Monthly Archives: October 2013

Life and routine on board

Our day is split into watches which means that the day is split 6am to noon and noon to 1800h. During the night from 18h to 22h then 22h to 0200 and from then until 0600h.

Crew must be on deck ten minutes before the watch officially starts for a full watch handover. This entails finding out what happened during the watch, what sails you’re flying as well as Continue reading


Mid-life crisis

My husband told me that whilst at a friend’s for dinner one of the guests said to him, “oh, so you’re the one whose wife is having a mid-life crisis”.

That comment made me grin. What a way to play out a mid-life crisis if indeed I was having one.  I wondered what kind of mid-life crisis she was actually referring to, Continue reading

How things change

Awesome sleep of eight hours. But upon waking I wondered if we’d turned around and headed north for a re-run of the doldrums.

So our 6am watch began with peeling the spinnakers, wooling the code 3 spinnaker with me standing in the bag stuffing it on the very confined space of the rope/ sail locker.
We went up to the code 1 spinnaker which sadly on extremely light (non-existent) wind, Continue reading

So near and yet so far

Thankfully (ish) actually none of the fleet has made it to Rio yet and it’s October 5th, outside of the arrival window thanks to the doldrums episode. The leaders will probably arrive in the next day or so with us expected on the 9th.

We still have the medium weight spinnaker flying and have just gybed to get a better run into Rio. During the night we’ll be going through Continue reading