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December 22, 2013
  Day 8  Roll on you Roaring Forties! 22/12/13 @1400hrs. It’s been an eventful 20 hours for our watch. Currently we’re at 39 degrees 5.6’ S, 178degrees 13.7.E. Ready to enter the big blows of the Roaring Forties. We are making slow progress towards Napier with an arrival date for tomorrow morning for bunkering and […]

December 21, 2013
  Day 7 Saturday 21st December – longest day of the year Over 24 hours at sea now, most of us are developing our sea legs. Watches are setting into their sea routines. We motored overnight with staysails which helped our balance in the swell, in order to make good progress toward Napier about 400nm […]

December 20, 2013
  Day 6  We’re underway after a slight delay for a repair to a stay. During gangway duty there was another birthday – Sweeney, voyage crew, who was a linesman and had her sweetie birthday cake sent ashore in a bucket! Sweeney’s birthday cake – ashore! We cast off from Auckland Harbour about 1030 this […]

December 18, 2013
  Auckland, New Zealand to Ushuaia, Argentina 15th December 2013 to 12th February 2014 Captain: Chris Phillips 1st Mate: Steve Higgs 2nd Mate: Marcin Dobrowolski Bosun: Lesley Sale Chief Engineer: Alan Grant 2nd Engineer: Tamsin Smith Cook: Dave Stanley Medical Purser: Elizabeth Turner Bosun’s Mates: (yes there are 4 for this long exciting passage!) Godfrey […]

December 4, 2013
Day 6 – Port Aft The most competent ‘Shanghaied’ crew, spent a most memorable day on a lovely historical Isle off the Port of Opua within the NZ Bay of Islands. All safely ferried via rubber ducky, to the first NZ land site of one great mariner: One James Cook. The more adventurous tackled the […]

December 1, 2013
DAYS 3 &4 After a fascinating briefing from Captain Barbara involving a wooden ship model (with mizzen and bowsprit missing) complete with koalas, we WEIGHED ANCHOR UNDER SAIL: braced the fore spars to stb’d and main yards to port, backed the fore tops’l and outer jib then braced the fore yards to port and set […]

November 29, 2013
Day 1 & 2 Auckland’s central location right in the heart of shops & bars was where we found the Lord Nelson, next to the Spirit of New Zealand tall ship. Nellie is looking good, especially after a year since leaving the UK and having been half way round the world on the Sail The […]

November 26, 2013
Day 9 It seems only fit & proper that the final blog of STW24 comes from Forward Port Watch, after all it’s where our Watch Leader Alli started her adventure with the J.S.T.; having never sailed before she joined Nellie in Singapore, on the 7th June, for her maiden voyage, which was to last 44 […]

November 23, 2013
It is Day 6, the sun is shining brightly from a clear blue sky yet again, but this afternoon the breeze is only a gentle zephyr so the iron spinnaker is working to get us around Cape Reinga. Whales were seen spouting last evening, a couple of dolphins went going past, a shark caused alarm […]

November 22, 2013
Day 5 The last 24 hours have involved a 100% effort for sailing; however, due to the lack of wind we have had to resort to motor sailing on and off. We are currently doing 5.1 knots with following winds and no motors, with the views of Mt Camel on starboard side. The sea is […]

November 21, 2013
Day 4 This is forward port reporting from the sunny bridge as we watch over the calm ocean with the west coast of New Zealand in the distance off starboard side. 8 till midnight watch last night was truly spectacular. The snow covered peak of Mount Taranaki appeared just as we came onto watch. This […]

November 20, 2013
Day 3 Our first watch turned out to be the 8-12 at night and we were rewarded with a spectacular moon rise, clear skies, a favourable wind and lots of sails set. For some, the motion of the ship has not been too pleasant but others have enjoyed the good sunbathing weather today. Our light […]

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