Exercise TRANSGLOBE Updated positions shows the Navy's in the lead (not that this is a race of course)!

ADVENTURE (RN):

Wednesday 19/08/09
Time of Position 08:04 UTC
lat 07.5724 S
lng 30.1392 W
Course:205
Speed: 9 Knts
Distance to Rio 1262.40 nm

Sunday 16th Aug Blog

Not only is our Inmarsat still not functioning but we have now got more serious problems to worry about.  Yesterday afternoon the generator failed and despite the best efforts of the various types of engineer on board we have not been able to fix it so far.  We remain hopeful that advice from base tomorrow may help but are realistic in our expectations.  The effect of this is that we are not able to run our watermaker, fans, stereo or other domestic appliances.  This could mean no showers or fresh water clothes washing until Rio in a couple of weeks time!  Luckily we embarked enough bottled water in Lanzarote for drinking and hygiene purposes and all essential navigation and safety equipment is  run from engine charged batteries so it is an annoyance rather than an emergency. The crew have been pretty stoic about it all (boys like any excuse not to have to wash…) and morale remains high.

Last night, ahead of our crossing the equator later today and in keeping with ancient mariners folklore, we received a Summons from the Court of King Neptune.  He demanded the presence of all souls who had never crossed the line before at a ceremony at midday today.  We’ll hopefuly be able to let you know how it goes in a later blog….

Friday 14th August Blog

Well the shower was a success but turned out to be completely pointless as during  the next watch winds crept up to about 30knts and spray and goffas  coated us all in salt again. The winds lasted into the night but during the early morning reduced down to make sailing comfortable once more.  Overall we continue to make reasonable progress.  We are now on Day 9 at sea and have covered over a third of the distance.  We reckon ourselves to be about two days from the equator which is where the race really start!

We are currently experiencing some problems with our Inmarsat communications system which means that some of our blogs may now be delayed.  Hopefully we will be able to pass them on to one of the other boats to send but if you don’t hear from us for a while then that is why.

CHALLENGER (Army):

Wednesday 19/08/09
Time of Position 08:04 UTC
Lat: 007.4844 S
Lng: 30.2664 W
Course:212
Speed: 8 Knts
Distance to Rio 1262.51 nm

(no sign of a Challenger blog being filed since 11th August on the event’s official website)

DISCOVERER (RAF):

Wednesday 19/08/09
Time of Position 08:04 UTC
Lat: 7.4776 S
Lng: 30.2696 W
Course:214
Speed: 8 Knts
Distance to Rio 1262.90 nm

DAY 14 Blog

Last night was another long one and plausible conversations between watch members are drying up during the two four hour stints in the darkness!  Jack attempted to get his daily sunbathing fix today but promptly had a wave crash over him.  We have spent the last 24 hours sailing into a headwind and it has been a payoff between speed and ideal direction.  Our Equator crossing is expected to be tomorrow and preparations are under way.  As our skipper is the only crew member to have crossed the equator before, he will assume the role of Neptune.  Red watch are busy making a trident for him while green watch create his cloak.  We are looking forward to another inter-boat quiz night tonight after the last one was cancelled due to the rough seas.

Day 13 BLOG

Last night was another uncomfortable one with rocky seas and high winds.  Our bunks which are hot and sweaty at the best of times have been made far worse now that we are unable to leave the hatches open due to waves crashing over the boat.  However as morning came those on watch saw another pod of dolphins playing around the boat.  The weather remained rough during the day with only one small patch of sunshine which lasted about five minutes.  Both watches have now becomes fully competent at whatever sail change the skipper may throw at them.  As fresh bread has now run out the Mother watch began making bread which has been a great success.  Many of the crew’s attempts at drying clothes were scuppered by more waves crashing over the bow.  As if the ‘four hours on-four hours off’ system wasn’t confusing enough for the body, the clocks changed again today.  However this can only mean one thing, we’re getting closer to Rio.  A tack during the day (change of direction) will hopefully mean that those on the starboard side of the boat having the more comfortable night’s sleep, being rolled into their bunks rather than out of them.

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