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Date: 2017-10-18 21:14
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 35º 18.99'S:174º 07.25'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-10-17 06:30
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 35º 18.99'S:174º 07.25'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-10-15 21:32
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 35º 18.81'S:174º 07.35'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-10-11 21:44
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 25º 33.26'S:173º 50.26'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-10-10 20:01
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 22º 47.92'S:175º 25.60'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-10-08 19:51
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 46.37'S:177º 22.94'E
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Date: 2017-10-07 19:43
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 03.10'S:177º 17.09'E
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Date: 2017-10-06 20:50
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 46.37'S:177º 23.00'E
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Date: 2017-10-05 19:44
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 46.37'S:177º 23.00'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-10-03 19:18
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 46.43'S:177º 11.06'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-10-02 19:46
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.86'S:177º 23.15'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-30 21:14
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 10.24'S:177º 11.28'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-29 20:31
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 10.26'S:177º 11.23'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-28 20:10
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 50.88'S:177º 28.01'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-26 20:17
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 56.66'S:177º 21.97'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-26 03:47
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 56.67'S:177º 21.97'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-22 21:20
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 46.29'S:177º 11.28'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-21 19:04
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.82'S:177º 23.17'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-19 20:09
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.82'S:177º 23.17'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-18 22:53
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.82'S:177º 23.17'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-17 22:31
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.82'S:177º 23.17'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-15 20:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.82'S:177º 23.17'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-13 18:15
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.80'S:177º 23.17'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-12 22:18
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.83'S:177º 23.13'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-12 02:19
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.84'S:177º 23.20'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-11 21:18
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.84'S:177º 23.20'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-10 20:22
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 40.84'S:177º 23.20'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-09 18:53
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 03.07'S:177º 17.12'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-08 16:39
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 24.29'S:178º 06.13'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-08 16:18
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 24.29'S:178º 06.13'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-07 20:22
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 51.50'S:178º 23.03'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-06 21:07
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 58.81'S:178º 25.12'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-05 18:25
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 52.44'S:178º 29.66'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-04 20:41
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 34.70'S:178º 44.60'E
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-03 19:15
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 10.71'S:179º 01.16'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-02 20:43
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 10.48'S:179º 00.87'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-09-01 20:11
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 13.36'S:178º 58.01'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-31 01:55
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 13.35'S:178º 58.02'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-26 19:09
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 42.62'S:173º 59.28'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-25 19:14
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 39.54'S:173º 58.96'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-24 23:53
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 39.55'S:173º 58.96'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-23 02:11
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 39.53'S:173º 58.95'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-16 08:23
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 39.56'S:173º 58.99'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-15 20:42
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 39.57'S:173º 59.00'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-14 18:39
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 39.54'S:173º 59.00'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-13 19:53
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 39.55'S:173º 59.00'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-12 20:47
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 39.61'S:173º 58.96'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-08 03:14
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 19º 49.78'S:168º 40.30'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-07 18:27
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 20º 00.72'S:167º 46.65'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-08-06 19:08
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 20º 00.73'S:167º 46.64'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-07-28 18:26
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 30.02'S:151º 45.51'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-07-10 18:23
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 29.26'S:149º 52.71'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-06 18:38
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 30.37'S:145º 27.41'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-05 03:15
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 03.97'S:145º 37.09'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-03 18:44
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 03.98'S:145º 37.08'W
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Date: 2017-05-31 18:32
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 15º 49.53'S:145º 07.02'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-19 04:17
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 08º 55.00'S:140º 05.96'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-15 21:12
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 08º 54.92'S:140º 06.18'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-05 18:12
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 10º 27.87'S:138º 40.10'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-05 17:46
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 10º 27.88'S:138º 40.08'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-04 01:57
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 10º 34.80'S:137º 34.37'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-03 19:40
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 10º 34.13'S:137º 04.58'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-04-27 15:40
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 10º 01.20'S:120º 54.52'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-04-25 16:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 08º 41.44'S:115º 13.09'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-04-25 00:08
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 09º 05.98'S:112º 58.22'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-04-23 14:01
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 09º 27.66'S:108º 36.93'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-04-21 12:03
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 07º 14.67'S:102º 06.79'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-04-14 14:29
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 00º 44.89'S:090º 18.53'W
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Date: 2017-03-26 15:03
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 04º 36.49'N:081º 52.75'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-03-26 15:03
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 04º 36.49'N:081º 52.75'W
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Date: 2017-03-24 13:08
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 08º 54.79'N:079º 31.66'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-03-22 13:51
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 08º 54.79'N:079º 31.66'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-03-04 14:29
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 09º 33.34'N:079º 39.65'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-02-22 17:47
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 10º 08.86'N:075º 46.81'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-02-17 12:35
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 10º 35.88'N:075º 41.94'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-02-15 12:54
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 12º 54.88'N:071º 08.83'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-01-17 18:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 15º 58.45'N:061º 44.42'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2017-01-16 10:58
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 00.58'N:061º 50.09'W
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Date: 2017-01-14 15:23
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 00.48'N:061º 45.85'W
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Date: 2017-01-01 18:48
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 01.24'N:061º 46.57'W
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Date: 2016-12-28 18:09
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 00.27'N:061º 45.63'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-28 13:57
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 00.25'N:061º 45.63'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-20 12:29
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 00.25'N:061º 45.63'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-18 22:15
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 00.25'N:061º 45.64'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-18 11:03
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 00.25'N:061º 45.63'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-16 22:17
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 05.29'N:061º 46.21'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-15 19:34
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 26.87'N:061º 09.86'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-11 01:44
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 04.46'N:060º 57.01'W
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Date: 2016-12-09 19:49
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 26.88'N:059º 47.60'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-09 13:13
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 15.96'N:059º 03.96'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-09 07:05
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 13º 59.69'N:058º 21.99'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-08 15:06
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 13º 16.73'N:056º 29.76'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-08 10:46
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 13º 06.50'N:056º 00.07'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-07 20:35
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 13º 59.11'N:054º 34.70'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-07 12:34
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 08.84'N:053º 40.04'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-07 09:03
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 11.61'N:053º 15.48'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-06 21:48
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 19.37'N:052º 00.42'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-06 12:44
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 37.23'N:050º 58.46'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-06 08:33
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 46.30'N:050º 35.10'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-05 20:12
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 18.81'N:049º 22.60'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-05 09:46
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 24.68'N:048º 39.23'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-04 12:34
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 36.00'N:047º 02.13'W
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Date: 2016-12-04 09:27
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 40.04'N:046º 42.87'W
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Date: 2016-12-03 13:10
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 15º 28.95'N:044º 55.62'W
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Date: 2016-12-02 18:51
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 15º 24.89'N:042º 59.88'W
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Date: 2016-12-02 12:36
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 15º 27.84'N:042º 16.61'W
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Date: 2016-12-02 09:46
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 15º 26.62'N:041º 54.25'W
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Date: 2016-12-01 20:15
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 15º 48.92'N:040º 05.35'W
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Date: 2016-12-01 12:50
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 15.03'N:039º 13.83'W
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Date: 2016-12-01 08:33
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 18.65'N:038º 48.21'W
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Date: 2016-11-30 18:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 20.45'N:037º 34.35'W
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Date: 2016-11-30 07:12
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 16º 30.25'N:036º 29.88'W
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Date: 2016-11-29 12:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 17º 51.71'N:035º 11.68'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.00 knots
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Date: 2016-11-29 06:25
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 18º 17.50'N:034º 46.78'W
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Date: 2016-11-27 13:33
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 21º 12.09'N:031º 25.29'W
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Date: 2016-11-26 12:04
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 22º 01.93'N:028º 56.15'W
Course: 266º Speed: 3.40 knots
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Date: 2016-11-26 09:16
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 22º 08.02'N:028º 37.67'W
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Date: 2016-11-26 05:58
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 22º 16.34'N:028º 16.95'W
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Date: 2016-06-04 16:48
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 50º 45.73'N:001º 05.36'W
Course: 090º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2016-05-13 13:08
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 50º 47.84'N:001º 07.03'W
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Date: 2016-05-10 13:51
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 50º 47.84'N:001º 07.03'W
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Date: 2014-12-12 10:11
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 15.51'N:060º 13.36'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.10 knots
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Date: 2014-12-11 19:03
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 14º 21.06'N:058º 31.64'W
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Date: 2014-12-11 10:15
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Date: 2014-11-28 18:00
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Date: 2014-11-26 18:00
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Date: 2014-11-26 08:00
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Date: 2014-11-25 18:00
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Date: 2014-11-25 08:00
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Date: 2014-11-24 18:00
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Date: 2014-11-10 15:16
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Date: 2014-09-28 15:28
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Date: 2014-09-27 07:19
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Date: 2014-09-27 03:11
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Date: 2014-09-26 16:23
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Date: 2014-09-26 07:38
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Date: 2014-09-25 16:51
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Date: 2014-09-23 16:51
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Date: 2014-09-23 16:51
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Date: 2014-09-23 16:51
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Date: 2014-09-23 16:51
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Date: 2014-09-21 13:12
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Date: 2014-09-21 13:12
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Date: 2014-09-18 13:20
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Date: 2014-05-31 07:00
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Date: 2014-05-31 04:00
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Date: 2014-05-30 19:00
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Date: 2014-05-30 13:00
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Date: 2014-05-30 07:00
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Date: 2014-05-29 17:00
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Date: 2014-05-29 07:00
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Date: 2014-05-27 07:00
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Date: 2014-05-27 07:00
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Date: 2014-05-26 21:00
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Date: 2014-05-26 21:00
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Date: 2014-05-26 21:00
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Date: 2014-05-26 21:00
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Date: 2014-05-26 21:00
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Date: 2014-05-26 11:17
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Date: 2014-05-24 16:37
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Date: 2014-05-24 16:37
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Date: 2014-05-13 14:43
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Date: 2014-12-12 10:12
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


