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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 […]

December 28, 2014
We have arrived at the English Harbour after a memorable night’s sailing under the stars. Whilst on night watch Richard explained to us the navigation by stars but we did not see the shooting stars like the later watch. Coming into the English Harbour in Antigua before breakfast on a beautiful sunny morning the wake […]

December 27, 2014
After a slightly lumpy motor into the wind, we anchored off St Louis on the island of Marie Galante shortly after lunch. The cruise ship Europa also anchored there and we watched the passengers being ferried to shore in covered launches whilst we lowered the Doti boat and fixed the ladder to the side of […]

December 25, 2014
Christmas Day 2014 Dawn broke at anchor in the bay at Terre de Haut which is part of the archipelago of Les Saintes (part of Guadaloupe).  By 8.00 am the AS watch recorded a temperature of 27 degs.  Our Christmas breakfast was scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, bacon and toast.  After a Bucks Fizz smoko, we […]

December 24, 2014
Following a relaxed day on the island of Dominique, where the crew were treated to a boat-tour of a swamp trail that lead to a cosy rum shack, comfortingly named the ‘Ticking Crocodile’. The trail was also a familiar location for fans of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, those who had seen the films […]

December 22, 2014
It’s day 4 and we have arrived in Portsmouth, Dominica! We left our anchorage in Falmouth Harbour Bay yesterday and sailed past Montserrat and then Guadeloupe overnight.  Dinner was a lovely assortment of curries, including goat, from Cookie our wonderful chef, followed by ice-cream! We’ve finally scrubbed away the smell of the stingray and tuna […]

December 19, 2014
Joined the ship moored among the super yachts in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua, where we stayed overnight. A warm and sunny start to our Carribean Christmas. Stores arrived throughout the day, introductions were made then we headed out to anchor at the mouth of the harbour overnight. Fishing lines were cast and so far, we have […]

December 14, 2014
Another another day in paradise! Not far to go now! (about 200ish miles or so left!) After lunch yesterday, Jay and George conducted a presentation to the voyage crew about the different lights and shapes that they might see when we go into port in a few days time. This was very informative and any […]

December 11, 2014
Thursday 11th December 2014 Yet another day in paradise! Here we are, still pootling along in the middle of the Atlantic at a speed of 4.7 knts. With each hour, we gain further miles towards our destination – getting close now! The crew (as much as they are enjoying the voyage and probably don’t want […]

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