while sliding south.20131207_192507. read more...
Ocean Venture - We're moving-day 13
Guess if your reading this its not what you want to hear but being english need to mention the weather and that said -IT IS HOT! Still we are back up to 8-9 knots and crew moral with it and air comingthru again.Some working out ETA and others happy to be out here for months.Interesting mission deep cleaning the fridge and finding!'Winds' rubber gloves do have purpose beyond washing up.Speaking of our crewman of the voyage, he has joined the rapid response group with his new found knot skills and a utility belt that surpasses Batman's.He has quite taken to long distance voyaging.As for the Duke, tensions have arose since the deck hammock has caused for 15 minute slots that Bruce is not agreeing too! Quite frankly he is becoming a liability onboard.. read more...
Ocean Venture - Passed half way mark
The wind came up last night and the sound of singing while helming is always a sure sign miles getting knocked off quickly!.Spinnaker been working hard lately but rarely straining as dawn breaks and breeze goes soft.1,445 miles to go, Duke still holding up admirably under ships rigours and reduction of priveledges yet again as kettle boiling / tea making down to twice a day now.Night watches have also taken it out of him somewhat.Last of beers will be drank at sundown today.20131206_090443. read more...
Ocean Venture - Slow boat to St. Lucia
Feast or famine dogs sailors when it comes to breeze.Lately its famine and all our pushing ahead and getting gains in the stronger winds has been lost as the lighter boats are moving up in what has been three days of light airs and we wallow on at 4-5 knots. Still, its gives time to fix water makers, prop shaft alternators, chaffe damage repairs etc. as well as enjoy the ocean which is just alive with sealife.Keeping cool with towing those brave enough to hold on a line for a drag.Just heard the ARC record has been broken as the first boat has arrived after 10 days! Is is a super yacht but still left us feeling dejected as we begin to impose rationning.Fishstew again tonight.(actually, all loving life on the ocean).see picThis e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using Iridium. read more...