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Date: 2013-12-17 20:45
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 14º 08.35'N:059º 20.89'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: 90 miles to go
Title: Last night at sea - hopefully


Day 24 - by Sheena
Last full day at sea J
So here we are with roughly 3000 miles under our belt there is now 100 miles to go to St
Lucia and the excitement is reaching fever pitch. Our ETA is still tomorrow but could be
early morning or lunch time depending on the wind either way those of you expecting calls
keep your phones handy. Ours have all been charged up and are ready to go.
Last night at dinner time we were hailed by a few different boats over VHF radio, Koala and
Second wind (they have been sailing together the whole way) and Tamsil. It was great to
listen to the conversations (only David gets to speak on the radio) and hear a few stories.
Mike onboard Tamsil was telling us they have a broken spinnaker pole and no main, the
boat has a self furling main sail which snapped during the voyage leaving them with only
the genoa. It made us feel better after yesterday anyway. All the boats are in the same
vicinity and they were clearly just calling for a chat which was great. It had the feel of
people who are very happy to be nearing the end of a long trip, 'look we made it, yea
there's been some problems, but we did it'. I get the impression that's how everyone
onboard Gozwoz is feeling too, its not just me and Lizzie saying we can't wait to get there
now, it's everybody.
As we near the end I find myself getting a tad nostalgic for those days filled with
swimming, dolphins and a great book. Whilst the lack of communication with the outside
world has, at times, been challenging it has also been brilliant. It has given me a glimpse of
life without constant notifications and Facebook updates every 10 minutes, and I have to
say I love it. A life where you can't turn to your phone, by that I mean wikipedia to answer
your questions but where instead you discuss things (like the difference between a sea and
an ocean) and try to either remember the answer or work it out yourself. Not that I'm going
to throw away my smart phone but I will definitely try to tone down my usage.
In other news it's getting very festive on board, I finished my knitting project today, very
happy with it, definitely going to try and make a Christmas jumper for next year. Alicia also
sent off her veg shopping list (to Simon) for Christmas Day and we have had a carols sing-
a-long session. I'm rubbish, only know the first verse of most of them. Although I can come
up with several dubious verses for Old MacDonald, which I'm not ashamed to say we have
sung several times.
So the next time you hear from me we will be on dry land and hopefully with some form of
alcoholic beverage in my hand. Gozwoz signing out with 97.6 miles to go…..

Date: 2013-12-16 21:30
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 14º 20.57'N:057º 07.77'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: 200nm to go!
Title: A day of ointeresting developments


Day 23 - by Lizzie

Well, this is my last blog that I'll be writing while we're at sea, woo hoo!!! (we'll still be
writing for the rest of the trip, but it's Sheena's go tomorrow and Wednesday we should be
there! Maybe I'm jinxing it...) After quite an eventful day, we're still making good progress
with winds of about 20 knots and we're making about 7-6nm an hour, so our target of
being in St Lucia for Wednesday morning is a go. This morning however -

Our bad luck really started with the table. Our table is in the cockpit at the back of the boat,
and when out of use is folded down. When up, there are two brackets supporting each leaf
of the table. Anyways, elevensies were upon us and the table was up, the swell rose, the
boat rocked, one person lent on the table and it snapped L we'd had the table fixed
previously so there was perhaps already a weakness, however meal times, already
interesting as they were in such rolling seas, is now even more of a challenge with half a
table!

Next came the wave just before lunchtime. As mentioned previously there have been a
couple waves of note that have flooded the deck and gone in the hatches to the stern cabin.
But this wave was something else. My dad was using the GPS at the back of the boat, with
his back to the sea, and no one had a chance to shout the usual "big wave big wave big
wave!!!" before my dad was engulfed from over his head by the biggest wave so far. It got
everyone in the cockpit, Sheena, Chris, Charles and my dad. At that moment me and my
mum were having a rest at the front of the boat so luckily avoided the whole affair.. hours
later there was the quote of "and my knickers are still wet", so bad times all around :S
The third and final straw was the spinnaker pole. With this we really had a lucky escape.
We've been goose-winging now for 6 days, but the boat is designed to cope with this
amount of stress. However, the spinnaker pole, which is used to force the foresail out at an
angle and is approximately 12 feet long, finally split in two. The aluminium snapped
straight through. Luckily it didn't pierce the hull, but there's just one or two scratches - no
one was hurt at all, the worst thing was the noise which woke up anyone napping J this
has meant we've had to change our tactics slightly, and now have the genoa and mainsail
on the same side, and will have to jib once (maybe twice) before we get to St Lucia which
should be no biggy. It hasn't changed our ETA at all, though is something else to be fixed
at the other end!
The good thing to come from today is that we did a water audit, and as we've got loads of
water bottles available (even after planning a hefty contingency) Sheena and I were allowed
a shower from the back of the boat, woo hooooo!!! It meant, that after 5 days of sea salty
dawgs, we are now fresh as daisies.
And that's about it! We are all SUPER EXCITED to be getting into St Lucia on Wednesday,
needless to say the topic of conversation is now quite regularly based upon what meal we
will be having when we arrive on Wednesday (I'm voting for a 10am BLT and shandy - not
sure I'll be able to take anything stronger - 25 days at sea will do this to you..)
And now finally! For our last but not least crew member, Chaz.

Name: Charles "Chaz" McConnell Age: 61
Why did you first get into sailing? Always wanted to sail as a child, then after meeting Chris
who's brother-in-law had a boat, it gave the perfect opportunity to try it out finally!
What are looking forward to doing in St Lucia? Having a long cold drink!
What are you missing the most about home? Pre-Christmas festivities
What one thing have you learnt about yourself during this experience? I'm not a natural
blue water sailor!
What colour knickers are you wearing? None!

Date: 2013-12-15 20:15
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 14º 06.53'N:053º 19.19'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: 400nm to go!
Title: Nearly there!


