[ THE WIRE ] Atlantis abandoned

Crew finally give up sleeping in wet bunks, and the ride continues. It’s been a wet and wild ride here for the last little while. At least, that’s what it says in one of the recent entries in our temporary logbook. There have been many less publishable entries alongside this throughout our little spell of … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Torn sails and storm sails

“What are you doing?” “Just waiting for something to break”. It’s been quite the 24 hours here on Disco. I’m even inclined to go as far as describing it as ‘dramatic’. The weather conditions have been continually deteriorating, and we’re well and truly back in a world where I sleep curled up next to the … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] A logbook conundrum

We overdo the miles while the cold outdoes us. So we’ve finished the logbook. Almost three months to the day and nearly 10,000nm since we left the UK, we’re out of pages, but certainly not out of sailing. I’m not sure what to do now. Do we just stop the boat and drift until someone … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Salt, sweat and suncream

Busy busy as the ocean keeps us on our toes, chasing progress. As I start to the write this we’ve just done a watch change, with Renaud and Henry sitting next to me winding each other up about who smells the most, and generally poking fun at each other for being Frexican and English respectively. … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] A forgotten foredeck

Ben Lecricket runs the boat while the team take a break. Until a few hours ago there wasn’t much to report. We’ve been pushing on through a slowly building sea-state for all of last night, which has been creating a really quite bumpy ride. With the wind still on the nose, it was another big … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Offshore cricket continues to amaze the world

The latest instalment of Ben Lecricket, and a quiet life aboard Disco. We are, for the first time in what feels like a while, out of sight of land. The Mexican coastline has drifted off over the horizon on the starboard quarter, and once again we are left with the now familiar view of 67ft … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Old crew, new tricks

New system, old stories, normal climate on the horizon, and some modest wind for a change. The cold has finally returned. I refer not to the Belgian Flue that gripped Discoverer in the early stages of our delivery, courtesy of the now infamous Moris, one of two Belgians to have graced Discoverer with their presence. … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Pesto pasta saves the world

Good tunes and coffee drive us north, while we play with the elements. Disco is a boat that runs on a variety of fuels. Wind is our main one, although we’re running a bit light on that right now. Coffee is second. I would like to put it at a first, but for realities sake … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] The wheels are off

The Disco boys, and good breeze at last! What a night! As you probably gathered from the last report, our first evening out was a little bit eventful. Certainly not the start we were hoping for. Once confidence had been gained in our second engine fuel line fix we turned our attention to the generator … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] A few days best described as indescribable

A far from ideal stop in Mexico, and a far from ideal start to the final push. So much excitement I can barely put it into words. Acapulco didn’t go to plan. There were aspirations of arriving on Sunday night, walking into customs and immigration first thing on Monday morning, receiving all the necessary stamps, … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] “The most dolphins eveeeeeer”

Birdles. Now you’ll have to read on to find out what that means… As was the case yesterday, sailing is at the bottom of the realistic agenda, so we continue to entertain ourselves with whatever else is afforded to us. Luckily for us, this continues to be an abundance of wildlife. Yesterday evening saw “the … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Current curtails California calling

Not much sailing on the cards as Mother Nature attempts to throw us back down to Panama. I’m sure there is a metaphor for life to make here. Pushing against the current. Motoring hard, not enough wind to fill our sails, but still making slow progress, the current just increasing the harder we try. However, … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Mischief afoot

Student living aboard sees mixed progress, the food revolution, a new type of foredeck work, and the story of the world’s first offshore cricket continues. While we have all agreed that the last few days have seen a slight reduction in the night temperatures, to the extent that we’ve even seen the re-emergence of long … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] PowerPoint presentations and bird attacks

Good sailing, with a dab of oceanic science, serious debating, and a second stowaway takes over the foredeck. It’s been a good 24 hours of progress out here in the Guatemala Basin. There have been a couple of ‘crank up the engine’ moments, but generally speaking the trusty cable ties and associated sails have been … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Crossing the Gulf of Tehuantepec

