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July 8, 2017
The previous day saw another two voyage crew volunteer as Cook’s Asses in somewhat adverse conditions. Average four meter swell, it turns out, is not ideal for grating cheese. A determined mess crew persevered, however, and the entire crew was rewarded with burrito bowls and apple crumble for dinner. Another rocky night provided difficult sleeping […]

July 7, 2017
Yesterday, Euan and Myles spent the day as cooks assistant. They had to delegate tasks to the messmen, organize stores and do tasks for the cook. Their work was well rewarded as last night, the 8 till 12 watch brought the most spectacular sunset we have seen so far. The sky was filled with beautiful […]

July 7, 2017
Day 28 One month into this incredible journey and day 8 since we last saw land. Many of us are having to dig deep at this stage of the voyage due to lack of sleep, long cold watches and the length of time at sea, but firm friendships and a caring crew really are helping […]

July 6, 2017
The first watch (8-12) last night was ours. The first hour was spent handing square sails and tidying up – it is hard to believe how many – 60 sheets, tacks, clews, buntlines and braces just for the topsails and the courses alone. All have been cast off their pins during handing sail and put […]

July 4, 2017
Another day passes on our travels towards Canada and at least 3 more murders have been committed (I am the victim of one of them and so, in theory, I am a ghost writer!). I can assure people that the act was painless and was committed in the laundry room with a game of monopoly […]

July 3, 2017
Wonderful watch last evening – winds gusting up to gale force 8, 3 meter swells and Nelly whizzing along at over 7 knots.  The whole watch was on the bridge feeling elated.  Later as the fog closed in, we had the eerie sight of the moon peeping out from the clouds.  It was the first […]

July 2, 2017
For the last three days the seascape has been the same. Grey clouds with poor visibility at times with a little fog. This may sound miserable but it isn’t. There has been no rain! This afternoon we had sunshine, the sea turned from grey to blue looking lovely with the white of the breaking wave […]

July 1, 2017
Our apologies to the English speaking people on board and followers of this blog, but this blog will be written in French this time, in order to represent the 5 French Canadians on board on this wonderful trip from London to Quebec. Therefore, here I go for the blog of the first of July, day […]

June 30, 2017
Over half way through the trip and we are making good progress! We have passed the 2000 mile mark and are well on our way to Canada from Iceland. Though making good progress, we have been motoring for this leg of the voyage due to light and fowl winds. Outdoor maintenance has been made easier […]

June 29, 2017
Apologies to our blog followers, we were having too much fun in Pingeyri, Western Iceland to write! We arrived on the evening of 25 June to Pingeyri, a small town of some 200 people. We had to reverse into the small harbour and Captain Richard called for the lead line to ensure that there was […]

June 25, 2017
Yesterday afternoon we arrived in the Western Fjords of Iceland and anchored in an unpronounceable fjord (Veidileysufjordur).  The weather was rather dreary however the calm waters were a welcome break from the high seas and terrific winds of the Icelandic Sea.  Dear old Nellie was positively racing with our watch seeing her speed in excess […]

June 24, 2017
Our watch started at 8am to lunchtime on a very exciting day after an interesting departure from our last port. As soon as we left the port things started to settle down with whale watching, whilst being hurt by nature with the wind and rain being blown straight into our faces. As soon as we […]

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