Diary of The Challenge 2018 to Rhode Island

Tim Luke and Medusa Have Finished

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17 June 2018 16:25 Local Time (21:25 BST)
Tim Luke on Medusa finished today at Castle Hill
Light at 16:25 local time.
Tim and His boat are in excellent condition.
5 June 2018 10:50 BST
A quick Tim Luke update – Medusa is performing brilliantly but after 10 days of wind, rain and waves everything in and on the boat is wet through – except for his waterproof pillow! Wires on the solar panel disconnected a while ago to make it useless and the wind generator brake keeps jamming on but thankfully seems to correct itself after a while. Despite the various challenges Tim is loving his adventure, learning a lot and is delighted with how Medusa is looking after him.

 John Apps and Raven

21 June 2018
Raven at 38deg35’N 059deg04’W. Other than Karl, any of the other Marx brothers
get a mention in Belarus, Groucho, Harpo, Chico? John

20 June 2018
Raven at 38deg33’N 057deg16’W. Satphone couldn’t make connection for 2 days but ok this morning. John

GPS fix
Lat: N 38 29′ 47”
Long: W 57 12′ 40”
Time: 10:39:34 UTC
Date: 20-06-2018
Altitude: 2 m
Velocity: 0 km/h
Horiz: +/- 32 m
Vert: +/- 48 m

17 June 2018
Raven at 37deg57’N 052deg50’W. Couldn’t get phone to shake hands with satellite
yesterday due to heavy rain and cloud. John

15 June 2018
Raven at 38deg34’N 052deg36’W. Blowing gale 8 unpleasant. John

14 June 2018
Raven at 38deg23’N 51deg26’W. No wind since 03:00, rolling and pitching,
pitching and rolling. John

Click here for John’s Diary up until 14 June 2018

Sitrep 2: 3rd June 2018

I  thought it time to offer a recap and update as those still on their way to Newport have recently passed the halfway point.

So far we have had five retirements:

  • Doug Pingel in Jekeeda returned home following a pre-race accident and stitches to his head.
    Click here for Doug’s Diary.
  • Chris Jackson in Sixpence to the Azores following serious storm damage to, inter alia, the boat’s electrics. He will continue to Newport by air where he will be met by his family.
    Click here for Chris’ Diary.
  • Howard Chivers in Sandpiper to Azores following serious damage to a hand.
    Click here for Howard’s Diary.
  • Steve Hickey in Newlyn Madjic not sure where to…..?
    Click here for Steve’s Diary.
  • Len Hiley in Emu to the Azores having run out of time.
    Click here for Len’s Diary.

We have two still on their way to Newport:

  • John Apps in Raven reported on 1 June at 35º 37’N; 36º 25’W
  • Tim Luke in Medusa reported on 1 June at 37º 36’N; 46º 48’W

Good luck to John and Tim: easier (all things are relative for the winds in their projected positions are currently contrary) to go on than turn back now….?


Sitrep 1: 7th May 2018

Not so much a sitrep as I have had no time since returning home but 7 starters were confirmed although Doug had an accident ashore and may be a late starter – two others may start late.  We wish Doug a speedy recovery.
  • Tim Luke in Medusa
  • Doug Pingel in Jekeeda 2
  • Chris Jackson in Sixpence 
  • Howard Chivers in Sandpiper 
  • Len Hiley in Emu
  • John Apps in Raven
  • Steve Hickey in Newlyn Madjic

Near ideal conditions for the start with a warm sun and lightish southerly winds.

Only problem was the starting ‘cannon’ due to the absence of the normal ‘gunner’ (Peter Cameron) and the incompetence of Ewen S-T.   However, the actual start gun was fired by Heather S-T as a tenth birthday present.  ES-T will attend a gunnery refresher course by next year’s JBC – and a new firing pin will be fitted.

As always our immense thanks to the Commodore and Members of the TRSC and especially the staff for the BBQ, dinner and breakfast.

All we can do now is wish all JC 2018 skippers GOOD LUCK and much moons’l sailing to Newport.

Ewen S-T

Jester burgee

This is a photo of the original burgee, that has flown throughout every Jester challenge since the first one, from the starboard cross trees of Black Velvet. It was flown on Equinox for the start of this year’s Jester Challenge. It has now been transferred to Black Velvet and will be flown until every Jester is safely accounted for.






5 thoughts on “Diary of The Challenge 2018 to Rhode Island

  1. Great to be able to follow the progress of nearly all the yachts – sounds like it’s been a hard start to the adventure


  2. Thank you so much Tina! Do you know if other boats have similar tracking? We hope the site can consolidate all information so we can see the progress of all skippers. We wish all the best!


  3. Hi, delighted to see the updates on this site. Would love to see it as the ‘go-to’ Jester site, and hopefully with the Sitreps being published here it might do so. Good luck to all


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