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May 31, 2014
STW8C – Saturday 31st May 2014 – Day 6 A day of Brazilian sunshine and smooth seas after a night of starry sky’s, shooting stars and the milky way. Who could ask for more ? Whales have been sighted this morning, they remained by our side for about 30 minutes investigating the ship. The general […]

May 29, 2014
24th-26th May – Maintenance Days – lots of good fun and hard work, had to work around the rain and drizzle at times but that never stopped the BM’s getting lots done aloft. The ship is once again ready for her next adventure. We have all had a good explore of Rio, seen all the […]

May 24, 2014
Maintenance!! Here we are in wonderful Rio, again. The previous crew of STW8B have now gone home making the ship very quiet indeed, however some stragglers remain. These stragglers are our trusted maintainers and are currently working very hard, mainly below decks because of the rain, none the less working hard! The hard work will […]

May 22, 2014
Yesterday was busy as we anchored at Ilhe Grande, at a bay with one of the best beaches in the world apparently! Due to the swell and waves breaking on the beach landing the DOTI boat was impossible. There was a lot of disappointment but a solution was reached by the permanent crew, who offered […]

May 20, 2014
Day 11 We arrived at the North side of Ilha de Soa Sebastio on the Sunday evening in calm seas, but we were forced to temporarily anchor just outside the main channel to wait for the pilot to join the ship. The crew were treated to sundowners specially made by the chief engineer — well […]

May 17, 2014
Day 8 Sheila and Helen woke up feeling elated after their personal achievement going aloft. Today Helen is in Mess and the rest of us scrubbed the decks and toilets. Blue skies today and wind is calm. We handed all of the sails and we are now proceeding on the engine. We have spotted a […]

May 16, 2014
Day 7 We berthed elegantly at Itajai to the sound of a local band playing on the quay welcoming us in. Initially, they played music from different parts of Brazil, but the singer took a shine to one of the crew so they switched to James Brown covers… sung with some feeling. The Captain was […]

May 14, 2014
Day 5 Last leg under motor, arrived at Itajai after a delicious lunch of ribs [thanks Dave].  Nellie expertly brought in by the holy trinity of Chris, Tamsin & Olly [who managed to miss the bank!!] The welcome party samba band struck up just in time to drown out all instructions from the bridge to Lesley & the […]

May 13, 2014
3 in 1 Blog by the BM’s Day 1 10th May Joining day for the voyage crew, but just another day of sanding, varnishing, chipping and painting for the illustrious bosun’s mates of the Lord Nelson. All five of us, except for Simone, our resident illegal German/Aussie immigrant, who was on a visa-dodging day trip […]

May 12, 2014
Day 4 Everyone woke up feeling a lot better this morning, sea legs attached! The sun was shining, and everyone seemed to be happier and working as a team. After breakfast, we had a fire drill where we had to go to our muster stations. We then put on our life jackets, whilst the permanent […]

May 5, 2014
Day 17 Boa tarde amigos! Yesterday was a wonderful antidote to the long wait we had the previous day to get clearance to go ashore: some of us went on a four-wheel drive jeep trip across the island, through the Atlantic ‘mata’ – tropical forest. We visited some spectacular waterfalls, some of us trekking through […]

May 3, 2014
Day 15 After yesterday’s confusion on shore side about whether we needed a pilot or not, which meant we had to anchor outside the Sao Sebastiao channel, we were able to head to Vila Ilhabella today. The pilot arrived at 10am and we motored up the channel between the island of Islhabella and the mainland. […]

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