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January 28, 2014
Day 46 Aft Port Watch Today we have 5000 NM on the log from Auckland, so 4200 NM from Chatham Islands, and 600 NM to go to Cape Horn. The distance to go is equivalent to crossing Biscay! It has been over four weeks since we last saw land and now it could be four […]

January 28, 2014
…. So what am I doing here?   Just left Chatham Islands after some pleasant sailing from Auckland via Napier, and now setting off on the longest passage I have ever undertaken (and so far as I know the longest passage the Nellie has ever undertaken). Like many of my shipmates I started with dinghy […]

January 27, 2014
Day 45 Well after a big weekend of celebrations, first Robbie Burns Day on Saturday and then Australia Day on Sunday things are a bit quieter. We were hit with a number of squalls last evening which brought with them rain and hail/sleet. Combined with sub 8 degree temperatures it was certainly a test of […]

January 26, 2014
Day 44 Sunday 26th January 2014 – Australia Day Wow … so many highlights over the last 24 hours! I don’t know where to start. Personally, my high point was climbing up to the fore T’Gallant yard to make fast the gaskets to stop the sail flapping around. This was a huge challenge to me […]

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 […]

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