2 1/2 weeks ago we left Las Palmas for the Caribbean with what was a yacht full of fairly inexperienced sailors who were well outside their comfort zones, Here we are 3000 miles later across the worlds 2nd biggest ocean and coming to the end of the adventure. When I started I had two objectives, to get everyone and Oyster Blew to St Lucia safely. As we approach the land I can tick this box
as objective achieved.
Val writes.. Well, you have heard what the Skipper has to say, now you can hear from the Apprentice. We are about 35 miles from St Lucia and can almost smell the cold beer and Rum Punch. We will shortly see land for the first time on this strip and the Crew are all looking forward to that. What an amazing experience, which I wont even try to summarize here, except to say t has been
exhilarating and exhausting in equal measures. As my kids say "Dad, you will be able to dine on the back of this for years". The Skipper has done a fantastic job guiding us through many different situations, knowing when to make the calls and normally calling a "Gybe" just when we are all getting comfortable. Without doubt, when you get invited to partake in a challenge like this and believe
me, it is a challenge, there is no substitute for experience and that is something our Skipper has in bucket loads. So thank you Skipper for getting us all through the experience. All that is left now is to respect that old tradition and let the Skipper buy loads of cold beer for his Crew!. Land has just come into view so must go. Regards from all the Crew. "The Apprentice"

Date: 2014-12-11 19:03
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Birthday Girl
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Hi all, as it's my birthday I have been given the honour of doing this evenings blog - firstly I just want to thank all of you who gave me cards, presents and who sent emails with birthday greetings, it was very kind and thoughtful of you all. When I was a young girl growing up in Cork I always wished that the day of my birthday would be warm and sunny - well days like that are hard to come by at
the best of times in Ireland not a mind in the month of December but at last finally my wish came true today - we have had a lovely hot and sunny day on Oyster Blew so I took myself to the foredeck to do some sunbathing and listened to some of my favorite music on my IPod bliss........a lovely way to spend my birthday. Well, it would appear, all going well, that this will be our last night on Oyster
Blew for the time being, we are less than 140 miles from our destination and should, hopefully, be arriving at Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia sometime tomorrow afternoon. We are all looking forward to getting on dry land once more, we have been living in a time warp for the last 17 days with no idea of what has been going on in the world apart from the football and rugby results that have
been sent to us from time to time. The 'journey' has been an endurance at times, I think we are all agreed that it is fairly stressful trying to cook a meal for 6 people in the confined space of the galley with the boat rocking and rolling all over the place and trying to drag your tired body out of bed at 4am after only 4 hours sleep (if your lucky) to do another 4 hour watch was also pretty difficult. But
the memories I will take with me are of the dolphins, the flying fish, the clear skies with the amazing cloud formations, the night sky with all the stars and the full moon shining on the ocean, the stunning sunrises and sunsets that I have been privileged to witness, the jokes, p..s. taking and the lots and lots of laughs we have had and last but by no means least, Sylvia's delicious fruitcakes which
sustained us along the way. Must go now, it's Pizza night tonight and mother Val is just putting the finishing touches to our 'last supper' Take care, nite nite and love from the motley crew of Oyster Blew xxxxxx

Date: 2014-12-11 10:16
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Good morning from OB, what a topsy turvy night, waves coming from every direction which made sleep very difficult, on the good side we achieved some excellent speed and now only have 199 miles to go. It is Ann's birthday today and I bet she never thought in her wildest dreams that it would be spent in the middle of the Atlantic ocean being thrown about and not having a shower for 10
days... but she still has a massive smile on her face. Everyone is looking forward to their showers later today and tomorrow, it makes you think about the poor people in the hottest Africa who don't have water to drink don't mind shower..Later today/ early tomorrow the games will start as to who is the first person to see land, Hopefully we will be where we think we are but maybe the navigator
has got it badly wrong, I am sure Brazil is nice this time of the year. The birthday girl will blog later and in the meantime I hope everyone has a great day.
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-10 19:08
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


299 miles to go, ETA lunch time on Friday, It was probably one of the hottest days of the trip today, we spent the day goosewinged (wind behind and one sail either side) doing 5 - 6 knts. We are starting to see more boats as we close on St Lucia, we have had Skiathos (in 4th place on the horizon for the last 36 hours. No luck with the fishing again today, there is a lot of seaweed in the water
and as soon as we put down a line we have to reel it in again to clear the lures. Some of the guys are struggling with the heat and the constant motion of the boat, on OB we don't have air conditioned cabins with on suite facilities, this is more like been spun in a washing machine on a 'hot' setting. It is part of the adventure and it is interesting how different people handle the situation. Val has
probably had the biggest contrast, three weeks ago he was sitting at his desk in the middle of Birmingham and now this. He has adapted brilliantly and no matter what is thrown at him he haa a smile on his face. Everyday he religiously writes his diary, He says he will give us all a copy at the end. It will be great reading We are settling down now to Pork, mash and beans courtesy of mother
Andrew, Good night from Oyster Blew
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-10 10:30
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


350 miles to go, what a great night sailing 5 - 8 knts under Main alone heading straight for St Lucia. We should be there at about mid day on Friday and then the rum and cokes start. By running a dry boat it gives 6 livers a chance to recover, I suspect within two hours all the good work will be eliminated.. We will assess the water situation tomorrow morning and those waiting in Rodney bay may
receive a sweet smelling smiling body or if the water count is bad a fould smelling grumpy specimen. We were bombarded with flying fish last night, We managed to get a few of them back in the water but we missed a few and they were buried at sea this morning. There was a competition this morning of who could make the most noise while walking across the skippers cabin roof, Andrew won
quite easily with an Irish dance and a slam of a locker, Val came a close second with his rendition of Riverdance. Huh wait until tonight, I see a load of Gybes coming on !!!! Hope everyone has a good day. Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-09 20:26
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Andrew
Location: Mid Ocean
Title: Counting down the miles


Sunshine and bikini sailing all the way to St Lucia as the temperatures are in the high 80s during the day and down to only low 80s at night. Phew what a scorcher. As we near the end of our 15th day at sea, with all that entails, we are all talking about "the first thing we are going to do", then this bloody thing stops moving and we can get off. Oddly enough, everybody's first thing involves the
booze. What shameful people. Our course is now firmly set for St Lucia, with no more messing about in search of better wind, as it appears that there aren't any large pockets around here without adding another 50 miles to the route. Nuff said. All the rations and provisions seem to be lasting out quite well and we are still eating well and not struggling ... too much. My last turn as mother from
8pm, so that means a good night's sleep .... yay! No doubt tomorrow will bring another sunny, hot day and I will be that much closer to my Chelle .. she is the angel of loveliness don't you know.
Warrant Officer Makins wishing you all a lovely evening. Out. SLTC xxx

Date: 2014-12-09 10:55
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title: Val


