Well our first day out was initially quite slow and we round all the buoys toward the mid back of the fleet. we were a bit unlucky as the wind seem to die on us and it to a while for us really to get going. We manage to slowly gain speed and were averaging around 2 to 4 kts heading west. During the night the wind came up while I was sleeping to around 20 kts.
While skipper Mark seemed unphased the most of the rest of the crew were experiencing their first discomforts. We were keeling over in swells of 4 to 5 meters and this made for a very bumpy ride, It was difficult to get around and took me about 5 minutes to get out of my bunk. Walking around was not easy and the we looked like rock climbers look for our next hold.
Up in the the cockpit Shaun, mike and jean were fight the sea sickness and were not looking great. At that moment I realised that this could be a long trip if the weather and wind direction did not improve for us. I have been lucky so far and apart for a few moments have not felt seasick yet. Sitting typing is also extremely difficult as we are now at 30kts with waves rolling on to our port side(left side) knocking us over.
We all have shifts of 4 hours every 12 and my first was last at 6 to 10pm.
it was non eventful but quite chilly. We are working off UTC time.
January 5, 2014 @ 11:46 am
Sounds like a great adventure! Good luck & travel safe.
January 5, 2014 @ 12:21 pm
Maybe you should take your pills for sea sickness as a preventative measure now….
keep the updates coming.
lots of love from Down Under xxx
January 5, 2014 @ 12:30 pm
Keep it up! I am sure everyone will start feeling a lot better and more comfortable once you get into the rhythm of things and get more used to being afloat.
January 5, 2014 @ 1:40 pm
Looking at your course, are u aiming for Scotland??? Lol
January 5, 2014 @ 9:49 pm
The race report confirmed one fatality and more than one yacht returning to CT. This is no Symphony cruise to Rio. Good luck guys.
January 5, 2014 @ 10:21 pm
Hang in the guys, the beer will be good in Rio. I promise..
Christina van der elst
January 5, 2014 @ 11:55 pm
Practicing your dance moves for rioo have funn enjoy