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July 9, 2013
Sun, Sea, Sand(ing) and Sex(tants). This morning we handed the sails and have changed course to east and are now heading in the right direction, although there are still no other ships to see. The sun has finally made a reappearance, hurray, and there are bodies strewn across the decks in search of rays. This […]

July 8, 2013
Last night our 20:00 watch started with the last light of the day. As night drew on we were greeted with the most glorious star show since we started the voyage. With no moon to be seen and no cloud cover, the Milky Way took over the sky, surrounded by gazillions of stars. As it […]

July 7, 2013
After several days of brisk winds and uncomfortable swell, today we have a bit of sunshine, and with four square sails set we’re sailing along at a good 5.5 knots. As its Sunday a short service was held, on the side deck aft rather than the foredeck as we were still taking the odd wave […]

July 6, 2013
Breaking News – Captain Barbara ‘murdered’! Our good Captain was killed by Alan in the murder game with a sticking plaster on the chartroom lift, chaos now ensuing. Whilst this was happening we are making swift progress in heavy seas with gale force winds. The rising barometer has brought blue skies and sunshine that has […]

July 5, 2013
Following on from yesterday’s blog, the winds continue to whistle through the rigging and the spindrift is shooting off the tops of the dramatic waves. Three of our watch our not able to join us on the bridge because of the weather, but they are with us in spirit. Those of us who are on […]

July 4, 2013
Happy Birthday to Nellie & Happy Independence Day to our supporters in the USA – no fireworks out here in the middle of the Indian Ocean but just as much fun & excitement….. We’re currently battling through a force 8 gale, gusting up to force 9. Minutes before writing today’s blog Forward Port Watch noted […]

July 3, 2013
Day two of the murder game sees Bob killing off James with the sewing machine. We’re all on tenterhooks to see who will be the next victim. Jane may have discovered who her potential murderer might be as Paul invited her into the heads! We all got a drenching today as we handed the square […]

July 2, 2013
Yesterday morning we waved goodbye to Paradise as the Cocos Islands disappeared over the horizon and we settled down again into the routine of the ship, including getting our sea legs again. It was a hot, sunny day and the sea was reasonably calm so we were lulled into a false sense of security. Our […]

July 1, 2013
Captains Blog star date 01072013 Cocos Keeling is a typical Indian Ocean atoll and we were anchored inside it! To be able to anchor in such a place is a one off. Going ashore to the relatively untouched Direction Island was a treat and a privilege. With our anchorage surrounded by reefs, I thought it […]

July 1, 2013
As we awake this morning, some with sore heads following the BBQ yesterday evening, we look at the idyllic islands around us and prepare to weigh anchor to start the last section of this amazing passage voyage. Saying goodbye to these islands will be a sad parting. 17 days at sea to follow, murder most […]

June 30, 2013
Sunday, another day in paradise….. The ship was a buzz in anticipation of our day trip over to Direction Island. With lunches packed the DOTI boat ferried people to our very own desert island – we had the place to ourselves! Words cannot describe the beauty of the place – turquoise, crystal clear waters, white […]

June 29, 2013
The morning after the night before…Eli’s impromptu foredeck birthday party was well received by all under another magical starlit sky, coupled with the Nellie choir singing Steve’s old time sing-along favourites and dance moves. The deck was lit by led fairy lights torches and glow sticks which battled in a gale force 6 winds. Unfortunately […]

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