Two weeks at sea and 500 miles to go. The crew are in good spirit, despite all the signs of fatigue setting in, counting down the clock and regularly recalculating how long it will take to cover the remaining distance. The most common question still is "what day is today". Yesterday's bad weather has blown through and it is bright and sunny today with a clear blue sky and 26C - a bit like
Southampton, Newcastle or Birmingham I suppose. The daily evening quiz after dinner continues and after last night's session I concluded I definitely don't watch as much TV or Movies as a few others on board.! The Skipper continues to broaden our knowledge of sailing, but a few of his decisions are now getting challenged. I am not sure if that is because the rest of the crew now know a lot
more about Ocean Sailing, or we just need to do something different for a bit of amusement! Thank you for your e-mails and as they say in the papers, it is just not possible to respond to them all. Regards from all the Crew "The Apprentice"

Date: 2014-12-08 18:57
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


2,500 miles covered, just over 500 to go, everyone on board now just wants to get there. The wind has been very light this afternoon so we have been motoring, we would do damage if we tried to sail with the banging of the sails filling and then emptying so prudence won. Val is fishing off the back of the boat, Mother Nigel and Andrew are chatting on deck, Ann is catching up on some ZZZ's
and Jill is reading in the cockpit. After the storms last night it rained heavily this morning so Andrew Val and myself took the opportunity to have a rainwater shower, The sight of three bronzed adonnises prancing semi naked on the rear deck was too much for Ann and Jill so they took to their cabins. Not long to go now Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-08 09:38
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


What a night,heavy rain, lightening, thunder, strong winds, no winds... you would swear we were in the UK !!. everything is wet but luckily enough when the sun does come out it will all dry quickly. Ann slept through it all snuggled up at the top of the bed while the water flooded through the open hatch on to my side of the bed.. ah well its only water. just over 600 miles to go, there is no 3wind
so we are motoring at 6.5knts straight towards St Lucia. maybe we will arrive on Thursday ??mmm rum and coke
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-07 18:45
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title: 13 miles behind 4th


We are flying today! All sails to the wind and averaging between 7 and 8 knots and we are seriously charging down the 4th place git. The only small issue, as the captain points out, is that we are not really going in the right direction. So picky.
Very lazy Sunday otherwise and enjoying the wall to wall sunshine and temperatures well into the 80s. I bet I smell lovely.
Ann is mother today and, as usual, has thrown herself into the task. This evening's menu features marinated pork with pommes frites. Yum.
Football results much appreciated as usual, but nobody thought to let us know how Wycombe got us. Tsk tsk.
Back to the Piz Buin on the aft deck me hearties.
Yours aye. Brigadier Makins. SLTC xxx

Date: 2014-12-07 09:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Happy Sunday from OB, we are just experiencing a mother of all squalls heavy rains and strong winds, luckily i had to come down below to write this blog !! 750 miles left to go and all is well, we saw the squall coming so reefed down well and closed all the hatches, so far it has lasted 30 mins but it is brightening up to the west.. Ann promised bacon rolls this morning, I suppose we will have to
wait a bit for them as we are being thrown around quite a lot. We are doing 8 knots under staysail and three reefs in the main... good speed. Every evening we have a quiz from one of the quiz books on deck which is a nice end to the day. There is usually about six answers offered to each question but so far the English education system is coming out best. tonight hopefully the subject will be
Irish History ... then the fun will start.
Must go back on deck, the rain is stopping
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-06 18:39
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


What a difference a day makes, 15/20knts just behind the beam making 6-9 knts towards St Lucia, a great days sailing. We had to put up the bimini (sun shade) today as it was getting too hot to sit on deck, I am sure you are experiencing the same at home !!! less than 850 miles to go now, We are expecting to arrive on the 12th but a few more days like today and it may well be the 11th..
Mother Val is having an Italian night tonight... pizzas and pastas I guess but he says it will be something special !!! No fishing today as there is loads of floating seaweed, So Tuna tomorrow maybe, Good night from OB
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-06 09:21
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Val
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


We are now sailing deeper into the Tropics and the weather is starting to reflect our location. Yesterday, the wind and swell dropped and we had a scorchingly hot day, until we got some cloud cover early afternoon. The winds returned eventually early evening and we got under sail again and as it was my night off, the crew very kindly sailed very smoothly and quietly, so I could get probably my
best night's sleep so far. I woke this morning to hear the Skipper and Andrew wax lyrically about the sun rise, so I went on deck and had the pleasure of watching a fantastic sunrise - the first we have seen so far due to cloud cover etc. Oyster Blue is sailing well, another day covered and another 170 miles closer to St Lucia. Bring it on! "The Apprentice"

Date: 2014-12-05 19:55
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


under 1000 miles to go, Mother Andrew served up Steak chips and beans tonight, maybe he knew we needed more wind as we have been motoring all day. the wind is blowing 10knts 'up our ...' so if we hoisted the sails all we would get would be a lot of banging as the sails filled and then spilled the wind. Things are good on board, some of the guys struggled initially in getting into the watch
system, especially getting up at 04.00 for their watch. They have all settled in well and are becoming accomplished sailors, where I used to be up all night now it is not as frequent, not only are we well in the trade winds but the guys know how to handle the squalls that come through five or six times a night. We have to keep an eye on our water usage, we don't have a problem with drinking
water but without the generator the water maker wont work. showers have been limited as have clothes washing, tonight Jill and Ann had a shower (not together may I add) and Ann then teased Val as to what it was like 1! Hopefully the nearer we get to St Lucia the guys may get a shower as well....
Thats all from OB tonight, sleep well
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-05 09:14
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Andrew
Location: Mid Ocean
Title: Sunrise at 7.10 OB time


We see the sun rise, we watch it through the day and then we see the sun set. There's nothing to spoil our view, other than the odd cloud formation. Think about that. The typical sky for us has a ring of cloud just above the horizon line and then a few wispy bits in the middle and the denseness of whatever particular squall has decided to dump on us. The clouds around the outside allow our
imaginations to create shapes and my favourite one from yesterday was a flying, flatulent pig. I don't see any previous blogs from other crew members, so you may often read the same nonsense again, but hey ho. On that note, we had an excellent squall pass through yesterday afternoon. We had seen it coming for a while and Val and I had decided to stay out in the rain and have a bit of a
wash. The rain duly came and the large unit decided to join us on the aft of the boat as the rain absolutely belted down .... and down ..... and down .... we were properly drenched and very happy to be clean again. During the squall, a huge collective noun of dolphins joined us for 10 minutes or so and it was indeed a slightly surreal moment to be washing your pits in a blizzard whilst listening to
Flipper tell us that little Joey was trapped down a mine shaft and the water was rising. Or was that Skippy?
The winds have dropped and we have slowed down. The tactic of staying a bit norf has given us better wind for longer, but the whole fleet I suspect is slightly becalmed. The sails flap a bit, but we still make 4 to 6 knots and the swell has reduced a bit, so I am able to practice my martial art skills at the sharp end without risking myself any serious damage.
I am mother today and am planning to cook steak, chips and beans for tea with a nice slice of cake for pudding. I think the skipper has realised that we have all cottoned on to the fact that he sleeps more than that fairy princess who pricked her finger, and has made a lovely gesture of replacing each of the other 5 of us's 4am to 8am watch over the next 5 days. That means that we will all get
one full night's sleep, on top of the one you get when youre on mother watch. Big news here, I can tell you.
On to the market economy of the floating country of Oyster Blew .... you may recall, dear reader, that I told you about the potential shortage of wet wipes and cotton buds. The rumour mill was rife yesterday with supply stories and it would appear that I may be in possession of the majority of the wet wipe supplies. I may have also mentioned that we have 3 bankers and a lawyer on board, this
certainly might explain the absence of any sharks around the boat .... professional etiquette ..... they dont bite their own. Anyway, I have found myself being advised by the lawyer as to which of the bankers to entrust my supply of wet wipes for safe keeping. Each of the bankers has offered a fair rate of return on my investment and they claim they will be able to realise these returns through
lending the wet wipes to the market, with high returns. I may even earn a piece of fruit a day and, of course as they remind me, I still own the wet wipes. They must think I am stupid if they think I believe that a used wet wipe has value, but assuming they do, I have rinsed all of my used wet wipes in sea water through the bathroom window and packaged them up in an empty wet wipe
container. When the chosen banker then lends out these rinsed wipes and the market explodes (that must be Jill, as she is the only one left), I will simply blame the bankers. I am safe from the law as the only lawyer on board is already acting for me. Always blame the bankers.

Once again, we enjoy receiving your short emails and always like to hear the football scores.

