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  • Quid Non – 540 to go

    The good South Easterly wind of early yesterday has veered steadily into a South Westerly, leaving us close hauled and fighting to make good miles towards Newport. Notwithstanding, we have made reasonable run for the day to noon. If the GFS forecast is to be relied...

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  • Jangada Too’s last few miles

    It’s just gone midnight local time and we’re flying along the south coast of Nantucket island, famed for its whaling history and for the “sleighride”, when a harpooned whale towed the small whaling boat and its crew for miles, before finally succumbing to its fate....

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  • Land Ahoy on Jangada Too

    Land Ahoy – light flashing once every 7.5 seconds – Nantucket Island. Last night was one of those clear, calm nights with Jangada Too in the groove sailing upwind. It is at times like this that taking over from George on the helm is especially satisfying....

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  • Perserverance III Finishing Photos

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  • Quid Non – Day twenty one

    Another interesting day on the Grand Banks for Quid non? As Friday’s gale began to ease off and as reefs were being shaken out, we reviewed our very good run for the previous 24 hours with satisfaction. When the GFS model showed good steady South Easterly...

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  • Which way up On Jangada Too?

    As we make our way slowly to the finish line, some 130 miles away, I’ve been reflecting on the last three weeks, spent at various angles, mostly greater than 40°.  Which brings me to gimbals.  Where are they now?  In case you’re not aware, the...

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  • Quid Non across the pond

    All continues well aboard Quid non? Good 24 hour progress across the Grand Banks has come courtesy of hard running before strong winds from the NE and N including some 8 hours of F8. The main sheet has been bar-taught reaching wide out of the cockpit...

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  • Jangada Too’s Invasion

    The nearest land is 180nm away. So there two explanations for the flies that we have encountered today, one of which was quite large. First – they travel huge distances in search of rank socks and festering fridges. Second – the maggots are starting to hatch! Either way,...

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  • Quid Non – Day eighteen

    An underlying swell with a short confused sea overlay; cold damp air that leaves exposed skin feeling wet; overnight visibility of less than 2nm; depth 80m; hang on, we must be on the Grand Banks! We are traversing the Grand Banks east to west at approximate...

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  • Jangada Too – Day eighteen

    Well, we’ve had a pretty variable 48 hours! Two nights ago, we were trucking along, albeit on a beat because the wind waas coming from the west (as usual). I took over the watch from Richard and he remarked he’d seen some sheet lighting, but heard...

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