Exercise Midnight Sun - Greenland 2008



The first of my personality portraits.


AnneAnne is having a ball as the Watchleader of Blue Watch.  She is keeping her watch in check - which I have to admit is challenging enough in itself!  Ably assisted by Peter, they are both showing Neil and Allan how to do a whole manner of things .... ! And the rest of us are left in no doubt what is required when the lovely Anne is around.



Anne stands for no nonsense.  She is a direct speaking Scot with a cute smile and a sharp tongue.  Always cheerful in a dour sort of way, she is fun to be with and always has time to explain to others what is needed.  Leading from the front, she is just the person for her watch!





Another Dolphin Sighting


Since our last entry, we have enjoyed an amazing meal which will no doubt be mentioned in each watch’s entry as it really was that good.  The White watch have posted up some pictures from the meal.


Andy at the helm and Greg doing his hair.

The wind has remained fair but is a little calmer.  This has had the effect of flatter sailing and more comfortable sleeping, but at the expense of boat speed.  We are however using the time to learn new skills like sail trimming. During our first watch after the meal (2000 to 0000) we enjoyed some classical movie music soundtracks and tried desperately to keep the boat speed up without having to resort to a time consuming sail change.  The elements conspired against us and just before the end of our shift we all agreed the deed had to be done.  Greg and Byrne stripped down to some lighter clothing and headed down to the forepeak to prepare the No. 1 Yankee.   Blue watch were scheduled to come on duty so we all (Blue and Red watch) toiled together for the next hour and 15 minutes, getting the No. 1 Yankee from the forepeak out on to the deck, dropping, unhanking and temporarily tying up the No. 2 Yankee, hanking on and hoisting the No. 1 Yankee and finally flaking, bagging and storing the No. 2 Yankee back in the forepeak.  Overall, the procedure went rather well.  Anne’s team (Blue watch) were kind enough to give us an extra 30 minutes snooze (before waking us for our next watch) as a thank you for staying on beyond our allotted time.


During the 0400 to 0800 shift Windy spent some time driving and explaining some of the finer practical points for trimming sails.  He showed us how we’d made a small mistake with the tension on the Vang which resulted in some of the air spilling from the leech (back end) of the sail.  This slight correction earned us an extra half knot!  All this training was taking place during some pleasant although rather grey conditions and a somewhat lazy wind (i.e. it is too lazy to go around you and tries to go through you).  At around 0600 we put on some more classical music tunes which were rather relaxing and suited the gentle sailing and early morning mood.  It turns out Greg loves most classical music especially anything pre 1750s.


We are just completing our 1200 to 1430 shift (normally it would end at 1400 but today is another time-zone change) and I (Byrne) am typing up the blog entry.  Andy has just popped in to let me know they have just seen another school of dolphins, this time a greater number of them.  I’m a little disappointed to have missed out but suspect we will be treated to further displays by these amazing creatures.


Dolphins  Dolphins


Time to finish off as the table is required for lunch.


Before signing off, there is one minor point that should probably be addressed.  We are indeed Red watch, despite what Blue watch thinks. For some odd reason they keep referring to us as our old colours.  No doubt they will work it all out by the time we arrive in Greenland.


NEWS JUST IN… Another 22 nm and we will reach 1000 nm since out departure (as at 1300 [adjusted for time-zone change] today).


Until next time, the Red Watch (Andy, Byrne, Greg and Linda) 



Atlantic Gale Venison at White Watch Café


Another day down and White Watch are all but ready to go back on duty sailing the yacht after 24 hrs on mother watch doing a sterling job looking after the crew and yacht. During the mother watch we cooked a three course 5 Michelin star evening meal to celebrate Andy Whitmore’s (Red Watch Leader) 51st birthday. The meal included melon boat for starters, roasted venison stuffed with apricots and sun dried tomatoes, with courgette surprise and mashed potatoes followed by a home made trifle for desert. We have named the recipe Atlantic Gale Venison (after the top chef Windy Gale!). All agreed this was a fabulous meal worthy of Gordon Ramsey or any other top chef.


Happy Birthday Andy  The meal


The meal  The meal


After cleaning the Galley and the rest of the yacht it was an earlier night for White Watch in bed for 10 o’clock catching up on sum much needed sleep - getting more than 3 hrs in one stretch feels like luxury.


An early start getting breakfast and much needed calories into the crew was the main effort for the start of the day and having cleaned the yacht, we are now ready to take over sailing duties for the next 48 hrs.


The other key event of the day was that a member of our watch got an email whoop whoop!  The first one we have got!  Obviously the email was only intended for Dave however that didn’t stop the entire watch getting excited!  Dave managed to delay reading his email for a while which only fuelled our excitement!  So the rest of us are feeling slightly neglected waiting for that email to arrive and brighten our day.  Rachel is convinced that mum and dad are enjoying their holiday in France far too much to care, and frankly her boyfriend seems to have forgotten!  Ram’s not sure if any emails will be coming his way at all this trip!  And our resident lonely heart Khush well he is open to offers!  So any ladies with a GSOH please apply! adventure  at mailasail dot com (remember to replace the “at” and “dot” with the correct characters and remove spaces.)


Lots of love the White Watch x


(Rachel, Dave, Ram & Khush)



Postion as at 5 Aug 0817.22hrs (57°02'31"N 29°54'52"W)

Speed - 11km/h

Course - 289°


Current Position