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December 5, 2014
Another glorious day in paradise, comfy beds, restful nights with minimal wind pushing us on at a steady 3-4 Knots and bam……the day starts again! Only on this fine day we have only 1366NM to go until the white sands and local ales await us in Antigua. The watches are now fully settled into the […]

December 4, 2014
Today is sweltering and the wind is very light not really keeping us as cool as we would have liked. However, the day is glorious, the sun is shining brightly and there are barely any clouds. Our compliments to the chef Dave for the delicious fruit cake for smoko and quiche for lunch. He never […]

December 1, 2014
Another day in paradise! Just 1807NM to go! After a couple of frustratingly windless days, the highly anticipated north easterly trade winds have finally made an appearance and we are now making good progress towards Antigua at a steady 6 knots! With only 24 days until Christmas, excitement in the form of song (typically “We […]

November 30, 2014
After a slow start from Cape Verde (Africa seemed to take forever to disappear, and the GPS predicted that we would make landfall in Antigua sometime around the middle of March next year….yes, really) we are finally making good speed towards the Caribbean and talk of having sufficient time to enjoy a few Pina Coladas […]

November 28, 2014
Friday 28th November After an enjoyable and relaxing couple of evenings ashore in Cape Verde we were awoken with our chirpy but typical MP morning call!!! After breakfast, those who wanted to climb assisted could do so. Many of the crew that had already climbed previously in the voyage, offered up their help to ready […]

November 24, 2014
Hi from the forward port watch, the sun still shines and graces us with a change from our normal climes ,the wind is behind us and we are making good progress towards Cape Verdi. John and Bjorn have just spotted our first sign of life, a yacht travelling in the opposite direction, he will have […]

November 23, 2014
Today we woke to lovely sunshine, this brought a lot of the crew up to the deck to sunbathe. Today’s smoko was enjoyed by all the crew as it involved fresh watermelon and left over brownies from yesterday, these both went down very well. After smoko there was shout of “dolphins on the port side” […]

November 22, 2014
Woke up to beautiful sunny skies this morning. Finally, we feel we are getting the weather we signed up for! The ship has also stabilised out, so most of us now feel back to normal and there are distinctly fewer crew members running for the ship’s side rails!! We are now nearly half way to […]

November 21, 2014
Already lost track of how many days we have been at sea for… With 591 miles to go, everyone seems to finally be getting their sea-legs after feeding the fish on several occasions. Jo still has his eyes peeled for pirate ships and is getting more and more prepared for sword fights as each day […]

November 20, 2014
Underway just south of the Canary Islands and making excellent progress under sail with a strong NW breeze guiding us southward. We left Las Palmas shortly after breakfast yesterday and it was something of a baptism of fire for crew members unused to the violent motion of the vessel in rough weather. We battled our […]

November 17, 2014
Our maintenance period in Las Palmas has now drawn to a close and our trusty band of hardworking volunteers are either wending their way home or are remaining aboard ready for the start of Nellie’s next adventure across the Atlantic to Antigua. It has been a very busy time here, and during the last 8 […]

November 10, 2014
We’re into day two of maintenance here in Las Palmas and our army of maintainers have been very busy and very productive. The wheel has been removed, the old varnish has been stripped off and it is currently being sanded and two new flip-down seats have been affixed on the bridge.  The mid-ship port water-trap […]

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