The Race E05 – Land ahoy!: Can this trip get any harder? The crew are trying to find their way around the world without their satellite navigation system. Passepartout has hit his head and needs medical help. They must find land soon – but where?
supplies – (here) food and other things you must have for daily living
purchase – buy something
complimentary – given for free
souvenirs – things you buy on a trip or holiday to help you remember your visit
cost an arm and a leg – (was) very expensive
The Race – Episode 4: Phil’s audio diary
Dear Diary, what a scary few days.
We got Sophia off the island onto our yacht. We sailed around the Cape of Good Hope. The sea was very rough. Then our satnav broke and we didn’t know where we were going.
Passepartout tried to fix it but then fell over and knocked his head badly. We had to get him to a hospital but we didn’t know which way to sail.
We are now following the stars and heading east. I am making tea – and I am missing home.
The Race E05: Land ahoy!
Wooah! Watch out!
That was close.
Day 35 – we’ve just missed being hit by a huge container ship. We’re all so tired and we didn’t see it coming. We’ve been at sea for several days and without our satellite navigation system it’s hard to know which way we’re going. Passepartout needs medical help and we have to get more food supplies. We must find land soon…
Land? Really? At last! Come on. Let’s head for the harbour and find a hospital quickly.
Oh, my head.
We’re on dry land. It’s such a great feeling after just looking at endless water day after day. But where are we? People are speaking French and there’s a wonderful smell of fresh coffee in the air. Anyway, we mustn’t waste any more time. Sophia is taking Passepartout to a hospital to see a doctor about the cut on his head. I have to get our satnav fixed and purchase some more supplies for the next leg of our journey.And I must take some photographs too to put on my travel blog. But wait a minute, I don’t know where I am! Time for a walk I think…
Excuse me young man – that coffee smells wonderful.
Oh this is Bourbon Pointu coffee. It’s the best in the world and you can only get it here.
And where is here?
Reunion Island! So that’s where we are. Goodness, we really have gone off course!
Where are you heading?
We’re supposed to be sailing around the world – but we got lost when our satnav broke.
Oh you don’t have to worry about that, my brother fixes gadgets. I’m sure he can help. Let me take it for you and if you come back at 4 o’clock it will be ready. Hopefully!
Brilliant. And while I’m here can I buy some of those beans?
Sure. Here, take some coffee beans as a present from me to you – and remember your visit to Reunion.
I had to bring home some unique and special coffee beans as part of the challenge, so this is gift is perfect. But we have a long way to go; we mustn’t waste any more time. I must get on with the shopping, wait for our satnav to be fixed and hope that Passepartout will be ok.
Phil, Phil… we’re back. Passepartout has got some stiches in his head. I think he’ll be fine…
Oh will I? You’re the expert now? Maybe if you leave me to sail our yacht we won’t have any more accidents?
Come on Passepartout, let’s all try to get on shall we? I know how useful you are – but Sophia got us safely through to Reunion. Come along – let’s all be friends. Ok?
OK then. How’s the satnav?
It’s fixed and it didn’t cost much. Look, if I switch it on…. I can tell you exactly where we are: 21 degrees south, 55 degrees east.
Yes, and look, I’ve got some special coffee to take home.Bourbon Pointu.
Another one of your ‘souvenirs’! Come on, we must get going – the weather forecast says there’s a big storm coming and we have to avoid it.
Yes, good idea. We can’t waste any more time. Let’s get back to the harbour. Passepartout, could you carry these bags of food please… they’re… quite heavy.
Isn’t this where we left the yacht – between these two other boats?
Are you sure Sophia? We did arrive in a rush.
No, it was definitely here. In fact – look – these are our ropes. They’ve been cut. I don’t believe it but I think our yacht has been stolen.
Stolen! It couldn’t get any worse. We’re stuck halfway around the world with no yacht. There is no way we can get round the world in 80 days now. We’ve got to find our yacht – but where is it?
The Race – Episode 5: Phil’s audio diary
We made it to Reunion Island and Passepartout got to the hospital to get the cut on his head fixed. I got the satnav fixed and went shopping. A very kind man gave me a bag of local coffee beans to take home. Everything was going well until we got back to the port and found our yacht had been stolen. We are now stuck in Reunion. What can we do?
The Race E05: Land ahoy! Transcript Video
The Race – Episode 5: Video diary
Phil: Hello again. We’re on dry land. It’s such a great feeling after just looking at endless water day after day. But where are we? Let me show you on this map that I’ve drawn.
We are around here in Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Our journey started in London in the UK here – and we sailed down to Cape Verde here. Then a big storm meant we had to divert to here, Sao Tome and Principe. That’s where we met Sophia. She helped us sail around the Cape of Good Hope to where we are now.
The plan is to sail east all the way across the Indian Ocean to Indonesia, over there. It looks like a long away. Anyway, Passepartout is at the hospital having the cut on his head stitched up and I’ve been shopping. Look, someone has given me some coffee beans. Mmm, delicious.
Now what else do I need to buy for the next stage of our voyage?
BBC Drama – The Race Episodes
- The Race E10: Great prize (transcript video)
- The Race E09: Plain sailing (transcript video)
- The Race E08: Aye aye Captain Phil! (transcript video)
- The Race E07: Shipwrecked (transcript video)
- The Race E06: Find our yacht! (transcript video)
- The Race E05: Land ahoy! (transcript video)
- The Race E04: All at sea (transcript video)
- The Race E03: Any Port in a Storm (transcript video)
- The Race E02: Start the Clock! (transcript video)
- The Race E01: The challenge is set (transcript video)
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