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January 12, 2014
Day 30 The day dawned bright and clear with rumours of rainbows. The wind had moderated, but was still up our chuff. Where is the chuff on a ship? Today involved a Deadlight Inspection and Repair Event (DIRE) time. Me, I reckon Stu was on the lookout for ‘reading matter’. Nudge nudge, wink, wink. In […]

January 11, 2014
Day 29 Out here on the high seas it’s about more than the wind in order to keep Nellie on track to her final destination – It’s all about communication! One of the most important pieces of communication begins with the morning meeting, held every day at 08:45 in the chartroom. There the captain, permanent […]

January 11, 2014
We arrived in Nice on the Saturday morning and during the morning we then did assisted climb for the intrepid voyage crew who required a bit of additional assistance in order to help them to climb up the mast. Ric and Liz took the easier option and put their faith into their fellow voyage crew […]

January 10, 2014
Day 28 It is another greyish day in the South Pacific. We are continuing to steer 090 in a fresh to strong North-westerly breeze. Seas are moderately rough but the motion with 5 squares set is just on the uneasy side of gentle. In contrast to Northern Latitudes northerly winds here bring mild air and […]

January 9, 2014
Day 4 in the big brother boat. The day started bright and early, 2 days out of Barcelona, with the Aft Port watch taking the bridge. The engines had been on from 10pm the night before. It was a day of bright sunny weather with little wind, motoring all day. During the first watch, we […]

January 9, 2014
Day 27 Chardonnay thought on the events of the previous day as she helmed at 090 degrees, due East on 44.45 latitude.  The morning had been a busy one. The ship’s murderess had been unveiled in the act of her final evil act aided by the treachery of the unwitting victim’s Watch leader who traded […]

January 8, 2014
Day 26 Writing this while sitting in stunning sunshine with a keen wind from the west. If at home we would be finding this breeze very warm, but things are very different here in the southern ocean. The breeze has a northly feel to it. Anyhow I have managed to find a sheltered spot and […]

January 8, 2014
Having motored through the night and put around a hundred miles distance between us and Barcelona, today began with the usual routine of breakfast and happy hour. With the weak winds of the morning forecast to improve slightly later, all hands were soon busy pulling bits of string, imagining ourselves yanking on the tentacles of […]

January 7, 2014
5th – 7th Jan 2013 The voyage crew all arrived safely on board in Barcelona. They were introduced by Captain Simon to the rest of the permanent crew. This was then followed by a brief safety talk to get them through the night by Richard the mate. The next day the rest of the safety […]

January 7, 2014
Day 25 Stardate 2014:01:07 What a difference 24 hours can make! From running through grey menacing seas on a beam reach to avoid the worst of the depression following us (and making good speeds too, I might add) to broad reaching across a glorious blue ocean in full sun – fair lifts the spirits! Brave […]

January 6, 2014
Day 24 Just Another Monday Morning! We are now 8 days out of the Chatham Isles and continue to experience fair winds and great sailing conditions. Our course changed to due East after spending the last couple of days avoiding a pretty deep depression that has now passed to the south of us. We have […]

January 5, 2014
Day 23 Well, it’s been an eventful 12 hours as the wind and the swell have picked up steadily since last night. We had the fun task of taking in both T’gallants and I was lucky enough to be allowed up onto the fore T’gallant yard to help tie the sail down. We are now […]

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