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September 11, 2014
Day 29 Today’s blog comes from Aft Starboard watch as we continue to motor with a fresh to strong breeze that refuses to veer to allow us to go sailing in the right direction. At the start of our 8pm to midnight watch last night, as dusk was setting in, the Bosun’s Mates were called […]

September 9, 2014
Blog of Tuesday 9th September 2014 – day 26 The parrot’s in the liferaft and theĀ  monkey’s in the chartroom… Some colourful creatures helped Debs with her voyage fundraising efforts and then travelled out with her from the UK. Our flying friend is currently appearing all over the boat in odd places and the inflatable […]

September 6, 2014
The weather is beautiful and we’re under sail! Going at 4 knots and spirits are high. We are once again out of sight of land. We’re currently in a shipping lane consisting of… us! The temperature is starting to drop as we head into more northerly waters, so our woolly fleeces being put into action! […]

September 5, 2014
DAY 23 or thereabouts – Friday 5th September So after two and a half days on land, we’re all at sea again waving goodbye to the lovely Faial, determinedly trying to find our sea legs while we watch the lumps of land grow ever smaller… We all said that we’ll be back to the Azores […]

September 3, 2014
We motored overnight from Flores and Corvo under moonlit skies to arrive off Faial in the early morning of yesterday. A bit of ‘stooging’ in the Canal do Sao Jorge ensued to allow sufficient time for more sail stowing and arrival preparations. Whilst doing this, dolphins, a humpback and a sperm whale languidly swam past […]

August 31, 2014
News from around Lord Nelson. Yesterday evening Jess caught her first fish. After days and days of fruitless labour she has finally been rewarded by catching a Dorado. It was a very impressive fish. It was quite big and a pretty colour. What else is there to say about a fish? Last night we unfortunately […]

August 28, 2014
Tales from the middle of the pond. Those aboard Lord Nelson are not at all bored! Ha ha. and it’s Nellie to those who sail her. Now nine days from land and daily life of the ship at sea has definitely set in. The 0730 wake up calls have become increasingly adventurous from initial crude […]

August 27, 2014
It’s blowing at a force 5 at the moment and we are doing a consistent 7 knots under sail. We are also entirely lacking in waterproofs!! It is actually sunny at the moment as we cross the Atlantic. NOT something I ever expected when signing up for this trip. Must be mentioned that it’s not […]

August 26, 2014
Fine weather yesterday turned to rain overnight. The Watch getting very soggy this afternoon, but at least we have the consolation that our washing is at this very moment being transformed to its original clean, sweet smelling, state. The shop opened to a rush of sales yesterday as the realisation took hold that it would […]

August 25, 2014
It was noted at 1400 that the only three men on the watch were either wearing flamenco-dress pinnies or being mesmorized by Snoopy pants and frilly knickers tumbling around in the washing machine! Wash day was a very exciting event – we now have a sweet-smelling Forward Port watch! The sails were furled in the […]

August 24, 2014
To all of our eager followers: Greetings! Some of you, if you have been watching the tracker carefully, may have noticed that our course over the past few days has been an easterly one, perhaps surprising for those who might have been expecting us to turn NE towards Iceland. Well, I haven’t lost it quite […]

August 24, 2014
Ships blog, day 11 (since joining) Quiz night last night was a raucous affair. With questions on Nelson, Nature, Pot luck, & a surprise round on Iceland or the Azores, dependent on the colour of card drawn. Some dubious answers were flung about, especially from Lou, who’s answer to “what family does the dove belong […]

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