Day 22 - By Sheena
So here we are on 15th December at 4 pm and I have lost the 'When are we going to arrive
in St Lucia?' competition. It's starting to look likely that we will be arriving some time
Tuesday night / Wednesday morning, giving Lizzie the win. Still got my fingers crossed for
wining the 'How many boats will we see?' bet though again Lizzie is still in the running and
going by how many times I've had my arse woopped in scrabble I'd say she's got luck on
her side!
So what's happened in the last 25 hours, not that much to be honest. We have had some
squalls throughout the day and night, luckily I personally have not got too wet,
unfortunately that can't be said for other crew members (David and Charles) who got
drenched during the night. It does amaze me that we have the minimum amount of sail out
(3 reefs in the main and a couple of turns from the genoa) and are still hurtling along with
an average of 6.5 knots.
Doing anything on board has become a challenge, with the way the boat lunges from side
to side you have to make sure you have a hold of something. I can not wait to sit in a chair
and not have to brace! The other night on watch, whilst scrabbling, a wave pushed us to the
right and I subsequently went flying off my seat in the cockpit. Long gone are the days of
calm motionless seas.
Due to the limited fresh water we have certain aspects of life have changed. For example the
washing (clothes and dishes) is being done in salt water, whilst the dishes have the luxury
of having a swill in fresh the pants have no such luck. Fortunately we are nearly in St Lucia
where everything can be washed properly, including ourselves…
On a more random note I have just finished reading book for in the Game of Thrones
series, that's one book on from the third TV series, for those of you who watch it, thrust me
you are in for a treat! The upshot of this is that I keep dreaming about dragons and how
awesome it would be if mythical creature were real. I can't help thinking flying across the
Altlantic on the back of a dragon would be a much more sensible route than sailing across.
Anyhoo our penultimate sailor needs no real introduction but here she is anyway.
Name: Lizzie Gozzard Age: 28
Why did you first get into sailing? Because my dad took us to Plas Menai when we were
really young, and we got into dinghy sailing there
What are looking forward to doing in St Lucia? Snorkelling in the sea, post G&T.
What are you missing the most about home? Pete, friends and the fun festive spirit L
What one thing have you learnt about yourself during this experience? That I wouldn't do
very well in a trip to space.
What colour knickers are you wearing? A navy blue swimming cosy, ready for jumping in at
St Lucia!

Date: 2013-12-15 10:14
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 14º 03.75'N:053º 11.82'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Heading west - days 20 and 21
Title: Catchup


Day 20 and 21 - by Lizzie

Firstly, sorry for the radio silence on the blog (or Blob, as my mum has been calling it). We
have an email system which only allows you 90 minutes access a week, and due to bad
connections etc this was used up by Friday so we weren't able to post anything. As a
consequence we're merging day 20 and day 21 together (let's be honest, all days have
merged together by this point anyway..) so here's the update -

Firstly, the wind is BLOWING. We've got at times force 8 with wind speeds of up to 32
knots, which is somewhere between you're-going-to-bang-your-head and harnesses-are-
compulsory. We regularly hitting speeds of 9-10 knots. It's very gusty but generally it's ok.
Plus the sun is still shining and people are tanning so all in all we're quids in. Plus we're
making some Gozwoz record timings (157nm in the last 24 hours, woo hoo!) therefore as
the Vengaboys wanted to say, "Ohhhh! We're going to St Lucia!"

We now estimate that we're going to be in St Lucia on Wednesday morning about 8am local
time. This is great for several reasons - A) we've just hit the 3 week mark (Wednesday will
make it 3 and a half weeks) and food, though plenty of it, is not exactly steak and chips
with a glass of red. For lunch today we had "coleslaw" (3 week old cabbage with a chopped
onion with an atlantic-seas worth of mayo on it) with crackers, and the saviour of the trip,
sweet chilli dip. We also are on the last of our cheese which is similar to a massive babybel,
which each of us as declared that "we don't mind it". Again at this stage, that's quite the
compliment! B) We can't make any more water. This is due to the waves being too big, and
we can't pump seawater in to be converted. This isn't as serious as it may sound, as we've
still got half a tank and loads of 6.25ltr bottles, so drinking water is absolutely fine.
However, precautions have been taken just in case, and we aren't allowed to shower.
Absolutely. Gutting. Wetwipes are out in force, however hair is a state and resembles a
windswept meringue. C) The sea state. It's fantastic that we're now belting along, however
it's definitely taking its toll on the crew and realistically I think it would be very difficult to
cope with these conditions for more than say a week. Sleeping is very difficult with it being
so rolly and noisy, and some of us can't go below deck unless it's to lie- down without
feeling sick, but the alternative is being in the cockpit with the high chance of getting
splashed by a massive wave. Sheena and I have been hit by two massive waves, the first of
which resulted in girly screaming, however we managed to calm ourselves on the second
and instead went for the hysterical laughing option.
Yesterday saw the second round of Who's-Going-To-Get-The-Advent-Calendar- Chocolate
Articulash, with me, Chris and Charles, verses Sheena, Mum and Dad. It was close, with
some very sceptical charades for "Uzbekistan", "Spock", "Martin Luther King" and such like,
but winning by two points was Sheena, Mum and Dad. They keep discussing when they're
going to eat their chocolates L
In other game news, we have now sighted 4 boats during the whole crossing, which means
I'm currently winning. Sheena is second with 8 boats, so of course (and I didn't think I'd be
saying this but) I'm hoping we don't see anyone else before St Lucia.
That's about it for general news, that is except we are having a pear crumble tonight which
has got everyone excited. Oh that, and here's the next instalment of Sailor Introductions -
my favourite sister-in-law, Sheena.

Name: Sheena Hindocha Age: 27
Why did you first get into sailing? When I found out my in-laws were sailing across the
Atlantic!
What are looking forward to doing in St Lucia? Having a nice cold coke, and seeing some
trees.
What are you missing the most about home? A choice of food options!
What one thing have you learnt about yourself during this experience? That my head is full
of absolute nonsense.
What colour knickers are you wearing? Grey (by design!)

Date: 2013-12-12 18:55
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 13º 39.67'N:046º 18.00'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Heading west - day 19
Title: Another day in the life of....


Day 19 - By Sheena
This trans-Atlantic voyage is turning out to be a little longer than anticipated. Whilst still
having an excellent time we don't actually do that much and as such we are running a little
low on blog material. After watching the man island, that is Will in About A Boy, break
down his day into units of time (periods of 30 mins) I thought I'd try something similar. So
here it goes.
A day in the life of Sheena whilst on board the yacht Gozwoz -
8.00 pm - 8.00 am: Sleep / night watch. At some point in the night the crew all do a 3
hour (6 units of time) night watch. The best ones to do are 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm and 5.00
am - 8.00 am, and the worst 11.00 pm - 2.00 am and 2.00 am - 5.00 am. Lizzie and I are
paired and tend to spend the time playing scrabble, watching films or chatting (usually
about food and home). When you're not on watch you are trying to sleep, yes we go to bed
at about 8.00 pm (if not earlier!) and try to sleep. Sleep has varying levels of success, but
when you are in a deep sleep being woken by your mother-in-law in pitch black is very
disconcerting.
8.00 - 10.00 am : Wake up and breakfast. The older crew members are generally up before
Lizzie and I but we usually all have breakfast together in the cockpit for a debrief on the
previous nights sailing.
10.00 - 10.30 am : Shower time. Not always at 10 but usually worth one unit of time. As
Lizzie has previously mentioned we shower off the back of the boat usually every other day,
first a wash with sea water and then a sluice with fresh.
10.30 am - 1.00 pm : Leisure time. An opportunity to expand our horizons, or in other
words do bugger all. Generally this time is filled with reading, napping, knitting, cleaning or
chatting. David usually gets of the SSB radio about 12, this is where he chats to other boats
with SSB radios, they share their locations, weather and sail plans, it's a great opportunity to
get an update about the weather and hear what other boats are up too. This as been an
excellent source of knowledge and has recently branched out to provide entertainment with
riddles and quizzes being broadcast.
1.00 - 2.00 pm : Lunch. Who would have thought we were still eating bread 19 days in!
The lunch quality has been excellent up until this week we have had some fresh food for a
salad of sorts. We have also discovered Lizzie can make a cracking coleslaw, and it's super
easy, that might be something to start doing at home. Not sure the tinned ham is
something I'll be having post-boat but it fills a hole and isn't as bad as you might imagine.
2.00 - 5.00 pm : More leisure time. Same as above really with out the excitement of the
SSB radio chat. We do have tea and cake at 4, Alicia made 3 different fruit cakes and we are
slowly working our way through them. This is a highlight of the day and gets everyone
together, usually it's at tea time we will play our games. The blog is often written during
this time as well, we have recently been given a time deadline of 5 by David, think we were
taking too long for his liking.
5.00 - 8.00 pm: Dinner. From about 5 dinner starts to be considered and made, most days
we have had two courses usually with fruit for dessert. One day we did have Angel Delight
though, haven't had that in years and absolutely loved it!

