20/01 @ 2010 18'22’84"N 038'00'69"W
First of all, Jacob and Joe would like to apologise for the delay in our blog posting. Anyway, lets get back into it shall we?
In day-to-day life, we live under the misconception that we are in control. An experience like this, in true Scooby-Doo fashion, the mask is taken off the illusion. Over 3000 miles, three years of planning, all led to three boats. Three boats next to each other in the same marina. Three boats that ended up in the middle of the Atlantic involved in a rescue mission. Everything happens in threes. This just reveals that indeed, we are not the one at the helm, steering our own vessel on a voyage of discovery.
Its been over 24hrs now since we did a 180 and powered on to the help of Brainstorm. Our new crew members, Michiel and Hein[z] – pure comedy that – have well and truly settled in their new vessel. Since they’ve joined, which in reality is a mare few hours, they’ve already caught a fish. So good they named it twice a, Mahi Mahi, has now become our meal for tomorrow night. All this is something Joe never achieved in 11 days of being onboard!
Now well and truly past the half-way point, we are dealing with
variable conditions, but this isn’t stopping us making good head way for Rodney
Bay. ‘Being half-way through one journey, is the
beginning of another. You just don’t realise it.’
Still up in the top 10 closest to St Lucia and first in our class,
we will continue to power through this vast ocean as well as any challenges that
come our way. ‘Like any good movie, you will have
your montage moment. Just be ready for the cameras to roll.’
Now with the dark sky above us, the clouds covering our starry night, we set our sails and hope that our poltergeist companion doesn’t reek any more havoc on our potatoes.
Jacob and Joe
p.s. Tonight we thought we’d give you two blogs, the second one which we wrote on the 18th but didn’t get chance to post. So now you can have double the enjoyment!
18/01 @ 1330 18'49’14"N 034'11'81"W
Today collectively we thought we’d start our blog off with a bit of a Q&A session because, you wouldn’t believe it even if it walked up and slapped you straight across the boat race, we’ve had some emails.
Q: How long do you think the journey will take?
Q: How are you filling your time when not on watch?
But now the time has come to get serious. No more comradery. As once said by a young Liverpool diehard, ‘I don’t do ifs, buts or maybes, I do absolutes. Like if your aunt had balls she’d be your uncle, but she doesn’t, so she’s not.’ Today we will cross the halfway point. Leaving us 1500nm to go. Its taken us 10 days to get this far and what an unforgettable 10 days it has been. We’ve seen some incredible sunrises and sets, had a lot of laughs, been surrounded stars and even had the company of a yellow fin tuna and dolphins. If all of this has happened in the past 240 hours, whats still to come?
From our first blog post to where it is at now, you’d think that
Jacob and Joe have gone a bit mentally insane, but you’d be the insane ones for
thinking that! The blog has become an extension of us all, a way to express as a
crew, its own entity, its own living thing. Like us as we progress on this
journey across an ocean, it too will also progress and take on new meaning and
forms. As the great wordsmith Robin Sheldon once said to the masses, ‘Live
everyday as your last because one day you’re bound to get it right.’
This experience has become something we shall never forget but give us all, especially Chris, Jacob and Joe, the lust to keep sailing and take on the other great ocean of this vast world. The Pacific. Whether this would be apart of another World Cruising Club rally or as a self voyage, this question is still yet to be answered.
We really hope you’re enjoying our blog because it gives myself and Jacob a real sense of joy writing our crew shenanigans and allowing you to come on this journey with us.Chris, Jacob, Joe and Robin
What’s Next ARC January 2022 Crew