Until now on the Atlantic crossing things had been plain sailing for Oceans of Hope. But yesterday the tide turned and the Bosun reported that there was a rebellion on board the boat.
He told us that, “After a full day of no wind and only motoring along at approximately seven knots, the crew committed mutiny and killed the engine.”
Bosun Bertram fought a brave battle to maintain control but eventually gave up and joined the rest of the overheated crew in for a dip in the big blue. “Zero wind, a fender with a bucket as a sea anchor and a keen look out, ensured a great, safe environment for the crew to take a much needed break from the hard life of ocean sailing,” he said.
MS crew member, Mikkel (Farver), tells us more about the unplanned dip in the see in today’s blog from the boat. He was surprised both by how deep and how warm the sea was saying, “Today we have been swimming in the middle of the ocean with five kilometres to the bottom (FIVE!) A very strange feeling, but also very enjoyable as we have had minimum temperature of 35 degree Celsius today, and the ocean is refreshing 26.1 degree Celsius.”
Mikkel also confesses that he expected his sailing adventure would be “a bit boring sometimes” and that he thought he’d need a lot of literature to keep him entertained on the journey across the Atlantic. However, he has happily been proved wrong and admits that, “it has not been boring at any time. I wondered if one book would be enough for me for the Atlantic crossing, but I haven't even opened it yet (and I don't think I will).”
As if to reinforce this point the Bosun tells us that simply having a swim was never going to be enough for the adventurous crew of Oceans of Hope. “Add in a spinnacker halyard for swing rope and immediately the Tarzan game was on. Jumping from a spinnacker pole, it quickly became the ‘2014 Spinnacker Pole Open’ to see who was able to swing the highest,” he explained.
The weather has turned in their favour and he happily reported that, “Right now we are picking up some morning winds and have been steadily increasing our pace from an average of 4.5 knots during the night to 6-7 knots.”