Squadron Leader Makins signing off with a huge smacker for the light of his life X

Date: 2014-12-04 19:00
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Ann
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Hi all from Oyster Blew.. all is still well here. This afternoon we had a heavy shower of rain and the boys decided to take the opportunity to take an impromptu shower at the back of the boat.- what a sight that was!! Following our issue with the bananas a few days ago we are now looking for the best 101 things to do with sliced ham and sliced cheese - apart from slapping a few slices
between two slices of bread could we please have some ideas but please keep them very very very brief as I may get into trouble with the skipper. On the fishing side of things, since Nigel's first catch several days ago the boys have kept themselves busy trying to catch some more, unfortunately to date they have managed to land absolutely nothing - useless or what??? Meanwhile us girls
have been putting in a bit of sunbathing on the deck. Well we are now more than halfway to our destination, in fact we have just clocked up 1800 miles - we are now counting down the miles and the days which is helping with crew motivation and I think Andrew is beginning to get a very very slight whiff of a rum punch!! Love to all from all of us here on Oyster Blew xxxxxx

Date: 2014-12-04 10:39
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Andrew
Location: Mid Ocean
Title: I will trade you 2 wet wipes for a lick of your yoghurt pot.


After 10 days in the big brother house, there are a number of reducing rations and items that are attracting interest. "I will trade you 2 wet wipes and half an apple if I can have some of your cotton buds", was heard from the cockpit only last evening. The stugeron sea sickness pills were akin to the US dollar in times of war earlier in the trip, but now that we are all confirmed salty sea dogs,
those same pills now couldnt even be ground up and offered as a cocaine substitute .... they are about as needed and wanted here as David Moyes in Manchester.
The new currency is definitely baby wipes, but people are fairly non- committal as to their personal quantity, for fear of a slide on the market value. I seem to have cornered the cotton bud market at this early stage and am also holding back on my consumption of apples. Apples are going to soar later in the week, I read it in the FT. Other commodities to be noted are mars bars and twix. Oe
thing is clear though, as I am dealing with 3 bankers and a lawyer, one way or another, I am going to get screwed over. Only just this morning, one of the wunch of bankers offered to lend me their umbrella ... now that it has stopped raining.

BTW, the skipper asked me to let you know that the blog is late every day by 2 hours, as we reset the clocks the other day.

On the subject of the skipper and happiness on the boat, he insists that the beatings will continue until morale improves. Last night he popped up on deck to surprise the night watch, to be honest it was a surprise to see him out of bed at any time of the day, and he put the Caribbean chart up on the chartplotter machine thingy and pointed at St Lucia. He then switched the machine off and
went back for one of his 8 hour power naps. Val compared it to showing kids a load of sweets and then taking them away again.

The seas have calmed over the past 24 hours to a gentle swell and sleep is a lot easier, but the seas only seem to cease for one reason and that is that the wind has gone. We are sailing in about 15 knots this morning and that will definitely delay my next rum and coke, if it continues this way. We goose-winged yesterday, where the main sail is out on one side of the boat and the head sail is
poled out to the other side. It looked quite pretty, but we didnt seem to go any faster, so after an hour of setting it up, we put it away again. We may try to fly the bloody great enormous fluttery thing at the front today. It will make us look like the hot air balloon from the Nimble advert, but it will give us something to do for an hour, before it gets put away again.

We are now about 1,200 miles from our target .....

2 cakes have gone and 2 remain. Jill is mother today and introduced marmalade to the offerings on toast, which caused quite a stir, I can tell you. Nigel boiled his spuds in sea water last night .... that's not a euphemism .... and I was pleasantly surprised with the result. I eat far too many spuds anyway ....

Wing Commander Makins signing off with a cheery wave and a saucy wink to all the laaadies out there. Have a great day!

Date: 2014-12-03 19:11
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Andrew
Location: Mid Ocean
Title: No going back now ...


Good evening from the independent nation of Oyster Blew, where it was decreed yesterday that we were to have 2 time changes in one day. This was largely based on our inability to see our corn flakes as it was too dark at 8am. Let's be honest, wars have started over less important issues.
This meant that this morning, Jill and I got to enjoy the most delightful sunrise at about 6.30 in total silence. The wind was a very pleasing 25 knots and we were making 7 to 8 knots and surfing down the back of a gentle 2 metre Atlantic swell. It felt good to be alive and was definitely a highlight for me. I say silence, but there was the customary melodic drone of the captain driving the pigs
home, but I managed to block it out with the use of a pillow.
We learned from Bill at lunchtime that we had 1,350 miles to go until we reach rum island, which means that we are well over the half way marker now. A provisioning check has revealed that we are doing quite well with the rations and, indeed, may have to circle St Lucia a few times to make sure that all of the corned beef has gone. Seems only fair to make sure it's all eaten as we've carted
it halfway round the bleedin world.
Otherwise, a fairly quiet day and Ben the Autopilot has been busy enough, whilst the rest of us spent a lazy afternoon in the sun, reading books and sipping virgin cocktails. I am personally reading a Jack Reacher novel and still can't get over how Hollywood saw that little squirt Tom Cruise as the best fit to play the lead role. Bizarre.
Mince and mash for dinner cooked by the lovely Nigel(la), so that should be a treat.
Must dash, sorry if it's all a bit pants in England, but I have to apply some aftersun to my shoulders ..

Thanks again for all of your short emails and yes please, Chelle, another quiz or 3 would be appreciated. xxx

Yours Aye
Able Seaman Makins (15th class)

Date: 2014-12-03 09:54
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Good Morning from Oyster Blew,, last night we passed the half way point so we are now counting down instead of counting up. Progress during the night was quite slow as we had light winds and quite lumpy seas. The good news is all those who were on seasick tablets have now gone cold turkey without any side effects so the black market on those particular pills has dried up. Nigel should
be doing his second last 'mother' today and as a treat he is cooking fried eggs and bacon, I can smell it from here. Much of the talk is now about varieties of rum and looking forward to necking the first one (from Andrew anyway). We are going to take a stock take on food and water today to make sure we have enough, We did one on apples yesterday and within minutes of announcing that
there are 5 apples per person until we get there the black market opened and I heard of one apple being traded for 10 cotton buds. Cash is worthless on the good ship oyster Blew !! It looks like another sunny day in paradise. We are thinking of you in the rain and wind,,, now where is my sun shade..
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-02 18:52
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Val
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Ok, the techi bits first; We are close to half way and 1,500 miles from anywhere. If you want to look us up on a map and can remember anything you learned in Geography, our coordinates are 20 degrees 20 mins North and 36 degrees and 15 mins West. Glorious day, with blue sky, warm wind and warm sea (well the bits that splashed over us were) The Skippers fishing exploits have not got
any better. He decided he should be the one to play a fish while I was slaving in the galley and needless to say we never saw the fish and I will never see my favorite Lure and about 150 yards of 60lb breaking strain ever again either! Ann has taken over in the Galley today and while writing this, I haven't seen the menu for dinner yet. It looks like the Fish course may be doubtful yet again
tonight! Andrew explained in great detail this morning why he was wearing his favorite shorts - I cant explain any more on-line. Nigel has been bitten by something (not one of the crew) so Jill and the rest of the crew are trying out any old creams they want to get rid of, telling Nigel "they are an amazing cure". Cant believe we are missing all the Christmas lights - Life just isn't fair! Regards to all,
"The Apprentice"

Date: 2014-12-02 09:19
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Andrew
Location: Mid Ocean
Title: A question of social etiquette ....


We need an answer to an age-old question ..... how many days is acceptable for a gentleman to wear a pair of shreddies/underbags/underpants .... before turning them inside out and starting again?
As I write, our eagerly awaited breakfast of eggs did not survive the attentions of a particularly large wave and we are now back to virgin scrambled eggs on toast ... ie toast. Hey ho, at least it's not cold and raining.
Within the past few minutes, we clocked up 1,400 miles and are now within a day of the much-awaited half-way point of the crossing. At that time, we stop looking at how far we have traveled and start working out how far it is until we reach a rum punch. We continue to work out the best route to cross the pond by closely monitoring the GRIB weather files and steering accordingly. To the
untrained, amateur this also gives the impression of zig-zagging and tuning a 2,000 mile journey into a 3,000 mile .... hush my cynical mind. Another major step this morning was when we gybed for the first time in nearly a week and are now on a port tack with the big horizontal stick hanging out over the right hand side of the boaty thing. This is good for 2 reasons and I shall tell you both - 1) it
means that we are now comfortably aiming at 260 degrees on the mappy thing, which is directly at my first rum and coke and 2) the sticky thing with the big table cloth is no longer shading the entire bloody boat for the afternoons and slowing up my inevitable advancement to bronzed Adonis status (other gods are available).
Negotiations are still raging around me as they discuss the worth of trying to scramble eggs in these sea conditions. My suggestion that we drink the eggs raw and let the seas do the rest was met with icy silence from the female member of the crew who is not called Jill .... discretion is so important when a team is bonding.