So there we go, I hope that gives you a flavour of how life generally is on board. So now to
introduce sailor number 3, Chris

Name: Chris McConnell Age: 61
Why did you first get into sailing? Tried it when I was a teenager, and just loved the feeling
that the wind could take you anywhere.
What looking forward to doing in St Lucia? Having a very long hot shower!
What are you missing the most about home? Keeping up with the kid's activities, particularly
Jenny's new flat that she's moved into while we're away. Also John visited the UK while
we've been away and would have been lovely to see him
If you were at home right now what would you be doing? Frantically getting ready for
Christmas!
What one thing have you learnt about yourself during this experience? That I'm able to live
happily without everyday luxuries and simple interests can suffice!
What colour knickers are you wearing? Black. Classy.

Editor's note: Just wanted to say a MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to Pete for passing his
final accounting exam!!! We shall be having a lemonade and lime in your honour, and
looking forward to celebrating at Christmas J

Date: 2013-12-11 20:50
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 13º 42.89'N:044º 01.61'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Heading west - day 18
Title: Heading towards land


Day 18 - By Lizzie and Sheena
It's been a tad windy today! On the beaufort scale we hit a force 8 with 32+ knots of wind.
Not going to lie it was a little hairy until the 3rd reef went in the main sail, the first time
that's been of use so far. The EXCELLENT news is we are goose winging our way to St Lucia
at a very exciting pace (10.6 knots at our peak). As an aside Lizzie and I thought it was
goose swinging, I think I could probably be forgiven considering this is only the second
time I've ever been on a boat at sea, don't know what Liz's excuse is though.
We also had a very exciting afternoon as we waited on tenderhooks for the mileage gauge
to drop below 1000 nm. A big cheer went up and we celebrated with lemonade and lime all
round for the three week dry crew.
We played the forehead game once again in lieu of any other activities. However a slight
bone of contention arose, I (Lizzie) believe that Stig of the Dump is a girl, the crew don't,
any ideas who's right?
The Hugh (Grant that is) fest continues tonight with About A Boy with Notting Hill and
Bridget Jones' diary already seen and Love Actually still to come. Can. Not. Wait. It's just a
shame we haven't got any more.
For the past week the older crew members have been floating the idea we have 10 days to
go, however with today's wind it should hopefully blow us over to St Lucia by Wednesday
(Sheena and I have that day in our minds as the last day, all this ten days chat is very
difficult to plan!)
Anyways, best round it up, so let me introduce the next member of our crew, Dad
/Dave/Skip/Oi, you!/DIGG Snoop Dad/our skipper, David.

Name: David Gozzard (Skipper) Age: 59
Why did you first get into sailing? I went to Plas Menai sailing school in North Wales with
the haematology department as a supervisor to a group of children and I couldn't fit in a
dingy so decided to try a yacht.
What looking forward to doing in St Lucia? Standing on dry ground
What are you missing the most about home? View of the green countryside
If you were at home right now what would you be doing? Collecting money for the Rotary
Clubs Christmas float around Abergele
What one thing have you learnt about yourself during this experience? That you are never
totally free from the possibility of seasickness
What colour knickers are you wearing? I'm not wearing any!

Date: 2013-12-10 20:07
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 13º 51.24'N:041º 26.23'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Heading west - day 17
Title: Halfway across


Day 17 - By Sheena
Ola, today I dropped my message in a bottle into the sea, I imagine it will end up in South
America but I guess we'll have to wait and see! At the end of the normal chit chat this blog
will contain a sailors profile of on a member of our crew, every day we will profile someone
else just so you can get to know us all.
Through the SSB radio we had a conversation with a marine biologist (on a yacht called
Wind'll blow) we discovered that the birds we have been seeing out here are either Manx
sheerwaters or storm petrels. They are a fairly awesome slight swooping and gliding around
the water, one was trying to land on the boat last night it never quite made it, there is some
suggestion that David 'politely' asked it to go a poop elsewhere however when we went to
press this was still unconfirmed.
We also had a riddle over the SSB today 'If I had a B/bee in my hand what would I have in
my I/eye' we think it's cotton or thread maybe, we'll get the answer tomorrow. Shockingly
we had forgotten about the advent calendar over the last 3 days, I know crazy, we've just
been so busy! A fun game of articulash resulted in the winners getting the choc, I can't
believe I was on the losing team again, I'm blaming my team mates. Aside from that alls
well and the crew are in good spirits, the sea swells have got bigger and we finally have
some really good wind St Lucia here we come.
Editors note: David does not have an accordion but a concertina, only slightly

Name: Alicia Gozzard DOB: 04/12/53
Why did you first get into sailing? Fancied mooring and jumping off the boat for a swim
Whats been your favourite part of the trip so far? Swimming off the back of the boat and
the sailing bit.
What looking forward to doing in St Lucia? Having an Ice Cream
What are you missing the most about home? Friends and family
If you were at home right now what would you be doing? Working as a doctor in A & E
What one thing have you learnt about yourself during this experience? I'm more resilient
than I thought I was.
What colour knickers are you wearing? Blue.

