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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 […]

January 13, 2014
Day 31 Chardonnay felt the warm sun on her face as she helmed at 095 degrees, hard to the wind. The seas of the previous day, with a 6 metre swell breaking over the stern of the ship, had calmed. The yards were now braced to port with main and fore course and topsails powering […]

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 […]

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