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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 […]

June 25, 2014
The dawning of the second week aboard had us awoken with a mandarin Chinese wake up from Johnny and just so we knew what was going on, Izzy gave a more concise wake up in English. There was a race between the fore and aft watches to stow their courses, our unorthodox hauling of the […]

June 24, 2014
VOYAGE 407, POOLE TO SOUTHAMPTON 24.06.2014 Aft Port, the Lovely Watch Poole to Southampton: 45 minutes by train, 6 days by Tenacious. But what days! Saturday was a warm and glorious Pirate Day in Poole, the Town Quay crammed with Johnny Depp lookalikes of all ages, most of whom wanted to come aboard during our […]

June 24, 2014
23rd June The Captain said “It was the best sailing day she had in a long time.” The sun was out, all the square sails were set and the wind and sea were perfect. Aft Port was put through a very severe exercise regime by Charlie. Also, we caught a fish for the impending “crossing […]

June 22, 2014
22nd of June According to Captain Barbara, this is the best sailing day for ages. The sails have been tweaked to perfection and on our 8-12 watch last night we achieved 11.2 knots the record speed for the trip, and we have covered 211 miles in 24 hrs. We are now experienced in sail setting […]

June 21, 2014
Night watches were treated to a sky full of stars and warm winds – it seems odd to be on watch at midnight in shorts and tee shirts… This morning dawned hot again, after breakfast it was happy hour which down below was like working in an oven but medic Vicki’s impersonation of Dolly Parton […]

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