The Race E07 – Shipwrecked: Phil and Passepartout were sleeping like babies when suddenly they heard a loud, crunching noise. What was it and where are they now? They’re off to find out what’s happened but someone very important is missing.
shipwrecked – unable to go anywhere because your ship/boat has been damaged in an accident
castaways – people who are left on an island or beach (where there are no other people) because their ship has been sunk or damaged
marooned – left or stuck in a place that you cannot leave
driftwood – wood that is floating on the sea or brought onto the beach by the sea
beachcombing – searching a beach for shells or valuable or useful objects
The Race – Episode 6: Phil’s audio diary
Dear Diary, we thought our trip had come to an early end. Somebody stole our yacht – we thought they were pirates.
A man I met in Reunion Island took us out to sea to find our yacht and luckily, we found it. It wasn’t pirates who took it, just some silly young men who wanted a bit of fun. We started on our journey again and took it in turns to sail. Sophia went first – Passepartout and I fell asleep but we woke up when heard a loud crunching sound. We’re going to find what’s going on.
The Race E07: Shipwrecked
Hello again. It’s day 45. Passepartout and I were sleeping like babies when we suddenly heard a loud creaking and cracking sound. What could it be? We’re in the middle of the Indian Ocean so we can’t have hit any rocks. Sophia is up on deck steering the yacht – I need to find out what’s going on. up) Err… what’s all that noise? I was having a wonderful dream – I was saving the Titanic from hitting an iceberg…
Passepartout, something’s happened.
What? Err, where’s this water coming from?
I’m going up to the deck… Sophia, Sophia, what was that noise? Sophia? Where’s Sophia?! She’s not here!
Out of the way, let me have a look… No, she’s definitely gone… but hold on, look, we’ve been swept onto a beach.
We’ve landed on a huge, yellow, sandy beach. And beyond the beach there’s a line of palm trees – with coconuts growing on them. It looks like some kind of tropical island. Our satnav says we are at 11 degrees south, 100 degrees east – but according to the map there shouldn’t be any land at this location. Why are we here, and where is Sophia?
Phil look, there’s a hole in the yacht – that’s why the water’s coming in.
Oh no – what are we going to do? We’re castaways, stuck here forever.
Of course we’re not. Just go and collect some palm leaves and a few bits of driftwood. Luckily I learnt some yacht repair skills from a TV programme I watched. I should be able to patch her up.
Aye aye captain. We need to get back to sea as soon as possible to look for Sophia.
Hmm, I don’t think we’ll see her again. The ocean is huge: it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.
We must try.
We can’t give up on Sophia now. I’ve collected all the bits that Passepartout needs for the repairs. I’ve made a small fire so I can boil some water and make some much-needed tea. Whilst I was beachcombing I found a beautiful shell. According to my encyclopaedia, it is a rare type of conch shell. That’s lucky – it is one of the things I need to collect as part of my challenge. Hmm, that’s one bit of good news in a sea of bad news. Right, I just need to take a few photos before we go to put on my travel blog…
OK, the yacht is fixed, well sort of – give me a hand to scoop out the water that got inside. We’ll need to head for somewhere where we can get some proper repairs done. But I think we can be on our way. OK, you just need to help me push her out to sea. Here goes…
… Jump on Phil. I’ll get the sails up and we’ll be on our way.
Hey look Passepartout – we’ve picked up a stowaway. A parrot!
Hmm, wonderful, now I’ve got someone I can have a proper conversation with!
I think we should keep it – it might bring us some good luck.
If you say so. Now look, according to our map, I think we’ll miss Indonesia and head for Papua New Guinea. With a good tail-wind we should be there… mmm… tomorrow – yes?
No Passepartout! We need to sail around here first to search for Sophia. She can’t be far away – maybe she fell off when we hit the beach?
Hey, I think it’s seen something. Quick – where are the binoculars? There! I can see something.
Sure enough – the parrot has seen something. We’ve got closer and yes! It is Sophia – she’s floating on some kind of shipping container. I thought she was gone forever, but she’s back – and I’m so happy.
Phil! Passepartout! Over here! Throw me a rope. Oh I’m so pleased to see you again. Oh I’m so hungry and thirsty. I’m so sorry. I fell asleep and a big wave threw me overboard. I tried to call out… but you didn’t hear me. I saw that old container and swam towards it. I was drifting about on it – I thought I would never see you again – I thought I was going to die – but Phil, you saved me.
Well… I did, didn’t I? But Passepartout helped me too, I think. He fixed the boat.
Oh yes, well done – and who is your new friend?
Just some parrot. It decided to perch on our yacht. It hasn’t got a name yet but I suppose it can join us for this trip.
Ah, he’s cute… I’ll try and think of a name. In the meantime, how about some of that wonderful tea Phil? Come on Passepartout, we’ve no time to waste, we’ve got to get moving if we’re going to win this race.
What? Yes, I know that.
The team is back together. I’m so pleased we found Sophia – although I’m not so sure Passepartout is. We were making very good progress until we got shipwrecked. That cost us a lot of time and now, only hard work and good luck will get us back to London in 80 days. Our next stop is Papua New Guinea, where we can finish repairing The Mermaid. But how long will that take? Time is running out.
The Race – Episode 7: Phil’s audio diary
Dear Diary, what a day we’ve had! We were sleeping like babies when suddenly we heard a loud, crunching noise. We were washed up on a beach – you could say we were shipwrecked – and Sophia had disappeared.
I helped Passepartout fix a hole in our yacht and we set sail again. A parrot came onto our yacht and we decided to keep it – we needed to find a name for it.
Luckily, we found Sophia. She fell off the yacht while she was sleeping. When we found her, she was sitting on an old shipping container in the middle of the ocean, waiting to be rescued. Now we’re all back together and heading for Papua New Guinea.
The Race E07: Shipwrecked Transcript Video
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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