We are very much enjoying receiving your emails, so please keep them coming and shortish ..... That was aimed at a certain John Pace, who sent a lovely and fairly short email, but then forgot to detach the standard legal disclaimers at the bottom of all his emails which has 53 pages of standard twaddle releasing him from all possible liabilities, including global warming and ebola. That reminds
me, we received 2 emails yesterday from a couple of smoke-makers who laughed at our miserly 6 knots over the past few days, as they would have been screaming along at 30 knots in their plastic-fantastic machines, simply by skillfully pushing forward a little lever. Oh my. I just wonder what they would have done after 300 miles when their diesel ran out and they sat there bobbing around like
a crisp packet on a boating lake. You set em up boys, you set em up ....

Personal messages now ...
Mum ... top cake, thanks.
Chelle ... xxx Well done with the dog show. Love to all up norf. All ok with Debbie Merrilees?

This is Able Seaman Makins (12th class) signing out and going in search of bilge eggs.

Date: 2014-12-01 17:52
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


What a great day sailing 20 knots up our backside, although I spent most of the day with my head in the engine room trying to fix the generator, unfortunately the diagnosis is not good as it appears to be the actuator of which we do not not have a spare on board. Ah well it will be the engine now running all the electrics. we are staying North of the fleet as it appears there is better wind up here
and we need a decent breeze as we still wont risk the Genoa in its present state. Dinner tonight courtesy of Mother Val and sous chef Ann is steak beans and spuds mmm. Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to going over half way in the next 24 hours.
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-12-01 09:16
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


A good night sailing with everybody taking turns to steer, We are trying to limit the use of the auto helm as it consumes large amounts of electricity and without the generator we have to conserve as much as possible, I have been advised by the email supplier that we are exceeding our quota of emails so I will ask everyone to limit their emails to max 3 lines as we don't want to lose our service.
We are allowed 90 mins per week .and a long email can take 10 mins to download, please keep sending the emails as we love to get them but keep them brief. We are really suffering for speed without our Genoa but hey this is a rally not a race. By our calculations we should be in on the 12th or 13tth but we really are only guessing. hope everyone is well Capn Fog

Date: 2014-11-30 17:35
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Yipee Oyster Blew 1 Dorado 0, we are having fish for dinner tonight thanks to Nigel and his fishing expertise. Andrew is mother and it smells lovely mmm. A good day sailing today, we had to run the engine to charge the batteries so now we are fully powered up for the night. A couple of us had showers today and Val looks as though he is about to go clubbing !! The wind has now gone around
to the North East which is a bit of a pain as the waves are coming from the North so the sails frequently slam as they empty and fill. It would have been perfect to fly a spinnaker but I didn't think it wise as all on board are on a steep learning curve.. maybe in a few days, keep the emails coming we love getting them, Billy that was very mean sending us the Telagraph quiz and then not sending
the answers, I still think Bailys beads are used in childbirth !! We were talking today about how much we miss the New Forest as it seems ages since we were there. All we see is water water and more water ... brief emails please to 2HNB4@sailmail.com don't forget I am the person that sees them and then distributes so ....
Report again tomorrow hopefully from another scribe
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-11-30 10:47
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Ann
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


This is the blog for Sunday - having now said our prayers to the wind God we have time to update you on our progress. Firstly all are well here on Oyster Blew and still 'playing nicely' The sun is shining and it is definitely getting warmer - at last it's T shirts and shorts as originally promised by the skipper. We have a request if somebody out there could please arrange to airlift in a recipe and
ingredients (without the bananas) for Banana cake or bread it would be greatly appreciated otherwise it's roasted Bananas for dinner this evening for us again whilst you all are enjoying your Sunday Roast Dinner. Thank you all for your emails they are greatly appreciated - it is good to get all the important news from home i.e. the footie and rugby results. I guess the Aussies will be heading home
with their tails between their legs have been well beaten by Ireland and England, and no doubt the Springboks are feeling the same after their defeats to Ireland and Wales. Thank you Billy for sending the Daily Telegraphy Pub Quiz, I knew you wouldnt let us down - we are looking forward to receiving the answers today - I'm not sure how well we have done but the skipper felt that Baily's
Beads had something to do with 'childbirth' he was however overruled by the crew and we put down another answer which is probably equally incorrect. By he way Billy I'm not sure if he told you that the steak he had earlier in the week was yours!! The Generator is still not working so the showers we were promised for today have had to be put on hold - we are however charging our batteries
using the engine (not in gear of course).

Date: 2014-11-29 17:13
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


What a great day sailing, we caught three fish but didn't manage to land any of them, one of them was a biggy so its salad for tea tonight, Our generate stopped working today but it is not a problem as we still have the engine to charge the batteries, tomorrow I fear I will be up to my neck in oil and diesel getting it working again. Not a lot to report, we are still heading towards St Lucia at 8 knts
and according to the log we have done 969 miles since we left Gran Canaria.. Loads of books being read on board OB. Will report again in the morning
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-11-29 08:47
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Andrew
Location: Mid Ocean
Title: Are we there yet?


Just around the next corner ....
Saturday morning at 8.55 and the breakfast routine is over. Jill is mother today and she has just served up a delightful offering of wheatabix with banana, corn flakes with banana, granola with banana, followed by toast with banana. On a totally separate issue, it would appear that storing the bananas in the lazarette has failed to lengthen their lives. The mother watch system is working well
and we are living and eating very well. There is less confusion around the fridge area and Admiral Hugh has less of a reason to stand there up to his elbows in ham. Nigel was a lovely mother yesterday and served us hammer-bashed pork tenderloin rings, marinated in orange, ginger and garlic (banana-gate hadn't been outed at that stage) with boiled potatoes, green based and, get this, wilted
lettuce in some sort of brown concoction. I felt for him as it was a wonderful bit of tucker, but served during, shall we say, a mighty confused sea state. I personally caught 2 boiled potatoes down low in the slips, so to speak.
Yesterday's sea conditions were more to be endured than enjoyed and followed a previous day of not dis-similar conditions ..... this no longer causes particular sea sickness issues, but it does seriously prevent us all from sleeping .... apart from the First Lord of the Admiralty, who seems able to sleep anywhere and at any time. The sea state calmed a bit during the night and most of us got some
sleep. I tried out the library and, having been smeared down with a pack of Kerrygold, was able to wedge myself in and had the luxury of 3 hours shut-eye. I am relatively like a spring lamb today.
We will reach the 1,000 miles mark today and we are going to be celebrating with a piece of Sylvia's fruit cake and nice cup of Rosie Lee. In this tiny little world of ours, believe me, that is a big thing!
Hugh asked me to note down the irony of the weather on the watches last night. Ann and Val were on the 8pm to midnight, Nigel and myself on the midnight to 4am and Ann and Val again on the 4am to 8 am. (that's not the story, just a bit of background) (keep up for god's sake). When Nigel and I came on deck just before midnight, we learned that there had been a succession of 5 squalls,
one after the other, during their watch. Hugh briefed us on how to best manage the sudden blast of wind that they bring and so we settled down somewhat trepedaciously (spelling) to await our fate. What a 4 hours we had! We started with a little toast and some pork and then finished with a lovely chunk of Irish cheese and some digestives. We then sprawled out on the deck cushions to
enjoy the night sky, before handing back to Val and Ann at 4am, who then managed to fight their way through another 5 squalls! I thought it was the Irish who were supposed to be luck?

Moving on to more serious stuff. Today is Saturday and that means footie. We do not need a cut and paste of the European league tables .... xxx ... but a short summary of the premiership, Real Madird and Barca and, of course, Wycombe Wanderers (top of the league you know). Also, what happened to the mighty Saints against Villa on Monday?

Also, we very much appreciate any weather and sailing tips, along with position reports for us and the cheats in front of us. We hate Zulu, particularly now we think he is German, and we love/hate the posh boys on El Mundo and Juno. Also, Billy, where is Herman with his sidekick, Monica?

That's all for me as the skipper is forcing me off the laptop so he can get back to his porn.

