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February 16, 2015
On Sunday we sailed until evening.  The wind got up later in the evening to give us a bit of work to do bracing the yards. By midnight we were back close to El Hierro. On Monday we awoke to a lovely sunny day. Iain spotted two dolphins alongside and also a swordfish was sighted. […]

February 14, 2015
Welcome to the Luurve of the sea! Some lucky crew went ashore with Connie our volcano guide and general expert on everything that lived, lives and breathes on the Canaries. Hierro – you either love it or you can say “that wasn’t Torremelinous on a Saturday night”. Whatever, it was a fantastic mix of sleepy […]

February 13, 2015
It’s 14.00 on day 4 of the Bahamas voyage and as we write this, the Lord Nelson is under full sail and rocketing along at a furious speed of 2.1 knots. The past day has been one of relative leisure, as yesterday afternoon we arrived at Little San Salvadore – an uninhabited island owned by […]

February 13, 2015
Ten years ago, I was an ultra-fit marathon runner, caver and fell runner.   This was all until one evening I went to sleep in my own bed and woke up in hospital to discover that I couldn’t talk, see or move any of my limbs on my left hand side as the result of a […]

February 12, 2015
Well after a busy day in the Port of Nassau the crew of 861 finally arrived and spent the evening getting acquainted with the ship and sampling the delights of Downtown Nassau (some more than others). The morning of departure arrived and after admiring the super cruise liners moored alongside us it was time to […]

February 12, 2015
As we had to vacate our berth in Santa Cruz by 08:00 the crew had an early call at 06:30 to prepare the ship for leaving harbour. As the sun rose we began our voyage towards El Hierro. We had a late breakfast as we motored away from La Palma. The morning was taken up […]

February 11, 2015
After eventful journeys from the UK and main land Europe all the voyage crew arrived on board, due to high winds at La Palma all flights had been redirected to Tenerife. Mate Tony and Captain welcomed everyone, a quick safety brief was completed, personnel assigned to watches and bunks the voyage at last was about […]

February 9, 2015
We sailed through the night of the 7th February and in the morning of the 8th we anchored just outside the harbour at Nassau. Once a cruise ship had gone and another vessel arrived at the end of the quay we then weighed anchor and made our way into Nassau. Captain Chris went ashore to […]

February 9, 2015
Before we went to bed for the final stretch of our voyage, a presentation was done by some of the crew who work for Spearhead. They are an agricultural organisation who have brought 10 people from 5 different countries on the voyage. This includes farms in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and the UK. We […]

February 8, 2015
We woke up after an interesting night of harbour watch, fender screeching and the engineer’s alarm. All still alive. Good breakfast and then assisted climbs on main and fore masts. Daredevil Diana in her wheelchair waved the flag for the Latvian contingent while her mother and buddy watched nervously from the deck. Then it was […]

February 7, 2015
We are currently sailing along in lovely sunshine with all squares set except the royals plus a staysail and a jib.  Wind is NNE Force 4; cool to the cheek, although the sun is quite warm.  Port Fwd is on watch. We have less than 150 miles to go to Nassau and expect to arrive […]

February 7, 2015
After a calm night sailing slowly between Gran Canaria and La Gomera we make our way into Puerto De Vueltos. This is an old fishing village backed by high red cliffs with one of the most spectacular settings in the islands. We come alongside the fairly new breakwater within easy walking distance of the town. […]

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