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December 2012

ARC2012 Diary: Day 14 – Monday

I’ve taken to writing my diary entries on my night shift which helps pass the time. Tonight I’m doing a 12-3am shift. Today’s been pretty quiet. I slept til 10am, and Oliver and Will have been dozing throughout the afternoon. The fishing line came to life whilst playing connet4 with Will. But whatever was on... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 13 – Sunday

We watched a film last night that didn’t finish til 1am. Subsequently I didn’t have a shift to do which was nice. The spinnaker pool rattled all night long as I tried to sleep in the sweaty forepeak, which was once my preferred choice of slumber. I tried to speak to Emma on the sat... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 12 – Saturday

I awoke to feel Oliver and Will pulling hairs on my feet and arm. Pissed off that it’s only 9.30am and I’ve so far only had 4 hours sleep I tell them to fuck off. I can’t sleep now, the engine is on, and I’m pissed off. I’ve done Oliver’s shift and gave Will an... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 11 – Friday

Bad news, the wind has veered South, blowing us north instead of west. Oliver is furious after he got off the sat phone. We would have headed further south had we known this was going to happen. We’re now in the center of a low pressure system, with very little wind. We need to head... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 10 – Thursday

We’re making really good progress now. The boat is clean and all is good! If we continue at this speed we’ll be in St Lucia before the 18th December. We set the fishing rod up today. No sooner as we let out some line a fish jumped out of the water. Though after we pulled... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 9 – Wednesday

I had the 2-5 shift last night. It’s considered the worst shift, as you at most get a couple hours sleep beforehand, and then a few more afterwards. Whereas the 10/11-2am shift means you can sleep from 2am til your hearts content, and if you do the 5am shift you can try and grab an... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 8 – Tuesday

We’re still heading directly south. The ride is very uncomfortable. Last night was interesting. I had 4 hours sleep in the forepeak before my 2am shift. I adopted the recovery position, but lying on my back to stop me being thrown around. The boat had a bit of a rhythm to it. Shake left, then... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 7 – Monday

Today we’ve changed tack, and we are now heading south until we reach 17 degrees latitude. We won’t be able to make any progress west for a few days. However the sooner we get to 17 degrees lat, the sooner we’ll be in the trade winds. We’ll also be helped by the equatorial current which will add... Author: Tim Butler

ARC2012 Diary: Day 6 – Sunday

Last nights shift was pretty easy. I always look forward to my night shifts now. I love it. Just me, the moon, the stars and the sea, and not forgetting the soft mellow voice of my audio book 🙂 To get to sleep I’ve been listening to a breathing meditation audio tape on my iPhone.... Author: Tim Butler