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March 5, 2015
We have just arrived in Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton, after a 16-mile pilotage passage from St George’s on the North-eastern side of the Island. We arrived in St George’s at 10am on the 3rd after a wet night at sea. The day slowly brightened and, as it was Beth’s 50th Birthday, a musical wake-up call, plus […]

March 1, 2015
Two days ago, Fiona–our Irish Bosun’s Mate–challenged Captain Darren to a wager: if England wins the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, she would clean his cabin, but if Ireland won, she would be made honorary captain for the rest of the day after the match. With ship full of crew from England, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, and the […]

February 28, 2015
By evening watch all but 4 sails are tucked away but with a dying breeze we need the engines too. Speed 5.5 knots. 551 nautical miles into our voyage with 350 to go. Distinctly cooler and damp night. Candace had a smooth transition from the helmsman chair to her wheelchair, but was rapidly joined by […]

February 27, 2015
There she blows!  Whales spotted off port stern, moving to starboard side.  Unfortunately no breaching.  2 x ships spotted, at last we have company on the high seas. The Spanker and flying-jib sails unfurled, still no need for the motor. However, looks like a cold front is coming in so we expect the weather to […]

February 26, 2015
Day 6 and the war between the engineers and fish continues. A night of sparkly stars and 9 knots achieved, Nellie is sailing nicely, and all are relieved. A third of the miles behind us and 600 to go, as our tans darken nicely, we keep heaving ho! Deep in our voyage the choice of […]

February 26, 2015
Afternoon of Day 6. Pasta for lunch. All hands on deck to trim some sails, the good news is we thought the wind was going to drop off but it stays steady so we continue under full sail. First Mate Richard demonstrates how to navigate by sextant. Daz and Marco continue to haul in as […]

February 25, 2015
Day 4: We motored throughout the night with only a few fore and aft sails set, and were greeted by a gorgeous sunset, a wide field of stars glimmering above the rigging, and a lovely sunrise. We arrived at San Salvador at 0730 in the morning. After a breakfast on board, we donned our life […]

February 23, 2015
All training crew joined in Nassau with no problems. That day counted as Day 1, and was spent meeting our buddies and having initial safety meetings. We were moored in the shelter of five massive cruise ships, who disgorged 15,000 people to throng Nassau during the day, but sucked them back after six, leaving our […]

February 19, 2015
Yesterday, a rainy day in the Bahamas was spent in a bar called ‘Flo’s Bar’ on Little Harbour Cay, population 3, part of The Berry Islands, North West of Nassau, where some of the crew tried some fresh conch and more rum. Rumours would suggest that a certain few may have engaged in some skinny dipping […]

February 17, 2015
The temptation to show our feelings to the unfriendly cruise ship as we left Little San Salvadore was resisted as one would expect of professional sailors. Perhaps wisely the voyage crew decided to follow suit! With Conception Island and Valentines Day only a few hours away, any ill feeling was soon forgotten and we were […]

February 13, 2015
It’s 14.00 on day 4 of the Bahamas voyage and as we write this, the Lord Nelson is under full sail and rocketing along at a furious speed of 2.1 knots. The past day has been one of relative leisure, as yesterday afternoon we arrived at Little San Salvadore – an uninhabited island owned by […]

February 12, 2015
Well after a busy day in the Port of Nassau the crew of 861 finally arrived and spent the evening getting acquainted with the ship and sampling the delights of Downtown Nassau (some more than others). The morning of departure arrived and after admiring the super cruise liners moored alongside us it was time to […]

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