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Burness Atlantic Challenge

Vessel Name: Daal II
Vessel Make/Model: Amel Sharki
Crew: Craig, Katie and Cameron Burness
About: Father (Cameron), son (Craig) and Katie (daughter) team. Craig is skipper, Katie first officer with Cameron the deckhand.
Extra: Craig's sailing yacht is 33 years old, 5 years older than Craig himself. The boat was designed by Henri Amel and J. Carteau and built in Chantiers Amel (FRA) in 1984. Craig’s yacht is #97 from 195 built between 1980 and 1987.
15 January 2018 | 772 miles to go
14 January 2018 | 905 miles to go
14 January 2018 | Halfway
14 January 2018 | under 1000 miles to Barbados
13 January 2018 | 1144 miles to Barbados
12 January 2018 | Atlantic Somewhere
12 January 2018 | about a third of the way across
11 January 2018 | Somewhere in the Atlantic
11 January 2018 | Somewhere in the Atlantic
11 January 2018 | 1425 miles to Barbados
10 January 2018 | 1556 miles to go
09 January 2018 | Somewhere in the Atlantic
09 January 2018 | 1755 miles to go
07 January 2018 | Baia do Tarrafal, Santo Antao
06 January 2018 | Tarrafal
06 January 2018 | Baia do Tarrafal, Santo Antao
04 January 2018 | Mindelo
04 January 2018 | Mindelo
04 January 2018 | Mindelo
04 January 2018 | Tarrafal
Recent Blog Posts
15 January 2018 | 772 miles to go

Spot the difference

Lovely blue sky, sunny and a water temp of 25.9 degrees. The downside is we have lost some wind, not Craig, and our average speed is reducing. There are some clouds rolling in behind us so hopefully we can get the average back on track later. No fish for a couple of days now, had some on but they got off and he had one large one break the elastic and pull all the line overboard. He is now down to the last 2 lines. Mince and tatties for me tonight. Did you spot the difference? We are now on a port tack. TTFN.

14 January 2018 | 905 miles to go

Daal II now has Wilson the second

The kids have got a new crew member for Dad, Wilson the second. As he said no one was listening to him they recruited Wilson as chief Dad listener.

14 January 2018 | Halfway

The 3 Musketeers pass half way

The 3 Musketeers have just passed half way. We are celebrating with Head chef Craig’s vegan pumpkin and cinnamon pancakes serve with a drizzle Canarian syrup and tea or coffee. We will adjust the sails to a port tack this afternoon to hopefully allow us to keep the good winds. TTFN

14 January 2018 | under 1000 miles to Barbados

Katie takes us through 1000 miles to go

Katie took us through 1000 miles to go during her watch. Katie can not be here in person to tell you about it as she just finished her 3-6 night watch and is sleeping. Hopefully another milestone later today. Craig is up, fishing lines out then breakfast. The predicted bigger swell is here and is forecast to get bigger up to 4 metres and the silver lining the period of the waves should increase from current 6 secs up to 9 secs. Roll on that extra 3 secs. Sunrise on the 14th, 1000 mile day. TTFN

13 January 2018 | 1144 miles to Barbados

Possibly a Midnight Express moment today

Message from the 3-6 watch overnight. Winds still good, swell between 2-3 metres, the slight issue is the period between the wave peaks is around 6 secs which keeps the boat rocking. The forecast indicates that from later today the wave period should begin to increase a little. If you remember the movie Midnight Express and the scene when he decides he is going to get out and starts walking the wrong way round the yard against the flow of other prisoners. I think I will walk round the wrong way today and say I am having chicken not fish. Papa Smurf TTFN

12 January 2018 | Atlantic Somewhere

Gym facilities could be better

Craig on his morning gym circuit. Not sure the equipment and location will be up to Janet’s standard. We are currently making the most of the wind. Did 22 miles during the last 3 hour watch. We had another Mahi Mahi earlier but lost it just before we got it to the boat. Lines back out and fingers crossed.it is sunny and clear blue sky at the moment. Off to think about lunch. TTFN

Spot the difference

15 January 2018 | 772 miles to go
Cameron
Lovely blue sky, sunny and a water temp of 25.9 degrees. The downside is we have lost some wind, not Craig, and our average speed is reducing. There are some clouds rolling in behind us so hopefully we can get the average back on track later. No fish for a couple of days now, had some on but they got off and he had one large one break the elastic and pull all the line overboard. He is now down to the last 2 lines. Mince and tatties for me tonight. Did you spot the difference? We are now on a port tack. TTFN.

Daal II now has Wilson the second

14 January 2018 | 905 miles to go
Cameron
The kids have got a new crew member for Dad, Wilson the second. As he said no one was listening to him they recruited Wilson as chief Dad listener.

The 3 Musketeers pass half way

14 January 2018 | Halfway
Cameron
The 3 Musketeers have just passed half way. We are celebrating with Head chef Craig’s vegan pumpkin and cinnamon pancakes serve with a drizzle Canarian syrup and tea or coffee. We will adjust the sails to a port tack this afternoon to hopefully allow us to keep the good winds. TTFN

Katie takes us through 1000 miles to go

14 January 2018 | under 1000 miles to Barbados
Cameron
Katie took us through 1000 miles to go during her watch. Katie can not be here in person to tell you about it as she just finished her 3-6 night watch and is sleeping. Hopefully another milestone later today. Craig is up, fishing lines out then breakfast. The predicted bigger swell is here and is forecast to get bigger up to 4 metres and the silver lining the period of the waves should increase from current 6 secs up to 9 secs. Roll on that extra 3 secs. Sunrise on the 14th, 1000 mile day. TTFN

Possibly a Midnight Express moment today

13 January 2018 | 1144 miles to Barbados
Cameron
Message from the 3-6 watch overnight. Winds still good, swell between 2-3 metres, the slight issue is the period between the wave peaks is around 6 secs which keeps the boat rocking. The forecast indicates that from later today the wave period should begin to increase a little. If you remember the movie Midnight Express and the scene when he decides he is going to get out and starts walking the wrong way round the yard against the flow of other prisoners. I think I will walk round the wrong way today and say I am having chicken not fish. Papa Smurf TTFN

Gym facilities could be better

12 January 2018 | Atlantic Somewhere
Cameron
Craig on his morning gym circuit. Not sure the equipment and location will be up to Janet’s standard. We are currently making the most of the wind. Did 22 miles during the last 3 hour watch. We had another Mahi Mahi earlier but lost it just before we got it to the boat. Lines back out and fingers crossed.it is sunny and clear blue sky at the moment. Off to think about lunch. TTFN
Daal II's Photos - Main
Some photographs of our time in Mindelo.
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Created 30 December 2017
Selection of photographs from Gran Canaria
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Created 14 December 2017
First leg of the Burness Atlantic Challenge, Gibraltar to Mohammedia, Morocco.
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Created 29 November 2017

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