Day 6 – Life at 35 degrees
Leaving Guernsey at 9:00am heading to Poole, a 16 hour voyage, by way of a nearby island called Sark. After an ominously good morning, anchoring at Sark for lunch without incident we set sail again at 2:00pm for another expected journey of 11 hours. It was on this journey that the crew, especially Joseph, learned just how difficult simple life chores can be when the boat is at 35 degrees. Things such as walking, washing, cleaning and drying became a constant source of enjoyment and suffering for the leaders and crew respectively. The magnum opus of these events, came in the galley after dinner. Joseph, who had not yet learned the difficulties of life at 35 degrees, i.e. using the heads and walking against the walls, decided it would be a smart decision to open the bin, the unconnected bin, which promptly swung open and threw trash all over the floor, though not before it had been filled with leftovers and spaghetti bolognaise. Alex felt much less sick over the course of the crossing, even feeling well enough to helm the boat for a while. We were also successful in completing a headsail change at speed- a racing manoeuvre.
As the late night drew on we settled into a watch system, some would stay out and watch while others would try for some much needed sleep. However, at 9:30pm, we received a call from challenger 3, our sister (and competing) ship, informing us that they had run over a lobster pot and were unable to continue at any great speed. At 00.30am we caught up and gave them a tow and a raft into the relative safety -though not safe from out mockery- of Poole harbour. We tied up at 3:30am and then it was finally into bed for a well-earned rest.
By Joe & James
And finally the leaders’ voices are heard…..
We spent the day in Guernsey due to some inconsiderate high winds in the channel, luckily giving us the opportunity to explore some of the island’s sights, buy ice creams etc.
Unfortunately the day started with a bit of maritime Tetris; a 5am engine wake up to let the ferry we were moored to depart resulted in various rearrangements in the harbour, although some slept through oblivious. For the team the morning was spent doing sailing theory to contribute towards their RYA Competent Crew certificate, whilst the leaders diligently washed all the team’s expedition t-shirts (with some shirts definitely walking into the carrier bag on their own….). A lunch of jacket potatoes, cheese and beans allowed us all to witness first-hand Euan’s amazing transformation into the human baked bean eating machine, a feat we understand to be matched by Mr. Tom Scott in the yacht next door. The team spent the afternoon exploring Guernsey including visiting the Aquarium, Cornet Castle and the plethora of Ice Cream stalls around the marina, a good time was had by all.
A proper British meal of Sausage and Mash gave us a brilliant opportunity to give Archie and Alex a master-class in preparing vegetables (apologies parents…… they both claim to have never done this before!). Due to some interesting techniques demonstrated earlier in the voyage coaching was carried out in peeling, chopping and preparing potatoes, carrots, onions, cauliflower and broccoli (we hope this is of some benefit to parents when they return!).
As a general note to parents, all team members have had experience in washing up, cleaning, cooking, sweeping, mopping, toilet cleaning, early mornings, working hard…..obviously all very popular activities….we hope you are all able to capitalise upon this!
More seriously, we are all having an excellent time, learning lots, experiencing something completely different and having a good laugh along the way. We are now looking forward to our journey back across the channel tomorrow!
Love Karen and Lotti
After rousing from a deep sleep, the morning beckoned us. Time to do some jobs and once a hearty breakfast of an assortment of bacon buttys (which was excellently cooked to perfection) was shovelled down our necks we began our “rest day”. Once ashore we danced in the gloriously divine showers and then ventured deep into the twisting streets of Guernsey searching for any sign of life (it was Sunday so consequently there were no open shops). The sun then made a rare appearance and many ice creams were enjoyed. We then were patiently driven back to our boat on the dingy by the watch leader Adam. A final meal was consumed before the pack or packs of cards appeared and the games and the screaming began and Sharon is very good at cheat.
By Archie & Bainbridge
Today we set off at 9:15 from Weymouth to Guernsey, which took 13 hours as we got in to the harbour at 10:00pm. It was a good day, but a tiring one and we were all ready for our beds. On our way we saw some dolphins on the bow of the ship as well as France and the other Channel Islands. We crossed the shipping lanes and saw lots of big ships. Euan and Sharon made all three meals today and we ate up on deck as many people were feeling seasick. During the journey we had all three sails up (Yankee 2, Staysail and the main sail), we managed to reach 10 knots. The weather was nice and warm with a nice amount of wind, however the water was very choppy – inducing more seasickness. A few of the crew members managed to burn significantly, even after a large amount of sun cream was applied. Alex, Archie, Karen and even watch leader Adam were the worst for ware with seasickness, so the rest of the crew sang campfire songs to keep up morale.
Alex and Lynchy
Today we sailed from Yarmouth to Weymouth and today we hoisted the sails compared to yesterday. During the course of the day we sailed through a rough patch of weather in which three crew members suffered the joys of sea sickness. In an attempt to share lunches between the two yachts, two pasties went overboard, because Amy couldn’t throw. In addition we completed a series of tacks and jibes as a team and some of us got to helm the boat. We had a fish and chip supper once we got into port, with fish cooked on board and chips from the local chippie.
James and Joe
Today was brilliant when we got on board the Challenger yacht and we were getting ready to go
Also this morning our team mate Archie learned the art of getting up late and therefore had to do the worst jobs (cleaning the toilets).
We sailed at a steady calm pace to Cowes to refuel the ship we then went to Yarmouth and here we spend the night.
- David Hodgson
A gloriously exciting adventure commenced today! For today is the day in which we boarded the Challenger 2 yacht – a rather impressive vessel.
Already, we have developed not only as sailors, but as people. To give an example, our beloved crewmate Alex has sliced his first vegetable today, and we are all – of course – incredibly proud of the little scamp.
As far as they go, the boat is very comfortable. The bunks provide the means for a brilliant night’s sleep, with little risk of becoming fast friends with the floor.
We’re all looking forward to the journey ahead of us. Chances are we’ll all make it out alive.
- Euan Lodge