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January 29, 2015
Here we are, our first day at sea.  We’re on midnight to 4:00 a.m. watch, all the sails set and about a ¾ moon lighting our path under a planetarium of stars.  We are just passing St. Kitts headed NW. Today was filled with a lot of training, rope work, etc.  Dave and Vicky have […]

January 26, 2015
Our visit to Guadeloupe was interesting as this is a Department of France with a very French Caribbean flavour and quite different to either Barbados or Bequia. At times it was more like being in the back streets of Paris with cafes and creperies. The spice market and fish market were however very Caribbean with […]

January 21, 2015
LN859 After starboard watch log 21st January 2015 Current status:  Oooooo arraagggh me hearties!  There be a fair wind from the East today and we are not in the doldrums, though there has been many a brown booby sighted off the port bow (they are diving for the flying fish).  We are set fair and […]

January 19, 2015
Here in the Caribbean Sea, the date or day of the week doesn’t matter. Today is the day after our Bajan cultural sojourn and another day at sea. Most people made the most of our stopover in Barbados and were champing at the bit to be let loose after breakfast yesterday. As soon as we […]

January 16, 2015
Hello everyone from the sunny Caribbean. The sea is blue and the sky is clear. Wind is just right for sailing – not too bumpy. We left Antigua 2 days ago and sailed down the west coast of Guadaloupe. Last night, we had plenty of sail handling practice under a beautiful starry sky. This morning, […]

January 15, 2015
LN859 Antigua – Antigua We are currently losing sight of Antigua as we sail on our way to Barbados.   We have square sails and fore and afters set, the sun is shining and we are beating to windward past Monserrat towards Guadeloupe in a force 4 breeze and a very pleasant temperature of 27 degrees. […]

January 8, 2015
In the idyllic setting of English Harbour, maintenance has been steadily on-going. The weather has been hot and sunny, with occasional tropical downpours. Despite a small work-force of just 15, consisting of the Permanent Crew and a few volunteer crew, many different and varied tasks have been tackled. For instance, today, Rob the Bosun, was […]

January 1, 2015
We are currently (and aptly) moored in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua, with an assortment of vessels; small family-owned yachts, charter catamarans, very large motor vessels and some huge super-yachts whose masts dwarf Nellie’s.  The setting is spectacular as the harbour is almost landlocked, being approached through a narrow entrance past Fort Berkeley to port and Shirley […]

December 28, 2014
We have arrived at the English Harbour after a memorable night’s sailing under the stars. Whilst on night watch Richard explained to us the navigation by stars but we did not see the shooting stars like the later watch. Coming into the English Harbour in Antigua before breakfast on a beautiful sunny morning the wake […]

December 27, 2014
After a slightly lumpy motor into the wind, we anchored off St Louis on the island of Marie Galante shortly after lunch. The cruise ship Europa also anchored there and we watched the passengers being ferried to shore in covered launches whilst we lowered the Doti boat and fixed the ladder to the side of […]

December 25, 2014
Christmas Day 2014 Dawn broke at anchor in the bay at Terre de Haut which is part of the archipelago of Les Saintes (part of Guadaloupe).  By 8.00 am the AS watch recorded a temperature of 27 degs.  Our Christmas breakfast was scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, bacon and toast.  After a Bucks Fizz smoko, we […]

December 24, 2014
Following a relaxed day on the island of Dominique, where the crew were treated to a boat-tour of a swamp trail that lead to a cosy rum shack, comfortingly named the ‘Ticking Crocodile’. The trail was also a familiar location for fans of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, those who had seen the films […]

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