Weather & tactics, plus the cable ties hang on in there. The long slog north continues. We are beginning our crossing of the Gulf of Tehauntepec, and aiming for Acapulco on the other side. Our stop at Acapulco is purely a logistical one, as with such a long leg and a relatively full boat, we … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] “Drive it like you stole it”

Wind at last, the world’s first offshore cricket, and pizza craze sweeps Disco. Life has stepped up a gear here on Disco. The wind is in, the sheets are eased, and spirits flying high. It is unbelievably good to be making progress, and the boat temporarily ceasing hostilities in the sense of seeing if it … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Testing times and sharks

Diesel troubles continue while the wind continues to holiday in Hawaii. Well, this little leg up to San Diego is certainly proving one of the most testing so far. I think we are all in agreement onboard that we’d rather be enduring a gale and making actual progress than dealing with the conditions that are … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Diesel drama and drifting

Scotty “It’s not ideal at the moment…” Ty “Yeh, I figured that when I heard someone talk about fire extinguishers” A slightly high octane 24 hours here on Disco. I left you with the worst loaf of bread ever created on a boat, and a cricket called Ben. There is still no improvement on the … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Stowaways & Skipper fuel

The biggest bread making failure of the trip so far, a noisy stowaway, and what really drives Disco. None of us thought it possible to top Ty’s epic failure to cook pasta, on a now infamous occasion anchored round the back of Gran Canaria many months ago. Today proved that wrong. I went to bed … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] All or nothing

More sail changes in 24 hours than in an entire Atlantic crossing… Very busy here in the last 24 hours. Any beer and calories consumed on shore in the last month are being well and truly burnt off. All or nothing sailing conditions.Our sedate pace of the initial time spent in the Gulf of Panama … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Underway in the Pacific

Productive pursuits in Panama; pacified Pacific produces pedestrian pace. Hello from the Pacific Ocean! Panama was an eventful and action packed stop, with much getting achieved to get us well on our way to San Diego and set us up for an efficient turnaround there, which is crucial to keeping within our tight timeframe. The … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] One team, one spork

Debates, stars and sporks – life on Disco. I’ve started a section in my notebook entitled ‘overheard in the nav station’. It’s pretty much what it says – a list of excerpts of conversation I hear from my usual perch at the nav deck, perfectly positioned forward of the galley, aft of the accommodation, and … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] H.O.T.

An immovable continent, midnight gybes, and the occasional drifting tanker. Where did all the wind go? A question many sailors, many a time, everywhere around the world asks themselves on a regular basis. Today is our day. Last night, we where happily smashing along the Columbian coastline, almost at the top of our comfort zone … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Columbian cruising

Simultaneous dramas, solutions, and more good sailing. Another 24 hours in the life of ‘Disco’. Busy busy here on Discoverer for the last 24 hours. As I write this, the wind has lightened slightly, and we’re back to subtly sliding our way down the Columbian coastline. Our course has shaped up to take us relatively … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Singing propellers and flying spinnakers

Wind wind wind!!! Disco is singing, in a literal sense for the first time ever, Gatorade gate is revealed, and The Engineer loses at chess. The wind is up, spirits are high, and the progress is good. As promised by our weather routing partners at WRI, the breeze has started to fill in nicely, and … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Downwind sailing, upbeat living.

The curious life of being at sea – logbooks, bread, spinnakers and origami. NAV STATION Date: 14th February 2017 Time: 1808z Position: 12°40.8N 68°01.4W COG: 285¬°T SOG: 6.5kts Wind:  ENE 3-4 Swell: NE 2-3ft Sky: 2/8 cirrostratus. Weather: Fair. The enthusiasm for life aboard Disco continues unabated. I must be doing something wrong if everyone … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] New crew enjoying sailing the boat

Antigua challenges behind us. We continue with new people, new friends, new waters, new energy, just the same old heat. NAV STATION Date: 12th February 2017 Time: 1801z Position: 15°45.7N 063° 35.7W COG: 220°T SOG: 6kts Wind: ENE 3-4 Swell: E 2-3ft Sky: 0/8 Weather: Fair weather sailing We’re at it and underway again. Disco … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Anchored in Five Islands Harbour, Antigua

