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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 […]

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 […]

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