FPB 64 GREY WOLF - Voyage Progress
Apr 2, 2014 | General
Follow the Long Voyage Home of FPB 64 GREY WOLF, as Peter Watson makes the epic journey from Auckland to Guernsey. He will be ably assisted by his crew of Tony Jones, Jeff Holden, Glenn Harman and the Berthon apprentice that joins the crew on each leg of the journey - Jack Gunstone-Smith (3rd year Shipwright) in New Zealand, Ben Pearcy (2nd year Marine Electrician) in Tahiti, Sam Parker (3rd year Marine Electrician) in Panama, Sam Page (2nd year Painter) in Antigua, Dan Pilcher (1st year Marine Electrician) in Bermuda and Nathan Smith (1st year Marine Engineer) in Horta.
FPB 64 GREY WOLF spends time with her friend LUSI
We have had a false start it seems…. It was looking good to start the Long Voyage Home on Monday, but now the weather is getting a tad vicious, which is some cause for concern. However I feel safe in the knowledge the crew and skipper are experienced yachtsmen and that GREY WOLF can definitely take the most difficult of conditions in her stride. At the moment I am experiencing feelings of excitement for the adventure ahead of me as well as thoughts of the discoveries to be made along the way, both about myself and also the surprises that Mother Nature, in all her glory, has in store for us.
In the meantime as Cyclone LUSI rolls into the Northland, we have doubled up the mooring lines with high modulus warps, which are now holding GREY WOLF away from the dock so that she can ride out the weather in comfort. This means that we have now had some practice with the heaving lines prepared for the Panama Canal passage. We were able to bridge the 30 metre gap outboard to the adjacent dock. Having GREY WOLF’s sister ORCA outboard was certainly a help in accomplishing our mission.