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February 26, 2015
Day 6 and the war between the engineers and fish continues. A night of sparkly stars and 9 knots achieved, Nellie is sailing nicely, and all are relieved. A third of the miles behind us and 600 to go, as our tans darken nicely, we keep heaving ho! Deep in our voyage the choice of […]

February 26, 2015
Afternoon of Day 6. Pasta for lunch. All hands on deck to trim some sails, the good news is we thought the wind was going to drop off but it stays steady so we continue under full sail. First Mate Richard demonstrates how to navigate by sextant. Daz and Marco continue to haul in as […]

February 25, 2015
Day 4: We motored throughout the night with only a few fore and aft sails set, and were greeted by a gorgeous sunset, a wide field of stars glimmering above the rigging, and a lovely sunrise. We arrived at San Salvador at 0730 in the morning. After a breakfast on board, we donned our life […]

February 23, 2015
All training crew joined in Nassau with no problems. That day counted as Day 1, and was spent meeting our buddies and having initial safety meetings. We were moored in the shelter of five massive cruise ships, who disgorged 15,000 people to throng Nassau during the day, but sucked them back after six, leaving our […]

February 19, 2015
Yesterday, a rainy day in the Bahamas was spent in a bar called ‘Flo’s Bar’ on Little Harbour Cay, population 3, part of The Berry Islands, North West of Nassau, where some of the crew tried some fresh conch and more rum. Rumours would suggest that a certain few may have engaged in some skinny dipping […]

February 17, 2015
The temptation to show our feelings to the unfriendly cruise ship as we left Little San Salvadore was resisted as one would expect of professional sailors. Perhaps wisely the voyage crew decided to follow suit! With Conception Island and Valentines Day only a few hours away, any ill feeling was soon forgotten and we were […]

February 13, 2015
It’s 14.00 on day 4 of the Bahamas voyage and as we write this, the Lord Nelson is under full sail and rocketing along at a furious speed of 2.1 knots. The past day has been one of relative leisure, as yesterday afternoon we arrived at Little San Salvadore – an uninhabited island owned by […]

February 12, 2015
Well after a busy day in the Port of Nassau the crew of 861 finally arrived and spent the evening getting acquainted with the ship and sampling the delights of Downtown Nassau (some more than others). The morning of departure arrived and after admiring the super cruise liners moored alongside us it was time to […]

February 9, 2015
We sailed through the night of the 7th February and in the morning of the 8th we anchored just outside the harbour at Nassau. Once a cruise ship had gone and another vessel arrived at the end of the quay we then weighed anchor and made our way into Nassau. Captain Chris went ashore to […]

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 […]

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