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November 23, 2015
LN885 22/11/15 Day 13 started with a 7am wake-up call, after an uncomfortable night rolling around. We had to reach our mooring before 10am, because a large number of yachts would be assembling for the start of the annual  transatlantic cruiser race. Once the gangway was in place we had a late breakfast, then everyone […]

November 21, 2015
LN885 21/11/15 Dawned reluctantly during our forenoon watch, with Jake as watchleader in Bob’s absence on mess duty. To everyone’s disappointment we had to bypass the Selvage Islands due to a wind change, and we continued towards Las Palmas, steering by the wind rather than on a set course. More cloud, and an increasingly lumpy […]

November 19, 2015
LN885 19/11/15 Just leaving Madeira at 9am after 2 nights moored in Funchal. Had a wonderful few days exploring this beautiful island. It began by anchoring outside the harbour with a spectacular backdrop on the 16th. This gave us the opportunity to walk the plank and jump in for a swim. Water temp was a […]

November 19, 2015
LN885 19/11/15 Lord Nelson left Funchal at 9am this morning. The Pilot stayed aboard right to the end of the harbour wall. With Forward Starboard watch at the helm we still managed to clear the island safely. Soon everyone was busy setting sail and we settled into our zigzagging course as we sailed before the wind. The day […]

November 15, 2015
LN885 15/11/15 After a hearty breakfast our watch soon took our places on the bridge to start the for noon watch.Within minutes a whale was spotted and the watch enjoyed 5 minutes of marine entertainment. Then the usual watch banter started and so did the laughs. With the sun shining and with little wind we […]

November 14, 2015
LN885 14/11/15 Day 5 and we now have 120 miles to go before we drop anchor off Funchal and await our berth early on Tuesday and get ashore for a well-earned 24 hours before our next 400 mile leg to Gran Canaria. Our visit to Madeira will include a 7 hour coach tour of the […]

November 13, 2015
LN885 13/11/15 A CANARIES ODYSSEY Busy times have prevented the recent transmission of the blog so a brief resume may be in order. The bulk of the voyage crew (VC) embarked on Tuesday 10th November and we immediately settled into the necessary briefings and safety procedures. However, this did not preclude the usual “crocodile” of […]

November 9, 2015
LN884 09/11/15 We arrived safely in Lisboa yesterday motoring the short distance from Cascais Bay,warm (unseasonably warm) and we berthed on a pontoon behind a NATO fleet. Pretty much everyone who was able/allowed went ashore to sample whatever Lisbon had to offer! Today sadly is departure day, so it’s the end of an eventful and […]

November 7, 2015
LN884 07/11/15 Aft Starboard; Henry, Maria, Bryn, Stan, Charlotte Watch Leader extrodinaire Esme and honorary watch members Mark MP, Anna from ORCA. Yesterday we left Porto to sail down to Cascais Bay hopefully managing a swim whilst anchored there, about midday after waiting for our pilot . Which meant that some people could either get […]

November 6, 2015
LN884 06/11/15 Alex’s first watch was eventful, starting at 4am “watch” in a squall (30kn wind and horizontal rain). 2 hrs in there was a loud wild flapping, and excited shouting from our cadet Daniel, who was pointing at the torn and now loose main stay sail. 1st mate Richard promptly whisked away the other […]

November 3, 2015
LN884 03/11/15 Aft Starboard Watch – Stan Oxnard, Maria Miles, Henry Bradbury, Charlotte Cumberbirch, Esme Reaney, Bryn Fitch Day 9 We arrived in the picturesque port of Muros yesterday before which we were swarmed upon by a large pod of friendly dolphins. We had awoken that day to a beautiful pink sunrise over the Spanish […]

November 1, 2015
LN884 01/11/15 Aft Starboard Watch 1800 – 2000 After a glorious afternoon the voyage crew congregated downstairs in the Lower Mess for a detailed lesson on rigging, types of sailing ships from approximately the 16th century. Derek and Gnomes in the galley should be Ready Steady Cook.  The quality of the catering on the voyage  […]

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