Another exciting 24 hours have certainly proved that it’s not over until it’s over! Funny how 17 days of smooth sailing can culminate in 2 days of drama. NAV STATION Date: 30th January 2017 Time: 0043z Position: Anchored in Five Islands Harbour, Antigua. COG: N/A SOG: N/A Wind: E2-3 Swell: N/A Sky: 0/8 Weather: Good … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

27th January 2017 Time: 1743z Position: 16°50.3N 55°40.3W COG: 275°T SOG: 9kts Wind: ENE 5 Swell: NE 3-4ft Sky: 4/8 cumulus Weather: Good Boat, ocean, wind, land. A straight line and an ever-diminishing distance between the former and latter. Rock on. The wind is back! We are currently making over 9kts bang on target, and … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

26th January 2017 Time: 1805z Position: 16°54.7N 52°28.1W COG: 280°T SOG: 4-5kts Wind: E 3 Swell: NE 2-3ft Sky: Cirrus in the north, cumulus and altostratus in the south. Weather: Good No more pencil sharpening activities today, so things are looking up! Another time change happened yesterday evening, so things are confused again. However, where … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] SKIPPER’S REPORT

Date: 25th January 2017 Time: 1746z Position: 16°40.3N 50°11.2W COG: 295°T SOG: 5-6kts Wind: E 3-4 Swell: ENE 3-4ft Sky: 4/8 stratus/cumulus Weather: Big squall last night with winds of ≥30kts.   It can be hard to put things at sea into a context that relates to ‘normal life’ on land. I’ve been thinking hard … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

24th January 2017 Time: 1806z Position: 17°18.3N 47°29.1W COG: 250°T SOG: 6kts Wind: ENE 3-4 Swell: N 3-4ft Sky: 6/8 cumulus Weather: Some squalls around. Heavy showers seen close by, but not experienced (disappointingly). Ty is asking Lea for hair-bands. I had to open with that one. Until yesterday I was unaware of the booming … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

23rd January 2017 Time: 1932z Position: 18°21.5N 045°18.4W COG: 250°T SOG: 5kts Wind: ENE 3 Swell: E 3-4ft Sky: 3/8 cumulus Weather: Very nice, but light on wind and shade. Another scorcher down here at 18° north. It’s the sort of hot that’s gone past fun. We’ve had a real slowdown in terms of pace, … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

22nd January 2017 Time: 1808z Position: 19°04.2N 42°54.7W COG: 255°T SOG: 2-3kts Wind: SE 2 Swell: NE 2-3ft Sky: 4/8 cumulus Weather: Good Well, this morning I wrote to the shore-team that I hoped the good wind would hold out, as I was feeling that anything below a Force 4 would put the brakes on … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] SKIPPER’S REPORT

Date: 21st January 2017 Time: 1830z Position: 19°35.6N 039°57.0W COG: 250-260°T SOG: 6kts Wind: ESE 3/4 Swell: NE 3-4ft Sky: 5/8 cumulus Weather: Good   It’s been a confusing day on Disco. We did our first time change. No one knows what’s going on or what time it’s meant to be. All quite amusing.   … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

20th January 2017 Time: 1807z Position: 18°13.9N 036°50.4W COG: 285°T SOG: 9kts Wind: ESE 5 Swell: NNW 4-5ft Sky: 7/8 cumulus and altocumulus Weather: Good with occasional squalls. This is proper tropical sailing now. I don’t mean the weather; I refer to the lifestyle that sailing in these regions entails. Lea and I had a … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

19th January 2017 Time: 1848z Position: 17°12.1N 033°26.8W COG: 285°T SOG: 8kts Wind: E 5 Swell: NNE 3-4ft Sky: 4/8 cumulus and some very pretty cirrocumulus Weather: Good. “Jetsam: unwanted material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore, especially material that has been discarded to lighten the vessel” Alex’s … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

