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March 12, 2015
Dolphins sighted late afternoon, a whole pod playing over the bow, chasing the jumping tuna that had passed previously. Overnight Tenacious gently bobbed around under sail, averaging 1.5 knots and making slow progress. We handed the royal for the night shift. All was peaceful sailing under the stars on this clear night until 09:30 after […]

March 11, 2015
Coming from the Los Angeles Maritime Institute and working with youths of all ages, teaching sail training as well as personal growth, I’m finding this experience as challenging and as rewarding as any previously encountered. This sail has afforded me to meet people of various backgrounds and abilities. Working together, I’ve found that I’m learning […]

March 10, 2015
Ellie, Aft Port Yesterday afternoon we were free to explore Malaga in the sunshine. Some went up to the citadels, some to the Cathedral and some got no further than the local bars! In the evening, most sampled the delicious local food and drink, in a traditional bodega, and were treated to free samples of […]

March 9, 2015
Greetings from Malaga! An interesting passage through the Strait of Gibraltar kept the night watch busy, with shipping traffic between Tangier in northern Morocco, to our starboard, and Algeciras in southern Spain, to our port, in addition to the vessels passing through the Strait of Gibraltar, and numerous fishing vessels. This morning fenders and lines […]

March 7, 2015
A late night move saw the ship down river of the bridge, where we moored for the night, until the pilot came onboard early this morning. Lines were slipped at 5am and we passed through the lock gates and down the river. The journey down river was peaceful, with most hands enjoying the sunshine, looking out for flamingos and […]

March 6, 2015
Day 2 in Seville, and what a beautiful place to be in, the sun is shining again. Not a cloud in the sky, many people in just in shorts and t shirts. Many of us have gone into the town to see the magnificent cathedral; others have gone to the aquarium to see the bull […]

March 6, 2015
According to the locals, the weather in Bermuda for the last couple of weeks has been overcast, rainy, and cold. Fortunately, we timed our visit perfectly and have enjoyed warm and sunny–though a bit windy–weather. With the Lord Nelson tied up alongside the docks near Downtown Hamilton, several crew went ashore for an afternoon of […]

March 5, 2015
We have just arrived in Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton, after a 16-mile pilotage passage from St George’s on the North-eastern side of the Island. We arrived in St George’s at 10am on the 3rd after a wet night at sea. The day slowly brightened and, as it was Beth’s 50th Birthday, a musical wake-up call, plus […]

March 4, 2015
Hello again from Forward Aft Watch. We had a happy week steaming up the Atlantic, as could not sail into the north east trade winds, so lots of rest, food and chat for a happy week with no complaints, then suddenly it all began to happen due west of Cabo San Vicente (nobly, nobly Cape […]

March 2, 2015
Storks, storks, storks along the beautiful banks of the Rio Guadalquivir as we sail towards Seville; very graceful in flight, their white wings reflecting the yellow-brown of the river contrasting with the royal blue of the trailing edges and wing-tips. The trees are full of stork nests, and earlier we saw many flamingo in the […]

March 1, 2015
Today is a lovely day for Olly’s 20th birthday !! Happy Birthday Olly. The sun is in the sky and the clouds are nowhere to be seen, Portugal is to the port side of us and the sea is nice and calm too. So to start off this morning was a lovely breakfast, thanks to Ali & Phillipa. […]

March 1, 2015
Two days ago, Fiona–our Irish Bosun’s Mate–challenged Captain Darren to a wager: if England wins the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, she would clean his cabin, but if Ireland won, she would be made honorary captain for the rest of the day after the match. With ship full of crew from England, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, and the […]

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