Currently located 1390nm from South America and enjoying 15-20kt NW winds with a 1.5m NW swell. Current temperature is 7 degrees with a wind chill of a cool -3 degrees.
Welcome to day 27 of our voyage. For the past 48 hours the wind has been consistent from the north west at 15-20kts which has enabled us to maintain a boat speed of between 6-8kts, and at this speed we can cover up to 192nm in a 24hr period which isn’t to bad. As advised in last nights log we expect the low pressure system and weak trough to the west of us to catch us shortly and then the wind strength should increase to 25-35kts which will really assist our boat speed.
It is interesting sailing in these latitudes because from one day to the next you really don’t know what to expect. Like today for instance, one minute you think that the sun is going to break through and the next you are surrounded by thick fog and light rain and you are lucky to be able to see the bow sprit, but this is all part of the challenge and the adventure.
Tonight I again asked for a volunteer to write the Log and despite the majority of the crew running for cover and making every excuse under the sun Robyn kindly stood up and said Gav despite having recently done I would be more than happy to do it again. Thanks Robyn!! I really appreciate your help. To our readers please enjoy tonight’s log.
Until tomorrow, take care.
Somewhere in the Southern Ocean (slightly different position to the somewhere from yesterday)
Good Evening Readers,
I know the first thing on everyone’s mind is who is still alive! The answer is not many. A few shuffle ups have been required as failed attempts have prevented people from going anywhere near the location at which they were to meet their demise. Only 4 remain; 2 staff members Sandy and Lauren and 2 crew members - Robyn and Reece. Correction, as I write this Reece has met his end with a piece of chalk in midships.
Today we were lucky enough to get the morning off. Captain Gav was also kind enough to cancel the afternoon so many enjoyed playing cards, reading and if they hadn’t had enough already sleeping. This afternoon slumber was soon interrupted by an impromptu skipping session. Around have the crew braved the chill to skip using a long rope. We were quite talented, even managing to get the whole group through without missing a turn of the rope and getting 4 people jumping at once. With a rolling ship on a lean this was quite the achievement! Best of all the crew had a lot of laughs and warmed up very quickly.
The 500 tournament was taken out by Caitlin and Connie – congratulations girls. More trivia, 500, a chess competition and uckers championship are on the cards. This should help keep us entertained as it has become evident that a lot of the staff and crew alike are very competitive.
We remain at 55 degrees latitude and continuing to make steady progress towards the Cape, aided by 15-20 knot winds. The penguin sightings are becoming a bit more frequent. Today 5 were seen checking out the ship.
As the days continue I’m sure a lot of us are missing our families, friends and loved ones and thinking about you all often. As I have the privilege of writing tonight’s Captains log I’ll give a shout out to my family and friends, especially X, E, River and Charlie. Hope you enjoy your hello from sea! Also to all the guys at PINARC Rec Programs, greetings and I hope you’re not missing me too much.
I’m sure tomorrow will bring some new challenges, new excitement and hopefully many more memories of this epic adventure that is sailing in this big blue ocean.
Robyn (Blue Teal and only living crew member)