Crew member on 03 Phaedo 3

on . Posted in 2015 Blogs

The pirates on Phaedo3 are still being relentlessly pursued by the British

Navy...We are just out of cannon shot, but any slip up in our sail handling

and we will be seeing the might of our blue pursuers...They are surely

pushing as hard to catch us, as we are to stay ahead of them. Every schedule

is showing 28,29 or 30 knots of speed. We are not holding back at all..

Carving our way through the waves like a skier through a mogul field.

Following the liquid terrain to harmonize boat speed. Heel angle and

apparent wind angle, to keep out speed constant through the ever-changing

waterscape in front of our 3 bows...Trying not to fly the main hull or stuff

the bows.. And generally doing the former will precipitate the latter....

Everyone is driving fantastically, and Henry has taken on the mantle of a

young Padawan, learning to be a Jedi of downwind sailing. I have to be the

Jedi master, in a Musto cassock... Its the ideal training ground for a young

Padwan - 2000 miles of downwind blasting... We are over half way now from

the Cape Verdes to the Caribbean, less than 1000 to the finish...Pedro even

popped open a drinking bottle of “Berocca” water to celebrate.. You had to

be there to appreciate the magic.... after yhat he gave his teeth a good


Last night, despite saving several flying fish from the net, one came

hurtling at me from the bow, closing speed about 40 knots and got me full on

the Adams Apple... lucky it was a small one.. Still…. put him back in the

sea - a learner flyer clearly., just an accident...

Anyway, time for a nap and another good shaking in the bunk.

That’s all from the good ship Phaedo3