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February 7, 2015
We are currently sailing along in lovely sunshine with all squares set except the royals plus a staysail and a jib.  Wind is NNE Force 4; cool to the cheek, although the sun is quite warm.  Port Fwd is on watch. We have less than 150 miles to go to Nassau and expect to arrive […]

February 3, 2015
The time is 2am is on the 3rd of February. We are sailing in a balmy breeze at temperatures of 25 degrees… come outside there’s a lovely moon above.  The ship is heading towards Grand Turk via an anchor stop at salt cay. After three days of sailing, which at times has been choppy and […]

February 1, 2015
Aft Starboard on the midnight to 4 am watch. Everything seems under control so we have time to write our first blog. We thought our visit to the British Virgin Islands and Virgin Gorda was a great success.  Our Doti boat took us from our anchorage point to the Bitter End Yacht Club where we […]

January 30, 2015
Reporting at 2am with a rolling sea under a waxing moon. The watch team consists of the salty cadet Ryan, a seasoned transatlantic sailor Rosy, a  stewardess Olivia, Larry or McMess, Old Geezer Clive, Debs operating under the alias 2 6 Heave and our fearless leader Jane. We are on course from Antigua to Virgin […]

January 29, 2015
Here we are, our first day at sea.  We’re on midnight to 4:00 a.m. watch, all the sails set and about a ¾ moon lighting our path under a planetarium of stars.  We are just passing St. Kitts headed NW. Today was filled with a lot of training, rope work, etc.  Dave and Vicky have […]

January 26, 2015
Our visit to Guadeloupe was interesting as this is a Department of France with a very French Caribbean flavour and quite different to either Barbados or Bequia. At times it was more like being in the back streets of Paris with cafes and creperies. The spice market and fish market were however very Caribbean with […]

January 21, 2015
LN859 After starboard watch log 21st January 2015 Current status:  Oooooo arraagggh me hearties!  There be a fair wind from the East today and we are not in the doldrums, though there has been many a brown booby sighted off the port bow (they are diving for the flying fish).  We are set fair and […]

January 19, 2015
Here in the Caribbean Sea, the date or day of the week doesn’t matter. Today is the day after our Bajan cultural sojourn and another day at sea. Most people made the most of our stopover in Barbados and were champing at the bit to be let loose after breakfast yesterday. As soon as we […]

January 16, 2015
Hello everyone from the sunny Caribbean. The sea is blue and the sky is clear. Wind is just right for sailing – not too bumpy. We left Antigua 2 days ago and sailed down the west coast of Guadaloupe. Last night, we had plenty of sail handling practice under a beautiful starry sky. This morning, […]

January 15, 2015
LN859 Antigua – Antigua We are currently losing sight of Antigua as we sail on our way to Barbados.   We have square sails and fore and afters set, the sun is shining and we are beating to windward past Monserrat towards Guadeloupe in a force 4 breeze and a very pleasant temperature of 27 degrees. […]

January 8, 2015
In the idyllic setting of English Harbour, maintenance has been steadily on-going. The weather has been hot and sunny, with occasional tropical downpours. Despite a small work-force of just 15, consisting of the Permanent Crew and a few volunteer crew, many different and varied tasks have been tackled. For instance, today, Rob the Bosun, was […]

January 1, 2015
We are currently (and aptly) moored in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua, with an assortment of vessels; small family-owned yachts, charter catamarans, very large motor vessels and some huge super-yachts whose masts dwarf Nellie’s.  The setting is spectacular as the harbour is almost landlocked, being approached through a narrow entrance past Fort Berkeley to port and Shirley […]

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