Date: 2013-12-09 20:29
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 13º 47.62'N:039º 04.48'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Heading west - day 16
Title: Catchup


Day 12 - by Lizzie

What a day! Today's busy schedule will put all full-time workers to shame .. sort of. In
Atlantic Sailing terms, it's been a busy one. First, this morning we saw another boat! As Dad
was on the SSB Radio at the time and all navigation instruments interfere with the radio we
couldn't tell what the boat was, but we got out the binoculars and had a good look. It
looked like some sort of fishing vessel and was at the time heading east in the opposite
direction to us. It was great to see another boat - from radio contact with other boats we
know there are yachts about 60 miles away from us but as you can only see a few miles
with the naked eye it often feels like it's just us. The significance of seeing another boat
goes further than just this though - yesterday we made another bet (on the later days of the
advent calendar) about how many boats (definition being "manned vessels ") we will see
before arriving 50 miles from St Lucia (this is given as it would defeat the object if we had
to count all the boats in the marine etc). It goes in the following order - Mum said 1,
Charles said 2, I said 4, Sheena said 8, Chris said 15 and Dad said 20. It does make for an
interesting discussion ("Is that a boat over there?" "No no it couldn't possibly be... Look at
that whale!"), for example last night on watch Mum and Chris "saw" a fishing vessel, or at
least the glow of its lights. Since then, it's been decided (quite rightly) that you have to
actually SEE the boat, not just the glow of lights.. Mum is now hoping we'll see no more
boats, and we're all a bit suspicious that dad might "see" a few boats during his solitary
night shift... Hmmm, watch this space.
In more news, Dad and Charles filled up the engine with diesel. As there was less wind than
expected from Gran Canaria towards Cape Verde, we used fuel that meant we were down to
3/8s of the tank. Having filled it up today with canisters we had, we've added an extra 65
litres meaning we now have enough (if it came to it) for 3 days of engine. More than
anything, this helps as we run the fridge/water maker etc on the engine.
To make an even busier day, Mum finally cracked out the playing cards this afternoon. Now
- Aunty Mary can you believe it's taken up 12 days to get the cards out?!?! I think that's all
we're going to be doing from this point J
Finally, I had to sit out of the sun a bit this afternoon and watched Love Actually - it did
make me think of home, how everyone would be busying up for the Christmas period
getting all excited. To be honest, it made me a bit homesick as this really is my favourite
time of year! I'm sure there'll be plenty of time for festivities when we're back on 23rd.
Now, for the moment, back to that sunshine..


Day 14 - by Lizzie

So, from what we understand our blog hasn't been posting the past few days - sorry if it's
caused any panic! Everything is going well, we're on course and as salty as ever. It seems
there's been a problem with the website itself, hence denying you our little daily updates of
all the Atlantic goings-on. So let me fill you in!

Since turning west on day 9, we've been doing just that. The wind has kept fairly steady
(ENE winds of approximately 10-12 knots, allowing us consistent speeds of about 6-7
knots, even got 9.3 one day!) which has meant we've made good progress, of between 120-
150nm a day. This means we have an almost encouraging 1489nm to go. Not long now!
Maybe. Thoughts of cold G&Ts (or beers, but probably both) are keeping us straight, and
we're excited about getting to St Lucia however really unsure how long it's going to take.
I'm sad to say I might be right with 12.01pm on 17th December (not that we need any
longer in the sun, but it would be nice to explore the island!). We've had to turn slightly
further south as there's been an oil barrel reportedly floating in our vicinity (don't want to
knock it) and also there's an area of no wind ahead/north of us for about a day, so we're
trying to slingshot to the south of it. So far so good!

In more news, as we're now about half way through our trip Sheena and I are going to do a
message in a bottle (or the lesser-known Message in an Pickled Onion Jar - we've no bottles
we can throw, so needs must). Perhaps in the same way as a blog, it's difficult to know
what to write in the message. We've decided to put details of the trip on, and of course we'll
need to put contact details in, but the last thing you want is some sort of identity fraud from
a Pickled-Onion-Jar-Finding-South-American so we'll have to consider it slightly. I imagine
it'll go to South America but could be totally wrong, but if it's picked up it will be really
interesting to see where it lands.

Wildlife-wise, things are fairly dire. I've just read a book that said there's an estimated
population of between 1-1.5 million sperm whales, let alone other whales, in the ocean, and
yet we haven't seen A SINGLE ONE. Some very friendly dolphins stopped by on mum's
birthday (Wednesday) but even they seem to have got bored of us now L bizarrely, while
having dinner last night we did see 8 doves in a goose-like formation. I did mention that
writing that in the blog might sound a bit like a group hallucination (or as Sheena termed,
mass hysteria) but it was true! At the very least it was 8 white birds - beginning to wish
we've bought a book on Atlantic Birds (but no, this would be a bit late as a Christmas
present). So whale-watch continues.. we also saw a red apple yesterday (again sounds
nuts) but it just floated past the boat. There's a boat called Calypso probably about 60nm
ahead of us so we wondered whether it had come from them. Nice to see evidence of
others around us! We've still not seen another vessel since two days ago, and Mum is
hoping we don't see any more so she wins the Advert Calendar Chocolate as she would
have correctly guessed how many boats we'll see. (on a side note, advent calendar
chocolate has become quite the currency in the absence of actual money, and quite a lot is
bet on the next advent calendar window).

And that's about it really! Everyone is still enjoying it though I'd say the last couple days
there's definitely been more talk of what we're going to eat in St Lucia, so people are
looking forward to that already. Tomorrow is sadly going to be the last of the bacon used
up, so that could be a turning point in moral... Will keep you updated!

Day 15 - by Sheena
We ate the last of the bacon today only tinned meat from now on yummy! Food has been
on my mind a lot of the last few days. We have had some excellent meals however the
quality has started to slip since we began eating the tinned meals. Don't get me wrong the
marks and sparks tins have been excellent, the chicken curry we had with cous cous and
apricots was very good as was the Bolognese however there have been some notable
exceptions. A few days ago I was on dinner duty, at this point we were aware we would be
at sea longer than anticipated, whilst there is plenty of food to last some meals would be of
questionable quality. So instead of being left with the dodgy tins no one really fancied
eating at the end, we decided to mix it up and use some. The idea of unidentifiable meat is
not a new concept to me the however the meatballs in tomato sauce definitely pushed this
to the limit. I'm not sure there was any meat in them but a splash of Tabasco added some
taste. The hot dogs were slightly better but the mash was definitely the saviour of that dish.
I can't quite get over that people will buy and use these when they have a whole
supermarket worth of other food, the mind does boggle. You might be able to tell that food
has been on our minds a lot recently, Lizzie and I spent the whole of last nights watch
talking about our favourite meals. Drinks have also come up a lot today, the fridge hasn't
been on to conserve energy so nothing is cold, a cold coke with ice and lemon would go
down a treat right now but hey ho luke warm water it is.
I know you don't just want to read about food so what have we been up to today. Well after
the blog yesterday a couple of notable events happened. First David shouted 'Whale' it
wasn't a whale but there were giant fish jumping out of the sea. I say giant I mean they
were really big fish possibly tuna, really leaping out of the water. We thought that there
may be a predator (shark or whale) below the water forcing the fish to the surface but
despite a continued look out we never saw sight of anything. It was a really great sight. We
also played a game called Articulash, introduced to me by my friend Clare, it is a variation
of articulate with 3 rounds. Everyone writes down 3 items (object, person, tv show, book
etc) and splits into 2 teams. In the first round the teams can describe the item using
anything but the words on the paper, in the second round only one word can be used and
in the third round actions are used to describe the items. The same items are used in all
three rounds and each team aims to guess the most items. Great fun was had by all
however being most experienced with this game you might assume I'd be quite good, you
would be wrong and I was on the loosing team.
Today has been very quiet, no wind meant we were bobbing along at about 3 knots for
most of the morning waiting for the wind, which still hasn't arrived. I believe we will be
motoring most of the night in the hopes of catching up with some wind. David has been
fishing but has not yet caught anything, sorry Simon. We also heard from Jon Osbourne on
Kika over the SSB, he was part of the ARC+ which left from Cape Verde before we left Gran
Canaria, and they are currently a day out of St Lucia, we have about 10 days and 1373
nautical miles left to go, but we really need that wind!

