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March 24, 2015
Aft Port reporting Day 13, unlucky for some…especially in the egg drop challenge.  Captain Chris challenged the 4 watches to construct a projectile containing a raw egg to be launched from the main mast.  Winner takes all; marked on the best presentation, projectile distance and if the egg emerges unscathed. Presentations were amusing and varied […]

March 22, 2015
It’s Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining brightly in the sky, the clouds are high cirrus nimbus, we are on a starboard tac, the wind is on our beam and we have the lower spanker out!  This is fabulous sailing, we are all delighted that the sea swell has reduced and we are able to […]

March 21, 2015
Rocking and rolling, rolling and rocking through the night. Wine bottles and glasses clanking in the bar and rigging slapping the side of the boat. Suddenly in the middle of the night the boat rolled so far to starboard that I awoke with a start dreaming that we were capsizing .Aghhh..I screamed in my dream […]

March 19, 2015
Aft Startboard Watch day 10&11 (Mar 18th / 19th ) The day started with the boys attempting early wake up call, Alan having a technical issue with the Ding Dong! A perfect morning on the bridge with sunshine, wind and team spirit. Instruction on partial eclipse and meterorologicial readings by Steve was extremely interesting and […]

March 17, 2015
It’s just after 1400 on Tuesday March 17th and we’re 597 nautical miles out from  Bermuda. That’s the technical bit. The human part is that the officer of the watch has just given us the news that a daily blog gets written on the afternoon watch, so forward starboard watch are taking their turn to […]

March 16, 2015
Aft Port  Watch – Mike, Rosie, Randall, Brian ,Andrew, Emily, Rodders, Esme 16:00hrs 15/3/15 to 16:00hrs 16/3/15 The galley team treated us to an excellent dinner of roast lamb with treacle pudding and custard – winner! Aft Starboard Watch were on from 2000-0000hrs. What a beautiful night. The sky was  only partially clouded so there […]

March 15, 2015
Day 5 Out of Bermuda…the weather has been mixed so far. Beautiful warm and very sunny first day. Left Bermuda in much cooler weather and headed out to sea on Day 3. Headed south to avoid weather front and then took sails down as wind decreased as predicted and fired up the donkey in order […]

March 6, 2015
According to the locals, the weather in Bermuda for the last couple of weeks has been overcast, rainy, and cold. Fortunately, we timed our visit perfectly and have enjoyed warm and sunny–though a bit windy–weather. With the Lord Nelson tied up alongside the docks near Downtown Hamilton, several crew went ashore for an afternoon of […]

March 5, 2015
We have just arrived in Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton, after a 16-mile pilotage passage from St George’s on the North-eastern side of the Island. We arrived in St George’s at 10am on the 3rd after a wet night at sea. The day slowly brightened and, as it was Beth’s 50th Birthday, a musical wake-up call, plus […]

March 1, 2015
Two days ago, Fiona–our Irish Bosun’s Mate–challenged Captain Darren to a wager: if England wins the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, she would clean his cabin, but if Ireland won, she would be made honorary captain for the rest of the day after the match. With ship full of crew from England, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, and the […]

February 28, 2015
By evening watch all but 4 sails are tucked away but with a dying breeze we need the engines too. Speed 5.5 knots. 551 nautical miles into our voyage with 350 to go. Distinctly cooler and damp night. Candace had a smooth transition from the helmsman chair to her wheelchair, but was rapidly joined by […]

February 27, 2015
There she blows!  Whales spotted off port stern, moving to starboard side.  Unfortunately no breaching.  2 x ships spotted, at last we have company on the high seas. The Spanker and flying-jib sails unfurled, still no need for the motor. However, looks like a cold front is coming in so we expect the weather to […]

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