Less than Able Seaman Makins (7th class)

Date: 2014-11-28 17:56
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Oh dear I am in trouble, I promised them all sunshine and shorts and t shirts, what they got today was beating into a force 6, wet windy and chilly.... ah well. Thank you for everyone that has written and thank you for keeping the emails short, we love getting them and they and remember they are read out in front of all the crew although from time to time I do exercise discretion !!! Mother Nigel is
cooking Medallions of pork, with orange sauce, canary potatoes and green beans, as I said this morning he is chef of the trip so far. No pressure team !!!.We are still not risking the repaired Genoa but in the lighter winds we will give it another go. boat is happy, crews happy, skipper is happy... great trip so far.
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-11-28 09:02
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Good morning from a cloudy and grey Atlantic, the log is reading 720 miles which is about a quarter way, we decided not to risk our newly repaired Genoa during the night which was just as well as we got hit by one of the infamous Atlantic squalls with winds over 30 knots. this would normally have been fine but we are beating into the wind at the moment. We saw the squall coming and reefed
down so we had no problems and Oyster Blew was superb as always. I hope all the other boats were OK as well. Nigel has been awarded 'Mother of the week for his breakfast extravaganza this morning poached egg on toast with cheese and Parma Ham mmmm,. Cant wait for dinner. Ann and Val or on watch at the moment and I hear all the problems of the world being solved..It is great out
here, we have no idea what is happening in the rest of the world nd is great.. we DONT want to know about how David Cameron is feeling or how big Kim Kardashians arse has become out here it really is not important. We will have dropped down the fleet a bit with our sails but really doesn't matter, we are all happy and enjoying the experience. The other people on board are very word shy so
I will try and get one of them to write the next blog..
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-11-27 18:11
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


What a beautiful days sailing today, coasting along in 20 knots of breeze with the sun shining, We managed to hoist the repaired Genoa which gave us a couple more knots of speed. so we have probably stopped losing ground on the front runners. We are treating the sail with kid gloves as we don't know how strong the repairs are. We are now settling down for the night, the wind has gone
around to the North West and increased so we will run with just a reefed main and staysail which is a lot more comfortable. than beating into the wind with too much sail.
Dinner tonight is Thai chicken curry,,, smells lovely.
All is well on board with everyone taking hot showers today and then the afternoon was spent reading books , fishing ( no success) and topping up the tans. A good day all round
Hope everyone is well at home
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-11-27 09:21
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Ann
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Morning all from the middle of the Atlantic - Day 3 in The Big Brother House - oh sorry on Oyster Blew - although not much difference really!!!!!

We completed our first 500 hundred miles sometime early this morning so the Skipper said we could have a little treat, so today we all get to have our first shower since we left Las Palmas last Monday - yippeeeeeee, at least hopefully, the boat will smell a bit sweeter by the time we are all done.

It's my turn on Mother Watch today, but because I'm Irish I'm calling it Mammie Watch.....Skipper is delighted that it's my turn because he thinks he'll get special treatment like he does at home, but is he in for a surprise.

All is well here, everybody happy, the sun is out, the wind is favourable and the wave height has dropped a little so it's very comfortable sailing.

Love to all from everybody on Oyster Blew xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Date: 2014-11-26 18:14
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Andrew
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Here we are sailing along under staysail and main, another rocking and rolling day, have just been told we are fairly well up the field which is pleasing given our lack of sails. we don't get the fleet viewer on board so any updates are appreciated. The girls are preparing bolognaise and pasta but as a special; reward for doing well in the fleet I am getting a steak, medium to well !!!!.
The Oyster Blew fishing competition recommenced today and Pete (last leg) still leads with one fish. Nigel is now busy reading fishing books to try and find the magic formula. Everyone on board is well and the forecast tonight is for more conditions the same as last night which suits us
Capn Fog

Date: 2014-11-26 08:05
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Andrew
Location: Mid Ocean
Title:


Ahoy, enthusiastic followers!
Able Seaman Makins (5th class) here with a quick blog before bed. As you may have already gathered, we have employed the mother-watch system for the little jaunt over to St Lucia and I was the inaugural mother for the 24 hours til 8pm last night. The mother has to take care of all non sailing matters for 24 hours, but the HUGE benefit is that you don't have to do night watches and can get
a really good night's kip. They had a choice of cereal and toast for brekkie, assorted sarnies, crisps and tortellini for lunch and pizza and salad for dinner .... and all seemed satisfied enough. The complaints department is a short walk to the rear of the boat ...
Having handed over the mother watch to Val for his 24 hour period, I was back on night watch last night from 8pm to midnight and then from 4am to 8am. Not much to report during the night apart from monitoring a half dozen (probably) ARC boats on the horizon and the odd meteor shower. Welcoming the dawn at sea is not an easy thing to describe. This morning, the clouds parted for a
magnificent sunrise with yellow rays seeming to bounce back down onto the surface of the sea ..... see, not easy to describe.
Sending love to everyone at home and just to let you know that we do enjoy receiving the odd nice short email :)
Special love to Chelle Angel and pleased to hear that aged Ma and Pa arrived home in one piece.
Makins out.

Date: 2014-11-25 18:22
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Oceazn
Title:


Good evening from Oyster Blew as we watch the sun set in the middle of the Atlantic. 'Mother' Andrew is cooking us Pizzas tonight and they smell lovely. We didn't get a chance to do any stitching on the Genoa today as it was a bit rough so tomorrow hopefully it will be ready to hoist so that we can make a bit more speed.. Yesterday we covered 180 miles in 24 hours which is very good as I
was expecting about 150. Everyone is well on board thinking of everyone back home and missing them, sometimes people get quiet and you know what that means so you leave them alone.. Everyone on board is now settling into a routine and is moving around the heaving boat with a lot more confidence, we are still laughing and joking and a black market has opened for sea sickness tablets
as we have quite a few to spare.. It is the first trip we have been on that no one has needed the big red bucket. PIzzas are ready so I will sign off wishing everyone a good night
Hugh

Date: 2014-11-25 07:51
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location: Mid Oceazn
Title:


Good morning from Oyster Blew, we had a good nights sail heading south and now we have gybed heading west for St Lucia, The sea state is a bit rocky and rolly. I don't know if I mentioned it but at the last minute Billy had to return home as his father in law was very Ill, Billy, we hope all is well and you are missed on OB. The emails etc. are a bit unreliable this far out so if any one wants to
follow our progress you can find it on the world cruising club website under fleet tracker for arc2014.. This is updated every 4 hours. We have changed the watch system to two on watch at any one time with one person doing 'mother watch' Andrew is a very good mother today and has just served us breakfast, WE have still not completed the repairs to our big headsail so we are sailing under
staysail and reefed main. our progress is still OK but we will be dropping down the fleet. Safety of the crew and boat is paramount so if we are a bit late arriving in St Lucia c'est le vie.
Hope everyone is well on shore side report again soon
Capn Fog.

Date: 2014-11-24 18:00
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 27º 51.64'N:015º 22.47'W
Author: Hugh
Location: Las Palmas
Title:


Hi from South of Gran Canaria, we had a good start and made good use of the wind acceleration zone down the coast of Gran Canaria, we were neck and neck with an Oyster 575 called Juno. Everyone on board is in good spirits. Unfortunately we had a tear in our headsail which has resulted in a lot slower speed over the last hour or so. Nigel and Jill are the first team of stitchers and the rest
will be done tomorrow morning. Everyone is tired after a long day and it is now time for food and then the watch system starts.

Date: 2014-11-10 15:16
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 28º 07.75'N:015º 25.50'W
Author: Hugh
Location: Las Palmas
Title:


Here we are, the last day in Las Palmas, another 40 litres of bottled water stowed, 60 apples, 60 bananas and 60 oranges bought, the last of the fresh produce arriving today. It is a big job catering for seven people and Jill and Ann have done a great job. We have a busy day today, Final briefings, filling the boat with water and fuel, last minute maintenance jobs and a final boat clean.
Val's daughter Lorna and her boyfriend arrived last night to say good bye, a great surprise to everyone, It will be quite emotional for many of the crew leaving dry land and not seeing any terra firma for nearly three weeks.
The start will be interesting, 200 boats heading to the start line all wanting to be first over even though we have 3000 miles to go. it is always the same at the start of any rally or race..