Day 16 - still 1284nm to go!!! By Lizzie

Hello! Yet another day at sea.. this morning when we woke the wind was still weak, but on
the bright side it did give us a chance to have a nice morning dip! Once out of the water we
just got as much sail out as possible, and managed about 3 knots up until lunchtime. We
saw from the radar that there were squalls ahead so managed to skirt around them but
gained speed as we did, the wind is back (got up to 9 knots!) which is great, and a real
morale boost as well. As enjoyable as the sailing is, I think everyone is beginning to think
about St Lucia and getting there. On that note, I thought it was about time for another
"poem", this one called ST LUCIA:

S is for Sails. Ohhhhh we've had problems. Firstly the cruising chute has a tear in it about 4
inches. Mum's fixed it twice but as it's at the front of the sail (where pressure is greatest) it's
going to be difficult to make a long-term solution on board. Secondly, there's a rip in the
mainsail. This is where we've had it reefed, and the reefing line has chaffed on the sail
creating a rip about 3 inches. As it's towards the back of the sail it shouldn't be a problem,
but both are definitely to be kept an eye on. Fingers crossed for no more rips!

T is for Transom. This is the step at the back of the boat, which we've incorporated for
several things. A) where everyone showers. In the first two days onboard we tried to use
the internal shower but what with seasickness no one could really stick it, so for the past
two and a half weeks we've all been showering in bathing costumes, using a bucket of
seawater and rinsing off with the shower at the back of the boat. B) in lighter winds it's a
great place to sit and dangle your legs into the water. Also it's nice to move about the boat
a bit as there are only so many places you can sit!

L is for Lookout. I've found I've spent a lot of time on lookout during the past few days. It's
not an official post as such, but we are now DETERMINED to see a whale and lookout is
really the only way for this (unlike the dolphins which come and play with the boat). Come
on Mr Whale!!!

U is for Unbelievably Long Way. As the flight from St Lucia to London is only 8 hours one
could easily think that sailing wouldn't take that long. Ohhhhh no no no! How wrong you
would be. We're making good progress, about 120nm a day, but considering we've still got
1284nm to go, there's little chance of us making it in our original prediction of 20 days, but
I think 25 days is more likely now. We'll make the flights home though... Pretty certain...
ish!

C is for Christmas. Sheena and I watched Bridget Jones' Diary on watch last night, and what
with that and Love Actually I'm feeling very festive. It feels weird to think we're spending
almost the whole of December in little more than swimming costumes, whereas back home
everyone is getting ready for Christmas. To be honest I miss the festive build up - although
perhaps not the cold weather!

I is for iced cold Gin & Tonic. Yes, yes, yes.. I've said it before, but it's that important I'm
saying it again. It makes me realise when reading Life Of Pi, why, when they reach land
after 400 odd days, Richard Parker runs off into the jungle without even looking back at
little Piscine. He was looking for a G&T and had no time for sentimentality. I think that's
going to be us as soon as we get to St Lucia.

A is for Accordion. Yes, my dad has an accordion and every day he threatens to get it out.
In fairness, we got my mum a ukulele for her birthday so I think in the long-term we could
have some beautiful sea shanties and nice singalongs... Long-term!

Well that's about it for news of Gozwoz. We will of course update you with more sea-based
fun tomorrow, but in the meantime I'm going to go upstairs as it's getting awfully rocky and
it seems you're never quite 100% over seasickness... At least this means the wind is pi

Date: 2013-12-03 18:34
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 15º 15.43'N:027º 01.23'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Heading west - day 10
Title: Day 10 - Woo hoo for double figures! By Lizzie


So today is Day 10, mentally half way there but in all honesty probably not quite. We've
calculated that if we can maintain 6 knots then we should be at St Lucia in 12 days give or
take, but this is dependant on a zillion things. Today has been a little bit thin on things
happening, so I thought I'd sum up life onboard with a simple poem to the word
ATLANTIC -

A is for A.I.S., or Automated Identification System, and is the way we can see other boats
such as fishing vessels and cargo. This comes up on our RayMarine screen at the back, and
helps most during night watches to identify lights and see where tankers may be heading..
interestingly you can also click on the different points and find out information on the boat
(name, destination and length etc) as well as closest point it'll be near Gozwoz.

T is for Tea, which has been drunk in copious amounts during the voyage so far! I'm sure
this comes as no surprise...

L is for Lost Fishing Line L. Since starting the poem something has happened - Dad was
changing the line on the fishing rod, when it slipped out of his hand and has been lost in
the Atlantic forever. I did comment that he might have just caught a fish, but we will never
know..

A is for Advent Calendar. This has sensationalised life on board. We heard over the radio
that in Sweden chocolate from the advent calendar is distributed from the youngest first,
but to mine and Sheena's disappointment we haven't adopted this culture. Instead, we have
a daily draw from cards to see who's turn it is to enjoy a bitesize piece of chocolate... Ohhh!
What's it's come to. Charles, Sheena and Mum have had the first three days, and as it's
Mum's birthday tomorrow we've said that she can have the chocolate. There's talk of later in
the trip playing games for the chocolate, but things could get nasty.. it's a small salvation in
a big ocean!

N is for Nightwatch. Tonight Sheena and I are doing nightwatch 11am - 2am, so it's not too
too bad, the real killer is 2am - 5am. It's funny how on board your sleep pattern really
changes. We eat dinner about 6.30, then there's not really been a night when I've been in
bed after 7.30pm.. I think cos you never know if you'll sleep well or not it's just about
making the most of the sleep you can get!

T is for tinned food. So, we're now pretty much out of fresh food, all we have left is 4
cucumbers, a watermelon, a lot of potatoes and some tomatoes. It's now I appreciate the
fact my parents spent the last few months trying out tinned meals from M&S, as this is what
we'll be dining on from now on. Sheena is cooking up a treat for tonight - Chicken Laksa,
yum yum! Thank you Mark and Spencer!

I is for Interval. Scrabble is almost a necessity to make time pass on the night watch, and
my best word yet has been Interval. Also got the bonus 50 points for using all my letters,
cher-ching! The fact I've written this shows you it's been a slow day..

C is for Cold Gin & Tonic/Beer/Fizzy Water. Essentially the answer when we begin talk of
what we're going to do first when we get to St Lucia..

Anyways, hope you enjoyed the insightful ATLANTIC poem and it gave you a flavour for
life on the ocean waves.. it's Mum's 60th Birthday tomorrow so I'm sure it'll be a more
eventful day!

Date: 2013-12-02 18:49
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 15º 48.62'N:025º 08.13'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Heading west - day 9
Title: We've turned west!


