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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 […]

January 9, 2014
Day 27 Chardonnay thought on the events of the previous day as she helmed at 090 degrees, due East on 44.45 latitude.  The morning had been a busy one. The ship’s murderess had been unveiled in the act of her final evil act aided by the treachery of the unwitting victim’s Watch leader who traded […]

January 8, 2014
Day 26 Writing this while sitting in stunning sunshine with a keen wind from the west. If at home we would be finding this breeze very warm, but things are very different here in the southern ocean. The breeze has a northly feel to it. Anyhow I have managed to find a sheltered spot and […]

January 7, 2014
Day 25 Stardate 2014:01:07 What a difference 24 hours can make! From running through grey menacing seas on a beam reach to avoid the worst of the depression following us (and making good speeds too, I might add) to broad reaching across a glorious blue ocean in full sun – fair lifts the spirits! Brave […]

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 […]

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