Gauntlet of Tamar - Day 15 - free for all on the stores declared by quarter master
Hi allIts been a while since I've written the blog in favour of each of the crew having their turn. The last couple of days have seen some exceptional sailing conditions with winds of around 20kn, the swell height today has somewhat increased with a wave height of maybe 5 metres at its peak earlier today, the wavelength was shorter than previously experienced which has led to some spectacular surfing down the face of these waves as they pass, our top speed today was 11.7kn, not bad for a 25 year old boat. I also realised today that this year I've done more miles in the boat than in my car, that's a lot of hours when your average speed is 6kn! The crew are pulling together really well and the daily routines required to keep us going have become second nature, the rig checks have proved. read more...
Gauntlet of Tamar - Gauntlet - Day 13 - Lucky & Sun
Saturday December 8th, Day 13, approx 800NM to go. Life on board is both settling down and picking up with new challenges and experiences mixed in with old routines. The day started with some slow wakeup's and disoriented sleepy crew as usual. Tom became the crew member of the day with a great catch during his daily rig checks, by noticing a shackle for the Jib that had come undone and was precariously doing it's job, almost at the end of it's thread (it's now been seized by Master Rigger N Martin). Later with the wind dying off we got a little excited and decided to put the spinnaker up, giving Nick and Stef a bit of a scorching job in the heat keeping it flying, despite low winds and big(ish) swells. We have a new found respect for the Racing Fleet and their almost constant spinnaker. read more...
Gauntlet of Tamar - Gauntlet - 1000 miles to go
Here we are with only 1000 miles to go until our lives become awash with rum punch and reggae.Tommo was in charge of the party for this significant landmark...so we all admired the safety messages he had laminated instead of prepping for the party before leaving. I'll leave you to decide which was the more important of the two. At sea. With 4 other people who were expecting a party.The last 24 hours have also seen our reintroduction to other human kind. It started last night around 3am when Tom and Hugo spotted a mysterious light on the port bow - after much consultation we decided this one was not a star and sure enough, Cira 2 popped up on the AIS. A wee slip of a vessel at 32m wide and 200m long, this was the first signs of humanity we had seen in over a week after our last sighting. read more...
Gauntlet of Tamar - Gauntlet, Day 10
Day 10 on Gauntlet...The '1000 miles to go' waypoint is in sight! As the countdown of days to go replaces the count-up of days at the sea, the crew are starting to speculate on the arrival date which the ARC has in store for us. The pining for a well earned beer (or 10) in St. Lucia is growing by the watch however there is still 8 to 9 days to go (we think..).Despite thoughts drifting to the finish there are potentially the most challenging conditions to come. Squalls.A Squall is a gust of wind which lasts for more than minute (and often a far lot longer) and involves a wind speed of at least 16 knots higher than the mean (basically it gets real windy real quick). The reality for us is that we will need to reduce sail very quickly if we see one coming, which is easier said than done at. read more...
Gauntlet of Tamar - The Halfway Point
It happened in the blink of an eye, that all important milestone passed us by today as Gauntlet and her motley crew hit the halfway point of our voyage. Charging along at 7-8 kn a cheer rumbled up from the chart table as Skipper Andy informed us of the moment. It seems strangely as if we have been at sea for both a very short but also fairly long period, coming towards the end of our 9th day onboard. With the exception of First Mate Tom (who completed the Arc in 2008 aboard a different vessel) it's the first time for Gauntlet and her crew. As such, everything seems fairly extraordinary, even the more mundane elements of day to day life. Preparing and consuming our delicious meals, personal hygiene routines, washing our increasing salty clothing and all the things one does in autopilot on. read more...