The Race E09 – Plain sailing: Phil and Passepartout are reunited with Sophia and the adventure continues towards Papua New Guinea. But there are further troubles ahead involving a credit card and a lobster! You can hear a summary of what happens here.
under the weather – unwell; feeling ill
(to have) the wind in our sails – making good progress
batten down the hatches – prepare for a difficult situation
ride the storm – to stay safe and not be damaged or harmed during a difficult time
The Race – Episode 8: Phil’s audio diary
We made it to Papua New Guinea. We had to buy some food and water for our journey but we didn’t have any money. We had to sell some of our things to pay for our supplies.
We set sail across the Pacific Ocean. And I cooked a special lobster dinner but it made Passepartout and Sophia very sick. I had to sail the yacht by myself. I was trying to find somewhere to land but there was a storm and I nearly hit the rocks. I really want to go home!
The Race E09: Plain sailing
The Race – Episode 9: Phil’s audio diary
Dear Diary, things are going well. We had a short break in Tahiti to clean up our yacht. Passepartout and Sophia are feeling much better.
They made me captain of the ship – they even gave me a captain’s hat – but I think it might be a joke! We also joked about what to spend the money on if we win the race. We went through the Panama Canal and sailed on to the Caribbean Sea – where we got caught in a huge hurricane.
I don’t know what’s happening to me – but I actually want to sail through the storm. I’m feeling brave – I only hope this feeling will last. Our 80-day challenge is almost over – but we still have a long way to go.
The Race E09: Plain sailing Transcript Video
The Race – Episode 8: Video diary
Phil: Here I am again. We’ve set sail and, look, they’ve officially made me captain! And do you like this? I bought us all Polynesian shirts when we stopped in Tahiti.
Well, it’s been quite an adventure so far and thanks to Passepartout I seemed to have learned a lot about sailing. In fact it’s been plain sailing – that means making smooth and easy progress.
Sometimes we’ve been all at sea – meaning in a state of confusion and disorder. But, you know, I’ve got to know the ropes – I mean: I’ve learnt how to do to things properly. Everything seems shipshape now – that’s in good order.
I can’t wait to get to my local pub back in London where I’ll be three sheets to the wind – you know what that means, don’t you?! In fact, I might have a little drink now. Cheers!
Vocabulary: Sailing-related phrases
plain sailing – making smooth and easy progress
all at sea – very confused and disorganised
to know the ropes – to know how to do things properly
shipshape – clean, tidy, in good order
three sheets to the wind – (informal) very drunk
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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