Date: 2014-11-10 15:16
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 28º 07.75'N:015º 25.50'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Well here we are sitting in Las Palmas waiting for Sunday week, Oyster Blew is virtually ready but like with all things maritime problems are constantly arising and being fixed.. We have loads of seminars over the next week or so from 'downwind sailing' to provisioning'.. Billy and Ann arrive next Monday and then Vall arrives on the 20th which will bring the crw to 7.
The crew is - Ann, Val, Nigel, Jill, Billy, Andrew and of course yours truly. We are waiting for an electrician to call and sort out a few small issues but the Marine industry is as unreliable here as it is in the UK. He was meant to be here at 10.00 on Monday.!!
We are looking forward to getting to sea the hanging around can be frustrating and the parties are not good for our livers !!! next report will follow soon
Hugh

Date: 2014-11-10 15:16
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 28º 07.75'N:015º 25.50'W
Author: Andrew
Location: Las Palmas
Title: And they're off!!!! ..... errr ..... maybe not


After a busy Sunday, making all the final little adjustments, stowing the last of the provisions and ensuring that everything was lashed down and in place, all we had left to do was to secrete our personal alcohol supplies and this dry boat was ready to go! The freezer and fridge are both full of scrumptious supplies, akin to those on the QE2, and every corner of the boat is full to bursting with the
necessities to keep 7 people happy for maybe 3 weeks. Val reluctantly left the Egyptian cotton sheets of his 7 star hotel and joined the boat, meaning the crew was complete and fully Stugeroned, ready to go.
We enjoyed a last supper in some posh place thanks to the generosity of our land-based support crew, Mike and Sylvia Makins, and settled down to an early night and an early rise.
I suppose the fact that this 35 ton boat spent most of the night nearly on it's side in the sheltered marina, was a small indication that the wind may have got up a tad and, looking back, the mayday calls from boats secured to pontoons was another clue that all was not well. By 9 this morning, it was blowing a steady 35 knots in the marina and gusting up to 50 knots, so it is fair to say that it is
probably pretty lively out in the open water.
As we all gathered round, the radio crackled into life as the ARC control office announced that the start of the race, sorry rally, has been delayed by a minimum of 18 hours. This means that the earliest we will leave is now 7am tomorrow (Monday).
I think we feel disappointed and relieved at the same time. Whilst it is quite safe to sail in these conditions, it is not safe for 200 boats to bob around at the start line, all jostling for position and a good start. The ARC is about safety and fun .... and the weather out there today would offer neither for the 1,200 crew members of the ARC boats.
Now, of course, we need to work out which day's rations will have to be reduced, and pray to our respective gods that we are on our way before the corned beef runs out!!

Date: 2014-09-28 15:28
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 28º 51.50'N:134º 00.00'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Well here we are in Rubicon marina Lanzarotte. A great trip. Loads of jobs done on the boat and now putting her to bed until we come out in Nov.i hope people found the blogs informative
best wishes from all the crew of Oyster Blew

Date: 2014-09-27 07:19
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Good morning from the good ship Oyster Blew, it would appear that that was our last night at sea for this voyage. We are 20 miles north of the Northern tip of Lanzarotte. The plan is to head down the west of the Island to Rubicon Marina in the South. There is little wind at the moment but as we approach the land hopefully we will get some sea breeze and we can sail the last few miles. It has
been a great trip with a lot of laughs, good banter and even talk of mutiny. We picked up a little bird (the feathered kind) last night and despite numerous efforts it would not leave the yacht and seemed quite happy hitching a ride. It made numerous attempts to get into the cabins for a sleep. it was then I threatened to strangle the little blighter that the talk of mutiny arose !! . During the night it
'disappeared' so everyone presume it flew off....
We should be in the Marina at some time tonight and I will report our safe arrival.
Have a good day
Capn Fog.

Date: 2014-09-26 16:23
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 32º 12.28'N:012º 39.20'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Hi to all, can I have your help please, Andrew caught a fish today (we are already bored listening to him going on about it.) It is about 14" long a bit like a big mackerel, it has a bluey tinge two fins on its back ,it has stripes on his belly that go from his head to his(well we think it is a him !!) tail. Could you search the internet and send us a two word email.....what fish is it and can we eat it ie.
Dorado Yes
We are very limited on the size of emails we can get so please if you are writing keep them to three or four lines. we love hearing from you so please keep them coming. Andrew wanted to do this blog and tell the world about his fish but I wouldn't let him as his email would use up our full weekly quota !!! everything is good on board OB..
Capn Fog (Mungy for Chelle)

Date: 2014-09-25 16:55
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Well here we are basking the sunshine with very light wind from the wrong direction, we are now motoring at 6knts straight towards Lanzarotte.. Oyster Blews fishing competition got going again but I don't think the fish have anything to worry about !! put the biminii up which gave us some much needed shade. The cooks are busy preparing a culinary extravaganza .. pizzas and salad .Given
the facr that the engine produces hot water many of us took the opportunity to shower and the boat is now smelling like a brothel with aftershave and deodourant We all hope the weather at home is like it is here, not a lot to report but everyone is well and enjoying the trip.

Date: 2014-09-25 16:51
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 32º 10.75'N:012º 23.65'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Good morning from Oyster Blew, during the night we had a very light Northerly wind which is no use for sailing so we are motoring straight towards cold beers at 6 knts. motoring like this is boring as all you have to do is steer and listen to the noise of the engine(which happens to be right beside my cabin!!!). we have 177 miles to go until we reach the North of the island then about another 40around to the
Marina. everyone is now tucking in to breakfast and then it is fishing and sunbathing...life is hard.
all the best for now Capn Fog

Date: 2014-09-23 16:51
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 36º 22.58'N:011º 25.03'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Hi all, if you get this it looks as though i got the comms working. We covered 156 miles in the last 24 hours, great sailing, shorts and t shirts !!! see I was right, Our seasick casualty is getting better and has just helmed for 1/2 hour very well..we just gbed to get a bit more southing in as we didnt really want to call to Madiera although Andrew did fancy some cake. If we continue at this rate we
should be in sometime on Sat.
Everyone is well and Oyster Blew is performing brilliantly.
Hope you get this
Capn Fog
ps ANN, Rory and Stuart, thanks for your emails

Date: 2014-09-23 16:51
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 35º 40.58'N:011º 12.03'W
Author: Andrew
Location:
Title:


After Captain Mung's polite and cautious updates, Andrew here to tell you how it really is on board Oyster Blew, now that the cholera epidemic has passed and we are just left with the few remaining dysentery cases permanently queuing for the heads, our routines are in place. By and large we are a happy crew, although the captain seemed unappreciative when I washed the decks down
through his open cabin window, as he took one of his power naps. I made him a nice cup of tea to calm his nerves and he proceeded to spill it down his already wet clothes three times. As a result of this, the crew has leant a number of new words and phrases, none of them acceptable on a Sunday.

The boat is making great progress towards the African coast and we enjoyed speeds in excess of 9 knots through the night. With following seas, we are literally surfing this 30 tonne beauty down the rolling waves and enjoying every moment of it. The seasickness/hangover issues from yesterday are largely behind us and nothing has broken on the boat, so we look forward to making good
time to Lanzarote, arriving sometime on Saturday .... just not sure which saturday.

A disappointing lack of marine life so far, but hopefully that will change as we head further south.

Duty calls.

Able Seaman Makins (third class)

Date: 2014-09-23 16:51
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 34º 13.58'N:011º 40.03'W
Author: Jill
Location:
Title:


Here we are off the coast of Africa, light winds today. Boys have been playing with toys. Had the parasailor flying before breakfast. The last few days we had more wind, not always from the right direction, and the seas were a bit lumpy. Generally good speed and progress. We have seen very few vessels or wildlife so great to receive emails to let us know the rest of the world is still working.
Fishing lines are now coming out and we are tootling. along at 3 knots with the sails goose winged as the light winds are following. We have just done a sample fitness session, with the movement of the boat we will all have core muscles like iron washboards. Hugh impressed us with his 'plank' for 45 seconds. He and Andrew look like greek gods this morning!! During all this messing about
Wally had the helm and kept us on a steady course. Steve, Andrew and Hugh were on the foredeck with the parasailor in it's snuffer. when flying correctly it is a sight to behold. Pete and I were on the winches to keep the sail balanced but the wind was a bit all over the place. Nigel escaped to his pit and missed this bit of the fun. Just crossed the halfway in distance to Lanzarote but may be a
bit slower this second part but still hoping to arrive Saturday/Sunday. Love to all. Let us know what is happening in the world. Jill and all on Oyster Blew.

