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Arc 2012

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

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