quinta-feira, 19 de novembro de 2009


18 de novembro

Blog 13 from Captain Philip Beale

We are currently passing through the Inter- Tropical Coversion Zone (ITCZ) where the weather systems of the north and south meet just slightly below the equator. In the Atlantic this area is known as the doldrums but in the Indian Ocean there is usually wind, albeit lighter and much more variable than in the established wind systems. We are currently at 3 degrees south and some where between here and 8 degrees south we will hit the south east trade winds that will propel us towards Dar Es Salaam.Needless to say the slower winds and that we have had to come so far east to avoid the pirates, as dampened spirits on board.

Also we have had a barren time with the fishing recently and caught nothing for several days. Dirman's refrain that the fish are "sleeping" is beginning to wear a bit thin! Still there is just a sense that the wind may be starting to shift. If it is confirmed that will raise our spirits and we will gradually get back to some exciting sailing, no doubt with the odd down pour that the south east trade winds are known for.



Phoenicia crosses the equator

On 14.11.09 Phoenicia crossed the equator during the current leg from Oman to Tanzania. The crew marked this with the time honoured tradition of a reception with King Neptune and a small celebration onboard. Despite having to take wide easterly course due to the threat of piracy (see below) Phoenicia is sailing incredibly well. Phoenicia is averaging speeds of 5 knots on this passage which is expected to take up to one month in total to complete. You can keep up to date with news from the crew on the blog http://www.phoenicia.org.uk/inspiring-blog.htm

Piracy update!

The level of piracy activity in the Gulf of Aden and Somali basin has increased dramatically over the last month. This is not good news for the Phoenicia team as they transit the high risk area. During this "nail biting" passage Phoenicia benefits from the support of Security Advisers Drum Cussac who are in regular contact with the ship as well as advice and information from MSC(HOA). Captain Philip Beale is leading the international team of 11 with caution and as a result Phoenicia is taking a wide easterly route around the Seychelles before they reach the south east trade winds to take them towards Africa. You can view the route of the ship live on the satellite tracker click here.