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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 […]

January 17, 2014
Day 35 Last night at midnight we bequeathed the oncoming watch a full moon so bright the stars were scarcely visible. Chardonnay and Horatio pressed together on the windward side of the bridge, and together watched the effect of the moon shining like a golden pathway on the water. ‘So romantic,’ he whispered softly in […]

January 16, 2014
Day 34 Every day at sea is different, no more so than yesterday. Our 8-12pm watch clocked up the distinction of logging just 3 miles run. We were at the centre of an area of high pressure (1027 hPa) and the wind faded to barely a zephyr and turning the sea to glass. Now that […]

January 15, 2014
Day 33 The Day of the Egg Drop It finally arrived. The eggcitement unbearable. Weather conditions were bad for sailing but perfect for the latest competition: throw an egg from the main top as far as you can, landing on the ship without breaking. Seemed simple enough. Then you factor in the rigging and interesting […]

January 14, 2014
Day 32 A fair, sunny day with chilly winds from the south. Many of the voyage crew had expressed an interest in celestial navigation and yesterday, by popular request, Gary gave an easy to understand talk on the subject. He persuaded us that we did not need much knowledge of maths and stars and that […]

January 13, 2014
Day 31 Chardonnay felt the warm sun on her face as she helmed at 095 degrees, hard to the wind. The seas of the previous day, with a 6 metre swell breaking over the stern of the ship, had calmed. The yards were now braced to port with main and fore course and topsails powering […]

January 12, 2014
Day 30 The day dawned bright and clear with rumours of rainbows. The wind had moderated, but was still up our chuff. Where is the chuff on a ship? Today involved a Deadlight Inspection and Repair Event (DIRE) time. Me, I reckon Stu was on the lookout for ‘reading matter’. Nudge nudge, wink, wink. In […]

January 11, 2014
Day 29 Out here on the high seas it’s about more than the wind in order to keep Nellie on track to her final destination – It’s all about communication! One of the most important pieces of communication begins with the morning meeting, held every day at 08:45 in the chartroom. There the captain, permanent […]

January 10, 2014
Day 28 It is another greyish day in the South Pacific. We are continuing to steer 090 in a fresh to strong North-westerly breeze. Seas are moderately rough but the motion with 5 squares set is just on the uneasy side of gentle. In contrast to Northern Latitudes northerly winds here bring mild air and […]

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