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November 24, 2014
Hi from the forward port watch, the sun still shines and graces us with a change from our normal climes ,the wind is behind us and we are making good progress towards Cape Verdi. John and Bjorn have just spotted our first sign of life, a yacht travelling in the opposite direction, he will have […]

November 23, 2014
Today we woke to lovely sunshine, this brought a lot of the crew up to the deck to sunbathe. Today’s smoko was enjoyed by all the crew as it involved fresh watermelon and left over brownies from yesterday, these both went down very well. After smoko there was shout of “dolphins on the port side” […]

November 22, 2014
Woke up to beautiful sunny skies this morning. Finally, we feel we are getting the weather we signed up for! The ship has also stabilised out, so most of us now feel back to normal and there are distinctly fewer crew members running for the ship’s side rails!! We are now nearly half way to […]

November 21, 2014
Already lost track of how many days we have been at sea for… With 591 miles to go, everyone seems to finally be getting their sea-legs after feeding the fish on several occasions. Jo still has his eyes peeled for pirate ships and is getting more and more prepared for sword fights as each day […]

November 20, 2014
Underway just south of the Canary Islands and making excellent progress under sail with a strong NW breeze guiding us southward. We left Las Palmas shortly after breakfast yesterday and it was something of a baptism of fire for crew members unused to the violent motion of the vessel in rough weather. We battled our […]

November 17, 2014
Our maintenance period in Las Palmas has now drawn to a close and our trusty band of hardworking volunteers are either wending their way home or are remaining aboard ready for the start of Nellie’s next adventure across the Atlantic to Antigua. It has been a very busy time here, and during the last 8 […]

November 10, 2014
We’re into day two of maintenance here in Las Palmas and our army of maintainers have been very busy and very productive. The wheel has been removed, the old varnish has been stripped off and it is currently being sanded and two new flip-down seats have been affixed on the bridge.  The mid-ship port water-trap […]

November 5, 2014
Everyone has passed away except from Carolyn… So the Lord Nelsons “Hunger Games” have sadly finished and the odds weren’t in aft starboard’s favour.  But, on the plus side, it’s the start of November and it’s mostly clear skies and the sun is shining down giving us a nice 27.8 degrees of heat! We’re only […]

November 4, 2014
Nearly there! (about 250nm to go to Gran Canaria!) Today, we, Forward Port Watch, sit on the bridge experiencing alternating bright sunshine and sideways rain from squalls, trying not to think that this will be one of our last days left at sea before we reach our destination and wave goodbye to some of our […]

November 3, 2014
Day 15 We had a very interesting talk from MP Jo last night about her Round the World Clipper yacht race. Time will tell whether anyone was tempted to follow in her footsteps and have a go! A beautiful morning with sunshine and wind, the sails are up and we’re making good progress towards Las […]

November 2, 2014
Day 14 We began the day 200 ‘knotical’ miles West of Cape St. Vincent.  We are under sail, all squares on foremast, no course on mainmast. Pleasant winds and an almost cloudless sky are keeping the crew happy. Experiencing large swells, which contributed to a flying wineglass in the Bar last night. Please note the […]

November 1, 2014
Yesterday, on Halloween we started our ship murder mystery game, whereby everyone on the ship had to pick pieces of paper from the hat to determine who you will kill, where and with what object. Luis (‘Count Spectacular’) was the first to die and within 24 hours half of the crew were ‘dead’. The best […]

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