Day 9 - By Sheena
GO WEST
So today the moment we've all been waiting for came, we turned west. After 8 days of
going south the bit I thought would only take a few days is over. Heading south to the Cape
Verde islands took longer than expected due to a lull in the wind. However land was spotted
last night as the sun was setting unfortunately (despite checking through most of the night)
the hope of phone signal was but a distant dream! By the time Lizzie and I started our 5 - 8
am watch we were through the first set of islands. At 7.30 the skipper decided the time has
come and we changed our heading to due west! Much excitement and singing (pet shop
boys) ensued. So here we go crossing the Atlantic, lets face it, it all really began today.
With a very light northerly wind we took advantage and all went for a swim, though not all
at the same time. The wind picked up throughout the day and we are currently sailing along
at ~6 knots. I'm told this should last for the nest 24 hours.
For those of you hanging on to find out who opened the advent calendar today - it was me!
Whoohooo. Was really hoping for it today too, not had a bit of chocolate in 9 days and I'm
starting to have withdrawal symptoms. I am pleased to report it hadn't melted and was
rather yummy. In other news I'm learning how to knit thanks to Alicia, so hats and scarves
all round as Christmas presents.
Whilst we haven't seen any mammals today, or fish several types of bird have been spotted
including pelicans. Currently dinner is being put together, Tom Jones is playing out over the
speakers and we are being treated to David throwing some shapes.

Date: 2013-12-01 17:47
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 16º 49.47'N:023º 38.16'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Passing the Cape Verde Islands - day 8
Title: Advent Calendar


Day 8 - by Sheena
Biggest news story of the day? We've placed bets on our arrival in St Lucia. This may sound
dull but it has kept us going, for a few hours at least. Alicia has the first potential arrival
date (noon, 14th) with David and Lizzie bringing up the rear (noon, 17th). Along with this
exciting chat there was a bit of discussion about what time we would arrive i.e. cross the
finish line and be guided into port. With the skipper and others wanting to arrive during
daylight, there was talk of postponing crossing the line. I came down on the side of, we get
there as soon as we can right? After 20 odd days at sea a few hours wouldn't make much
difference but I'm already excited about having a rum cocktail, what will I be like in 2 more
weeks!
Anyway Lizzie and I had the dreaded 2 - 5 am slot on the night watch, pulling on your night
gear and harness while half asleep is always interesting, but after a quick game of scrabble
we had settled in. The wind overnight and dropped and then changed direction so lots to
keep an eye on. Charles and David were both up just before 5 as we needed to jibe in order
to keep our course. Sailing through the middle of the Cape Verde islands is the plan,
although it looks like it will be dark before we get there today. Personally I'm just excited
about the prospect of a phone signal, even if we are out of range the thought has kept me
occupied for hours.
Off we went back to bed leaving David on watch, waking up on a warm and sunny 1st
December was a treat. As the first of the month it was time to decide who got to open the
boats advent calendar today. How to decide? In the end we drew cards, highest card wins;
Charles was the lucky one today and is out of the running for tomorrow's piece of choc,
who will be the winner tomorrow? Stay Tuned
Today also saw the first Gozwoz Sunday brunch, cooked up by Alicia, bacon and egg
sarnies all round. Looking forward to next Sunday already. The last of the Argentinean
sausage is being used today in a Mexican style fajita mix. We have thought about food a lot
recently, the food has been fantastic out here however you always want what you cant have
and currently I'm craving pulled BBQ pork with a fanta!
Around lunch time Lizzie, Chris, Charles and I combined our talents and like the racing pros
got the cruising chute up and running. With some down wind helming lessons from Charles
we were away. Unfortunately the wind had dropped somewhat and the highlight of the
afternoon was a passenger ferry passing by about 2 miles off our port side. The first boat
we'd seen in days, don't worry I got a picture!

Date: 2013-11-30 18:02
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 18º 13.28'N:022º 20.35'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: 100nm to Cape Verde - Day 7
Title: High Winds and Seas


Day 7 - Happy First Week At Sea Anniversary! - by Lizzie

So, as promised yesterday, my Dad caught a fish! That is, if by Dad, I mean Gozwoz, and
by caught, I mean it flew in and landed in the cockpit. It was like a sardine with wings, but
regardless of the details will be going down in Gozwoz history as it's first fishing success J

Last night was turbulent. The wind was up about a force 5 throughout the night. The waves
were coming as well, so it was quite uncomfortable. No one slept particularly well, and not
being well myself Charles very kindly did my night watch with Sheena in the hope I could
sleep things off. I feel a lot better today, however still not 100%. Interestingly, I'm fairly
certain I'm not seasick, but more sick at sea.. anyways, improved throughout the day which
is good. Today's waves have been about 3-4 metres high and wind has been consistently
about 24-26 knots. It means at this rate we'll be at Cape Verde tomorrow early afternoon
(still no plans to stop currently) so progress is better after the changeable winds of the last
few days.

Wildlife-wise we've seen a lot of flying fish today. Other than that there's not a whole lot to
report.. we're just digging in and hoping for good winds but a calmer sea tomorrow. And
hopefully a better night's sleep!

Date: 2013-11-29 17:41
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 19º 46.31'N:020º 16.58'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: 200m to Cape Verde Islands - Day 6
Title: The Forehead Game


Day Six - by Lizzie

So.. the days are beginning to blur a little! The good thing about writing a blog you really
have to think about what's happened in the day.. last night was great - we finished the end
of a film (yesterday we concluded As Good As It Gets, one of perhaps four do-able films on
Dad's iPad, watched over two nights - let's not overdo it after all..) before Sheena and I
started our watch at 8pm. Naturally, it started with the usual game of scrabble on the iPad.
Maybe about 10 minutes in, I was convinced there was something near the back of the
boat. I alerted Sheena to the possibility of it being a whale, and so headlights on, we
scanned the ocean for the whale. There was definitely something about 10 feet from the
stern of the boat, and for the first time on board I felt a bit scared! Logically speaking, there
really isn't anything bad it could have been but as half of the crew have now read In The
Heart Of The Sea (which tells the true story of how the whaling ships of Nantucket get
attacked by whales - sorry for the spoiler) I was beginning to get my knickers in a twist..
anyway, after about twenty minutes we couldn't see anything so resumed scrabble. What
we've noticed with the evening watches that more and more you can see the algae shining
as it's disturbed by the motion of the boat. Very prettily it lights up about a metre
underwater, like a bulb blowing up in slow motion. Suddenly! We saw shimmers of algae in
the distance - and slowly, slowly, it was getting closer to the boat. By this point Sheena had
rationalised away any talk of a whale, and we both watched these torpedo- like motions
heading towards the boat.. until they were at the port of the boat about two metres away -
the dolphins were back! It really was like nothing I've seen before - there must have been
about 10 in all, and they were dancing amongst each other, jumping out of the water and
making the algae shine. A great conclusion to the night watch J

