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April 2, 2016
TNS458 02/04/2016 (Day 33) Yesterday’s grey and squally weather did not auger well for our arrival at the Marquesas Islands, a group of 15 islands in the northern-most part of French Polynesia, which are spread over an area of 350 km. However, today the weather has again been hot (31 degrees) and sunny, and the […]

April 1, 2016
TNS458 01/04/2016 Aft Starboard Day break was grey, hot and squally. The 0730 wake-up call was accompanied by an announcement of a whitish whale to starboard. At least two of our more trusting (gullible?) crew mates fell for this April fool wheeze. There were a couple of others before the noon deadline including “land ahoy” and a […]

March 30, 2016
TNS458 30/03/2016 Afternoon all! Another glorious afternoon on watch, 31 degrees in the shade. Less than 400 miles to go now to Nuku-hiva in the Islas Marquises, our next landfall. Another critical stores item has now run out – no more chocolate!! On Monday, one of our watch became a member of the “Button Club”. […]

March 29, 2016
LN894 29/03/2016 The Opera – for one night only… Act One Mike introduced the show with a bit of stand up. First up – Allan & Tim  – Allan gave us a quick lesson in speaking “Northern” before singing a song about life on ship accompanied by Tim on guitar and Roman who held up […]

March 29, 2016
TNS458 29/03/2016 (Day 30) As all avid readers of our blogs will already know, the Easter Bank Holiday weekend has been celebrated in diverse ways out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. However, the experience of such celebrations has been slightly different for each watch so I will now describe proceedings from the […]

March 28, 2016
LN894 28/03/2016 All the excitement of Sundays stormy weather passed over us throughout the night. Although we had taken up shelter in Torbay the ship was still rocking over the bumpy swell even though Lord Nelson was at anchor. We woke up Monday morning to a calm bay, we didn’t even need the stick mats […]

March 28, 2016
TNS458 28/03/2016 Aft Starboard Monday, Monday….the excitements of Easter Sunday have dissipated and it’s the start of another week. It’s another hot, quiet day in the vast blue emptiness of the Pacific. Temperature 30, wind 10 knots from the SE and a steady 4-5 knots progress across the ground. We should be in Nuku Hiva sometime in the […]

March 27, 2016
LN894 27/03/2016 Day 21 (Easter Sunday) Today started with Easter treats under our breakfast beakers.  We did a lot of sail handing this morning and are now at anchor in Torbay sheltering from storm Katie.  We have not yet changed the clocks forward which threw a few people this morning, appearing at their stations at […]

March 27, 2016
TNS458 27/03/2016 HAPPY EASTER What a 24 hours we have had…. we are easily pleased! Yesterday,  Forward Starboard claimed prematurely that they would sweep the board with their curious design for the egg drop, unfortunately (for them) theirs was the only entry to crash and burn and sink spectacularly into the briny to join the […]

March 26, 2016
LN894 26/03/2016 Here news of our latest adventures… beautifully crafted by- Kate! Whoa!!! Nellie Girl, is in her blue water zone…. Waltzin & whumffin an exuberant fandango of barquentine delight….as she treats us c/o *storm Kate*, to an exhilarating cobalt blue roller-coaster ride, a fabulous homecoming finale, as we approach UK waters; the Porcupine Abyssal […]

March 26, 2016
TNS458 26/03/2016 We’re not going to cross the 3000 mile mark on our watch, we’ll leave that to the next team.  However, we are moving along at 4.8 knots under the steady glare in 29.5C of sunshine. The swell has died down – perfect sailing really. Highlight of the day was a large chunk of […]

March 25, 2016
LN894 25/03/2016 Day 25-Good Friday. While everyone at home is closing down for the weekend, getting ready for an Easter Sunday spring lamb roast dinner, easter eggs and daffodils, we’re racing along under sail outrunning a big storm that will dominate the English Channel for a couple of days. We are heading for Torbay for Sunday […]

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