Lat: 37 46.72′ S
Long: 114 07.03′ E
Inst Speed: 14.89
Wind Dir: 262
Wind Speed: 18.8
Distance last 24hr: 391.2
Distance to finish:
We are missing a bit of rudder
Heading for 40 degrees south
Charles and Hooch at 40 degrees South – as sailors 40 South is a ‘landmark’ the start of the roaring 40s

Email from the boat to shore: 

From: OmanTri
To: update
Subject: rudder damage
Date: 26/01/2009 00:20:00

Attachment N1: rudderdamage1.wmv

so we hit something – a bit of a B-Bang- hull then rudder and the bottom
1/3 or so of the rudder broke off it was night of course… filmed that
first inspection – now pressing on and won’t get better pictures till after
the gybe in 6-8 hours time as we can still sail ok on port tack ( stbd float
rudder damaged)

you can just see the broken bit when it comes clear of the water for a

longer update later

Second email from the boat: 

From: OmanTri
To: update
Subject: another day of waiting
Date: 26/01/2009 02:34:38

We are continuing to sail to the East – and are currently around 240nm SW
of Cape Leeuwin – the western most part of Australia, and we continue to
wait for the cold front – a change in the weather that wiill have us sailing
S and SE rather than E. As the front arrives we can expect stronger winds –
and less stable air – gusts which change in speed and also a little in
direction. It’s important to get South as at some point we have to get to at
least 44S to get around Tasmainia, and more importantly for the next few
days to avoid some large calm patches of High pressure in the Great
Australia Bight – the large indentation in Australia’s south coast. But for
now as the waiting continues for that change we have the gennaker and full
mainsail flying and sailing at around 17 kts boatspeed, it’s clear blue
skies to our NE and to our SW we can see the start of the cloud that signals
the approaching front. we can imagine to feel it’s effects in the next 6
hours. The tempreture on deck is a lovely 22degrees, it’s daylight now of
course, but overnight there was a slight nip in the air. This is not a
strong front by Southern Ocean standards, but it will be a powerful reminder
that sailing in great conditions doesn’t last for ever. After the front the
next 24hrs should be windy reaching S and SE before having some light
patches on tuesday to thursday befor we can take off again heading for New

These light patches are a blessing for us as last night whilst sailing along
at around 20 kts we hit something – we have no idea what – but can imagine
something soft(ish) there as a double bang , B-Bang, and a jolt on the
rudders. With the search light on to the rudder we could see the bottom
1/3rd was missing. What ever we hit must have come off pretty badly, i’m
sorry to say – but we don’t seem to have done any hull damage which is
good. We gybed so that it was the windward rudder for an inspection, before
gybing back and checking control – whilst heavy it’s managable so we decided
not to risk people on the float in the night – better in the day light and
in calmer conditions

We have a spare rudder onboard, so when the winds lighten and seas a calmer
we’ll exchange them and see the real extent of the damage to the blade. (
hopefully sometime before sunset on Tuesday for us – could be around 1500
hrs tuesday when it will be daylight

Everything else onboard is going ok for now everyone getting sleep whilst
the motion is not to bad.
and the weather heading to New Zealand looks fairly good – we’ll have some
work to do on tuesday wednesdy and thursday to get through some light
variable conditions to get south but apart from that the run to NZL could be
a good one.

A friend of mine has emailed the following questions which are pretty good

1. what was the first thing you have managed to eat from the sea and how you
cooked it?
err… nothing yet – Theirry’s fishing exploits proved unsuccessful, and we
have thrown any live flying fish back to the sea – they smell far too bad to
cook – we are not that desparate yet. But in our dreams we have managed to
catch and fillet some Sea Bass, and cooked it simply in butter……..

2. A list of anything in the water which shouldn’t be there i.e. drinks can

We have been sailing through very clean sea we did get a plastic bag or
piece of plastic on the main rudder the other day, but on the whole we have
been impressed by the lack of ‘man’s junk’ floating around the ocean. We
were dispointed not to see much wildlife but now that we have hit something
with the rudder I think we’d better be careful what we wish for!

3. And a method of accutately weighing yourselves???

nope not found one yet….anyone got any ideas?

Weather Router’s advice: 

From: Commanders’ Weather
Subject: weather Mon 1-26
Date: 26/01/2009 15:18:00

To: Charles Darbyshire and crew of “Musandam”

From: Commanders Weather Corp

Event: sail around the world

Last Position: 38 40s/115 02e at 1330utc Mon, Jan 26

Prepared: 1430utc Monday, January 26, 2009

SummaryÖ Strongest winds this week may be right now.

1) Moderate WSW breeze will be diminishing next 12-18 hours as frontal
system off to your E

continues moving away.

2) Then your winds likely clock to NW by 12 utc Tue.

3) Low pressure will be near 50s/11e by 12 utc Tue and heading SE

a) Associated frontal system will be approaching from the

3) If you are down near 42-43s your winds will be 15-20 kts then.

4) But winds will be significantly lighter to the N and E of there so you
need to be near

41s/122e by 12 utc Tue if you want wind speeds < 10 kts to do repairs.

5) The route below tries to keep you in as much sailing wind as possible so
we have you further S.

6) Still though you will end up in light air 12 utc Wed to 6 utc Thu as you
will be in between weather

systems at that time.

a) If you can wait that long you could do repairs

b) Being further S late week will be better than
being further N.

7) In general there will be more wind to sail with further S than being
further N mid to late week.

8) But still not a lot of wind either perhaps 15-20 kts at times 12 utc Thu
and 12 utc Friday.

9) There may be a trough passage Thu and another Sat but neither look to be
very strong.

RoutingÖRouting below takes advantage of what wind there is to get as far S
as possible by Tue and

Wed to avoid light air to the NE.

If you need to get to light winds < 10 kts to do repairs
soon then suggest getting yourself

over toward 41s/122E by 12 utc Tue. Winds will be
lighter to the E and N then and

stronger to the W and S

If you can wait longer for repairs you may have another
light and variable period around 00

utc Thu on the route below.

Wind directions are TRUE, wind speed in kts, and time is UTC

Mon, Jan 26

18: 240-260/18-25

WeatherÖVariable cloudiness.

Seas up to 8-12 feet ñ SW swell

Tue, Jan 27 ñ winds lighter to the N and E, stronger to the S and W

00: 230-250/15-20

06: 250-270/10-15

12: 310-330/ 15-20 nr 42 30s/121e – now on port and heading E-ESE

18: 300-320/15-22

WeatherÖPartly cloudy

Seas ÖSW swell 8-12 ft

Wed, Jan 28 ñ winds diminish

00: 310-330/12-17

06: 310-330/10-15

12: 320-340/ 8-12 nr 43s/127e

18: 300-270/ 5-10

WeatherÖPartly cloudy

SeasÖSW swell 8-12 ft

Thu, Jan 29

00: lt/variable

06: 270-290/ 8-12

12: 260-280/15-20 nr 44 30s/132 30e

18: 260-280/12-17

WeatherÖPartly cloudy

SeasÖ8-12 ft SW swell

Fri, Jan 30

00: 270-290/ 5-10

06: 310-330/ 8-12

12: 320-340/12-20, nr 45 40s/137 30e

18: 320-340/12-17

WeatherÖPartly cloudy to cloudy

SeasÖ 6-10 ft SW swell

Sat, Jan 31

00: 290-310/ 10-15

12: 240-260/ 15-20 nr 46s/145e

WeatherÖConsiderable cloudiness with scattered squally showers

Seas 6-10 ft SW swell

Best regards, Tom Mattus

Commanders Weather Corp.
Tel: 603-882-6789

A selection of pictures from today: