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July 10, 2014
10th July This is our second day in Antigua and we are adjusting to island life. A good night’s sleep was had by all with no noise from the anchor, the sea and no ship rolling on the waves. Most people gave Derek, the chef a well-earned break from cooking as we elected to eat […]

July 9, 2014
Having made way steadily overnight we awoke this morning to see Antigua just ahead of us. We arrived into English Harbour around 8.45am and after the usual clearance with customs and immigration, shore leave was granted. Many went off to explore the island, whilst others had a lazy day wandering around Nelsons Dockyard before going […]

July 8, 2014
As we sailed past Dominica with its near mile high mountains, the wind changed dramatically. Initially we had force 6 on the beam and Nellie was making 9 knots, then in the lee of the land the wind died almost completely, sails were handed and engines were on. Tue 8 July. Capt Barbara told us […]

July 7, 2014
We left Bequia at 3.30 on the 6th and as soon as we left the bay, we hit strong head winds which sent Nellie rocking and pitching and some voyage crew running for sick bags. We were on the 8 pm to midnight watch and were sent out to set sails in challenging conditions. We […]

July 6, 2014
(Day 19) We started the day in Port Elizabeth. After breakfast and taking the voyage photos, we were free for one last excursion before leaving beautiful Bequia Island. Quite a few of the crew took taxis to the other side of the island to visit a turtle sanctuary. Turtles are reared until five years old […]

July 5, 2014
July 5th For the first time in 2 weeks we had a stationary breakfast, then it was time for the assisted climbs, everyone that wanted to climb has now climbed to at least the first platform. Then it was a free day, as it was a bank holiday the “tourist attractions” were not open, but […]

July 4, 2014
July 4th It was looking a bit breezy at breakfast and those who had hoped for a swim were thinking they might be disappointed, but we should have faith, Barbara took some of the anchor chain in so that we were in more protected waters, life buoys were attached fore and aft to provide a […]

July 3, 2014
July 3rd Great excitement this morning as we sighted land for the first time in 12 days, we had a usual morning then after lunch we headed to anchor in Chatham Bay off Union Island in the Grenadines, once everything was sorted we headed ashore in the doti boat. If there is such a thing […]

July 2, 2014
Day 15 After nearly 2000 miles of trailing a line since leaving Recife we finally caught a fish! It was a beautiful coloured Dorado which was swiftly and painlessly dispatched and taken to the galley. Derek will no doubt perform his usual miracle and convert it into something delicious. The wind increased during the night […]

July 1, 2014
Colin ate multiple limes. Charlie given up dessert for a week – unless it’s chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce, which doesn’t count. Cato’s still Australian. Izzy is organising a competition between the deck officers to see who will become her new best friend. Jane has become a naturalist because we saw a bird. Carol is […]

June 30, 2014
The routine continues, eat, sleep, watch, repeat. We’ve been at sea and out of sight of land for 10 days now and Union Island is under 3 days away. The ship’s company is looking forward to some shore time. We are also wondering if there will be Wi-Fi and phone signal there. The murder game […]

June 29, 2014
We are still enthralled by the sight of 80 or so dolphins gracefully crossing our path, jumping and corkscrewing in the driving rain while the rest of the crew were having their breakfast sheltered below. Our resident Mancunian, Oli, felt very much at home during yesterday’s torrential downpour. Yesterday evening, the rain held off long […]

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