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July 3, 2014
July 3rd Great excitement this morning as we sighted land for the first time in 12 days, we had a usual morning then after lunch we headed to anchor in Chatham Bay off Union Island in the Grenadines, once everything was sorted we headed ashore in the doti boat. If there is such a thing […]

July 2, 2014
Day 15 After nearly 2000 miles of trailing a line since leaving Recife we finally caught a fish! It was a beautiful coloured Dorado which was swiftly and painlessly dispatched and taken to the galley. Derek will no doubt perform his usual miracle and convert it into something delicious. The wind increased during the night […]

July 1, 2014
Colin ate multiple limes. Charlie given up dessert for a week – unless it’s chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce, which doesn’t count. Cato’s still Australian. Izzy is organising a competition between the deck officers to see who will become her new best friend. Jane has become a naturalist because we saw a bird. Carol is […]

June 30, 2014
The routine continues, eat, sleep, watch, repeat. We’ve been at sea and out of sight of land for 10 days now and Union Island is under 3 days away. The ship’s company is looking forward to some shore time. We are also wondering if there will be Wi-Fi and phone signal there. The murder game […]

June 29, 2014
We are still enthralled by the sight of 80 or so dolphins gracefully crossing our path, jumping and corkscrewing in the driving rain while the rest of the crew were having their breakfast sheltered below. Our resident Mancunian, Oli, felt very much at home during yesterday’s torrential downpour. Yesterday evening, the rain held off long […]

June 28, 2014
The day started with cloud and rain, but brightened at smoko with the celebration of Eli’s 21st and a splendid cake for the occasion. Everybody having got wet sail setting beforehand seemed to make it all the better. The rain has stopped, but there is still heavy cloud and at last it feels as if […]

June 27, 2014
Blue cloudy skies greeted us this morning as we continued on our way to the Caribbean at which we are due to arrive in the next six days. We’ve had two days of blowing into the sails (no wind). After breakfast we tempted fate with the wind and decided to set some sails –this lasted […]

June 25, 2014
The dawning of the second week aboard had us awoken with a mandarin Chinese wake up from Johnny and just so we knew what was going on, Izzy gave a more concise wake up in English. There was a race between the fore and aft watches to stow their courses, our unorthodox hauling of the […]

June 24, 2014
23rd June The Captain said “It was the best sailing day she had in a long time.” The sun was out, all the square sails were set and the wind and sea were perfect. Aft Port was put through a very severe exercise regime by Charlie. Also, we caught a fish for the impending “crossing […]

June 22, 2014
22nd of June According to Captain Barbara, this is the best sailing day for ages. The sails have been tweaked to perfection and on our 8-12 watch last night we achieved 11.2 knots the record speed for the trip, and we have covered 211 miles in 24 hrs. We are now experienced in sail setting […]

June 21, 2014
Night watches were treated to a sky full of stars and warm winds – it seems odd to be on watch at midnight in shorts and tee shirts… This morning dawned hot again, after breakfast it was happy hour which down below was like working in an oven but medic Vicki’s impersonation of Dolly Parton […]

June 20, 2014
It has been a busy few days for Lord Nelson and her crew. On the 18th the reminder of the voyage crew joined. Some had arrived early to help out during the maintenance period where not only rigging and engineering systems were serviced and repaired but lots of sanding, varnishing and painting got done. In […]

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