Tintin - Almost there, nearly
Today the wind has been playing games with us, dropping down at times so that our boat speed has temporarily halved and Tintin wallows around in the swell. It's surprisingly frustrating when we are so near to landfall, but not sure if we will make it in before dark tomorrow night or not. The bay on Hiva Oa is quite exposed and pretty crowded. We won't risk entering in the dark, so all fingers on board are crossed for enough wind and boat speed to get us there without the need to stand off overnight tomorrow.The Marquesaas are 9.5 hours behind GMT, so by the time you are having breakfast or heading off to work on Monday morning in the UK I hope we will have dropped our anchor. I have been distracting myself today by baking bread and a chocolate and walnut cake... it isn't so easy to. read more...
Tintin - The Truman Show
Our progress across the charts, both paper and electronic, continues. It really is the only evidence that we've moved at all.Some years ago there was a film called The Truman Show, in which a rather dumb Jim Carrey character comes to realise that his whole life is a reality-TV show produced in a vast set and all the people in his life were actually actors.He tries to escape by sailing away, only to bump into the wall of the set.Since then they've obviously improved the set for us by making the water move past the boat so we don't get to the edge, but apart from that we could be in the same movie.We get so-amazing-it-has-to-be-fake sunsets and moonrises.We get strange creatures, squids & flying fish, landing on the deck. We're cut off from the 'real world' almost completely - the only. read more...
Tintin - Day 13
The last few days have given us blue skies with scattered fluffy cumulus clouds by day, and brilliant moonshine at night as the moon waxes towards full. The wind has been pretty steady in direction from the ESE, blowing mainly at 12-24 knots day and night, for the last 1500 miles. Amazing.Today we are trying a new sail format, trying to maximise our speed in relatively light downwind airs. The stingray is flying from the bow and we have the full mainsail up too. We had thought the main might blanket the stingray and make it collapse - but it isn't. Both sails are billowing and we are making 7 knots through the water with only 9 knots of apparent wind. The skipper is very happy. So are the crew. Go Tintin!This is day 13 of the crossing and it is becoming clear to us what really counts as. read more...
Tintin - A third of the way across
We have just celebrated reaching 1000 miles out, and 2000 to go! Tintinis crossing just north of the Bauer Basin of the central easternPacific ocean, where the water is around 3800 metres deep.At times it can feel a bit remote here, especially in the dark. Butother boats are not far away. On the daily radio net we share ourlatitude and longitude so we can soon see who is close. Today we havechatted to the crews of Cabana and Casiopee who are both within VHFrange. It is so reassuring to hear them. The fleet has spread out asusual but there is quite a group within a 100m mile range of us. Thatdoesn't seem very far out here!The "miles to go screen" on our GPS, attached by the wheel, isprompting us to reminisce as we go...Rob "Jo, we have just sailed through our married life!" (We are at. read more...
Tintin - Steady progress
Tintin is making great progress at the moment. The winds have stayedwith us, 18-22 knots on the beam. We have the mainsail and the genoa upand the boat is moving along with a great sense of purpose.With slightly lighter winds yesterday we hoisted the cruising chute,our large blue foresail, and went flying along. It was a bit too muchfor Wendy to cope with so we hand steered - which was fun but prettytiring. With the moderate sea state waves of 2-3 metres height arearriving at our port quarter and nudging the bow up into the wind. Itall gets more exciting then as the apparent wind increases and the boatheels more. For a more relaxed night we switched to the electrically drivenautohelm, which steers according to a compass bearing rather thanrelative to the wind direction (which is what. read more...