Today has been a good day though Mum and Chris got caught by rain this morning on their
watch (5am - 8am) and so it was a little wet by the time we were all up. Bearing this in
mind, mum decided it was high time to wash her hair off the back of the boat, and I was to
be employed as the resident hairdresser. This involved me harnessing myself to the back of
the boat (so I could reach the shower but also not fall in) and help mum. To be honest this
can only really be described in a photo! To follow when we're ashore.. Sheena did a great
job with the clothes wash - a bucket of water, several rinses, and a lot of pegging.. we did
sadly have a casualty which got accidentally thrown overboard in the swilling of a bucket,
therefore if anyone would like to buy Sheena some new Primark knickers for Christmas to
replace her loss that would be much appreciated!
I did lunch, and it's got to the point now where we have to assess the fresh food and see
what's going off in the next day or two, and cater on that guidance. Today's ingredients
consisted of four avocados, so we made some lovely guacamole to have with salad and
couscous and even had a few crisps - yum! We have a massive melon that's to be used over
the next day, so every snack now consists of a piece of this.
Sailing-wise (should probably mention something..) Charles and Dad got the cruising chute
successfully up and running! The wind has been a bit sporadic today and still haven't got
any quicker than say 5 or 6 knots, so progress is slow. The plan is to not stop at the Cape
Verdes but we're still going close (through them maybe? TBC) so if we need to use the
engine to get there then it's still an option. The cruising chute looked great in action, and
didn't overpower the boat. We had to bring it down about lunchtime though sadly as the
wind just wasn't doing anything, and we got into more uncomfortable bobbing about.

Dad's highlight of the day was definitely getting out the fishing rod for the first time. Over
the radio (there's a daily broadcast at lunchtime where all boats with SSB say their locations,
weather and what they're up to) we've heard a lot of stories of people catching dorado and
tuna, and how it's been deliciously eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sadly we didn't get
anything, but hoping for a catch tomorrow - watch this space!

This afternoon's teatime was also the start of games. I think we've done pretty well to hold
out until Day 6 before any group games have come out, but we've started light, with The
Forehead Game. Met with success, I'm hoping for another game tomorrow.

Anyways, dinner is about to be on the table (Argentinean Sausage with a fresh tomato and
pepper marinade, with handpicked English potatoes fresh from the hills of .... okay okay,
sausage casserole) and we've been promised another film from Dad's collection. Something
nautical apparently - let's hope it's not Life Of Pi....!

Date: 2013-11-28 21:18
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 21º 14.80'N:019º 31.02'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Halfway to Cape Verde Islands - Day 5
Title: Dancing with dolphins


Day 5 - by Sheena
Hello Mary hope your well, Angie don't worry, Pete hope you've not got Mumbai belly,
Jennie fingers crossed for house completion, John + Sarah hope you're having a great
holiday and wedding goes well, Simes I'm keeping the boxes for special occasions and Chris
hope your all UK ready!
Lizzie and I watched a lovely sunrise this morning on the 5 - 8 am watch, what greeted us
was a crystal clear sea, no wind and very few clouds. Today has been another excellent day
aboard Gozwoz, not necessarily for sailing though. With the motor on all night the majority
of the crew slept well and all were in fine spirits.

Today the sea was like an infinity pool, after attempting to sail (and going nowhere) this
morning we went for a dip post lunch. Imagine a 3 mile pool with boat in the middle, no
wind or current, and the edges disappearing into the sky, beautiful but mad considering we
are in an ocean! Swimming our laps around the boat was slightly surreal, all the talk of fins
beforehand made it a little unnerving. A look under the water with snorkelling goggles
revealed a swarm jellyfish explaining the subsequent stings! They were no bigger than 1cm
and looked like normal jellyfish - babies? Or another species?


We started motoring again in the afternoon and an hour or so later the first dolphin was
spotted. Much excitement and rushing to the bow ensued, 7 dolphins played about the boat
for 50 minutes. The water was so still and clear that we were able to view them underwater
without obstruction. It was incredible, two jumped right out of the water by the boat
inducing squeals from everyone. As the dolphins drifted off Charles gave Lizzie and I a
sailing lesson, can't wait to crack out the spinnaker pole and start goose swinging. But then
as we were about to head back to the cockpit more dolphins were spotted. This time a pod
of ~50, some played around the boat (including a baby) while others practised acrobatics
further out. What an amazing sight!
Although we haven't fished yet there has been plenty of chat over the SSB of some big fish
being caught. News on the sea is David's rod is coming out tomrrow, exciting times. So
now here we are with another night watch approaching, beef bourgignon being served and
another awesome day on the Atlantic.

Questions we would like answered.
1) We sailed through a mass of red in the sea - was it Krill? Or plankton?
2) What type of jellyfish did we encounter today?
3) Where is Daytona?
4) Ideas on the species of dolphin we saw - first pod, were between 1.5 and 2 m long
grey with white bellies, the second pod had some similar to the fist and a larger type
over 2 m long, grey with speckles and white bellies. Are they the same species just
different ages? Or different species? Do dolphins of different species usually swim
together?

Date: 2013-11-27 17:45
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 22º 57.84'N:018º 20.02'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Halfway to Cape Verde Islands - Day 4
Title: Windless in the Atlantic


Day 4 - by Sheena
Sun and swimming but no wind on day 4.
After an excellent nights sleep I awoke to find the sea flat, light winds and the sun making
an appearance. This was the trip I signed up for not sea sickness and rain. After a couple of
rough days the whole crew appears to be in fine form with 6 plates used at lunch for the
first time.
The wind dropped even further during the morning so we began motoring. Off went the
engine during the SSB round up (to stop interference) and whilst the captain was checking
on the positioning of the fleet the crew went swimming. The sea was warmer than imagined
and with the sun out the setting could not have been more idyllic. The sails went back up as
the wind increased slightly and we were zooming along at 3 kts, however by 15.00 it was
clear we were going nowhere fast and the engine has been started up. The flat calm of the
sea gave us an great view of a turtle swimming along - no boxed attached to this one
though.
The chatter over the radio seems to indicate everyone is in a similar situation with some
considering a stop at the Cape Verde's for fuel and in one case food! The plan is for us to
continue on, fingers crossed the wind picks up though. Whilst today has been excellent the
beach in St Lucia is calling.
Addendum - looks like the engine will stay on for a while. Very little wind for the next
150nm!

Date: 2013-11-27 08:32
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 23º 31.24'N:017º 53.20'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: South of Gran Canaria
Title: Wallowing about


Day 3 - by David

A day for sea watching! A spouting whale off the starboard quarter about 100m off, a turtle
with what looked like a box attached to its legs - had it been caught by something? - and
lots and lots of dolphins. The sailing was good until the evening when we lost the wind -
but luckily the sea was settling and as I write this in the morning of day 4 the sea is
completely calm.

The SSB net is coming alive. Reception remains god whilst the fleet is not dispersed and we
had a good chat about sailing strategy with the winds becoming light. I think most people
are considering sailing towards the African coast to pick up the northerly winds as there is a
big lull on the rhumb line between Gran Canaria and the Cape Verde Islands. Certainly we
are heading on 160 degrees to try and get away from the lull.

