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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 14, 2015
On Wednesday a coachload of us crew went on a fabulous guided tour of the west of the island of Madera. Our guide Christina had excellent English, our driver Limon, none! We drove briefly up through the fine city of Funchal, up the hill through the smarter suburbs, past the spectacular Reid’s Palace Hotel, where […]

January 13, 2015
Well the voyage started in sunny Gran Canaria with temperatures well into their 20’s. Our pale white winter complexion slowly turned into a tan which the celebrities pay for! The voyage started with the normal safety training and evacuation drills… just in case. Then it was time to set sail and head north to Madeira. […]

January 12, 2015
Hi! I’m Anita, and a Tenacious virgin. My first voyage on a tall ship, and it’s day 2 on our passage from Gran Canaria to Madeira. We’ve been under sail alone for the past 24 hours on an NNW course, and are now about 60 miles from Funchal in a steady force 2. There are […]

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 4, 2015
Today the wind has dropped and we have set sail once again. After lunch we spotted dolphins who not only swam alongside but also accompanied us at the bow of the ship. This afternoon while keeping watch on the aft. Starboard side we spotted a turtle. The wildlife in this area is superb.

January 3, 2015
Stormbound. We have spent the night in the  very pleasant harbour of Valle de Gran Rey, La Gomera. As we had neither a phone service or internet we were unable to receive the weather reports as usual. However, we had Spanish Rob to the rescue. He along with the Captain went along to the harbour […]

January 2, 2015
Happy New Year! Moored in Santa Cruz Tenerife we set sail in warm sunny weather with light wind. After leaving the harbour we experienced large swells with ESE force 3 wind. Dr John was on hand to deal with those feeling queasy but hey – it was he! Then Tom who claims to be an […]

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 […]

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