Global Solo Challenge – on Piracy.

https://globalsolochallenge.com/mauritania-piracy/

Getting close to Africa’s western coast, aside from not being a logical choice as in typical seasonal weather should mean finding headwinds and opposing currents, not to mention the not entirely unlikely chance of pirate attacks. However, if weather systems are displaced from their normal position the fastest route may take skippers further inshore.

Even though pirates are known to mainly target cargo ships, attacks on yachts are not unheard of.

Polyphasic sleep

https://globalsolochallenge.com/polyphasic-sleep/

How to switch to polyphasic mode

During your first solo races, the switch from monophasic to polyphasic sleep can be very hard. It can take up to 3-4 day of adaptation, this effectively means that for shorter races you never even get to see the benefits. During longer races on the other hand, after the third or fourth day we will notice that our body has adapted. We no longer feel the same impulse for sleep as direct correlation with day and night.

Non perdere nessuna opportunità di riposarsi
Sleep when you can, where you can.

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Hurricane Season goes Ελληνικά (Greek).

UPDATE Below @ 10:00 hrs Sept 20 from US Weather Service

Upperdate Below @ 07:00 hrs Sept 21.

It is still September – 20th today, and already the publicists at the weather forecasters have run out of letters of the alphabet. For some reason, the meteorological alphabet runs from A to T. So rather than use the Japanese model and number storms, they went Greek for “the second time since the ’50s” That’s so we blame it on #climatechange. Right. Storm Beta is this week’s concern.

So here we are again, checking on Frank. Last night was quite cool, so I slept well. The Marina had emailed that they were going to close off the cap park and vehicle access to the piers at 9am. So I moved the truck last night.

Woke to a beautiful morning with a cooling breeze and some haze. And an email saying that pier access is now open until Midday. Here’s why:

Hopefully, Beta will keep nudging North West.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s 2,000.

TS Beta, 07:00 CST, September 21 2020. Should be ok.

Cooking Up A Storm!

Well, I will be. Because I have retired the Plastimo Atlantic Oven and in its place is a brand new, stainless steel, super shiny Neptune 4500.

Made in England, it is from Bolton by Leisure Products, who made the Atlantic many years ago.

Swapping was quite straightforward, as the widths are the same, 470mm at the gimbals. The Atlantic is pretty grotty – it was rusty in 2013, and is now set to be recycled.

Charting Frank’s course from Camariñas to St Croix

I have started to work on the video of Frank’s crossing from Camariñas to Corpus Christi. There are three legs to this part of the 4-leg trip, after crossing Biscay in November 2014: Camariñas – Porto Santo (Feb 4 – Feb 12 2015); Porto Santo – St Croix, USVI Feb 12 – March 8 2015); St Croix – Port Aransas, Texas (Dec 24 – Jan 16 2016).

I used an Inreach Satellite Tracker/Messager (since bought by Garmin), and this has a complete record of my route and sms/email messages. I cannot speak highly enough of this little marvel.

So here are the routes and some messages and notes that I made, between Northern Spain and St Croix. I will add more detail in subsequent postings as I work on the video, and then I will work on the final leg through the Caribbean, into the Gulf of Mexico and to Port Aransas, Texas.

Exit Camariñas Feb 4 2015
Porto Santo to N Madeira
Camariñas – St Croix Feb 4-March 8, 2015
Porto Santo to St Croix Feb 4 – March 8, 2015
The Home Run to St Croix, March 4-8 2015

1800 Miles from Tortola

I have several hours of video from my solo Atlantic crossing, and have been too busy to create a video of this 2nd leg of my sail from Gosport to Corpus Christi, Texas.

Four years and three months ago I was heading to Tortola, BVI. I came across a short video clip, and turned it into this short message relating the solo sailor to starting up a business: there are many talented sailors, but only a few are “the willing”. Likewise in business.

It is not really a “Frank-Just Frank” video, but without Frank I would not have been there. BTW, I never did get to Tortola, heading instead to St Croix, where I immigrated to the USA and parked Frank for a few months at St Croix Marine