18th January 2017 Time: 1820z Position: 16°35.4N 030°25.3W COG: 260°T SOG: 7.5kts Wind: ENE5 Swell: ENE 3-4ft Sky: 6/8 cumulus Weather: Good, occasional gusty patches as darker clouds go over. What a 24 hours. The relatively slow start to our crossing in terms of daily excitement has been fast caught up. Joe was actually starting … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

17th January 2017 Time: 1840z Position: 17°01.0N 026°40.6W COG: 255°T SOG: 10kts Wind: ENE 5 Swell: NE 4-6ft Sky: 4/8 cumulus Weather: Good. Cape Verde Islands – Tick. After a very successful night of spinnaker flying (although by no means easy for the helms and there’s a certain amount of ‘night spinnaker fatigue’ around today), … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

16th January 2017 Time: 1810z Position: 18°59.1N 024°27.7W COG: 200°T SOG: 6-8kts Wind: NE 4 Swell: NE 4-6ft Sky: 6/8 cumulus Weather: Good After days of toying with the idea, considering, reconsidering, and a mindset fast bordering indecision, we finally threw the spinnaker up at the lunchtime watch change. When I say threw it up, … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

15th January 2017 Time: 1802z Position: 21°37.2N 023°06.8W COG: 215°T SOG: 8.5kts Wind: ENE 4/5 Swell: ENE 3-5ft Sky: 4/8 cumulus Weather: Good. The Curious Case of The Red Dust is gripping Discoverer. It is not yet known when Disco was overrun by The Red Dust, but it seems to have reached deep into the … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

14th January 2017 Time: 1825z Position: 24°17.6N 021°07.3W COG: 220°T SOG: 8.5kts Wind: ENE5 Swell: E 4-6ft Sky: 0/8 Weather: Just lovely. Hello from the Cape Verde Abyssal Plain. Sounds suitably dramatic doesn’t it? While the cartographical name of the particular bit of ocean we are currently sailing might sound it, our day has been … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

13th January 2017 Time: 1812z Position: 26°51.0N 018°29.4W COG: 260°T SOG: 8kts Wind: ESE 5 Swell: SE 3-4ft, with some mixed NE to make it uncomfortable. Sky: 3/8 stratus. Weather: Very hazy, with mod-poor vis all day. And once again, we are underway. That unfamiliar sight of a landmass silhouetted against the horizon has slipped … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

9th January 2017 Time: 1831z Position: 27°44N 15°47W COG: Bar SOG: 2 beers and increasing. Wind: E 5/6 Swell: E 2-3ft Sky: 0/8 Weather: Sunshine! I left you with a Force 6 blowing through our rather packed anchorage, a man stuck ashore (sorry Henry), and me feeling like the day hadn’t gone very well. If … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] SKIPPER’S REPORT

Date: 7th January 2017 Time: 0225z Position: 28°07.8N 015°25.5W COG: N/A SOG: N/A Wind: SSE 5 Swell: SSE 2-3ft Sky: 8/8 Weather: Good.   Where to begin.   It started with Gran Canaria coming into view, in that magical way land does after an offshore passage out of sight of terra firma. There were grand … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

6th January 2017 Time: 1500z Position: 28°42.4N 015°04.4W COG: 214°T SOG: 8kts Wind: SSE5 Swell: SE 3-5ft Sky: 1/8 cirrus/cumulus Weather: Good I set the challenge that the first person to sight land was entitled to a frothy (this is Ty-speak for beer. Frothies feature hugely in Ty’s life it seems. “Frothy this”, “frothy that”, … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

5th January 2017 Time: 1755z Position: 31°16.7N 013°22.5W COG: 210°T SOG: 8kts Wind: SSE3 Swell: SSW 1-2ft Sky: 3/4 cirrus Weather: Good A slow and frustrating 24 hours here, somewhere off the Moroccan coastline in what is our watery playground. The Canaries look tantalisingly close on the chart; at least they do when you zoom … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

