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July 4, 2014
TNS 408 Day 5. After days at sea with winds on the nose, so much so that on Wednesday we had sails up and were ‘overtaken’ by an Oil Rig!! we awoke on Thursday to perfect sailing winds but we had to be at the Harlingen Fairway buoy at 12.26hrs so we couldn’t take advantage […]

July 4, 2014
July 4th It was looking a bit breezy at breakfast and those who had hoped for a swim were thinking they might be disappointed, but we should have faith, Barbara took some of the anchor chain in so that we were in more protected waters, life buoys were attached fore and aft to provide a […]

July 2, 2014
Day 15 After nearly 2000 miles of trailing a line since leaving Recife we finally caught a fish! It was a beautiful coloured Dorado which was swiftly and painlessly dispatched and taken to the galley. Derek will no doubt perform his usual miracle and convert it into something delicious. The wind increased during the night […]

July 1, 2014
Colin ate multiple limes. Charlie given up dessert for a week – unless it’s chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce, which doesn’t count. Cato’s still Australian. Izzy is organising a competition between the deck officers to see who will become her new best friend. Jane has become a naturalist because we saw a bird. Carol is […]

July 1, 2014
30th June and 1st July We started our watch on the ship’s bridge fairly early, at 8 o’clock in the morning, and shared the duties of keeping lookout on both port and starboard sides of the ship, and manning the helm. This watch lasted four and a half hours. During this time we got involved […]

June 30, 2014
Hi everybody! Yesterday, we left Southampton port and anchored off the coast of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight for the night. Today we have set off towards the Dover Straits well on our way towards our destination- Harlingen. We are in the Aft Port team currently on watch. We have just been shown how […]

June 29, 2014
29th June 2014 Sunday 29th was a busy day with early starts all-round the volunteers who had not arrived the night before were on board for a bacon butty breakfast by the main mast at 07.30. It was then time for a quick brief of the day’s plan, before last minute tidying up and preparations […]

June 29, 2014
We are still enthralled by the sight of 80 or so dolphins gracefully crossing our path, jumping and corkscrewing in the driving rain while the rest of the crew were having their breakfast sheltered below. Our resident Mancunian, Oli, felt very much at home during yesterday’s torrential downpour. Yesterday evening, the rain held off long […]

June 28, 2014
The day started with cloud and rain, but brightened at smoko with the celebration of Eli’s 21st and a splendid cake for the occasion. Everybody having got wet sail setting beforehand seemed to make it all the better. The rain has stopped, but there is still heavy cloud and at last it feels as if […]

June 27, 2014
We had a busy last morning, starting off with bag packing then adding the linen from the bunks onto an ever increasing mountain of washing. Breakfast was greatly appreciated. After breakfast there was the Captains debrief, also a final Happy Hour getting the ship nice and clean. The ship was got ready for going alongside […]

June 27, 2014
Blue cloudy skies greeted us this morning as we continued on our way to the Caribbean at which we are due to arrive in the next six days. We’ve had two days of blowing into the sails (no wind). After breakfast we tempted fate with the wind and decided to set some sails –this lasted […]

June 26, 2014
Hey all! Most of the voyage crew yesterday visited the submarine museum in Cherbourg. We all had a look around the nuclear submarine, Le Redoubtable. Later in the evening 35 of the voyage crew went for a meal next to the docks. We left Cherbourg early this morning at 7.30am we are under sail which […]

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