Following a Dream – A troglodyte’s life

9 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Following a Dream – TGIF

9 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Following a Dream – Snow White and the rest of the crew

9 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.”  It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world.  You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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2016 VENDEE GLOBE: Battle of the Foils Denouement

8 Jan

Armel on Banque Pop

Last we discussed this the race leaders, Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss and Armel Le Cleac’h on Banque Populaire (seen above, celebrating the New Year), had just been in sight of each other as Armel passed Alex and then opened up a slim 15-mile lead. It seemed my remarking on this was a jinx for Alex, as Armel’s lead steadily increased from there, to over 800 miles, and it was starting to look like Game Over for Alex. After the duo rounded Cape Horn, however, Armel fell into light air while Alex powered on and in a matter of ...

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Halfway Across the Pacific

8 Jan

We stayed just in front of the strongest winds of the second depression, and squeezed up against the high. As that depression then slid Southeast, the wind relaxed. The group ahead were slowing, already within the high, and prevented by the Antarctic Exclusion Zone from finding better winds to the south.

So in the last 24 hours, we were very lucky to still have the wind, and have been able to gain many miles on the group, in essence bringing the wind to them. We won’t catch and pass anyone likely, although we are within about 20 miles of Alan, ...

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Extra: Spiritual Force

7 Jan

At sea, there’s skill and then there’s luck. Sailors need equal measures of both.

This year’s Vendée Globe is proof that skill is sometimes not enough. Eleven out of the original 29 starting skippers have had to abandon the race because of various types of bad luck, including collision with unidentified floating objects and autopilot failures leading to dismasting.

Considering the importance of chance, it’s no wonder that sailors are a superstitious lot, appealing to a host of spiritual powers to protect and bless their voyages. One spiritual power that has played a particular role for us is Tin Hau,

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The First Adventurer

6 Jan

We got through the night OK, close reaching across the waves and into them a little bit, with staysail and 2 reefs in the mainsail. Mostly 25 knots of wind, and 30 plus across the deck. The motion was tolerable except for the occasional huge crash , but the noise was what became intolerable. The constant howling of the wind through the rigging just reminds you, second, to second to second, that it is not hospitable outside. That is reinforced by the noise of sheets of spray, from almost every wave, hitting the cabin top. The combination puts the nerves ...

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Sunshine & Blue Sky

5 Jan

Our plan to stay east in front of the next depression was a good one, and we mostly have done that , but have been caught by the front of the depression as it moves Southeast. Plus, given that there is a merging of highs forecast into one big High in the center of the Pacific, the only way past is to go Southeast ourselves to ultimately try to squeeze between the wall of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone and the High. The AEZ rears its ugly head again in closing off options. So the route to the Southeast has reduced ...

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Pacific Swells

5 Jan

This has been the nicest day of sailing that we’ve had in one might say months, which is probably just about true. We’ve had a lot of sunshine, we’ve had some clouds along the way and about 15 knots of wind. And had a strange motion to the boat today, which is a result of a leftover swell from the previous depression. Watch this video for the explanation and the rest of today’s ship’s log.

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Following a Dream – into the Trades

5 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.”  It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world.  You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South
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