Date: 2014-09-21 13:12
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 38º 15.58'N:009º 45.03'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Greetings from Oytster Blew, we are now 32 miles from Lisbon, motor sailing at 6 knts straight towards Lanzarotte. One casualty to sea sickness but hopefully that will pass over the next few hours. A little too much alcohol was consumed last night and there were some bleary eyes when Pete knocked on or doors at 5.00 am. we still managed to get away as planned at 06.00. We have just
passed a fairly big square rigger which was heading in the same direction as us. About 10.00 we had a school of Dolphins playing by the bow, I don't think this is the last time we will see them The emails and position reports are still a bit hit and miss so we will update when we can. Best wishes to all Capn Fog

Date: 2014-05-31 04:00
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 38º 46.34'N:009º 34.65'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Nous Sommes Arrive a six heures du matin. Here we are tied up along side in Lisbon France, or at least that is what Billly says. The entrance to the Marina was interesting and when they said it was tight for the bigger boats they were not kidding !!! What do we do now, coffee, a static toilet, clean boat or break open the beer, considering it is only seven o'clock we have agreed toilet,
coffee and then clean the boat BEFORE the beers.
We had a great sail from La Caruna with a strong following wind the whole way and some big waves, as we rounded into the estuary I thought I was back in the Southern Ocean with a wind speed exceeding 50 knts. We caught our first fish and I believe that a picture has been placed on our facebook page. To be fair we didnt really catch it it was washed up on deck with a breaking
wave !!!!
That is all from the good ship Oyster Blew until the next part of our adventure in September so its good bye from Ann, Jill, Nigel,Billy, Jim,Andrew and yours truly Capn Hugh

Date: 2014-05-30 19:00
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 39º 49.42'N:009º 16.52'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Well here we are getting ready for the last night at sea, just reefed the main a bit further as the wind is now over 30 knts (we think as we dont have wind instruments). 30 miles to go to Cabo Carvoeiro and then the final push to Lisbon, we expect to be there about 04.00. then it is a sleep, wash the boat, do a few jobs and then a well deserved beer or two. Tonight's culinary extravaganza is
Pizza, it smells great .. Will send a further blog tomorrow after we arrive

Date: 2014-05-27 07:00
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 43º 22.05'N:008º 23.79'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Well here we are sitting in the Marina, we arrived safely yesterday early afternoon and did a few jobs on the boat and then hit the nearest bar.... we have a few more jobs to do this morning including Jim going up the mast to try and establish why we have no wind instruments.Then a bit of sight seeing, a few more beers, and then plan to head off early tomorrow morning for Lisbon.

Date: 2014-05-26 21:00
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 45º 02.31'N:007º 54.84'W
Author: Andrew
Location:
Title:


As the skipper would say, "morning each". It's 6.50am and the sun is now beginning to thaw my fingers and I am now able to chip away at the ice that is hanging off my chin, as we approach the north Spanish coast with only 32 nautical miles til land. Chief Engineer Billy T is sure that he can smell the coffee from a little taverna he rather fancies spending the day. The night was largely
uneventful, which is always good to report, but the joy of watching the stars appear in a cloudless sky unpolluted by artificial lighting, was a sight to behold. Billions of stars twinkled down on us, as I tried to pick just one to focus on and keep the boat is a fairly straight line. I get a bit of an understanding how challenging it was for Hugh, Billy and Jim as they had to do this for a whole year as
they raced around the World .... well for Billy and Jim anyway, as the jury is still out as to whether Hugh was kicked off the boat at the Needles after he ate all the rations.

Throughout the day yesterday, we were joined by a few pods of dolphins who swam alongside the boat, no doubt hoping for a glance at Captain Mongy in his budgie smugglers, but they were soon chased away by the great whites and killer whales looking for a snack (kidding - they were just looking for directions) (kidding - there were no dangerous animals or fish anywhere near us).
Having recovered from a bout of boat discomfort, I treated the crew to the delights of bolognese al penne, which seems to have gone down ok as there is no longer a queue for the heads. A little drop of chianti might have helped it on its way, but it appears that the captain's threat of a dry boat has been realised. Oh well, that first drink in La Coruna is going to taste all the better now.

Having been at sea for 4 days now, the routines that seemed so alien to us have started to become second nature and we are all surviving very well on 3 hour sleeps through the night, with a catch-up nap at some point during the day. Personally, I find that a swim alongside the boat for 10 minutes or so is the most refreshing .... or so I read in a book once.

We have all very much enjoyed receiving regular emails from back home and these are read-out ritually to the whole crew as we assemble for our morning flogging. A bit more information about recent sporting events would be appreciated, but otherwise a good job! Billly asked me to thank Janie for the telegraph pub quiz, which we managed a respectable 18 out of 20. He also
appreciated the answers not being sent until the following day .... to stop the little bugger from cheating. Regarding the emails, it appears that we are unable to send any back to you, our system seems to be stuck on "receive only". Quite handy really :) Perhaps someone would let us know if they have received an email from us, just in case we are wrong and they are going out ok?
Thanks.

Finally, as we approach La Coruna, I would like to say happy birthday to my mother Sylvia who is ahem ahem ahem years young today. Have a great day and I will try to give you a call later.xxx

Date: 2014-05-24 16:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 49º 18.64'N:004º 23.39'W
Author: Jim
Location:
Title:


good evening all,
At present we are motoring across the mill pond previously known as the Bay of Biscay. We are waiting for a promised NW wind (well
thats what the skipper said|}.That wind will hopefully see us tonking down to La Caruna in time for beer and medals on Tuesday. As i write
the smell of a curry slowly heating on the stove is permeating the boat, and it seems most stomachs are ready and able to do it justice.

earlier on during a lull in the weather {we have had a few} the Oyster Blew inaugeral fishing competition took place. Hugh was going to
eat fresh mackeral for dinner!! Surfice to say hes having curry..

For those interested in the nautical stuff we are presently about 100 miles due west of Brest some 300 miles from our first cold beer. There
have been quite a few large ships within sight and quite often they are seen to alter course slightly to accomodate us which is nice on 2
levels, firstly its very thoughtfull and secondly it proves they have a lookout.

apologies for the spelling but i cant find the spell checker.

Have a lovely evenig everyone.

Date: 2014-05-24 16:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 49º 18.64'N:004º 23.39'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Morning all from the good ship OB, all good here, have been motoring all night in a confused sea so a bit uncomfortable, just about to
round ushant off north west France, dawn has broken, the sky is clear but the sea is still a bit lumpy after the strong winds yesterday. we
lost all our wind instruments yesterday so have to sail by the feel of the wind, certainly not a problem but something we need to get fixed
when we get to Lisbon. We have just received the latest forecast so we will head a bit west to get a favorable wind to cross Biscay..
All the guys on board are a bit tired while they get used to the watch system of only having 3 hours sleep at a time. Those who were
suffering from sea sickness are feeling a bit perkier this morning. hopefully they now have their sea legs.
That is all for now hope everything is well back in the UK
Capn HUgh

Date: 2014-05-24 16:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 49º 18.64'N:004º 23.39'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Greetings from the good ship Oyster Blew, We left Southampton at 17.20 last night, after a fantastic sail up the solent we headed west to
the South West of the UK as we knew the wind would go around to the North West. We are now beating in 28knts of wind straight
towards the French Coast, we hope to round Ushant at 3 o'clock tomorrow morning. We are sailing with a double reede main and a
reefed genoa and staysail making about 7knts. All is well on board but we have had a fair bit of sea sickness, thank you who have sent
emails, we have received them and they will be replied to when I can get the buggers out of bed !!!
Looking forward to the stew tonight and will report again tomorrow
Capn Hugh

Date: 2014-05-24 16:37
Station ID: Oyster Blew
Position: 49º 18.64'N:004º 23.39'W
Author: Hugh
Location:
Title:


Good Morning from the middle of the Bay of Biscay, 221 miles to go to La Coruna, motor sailing at over 8 knots so should be there on
schedule on Tuesday afternoon, but with sailing you never know. Glad to report all bodies are now up and about and all over their bouts
of sea sickness. One casualty on board when Ann tripped yesterday and sprained her ankle, Jim had some magic potion and the swelling
has gone down a lot this morning. other than that everyone is fit and healthy. In a couple of hours time we are due to have our full fry up
for breakfast that will test peoples sea legs.
Hope everyone at home is well and please keep the emails coming but dont forget they are read out to all the crew !!!!
Will post a further blog this evening when one of the other scribes on board will be giving their interpretation on life aboard Oyster Blew


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