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February 1, 2014
Day 50 With two V.C. on the helm, fighting to keep us on course, 10m waves crash over the stern of the Lord Nelson as it reaches Cape Horn. Or….. Last evening, Jan 31st, there was elation as land was seen for the first time in 33 days; remember we had two New Year’s Eve. […]

January 31, 2014
Stardate 31.1.14 Ahoy landlubbers! The southern ocean weather has set deep into our bones, with a cold chill that cannot be shifted and frequent squals full of hail and rain. In other words, BRRR!! We have recently had a very rare, but wonderful penguin sighting off the port stern. Unfortunately only seen by a handful […]

January 30, 2014
Day 48: Got that Old Cape Horn Fever……………………….. With around 250 miles to our way mark, Cape Horn Fever has taken over the ship. It has manifested itself by: 1. Our home travel arrangements have been ‘urgently’ requested from the bridge. E.g. flight numbers, passport numbers, hotel accommodation etc. 2. On Fore Port last middle […]

January 29, 2014
Day 47 Well, we continue to rock and roll our way to Cape Horn, it’s now little more than 400 miles before our redoubtable Captain orders: “Left hand down a bit, helmsman!” Then it will be up into the South Atlantic Ocean before we eventually turn towards the Beagle Channel and our final destination of […]

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 […]

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