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January 6, 2014
Day 24 Just Another Monday Morning! We are now 8 days out of the Chatham Isles and continue to experience fair winds and great sailing conditions. Our course changed to due East after spending the last couple of days avoiding a pretty deep depression that has now passed to the south of us. We have […]

January 5, 2014
Day 23 Well, it’s been an eventful 12 hours as the wind and the swell have picked up steadily since last night. We had the fun task of taking in both T’gallants and I was lucky enough to be allowed up onto the fore T’gallant yard to help tie the sail down. We are now […]

January 4, 2014
Day 22 Today’s brief blog offers not more on the happy social life at sea on Lord Nelson, but some pointers to ocean sailing: the planning and navigation in our day-to-day progress. The shortest track is of course to follow a great circle route. In the southern ocean this would take us too far south […]

January 3, 2014
Day 21 Afternoon Watch I am writing this cautiously, always keeping an eye out for suspicious characters and objects which do not belong. Half of my watch have been murdered so far…am I next? I witnessed my first death yesterday – Fiona brutally scrubbing Mike to death by the chart table with a deck brush. […]

January 2, 2014
Day 20 We are clearly settling into the routine as time has been found to carry out some of the essentials of the voyage. For example finding out where we are…. This involved some members of the watch handling a piece of equipment called a sextant. They peered through a small telescope attached to some […]

January 1, 2014
Day 19 What a difference a day makes! The weather has now turned positively calm, and some people are even champing at the bit for more nautical things to do in high winds. But we have sailed gently on across this vast empty ocean with lots of albatross but not a whale in sight, much […]

January 1, 2014
Day 18 – Nelliesday the 32nd December 2013 No we haven’t all been at sea too long (at least yet)… Yesterday was Tuesday the 31st December 2013, and after crossing the date line last yesterday, tomorrow is Wednesday 1st January 2014. So today is a day just for Nellie – Nelliesday – and what comes […]

December 31, 2013
Wise words from the Captain Thank you for your New Year wishes. Having crossed the dateline yesterday, we have had the unusual situation where we have been the first and will also be the last in the world to celebrate the New Year. Currently we are in a time vortex, and today is actually Sodsday […]

December 31, 2013
Day 17 We have definitely headed in to the wild abyss as weather conditions continue to deteriorate. Keeping to the Aft. Starboard tradition of rain and high winds! The 8pm – midnight watch was very wet, and we are now being true sailors and sailing to wind rather than to course. We managed to keep […]

December 29, 2013
Day 16 A Day at the Races. Chatham Islands Jockey Club, estb 1873, held the first of three one Derby Day meets yesterday 29th December 2013. Fortunately the JST Lord Nelson arrived earlier enough in the morning to allow a good many of the crew to ‘loose their shirts’ at the Races. A warm sunny […]

December 28, 2013
Day 14 Yesterday afternoon personal GPS’ were being monitored for the magic 180*, Halfway round the world. Although in fact we had to wait until 21.00 or thereabouts for the actual moment. As we came on watch at 8pm, the Master ordered the square sails furled and the motor on, this seems to be almost […]

December 28, 2013
Day 15 Report by Stephen of a visit with Barbara and Liz to find the Taikos. One amazing day on Chatham Island: 15km on dirt roads to meet Mike Bell the resident warden at Tuku and his family. Here we transferred to his truck for another ride across sheep pastures to the securely fenced area […]

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