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July 16, 2014
Wed 16 July – Day 29 Our treat on the 2000-2359 watch yesterday was a spectacular moonrise into partially thunder clouded sky, then treating us to a silver reflected road across the dark Atlantic. Waking the following watch we were surprised to find Naomi asleep for once. She was to test the speaking compass at […]

July 15, 2014
July 15th We are at present sailing at a steady speed of about 7 knots heading to Bermuda hoping to arrive on the 19th we have travelled nearly 3,000 miles since leaving Recife, the weather remains hot even though we are moving north but we are encountering some quite heavy squalls which only seem to […]

July 14, 2014
So, another day in paradise! We left Anguilla yesterday morning and we are heading towards Bermuda. Since leaving our anchorage loads has happened, we saw 3 ships, flying tuna and something what Beth and Margret described as an alien attack. There were loads of UFOs flying around during our watch from 8pm to 12 midnight […]

July 13, 2014
12th July 2014. Our last stop in the Caribbean was Anguilla, a small island a short sail from Antigua. We arrived just before lunch and after the usual clearance procedure we were finally free to go and explore. In true English naval tradition the boats were run ashore, food stores plundered and free Wi-Fi ravaged. […]

July 11, 2014
11th July Yesterday, the crew had a tour of Antigua in 3 Taxis; We were treated to two beaches, the Sugar plantation museum, viewpoints and shopping in the capital, St Johns. When we got back we had the Yacht Club and ex Captain Claire on board with rum for tots, a toast was made in […]

July 10, 2014
10th July This is our second day in Antigua and we are adjusting to island life. A good night’s sleep was had by all with no noise from the anchor, the sea and no ship rolling on the waves. Most people gave Derek, the chef a well-earned break from cooking as we elected to eat […]

July 9, 2014
Having made way steadily overnight we awoke this morning to see Antigua just ahead of us. We arrived into English Harbour around 8.45am and after the usual clearance with customs and immigration, shore leave was granted. Many went off to explore the island, whilst others had a lazy day wandering around Nelsons Dockyard before going […]

July 8, 2014
As we sailed past Dominica with its near mile high mountains, the wind changed dramatically. Initially we had force 6 on the beam and Nellie was making 9 knots, then in the lee of the land the wind died almost completely, sails were handed and engines were on. Tue 8 July. Capt Barbara told us […]

July 7, 2014
We left Bequia at 3.30 on the 6th and as soon as we left the bay, we hit strong head winds which sent Nellie rocking and pitching and some voyage crew running for sick bags. We were on the 8 pm to midnight watch and were sent out to set sails in challenging conditions. We […]

July 6, 2014
(Day 19) We started the day in Port Elizabeth. After breakfast and taking the voyage photos, we were free for one last excursion before leaving beautiful Bequia Island. Quite a few of the crew took taxis to the other side of the island to visit a turtle sanctuary. Turtles are reared until five years old […]

July 5, 2014
July 5th For the first time in 2 weeks we had a stationary breakfast, then it was time for the assisted climbs, everyone that wanted to climb has now climbed to at least the first platform. Then it was a free day, as it was a bank holiday the “tourist attractions” were not open, but […]

July 4, 2014
July 4th It was looking a bit breezy at breakfast and those who had hoped for a swim were thinking they might be disappointed, but we should have faith, Barbara took some of the anchor chain in so that we were in more protected waters, life buoys were attached fore and aft to provide a […]

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