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January 19, 2014
Stardate 37 Well, mysterious happenings on the deck of the Lord Nelson. Bosun Lesley is convinced that there are buntline fairies messing with her mind. During her regular deck checks on the 8-12pm watch she has detected their dastardly handywork. Whilst regular sailors well know that the line first goes under the pin before coming […]

January 19, 2014
18.1.14 Joining day of voyage 394. Most of us flew into Genoa airport having run away from the floods of Britain only to be confronted by dark skies and heavy rain in Italy. We didn’t mind as this was to be an adventure in the Gulf of Genoa for an 8 day trip. We all […]

January 18, 2014
Day 36 Greetings, Forward Port watch here with today’s report on life aboard Nellie in mid ocean. We see no ships and no whales either but we did have a splendid quiz night last night. Liz, our Nursie, steered admirably while the rest of us quizzed away in the bar. Things were not made easy […]

January 17, 2014
Day 35 Last night at midnight we bequeathed the oncoming watch a full moon so bright the stars were scarcely visible. Chardonnay and Horatio pressed together on the windward side of the bridge, and together watched the effect of the moon shining like a golden pathway on the water. ‘So romantic,’ he whispered softly in […]

January 16, 2014
Day 34 Every day at sea is different, no more so than yesterday. Our 8-12pm watch clocked up the distinction of logging just 3 miles run. We were at the centre of an area of high pressure (1027 hPa) and the wind faded to barely a zephyr and turning the sea to glass. Now that […]

January 16, 2014
Why? by Colin Taylor That was pretty much the universal response/reviewed when I told them about the prospect of 60 days at sea sailing on Lord Nelson from Auckland to Ushuaia around Cape Horn, across the Southern Ocean. The reason was pretty straight forward in my mind. I was part of the first generation of […]

January 15, 2014
Day 33 The Day of the Egg Drop It finally arrived. The eggcitement unbearable. Weather conditions were bad for sailing but perfect for the latest competition: throw an egg from the main top as far as you can, landing on the ship without breaking. Seemed simple enough. Then you factor in the rigging and interesting […]

January 14, 2014
From San Remo to Portovenere, 14th Jan 2014 from Aft Port After a run ashore in the morning, we set sail after lunch on board, leaving San Remo in the sunshine with light winds. Heading East over The Gulf of Genoa. Sails set in variable winds. Simon the Captain had warned the crew to get […]

January 14, 2014
Day 32 A fair, sunny day with chilly winds from the south. Many of the voyage crew had expressed an interest in celestial navigation and yesterday, by popular request, Gary gave an easy to understand talk on the subject. He persuaded us that we did not need much knowledge of maths and stars and that […]

January 14, 2014
“It all started with a phone call, ‘You need to look at this website’, so I did and was hooked by the whole concept of ‘inclusion’ and ‘team-spirit’, When I arrived at Palma to join the ship, there was a little feeling of apprehension on my behalf to make the transit from ‘passenger ‘ to […]

January 14, 2014
Saturday overnight in Nice followed by a morning departure and sail setting. The wind did not want to agree with our intended direction so it was decided to wear ship and try the other tack. The wind then decided it did not want to play anymore that day and we motored for the remainder of […]

January 13, 2014
Day 8 in big brother house: San Remo Having been at anchor the night before, our brave captain led a rekey of the port at 10am, and following his return, we weighed anchor and entered harbour. After a brief delay for the ritual of happy hour, we made a landing at 13.30 Hrs. Despite anti […]

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