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January 17, 2016
TNS455 17/01/16 Aft Port checking in for the noon to 4pm watch  – another glorious day in paradise. At 3pm this afternoon we have sailed 982 miles, with only 69 miles under motor (7%), most of which was motor sailing. Last night was a windy night watch which was enjoyed by all, the sea glistened under the light of […]

January 16, 2016
TNS455 16/01/16  Day 12 We almost missed breakfast when a large pod of dolphins came to play and show off their acrobatic skills, with young ones belly flopping. Some post breakfast sail handling worked up our appetites for ‘smoko’ and part two of Captain Barbara’s talk on celestial navigation. We felt like we were back at school doing complex […]

January 15, 2016
LN888 15/01/15 After making good time from Las Palmas, we arrived off the coast of Madeira ahead of schedule on the evening of the 7th, and perfectly executed the only sensible manoeuvre available in our early arrival arsenal – what I like to call the “the chocolate box”. The chocolate box involves possibly one of […]

January 15, 2016
TNS455 15/01/16 From quiet picturesque Bonaire to the busy port of Willemstad, on the island of Curacao, is 45 miles. We sailed off the berth in Bonaire, setting sails as the yards on the Fore Mast were being braced, in order to complete our turn without the use of engines. We had a fantastic sail all the way […]

January 14, 2016
TNS455 14/01/16 Departure from Willemstad Harbour, Curacao to Sea. We’re all manning bracing stations for our departure, and the pilot is running late, so we launch into an early smoko break, having just had breakfast. We awoke to find a big 3000-berth cruise ship moored very close behind us. A few heard it arrive but many slept through its noisy […]

January 12, 2016
TNS455 12/01/16 Today, this sunny afternoon we find ourselves just off the island of Klein Curacao on the way to our evening harbour.   Yesterday, we spent all the day happily enjoying Bonaire with the ship helpfully parked at the end of the pier very close to the centre of the little town of Kralendijk (coral heap). Some of the […]

January 9, 2016
TNS455 09/01/16 Ahoy there from Aft Port – comprising of our illustrious, redeemed leader, Judy, along with the motley crew of old timers (sailing wise) of Liz, Maggie, Stretch, Mandy, Pam and Chris, and newbies Bob, Hilary and Brian. The sea is calm, the sky is blue, our tummies are full and rapidly expanding on Hammie’s excellent food.  All […]

January 8, 2016
LN888 08/01/16 The Bridge had fallen almost silent. Each person on night watch had spent over three hours falling into their rhythm. Starboard and Port lookouts, helming, hourly logs, and most importantly – tea duty and storytelling to keep morale high! I’m sure if I had asked, each person would have admitted their thoughts were […]

January 8, 2016
TNS455 08/01/16 It’s a huge Caribbean hello from the ‘A’ Team, the Aft Starboard Watch. Yesterday, Montserrat was the star act looming menacingly to starboard. Three mighty peaks, shrouded in clouds spiralling high into the sky, giving glimpses of its dramatic volcanic past. Wonderful as the sun set around it. Today began really well with Smoko (that’s tea break to […]

January 7, 2016
TNS455 07/01/16 Greetings everyone from Fwd Port watch. So far this is an interesting and warm voyage! Yesterday started with a sail setting talk from mate Ali, as Captain Barbara wanted to sail off our berth at Antigua Yacht Club, Falmouth, Antigua. The best laid plans were hampered  by a delay as the food stores hadn’t arrived as planned. […]

January 7, 2016
LN888 07/01/16 Day 3, 7th Jan 2016 Madeira here we come. We set off from Gran Canaria after lunch yesterday, a voyage crew of 37 and the 13 permanent crew of “Nellie”. A few of us were eating breakfast on the deck this morning and we saw dolphins swimming near the ship. We are now […]

January 6, 2016
TNS455 06/01/16 Its day 2 of our voyage and we left the delightfully exclusive Yarmouth yacht harbour in Antigua just after lunch and after a mammoth stores chain we were ready to get the fenders in and the sails set. We are now sailing into the sunset with a light wind and watching the fish […]

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