The SSB is coming up good. We have some difficulties with reception in the morning but
when I put the set on at 1730h the reception from the Belgian node in the 8MHz band was
fantastic and everything downloaded rapidly. Considering I only have 90 minutes access
time each week via Sailmail I cannot afford poor connection times.

Overnight we have made little progress. The winds were light and the sails flapping. This
early in the journey we are reluctant to put on the engine as we wish to save fuel for if we
need it later on.

Anyway I have just finished the 5-8 am shift and the crew are waking. More tomorrow!

Date: 2013-11-26 09:46
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 24º 50.08'N:017º 30.20'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: South of Gran Canaria
Title: Moving along on the crest of a wave


Day Two - by Lizzie

So last night was interesting. To be entirely honest the weather has not been as smooth
sailing and sunny as I'd imagined - Sheena and I tanning on the foredeck is a vision for the
St Lucia side of the Atlantic it seems (let's put it this way, the butter isn't melting just yet
J). We started the first watch at 8pm and the winds were non-existent (not even the wind
vane was moving!), however with the swell against the side of the boat it made for a very
uncomfortable ride. Gozwoz creaks internally more than I remember, so the crew found it
very difficult to sleep. The first hour or so of the watch was very calm, and Charles played
around with the sails to try and get a steadier ride as we were just bobbing around (we took
down the main sail and put up the jib with the spinnaker pole, but to no avail). There was
just no wind - at one point we think we even went backwards! Really. However it was a
good opportunity to go over the rules of the roads, and we looked over navigation lights
and how it seemed various boats out and about had anchor lights, fishing lights and allsorts
up. We were within sight of Gran Canaria still, but the open ocean looked just as busy with
ARC traffic all around us. Dad came up for the next shift at 11pm and so I headed to bed
certain I wouldn't be able to sleep.. everyone else hadn't had much luck. My dad put the
engine on to try and get us out of the lull and also to try and make a steadier evening's sail
but without much success. I was up again about 3am with the creaking, wave splashing and
engine running and Charles was on watch about to turn the engine off as the wind had
finally picked up. Back to bed I went, waking only at 8.45am... turned out I slept pretty
well! The night shift had been fairly uneventful, although during my dad's watch a squid had
jumped into the cockpit somehow! In terms of wildlife we've seen a couple little birds
(Corey Sheerwaters) and also two turtles. Sadly one of the turtles had got caught up in a
plastic box, which only proves the importance of not throwing plastic overboard and
resulted in a good conversation on recycling J

Morale is doing fairly well considering most people have been feeling ill at some point, and
also not having much sleep. We seem fairly shipshape in the galley, and after last night's
successful Spag Bol I've made a chicken casserole for this evening. I've not been feeling too
ill going downstairs, so have volunteered to get the majority of the cooking done at this
point. Cooking wise we had a lot of fresh stuff to be used this week, so tinned sardines etc
will be introduced from next week on almost a daily basis... Yum yum! In fairness I've
spied some stewing steak and HP sauce so I feel like a Meat & Potato Pie Sans Croute (sadly
no pastry L) will excite the palette next week.

The wind today has been much stronger, about a Force 4-5 so it's meant we've managed to
make much more progress at about 9-10 knots of speed. Also, after gibing the waves are
behind us so everyone is beginning to feel better as it's a much steadier ride. Let's hope for
more of this!

Date: 2013-11-25 10:23
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 26º 56.70'N:016º 28.10'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: South of Gran Canaria
Title: Day 1 of ARC


Day One - by Lizzie

And we're off! Months of planning has finally all paid off and we're sailing in ARC 2013.
This morning there was still preparation going on along T Pontoon where the boat has been
moored the last few weeks, but soon the festivities took over led by Banda Gran Canaria - a
group of brass instruments led by a big drum that provoked hands to clap and hips to
wiggle. Crowds were beginning to form along the breakwater and it's clear that seeing 150
boats leave to sail transatlantic is a great spectacle to the locals.

After buying some last minute bread, giving in our marina passes and having a cheeky
swim, Team Gozwoz were ready to go. A few photographs later and the boat engine was
on - now to get a gap! We managed to leave at 12.15pm - I helmed as we left the marina
and I've never seen so many boats leaving at once.. it was a bit of a scurry but we
managed it, and waving to people as we left. A really great feeling.

Once out of the marina we had to decide on a plan of action for putting up sails and getting
to the start line - the cruisers left at 1pm so it gave us time to watch the multihulls and
racers leave. Considering we would be heading downwind there wasn't as many cruising
shoots/spinnakers as you might imagine, but there were one or two bright sails amidst the
fleet.

The wind was beginning to pick up, and as the call came to start us, we were also warned
about a squall coming from the stern. I was still helming and you could certainly feel the
wind trying to take the boat, but it didn't feel like a cause for concern. Having said this, the
wind soon picked up, the rain came down, and the gusts made it very difficult to steer
downwind. Our crew were still putting up the spinnaker pole for the jib as we were goose-
swinging, however the gusts were really beginning to take a hold. It was evident other
boats perhaps hadn't seen the strength of the squall coming, and we very nearly witnessed
an awful accident as a boat with a spinnaker came across the bow of another yacht. Such a
near miss. We got our boat under control and were soon reaching 8 knots comfortably,
albeit awfully wet by this point! We heard over the radio that a yacht had already dropped
out of the ARC due to a snapped boom, which I think made us a bit wary of the strength of
the wind.

The first day has bought rain, shine, gusts and lulls, so already I feel like we're being kept
on our toes. The boat is sailing well and crew spirits are high (a good spag bol and some
naughty muffins have sorted us out for the day), and people are excited to finally get under
way. Since the rain has gone we had a beautiful sunset (one of many to come!) and are now
settling in for the evening. Sheena and I are on first watch at 8pm until 11pm, then Dad til
2am, Charles til 5am, and Mum and Chris until 8am.

...And so into our first night we go!

Date: 2013-11-23 14:24
Station ID: Gozwoz
Position: 28º 07.00'N:015º 25.00'W
Author: David Gozzard
Location: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Title: The waiting is nearly over.....


Tomorrow is the day of departure! It seems to have come around very quickly but the boat and crew are ready for the "big one". 2,800
miles across the Atlantic! We will sail south towards the Cape Verde Islands (about 800nm away) but turn west before we reach them. The
weather forecast is fairly light winds but who knows? If they are light it might let us get used to the boat and the sea motion in a more gentle
way. We are laded up with vegetables, provisions and frozen meat courtesy of Chris, Alicia and Liz and are fuelled and watered. Yesterday
we took the boat for a sail and she sailed well - not necessarily in the direction we want to go tomorrow but what the heck! We also
calibrated the log which is running 35% less than the COG speed from the GPS. I just need to know how to calibrate the fudge factor in....
We will be completing the log and position every day so hopefully you can participate in the adventures of GOZWOZ!!


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