Ex. TRANSGLOBE blogs reveal that patience is a virtue on a boat!

The three Exercise TRANSGLOBE yachts are still safely en route to Rio but I can’t see a position from Challenger on the official website. althoguh they have been busy bloggers. Keep scrolling for Challenger blogs!

Latest positions registered from Disco and Adventurer are:


Friday 21/08/09
Time of Position 07:20 UTC
Lat 13.2544 S
Lng 33.4540 W
Speed: 7 Knts
Distance to Rio 873.26 nm


Friday 21/08/09
Time of Position 07:20 UTC
lat 13.2312 S
lng 33.4340 W
Speed: 9 Knts
Distance to Rio 876.29 nm


Challenger 20th August

Hmmm; if their wasn’t much to write about yesterday, there is even less today.  We continued on our way south in the company of the boys from the RAF and the Navy in quite light winds considering we are heading further into the southern hemisphere winter every minute of every day.

We put the ‘flanker’ up today and after about three hours hard work for a net increase of speed of approximately 0.025 knots an hour we brought it down again.   We then had chilli con-carne for dinner.  The purser is not, therefore, the skipper’s favourite person at the moment- he doesn’t like spicy food one jot.  Hopefully all will be forgiven when he is served a rather plain pork chop with plain spaghetti tomorrow evening.  Yes, the food is getting a touch repetitive and we are out of mashed potato mix…………. (and onions and bread and fresh vegetables and black pepper).  We have maintained a small supply of cordial, however, and each crew member is guaranteed at least one glass of orange squash a day – mega.

Kiwi is still banned from driving (ok, helming), the boat still smells of feet and heat rashes are coming along nicely so all is well.

Slain agus banach.


(Happy Birthday Emma.xo)

Sean’s Mum & Dad – Sorry for not writing you a shout out before, accidental I promise.  Everything’s fine; give you a call in a couple of days. Sean.x.

Challenger 19th August

What can I say about the 19th August? Its remarkable just how unremarkable the 19th August has been. Everyone is fully immersed in the watch routine. For the last 14 days, 4 people were on watch for 4 hours, 4 people were off watch for 4 hours and 4 people were trying to feed us all.

We are all now firmly focused on the finish line; we have made good speed over the last two days and hope to arrive in Rio by Monday 24th.

After 21 days slogging it out, it would seem that anything less than first would be a major let down. We shall see.

It has become apparent at this stage that the main challenge on a long ocean passage is not the heavy seas, nor the seasickness, not even the rigours of the 4 on 4 off routine. The one and only serious challenge is for 14 people to exist harmoniously in a small space, with little sleep, meagre rations, smelly clothes, smelly bodies and the logistics of feeding them all whilst working hard not to fall over. Ever present is the little devil on your shoulder whispering in your ear, telling you it would be ok to throttle the life out of the person that is currently doing your head in. This is how it is for us all and for what it is worth, I think our merry band have performed with admirable tolerance for their annoying, smelly counterparts.

There is little else I can say about the 19th August. I would like to congratulate all our crew for their achievement so far. I would also like to thank you all for tolerating me!

Roll on Rio…….

(Rather significant footnote – Kiwi spent 4 hours in the transom (sic), essentially the boats boot, attempting to prevent the boat from sinking.  OK, so were never going to sink (there are plenty of life-rafts anyway) but the skipper’s and first mate’s cabins were flooding every time we moved onto the port tack and a happy skipper and mate make for a happy boat.  Irritate them at your peril……………)


The Leg 2 crews will have a break when they reach Rio and then hand the yachts over to the Leg 3 crews who will sail the boats a distance of 3,270 nm to Cape Town, leaving Rio on 28th August and arriving in Cape Town around 27 September.


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