Month: December 2016

After 3300Nm we finally have Grenada in sight and the crew are elated. Whilst this has been a race and we have not won(!) the scale of the challenge we have completed is not lost on us and as a sail training vessel we are exceptionally proud of what we have accomplished. People with wildly …

Last Stretch Read More »

Not far to go now- Challenger continues to head ever West and life onboard is a finely oiled machine. Watch changes, on deck evolutions, food preparation & cleaning- after 2500Nm together 14 people have made this little stick of Kevlar in a wide, wide sea into not only a race boat but also an operational …

Closer to the Barn Read More »

When you buy a race boat there are a number of things you always get as part of the package; 1. A box of spares that do not seem to fit anywhere on the boat, 2. the joy of discovery as you uncover all the cowboy repairs the last owner failed to mention 3. a …

Froggy Bows Out Read More »

Still out here… Yep certainly getting our money’s worth with this edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race- BUT seems the race office have finally flipped the switch on the weather and suddenly its everything every transatlantic sailor ever wanted: 20 knots from the North East, flat seas and sunny skies- so yeah thanks guys- only …

The Level Playing Field of Sailing Read More »

Keen observers will have noted that everyone and his dog in this race has now ground to a halt as the high we were all looking to skirt round took a quick step to the left (No, my left not your left) and consumed the fleet. We have spent many hours today at a mighty …

Slow Going & No Voice Read More »

After a decent night making steady headway alternating between headsails and the Code zero we thought life was pretty good onboard Challenger until with the coming up of the sun, the Zero started to wilt, the main started to slat and in short order we ran slap bang into the middle of a wind hole. …

Wind Hole Read More »

So, has anyone noticed this race is taking forever? Now granted we are not leading the pack but hell’s teeth we’re still within spitting distance of Africa! Where are the white fluffy clouds? Where is the constant 20kt tradewinds we were all expecting? Come on RORC flip the switch- it’s hot out here. Had I …

Just Off Africa Read More »