Blogs from the Sea – Through the Date Line and Surfing the Lows

11:30am March 21st marked CV1’s passage through the date line and the latitude on the Raymarine switched from 179’56.810E to 179’57.850W.  In actual fact this was a bit of a non event for half the crew, myself included who were blissfully unaware, tucked up in our bunks.  Still the fact that we have all gained [...]

Blogs from the Sea – “Elnenio”

Upon reaching Qingdao as a RTWer, a half circumnavigation and 18000nm under my belt, I have had many a reflective and pondering night watch to question our predicament at sea, the phenomenon that is the weather and would not go amiss to say I have felt a little cheated to have not experienced anything near [...]

Blogs from the Sea – Champagne Sailing and Match Racing

  Picture a slight blue sea, clear blue skies decorated with white fluffy clouds, a steady 12 knot breeze and glorious sunshine.  Champagne sailing, though sadly no Champagne!  These pretty much describe the conditions we have enjoyed over the course of our first week in the South China Sea since leaving Singapore.  It has been [...]

Blogs from the Sea – Farewell Australie

So it is a New Year, a new decade, a new leg and a new race.  Edinburgh is Inspired and as ever are hoping that 2010 may bring a little luck and a lot of fair wind and we may climb the ranks in the race. We had a fantastic stopover in Australia and were [...]

Blogs from the Sea – Goodbye Cape Town, Hello ‘Roaring Forties!’

Cape Town was a fantastic stop over.  The opportunity for a full week off the water and on land served everyone well and the abundance of excellent food, wine and sunshine provided an opportunity for some real and very welcome R and R.  Come Sunday, I personally felt fired up and readily looking forward to [...]

Blogs from the Sea – Big Smiles and South Atlantic Swells

  The last 72 hours have felt like along weekend at Alton Towers except there have been no queues and the ride has not stopped!  At first the wind started to build to 15-20 knots as a steady north westerly settled in and we enjoyed the slightly flatter conditions onboard that kite flying permits.  As [...]

Blogs from the Sea – Rio to Cape Town – Sailing the South Atlantic

  One week into leg 2, realised by the fact I am once again a mother down below on galley and cleaning duties, rather than having any notion of the date or day of the week as the days and nights still seem to roll into one, and an afternoon lull between lunch and supper [...]

Blogs from the Sea – Love Hate Relationship with the Spinnaker

  Such splendour to the eye, when her belly fills the sky A vision of beauty but a temperament quite feisty. A consistent breeze and she fills with ease, The crew is all smiles as we carve up the miles and our progress makes time fly by. But when the winds drops, her good mood [...]

Blogs from the Sea – Dolphin Deliveries and the Doldrums

Life in the Doldrums is unique.  Certainly like no place I have ever experienced and it totally lives up to the tales of depression, desperation and frustration that a hundred years of maritime miscellany describe.  All that said, you can read as much as you like about this desolate seascape, but it is hard to [...]