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January 25, 2014
Day 43 Forward Starboard Watch After a period of flat seas and no winds, we are once again heading apace to Cape Horn, course 130, 16 knots of wind from SW, giving us a 7 knot forward speed. Today, we might pass the 1,000 miles to Cape Horn “marker”. Chardonnay and Horatio has been serialised […]

January 24, 2014
Day 42 Marcin, our 2nd Mate aboard Lord Nelson on this voyage, has given us two talks on the weather in the Southern Ocean. He has explained that low pressure systems develop on the fronts where the warm tropical air meets the cold Antarctic air. These low pressure systems have winds blowing clockwise in the […]

January 24, 2014
Live for the moment I first started ‘sailing’ in Firefly dinghies with college friends, bouncing from bank to bank on the Norfolk Broads. Ten years later in Hong Kong I was on the trapeze for Ian racing his 16 ft Hobie Cat, but always with San Mig in the cool bag. Ian and I could […]

January 24, 2014
Why am I here? When a teenager, I read a book titled – ‘By way of Cape Horn’ by Alan Villiers. An Australian living in Melbourne who wanted to sail in the few last commercial sailing ships visiting Australia. He and his friend joined the Grace Harwar in Melbourne in the mid 1920s. Grace Harwar […]

January 24, 2014
Why I’m here…. I have almost always lived by the sea and many of my childhood family holidays involved sailing on the Solent, English Channel, Dutch inland waters and the Norfolk Broads. My father got involved with Tall Ship sailing when he retired from the Royal Navy and was watchleader on Winston Churchill and Malcolm […]

January 24, 2014
Why am I here? Adventure is for grandmas too! I caught the sailing bug at the age of seven. My father had hired a tiny gunter rigged, clinker built dinghy from Dorman brothers in Salcombe. I recall being rowed out to this craft by George and left to work out how to rig and put […]

January 23, 2014
Star date 23.1.14 aka day 41 We are now heading directly towards Cape Horn, with 1372 miles to go. Last night JR closed the official Cape Horn sweepstakes, with just over £100 in the kitty. Some are hoping the win will help with their bar bill at the end of the voyage. Yesterday afternoon we […]

January 22, 2014
Day 40 101W 08.34. 46S 23.75 Run to date: 4186 miles Noon to noon run: 136 miles Pressure: 1025.5 The sun shines on the righteous, and today it shines on Fore Port Watch! No need for oilys today. It’s warm, it’s got blue seas and blue skies. But the winds are variable and we’re occasionally […]

January 21, 2014
Day 39 On watch 8 p.m. until midnight last night. We are a little more than a thousand miles from the coast of South America now, so we have changed course to roughly South-East. At last we have begun the run down towards Cape Horn, with a mere 1,500 miles to go! Whales? What whales […]

January 20, 2014
Day 38 Hello again from the Southern Ocean (or actually the South Pacific)! We are currently enjoying a brisk 15 knot wind under sunny skys. This is a pleasant contrast – at least from the perspective of making progress—to the last 24 hours when the LN found itself in middle of a large high-pressure (1030.4) […]

January 19, 2014
Stardate 37 Well, mysterious happenings on the deck of the Lord Nelson. Bosun Lesley is convinced that there are buntline fairies messing with her mind. During her regular deck checks on the 8-12pm watch she has detected their dastardly handywork. Whilst regular sailors well know that the line first goes under the pin before coming […]

January 18, 2014
Day 36 Greetings, Forward Port watch here with today’s report on life aboard Nellie in mid ocean. We see no ships and no whales either but we did have a splendid quiz night last night. Liz, our Nursie, steered admirably while the rest of us quizzed away in the bar. Things were not made easy […]

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