4th January 2017 Time: 1817z Position: 33°27.2N 011°28.5W COG: 213°T SOG: 8.4kts Wind: ESE 2 Swell: W 2-4ft Sky: 1/8 cirrus Weather: Good Bacon. “It was a good day.” How the day started, and the words of one Sebastian Kosmala. I had actually been going to leave the report at the first sentence, but feel … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

3rd January 2017 Time: 1800 Position: 35°04.8N 011°17.0W COG: 140°T SOG: 6-7kts Wind: SSW 5-6 Swell: S 8ft Sky: 1/8 Weather: Good. Squalls now behind us, much more steady wind and angles. The sun is out, the spray is down, and the boat keeps on trucking. We’re still running with a fairly reduced sail plan. … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

3rd January 2017 Time: 0021 Position: 36°11.9N 012°07.5W COG: 160°T SOG: 6kts Wind: SW 6 Swell: W/SW 10-12ft Sky: 0/8 Weather: Clear, and squalls now seemingly behind us. A truly wet and wild rollercoaster the last 24 hours have been. We’ve done it all. Used every sail. Done every evolution. I’ve slept in every position … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

1st January 2017 Time: 1855 Position: 38°13.2N 012°33.6W COG: 245°T SOG: 7-8ktw Wind: S5 Swell: SW 4-6 Sky: 8/8 Weather: Various small squalls around, and conditions getting increasingly gusty. Sea state steadily building from ahead, and wind steady at a 15-20kts true for now. Planning on holding this more westerly course close to wind until … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

31st December 2016 Time: 1919 Position: 39°55.5N 009°59.2W COG: 180°T SOG: 6kts Wind: SSE 1 Swell: SE 1-2ft Sky: 2/8 Weather: Good I’ve just been handed a fresh espresso. How did it take me until day 6 to discover we had the ability to create fresh espresso shots? I just don’t understand. You were last … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

30th December 2016 Time: 1857z Position: 42°10.7N 009° 37.7W COG: 185¬°T SOG: 6.5kt Wind: S 2 Swell: W 2-3ft Sky: 0/8 Weather: Good The good pace continued all night under white sails, to a point where we nearly considered a headsail change as it was getting so lively. Disco was flying along, fully powered up … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

29th December 2016 Time: 2200 Position: 44°05.4N 008°47.4W COG: 210°T SOG: 8kts Wind: ENE 4/5 Swell: NE 3-6ft (increasing rapidly as the depth is shelving off Finisterre). Sky: 8/8 Weather: Good, nothing of note. This time yesterday evening I thought I was going to have to come up with some ‘filler’ content, to make up … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] SKIPPER’S REPORT

Date: 28th December 2016 Time: 1948z Position: 46°32.7N 007º38.2W COG: 200ºT SOG: 5-6kts Wind: NE 1-2 Swell: NE 3ft Sky: 8/8 Weather: Good.   Last nights good wind kept it up until this morning, and it was the best sailing of the trip so far. 15-20kts on the beam, and nice rolling swell on the … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

27th December 2016 Time: 2015z Position: 48º31.7N 005º11.9W COG: 215ºT SOG: 9kts Wind: E F4 Swell: NE 3-4ft Sky: 1/8 – stratus. Weather: Beautiful but cold clear starry night. A rich and varied day of sailing and life here aboard Discoverer. Last night’s good fun sailing couldn’t last forever, and we ended up with a … Continued

[ THE WIRE ] Skipper’s Report

26/12/16 1905z Position 50º12.87N 002º24.28W COG 225ºT SOG 7.5kts Weather NW 3-4, moderate sea state, 1048mb The sound of water running past the hull, lines creaking on their winches, the murmuring of voices from the deck, smell of good food in the galley, and the weather coming through the VHF. This is backdrop to my … Continued

The report of Skipper Scotty First sea trials on Discoverer

SOLENT, UNITED KINGDOM, December 14th 2016, The Longest Swim – Grand plans and a grand day out So back in September I stepped aboard Discoverer (now affectionately referred to as our ‘Disco’). Many grand plans were made that day. Get the boat in the water. Sail to San Diego. Sail to Tokyo. Do The Longest … Continued

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