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February 3, 2015
Voyage crew for TNS430 all arrived nicely on time and it soon becamse clear that this was a very international crew with 8 different nationalities including the Brits, but most people speak good English so there is not much of a language problem. After a short safety talk we were free to explore the delights […]

February 3, 2015
The time is 2am is on the 3rd of February. We are sailing in a balmy breeze at temperatures of 25 degrees… come outside there’s a lovely moon above.  The ship is heading towards Grand Turk via an anchor stop at salt cay. After three days of sailing, which at times has been choppy and […]

February 1, 2015
Aft Starboard on the midnight to 4 am watch. Everything seems under control so we have time to write our first blog. We thought our visit to the British Virgin Islands and Virgin Gorda was a great success.  Our Doti boat took us from our anchorage point to the Bitter End Yacht Club where we […]

January 31, 2015
Captain’s log; star date 100 – oops got carried away there. Another glory day at shore and at sea. Started out with Port of Arrecife; ended on watch at 0400. First watch seven days ago was somewhat bewildering; last watch was wistful and lovely. Talking about lovely, it’s been that and more throughout. As they […]

January 31, 2015
It’s our penultimate day! Some crew still benefitting from a good night out!  Departed Arrecife 1000hrs with reasonable winds- enough to raise sails.  We sailed between the islands Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and between 1200-1600 (our watch) we had visits from five pods of dolphins.  Breezy and dull with cloud cover but excellent sailing overnight with […]

January 30, 2015
Reporting at 2am with a rolling sea under a waxing moon. The watch team consists of the salty cadet Ryan, a seasoned transatlantic sailor Rosy, a  stewardess Olivia, Larry or McMess, Old Geezer Clive, Debs operating under the alias 2 6 Heave and our fearless leader Jane. We are on course from Antigua to Virgin […]

January 30, 2015
We left Fuerteventura Gran Tarajal, after receiving a civic reception on board.  Such generosity and kindness was shown to us in the guise of local food and drink AND much welcomed  as we hadn’t eaten for at least 40mins – such is the way we are starved on this ship.  Our redoubtable First Mate, Ali […]

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 28, 2015
We sailed through the night , a clear starlit night headed for Gran Tarajal on the Eastern coast Feurteventura , a small little known village which is off the beaten track and the tourist trail. We arrived and pulled alongside and tied up and secured late afternoon.We were greeted to a very warm welcome. Some […]

January 27, 2015
A bright sunny morning in Las Palmas harbour. After breakfast Ali (Mate) gave us the briefing about the ship and we then did the trial evacuation drill (2.5 minutes!! Well within the limit of 7 minutes, but today we had no wheelchair users to evacuate). Smoko on deck was celebrated with a huge pink birthday […]

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 25, 2015
Las Palmas – Gran Canaria Tenacious maintenance period is coming to an end, we can see the results of our hard work, painting, sail repair, welding, sanding and varnishing. When you go to the port gates on arrival you never imagine that you are just a few steps away from your new home and family […]

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