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December 2012

ARC2012 Diary: Day 25

We spent nearly a day looking at the coastline of St Lucia, even though we can see land, it still takes a while to get anywhere near land. Remember we’re travelling at about 5 mph and we’re 50 miles away. Finally we start to round St Lucia. If only we had the sound track to... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 24 – Friday

Tonight I’m on the first shift. It’s 23.52, we have just 100.2 nautical miles left!! On the electronic chart plotter I can see Barbados to the left of our current position, and St Lucia dead ahead. You wouldn’t think anything was out there looking around. Everything looks the same as it has done for the... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 23 – Wednesday

Not a  terrific deal happened today. The day has dragged on slowly. Everyone’s eager to just get there now. There’s a lot of talk about what we’ll do once we land, the general consensus is; beer, cigarettes (for those who smoke) and a shower. Personally, a shower, hotel room and a quiet glass of red wine... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 22 – Tuesday

Nothing much to speak of. My patience is wearing thin at times, but the reality is you’re on a boat and there’s nowhere to go. The only option is to bite your tongue and just let it wash over you. Anything else is futile. I’m aware we’re all living in a confined space, and once... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 21 – Monday

Today has been a slow day. The time been dragging. I spent the day reading 3 men on a boat, a book given to me (among others) by my colleagues at the Guardian. I passed the time away eating monkey nuts on the windward side of the boat, dangling my feet over the side, occasionally getting dipped in... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 20 – Sunday

It’s 5.20am, I’m on my night shift writing my diary entry for yesterday. I woke up this morning at 11am after being up 22 hours yesterday. We were still motoring. Again there has been no wind, but the sun has been out all day, 32 degrees! A golden opportunity to dry all our clothes out.... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 19 – Saturday

I started my shift at 5.30am. Funny, I would never be up so early back home, but it’s now a routine and I don’t think twice about it. I take over from Will. Progress is slow, but the stars are out at least. At around 8.30am I notice a black patch on the sea behind... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 18 – Friday

Today’s been a non-eventful day. I got a text from Emma saying she’s worried and that we’re going the wrong way. This further compounds what is already another miserable day. With no wind, we’ve just had to drift at times. Everything’s damp, and the sky is overcast. My reply is short and sharp. The last... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 17 – Thursday

I slept in the forepeak last night. The wind had picked up and we were peaking at 10 knots downwind. Spirits had been high yesterday as we recorded 160 miles on the log. The best yet! Though as I slept, I envisaged each noise being a jibe, waiting for Oliver to start shouting ‘fuck fuck... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 16 – Wednesday

I awoke to panicked calls at 5am ‘Tim, Tim I need you up here now!’ Something bad had happened, and sounds of banging made me shudder. I came on deck and took my instructions. It turned out the boat had jibed, snapping a block, rendering the preventer useless. The boom was now free to swing  violently from... Author: Tim Butler