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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 […]

January 4, 2014
Day 22 Today’s brief blog offers not more on the happy social life at sea on Lord Nelson, but some pointers to ocean sailing: the planning and navigation in our day-to-day progress. The shortest track is of course to follow a great circle route. In the southern ocean this would take us too far south […]

January 3, 2014
Our last morning at sea and what a treat from 09.10 for a good 20 minutes we all had a fantastic unmissable experience with the company of a pod of 8 or 9 pilot whales who were swimming in and around the ship and were very visible. I have never seen so many whales so […]

January 3, 2014
Day 21 Afternoon Watch I am writing this cautiously, always keeping an eye out for suspicious characters and objects which do not belong. Half of my watch have been murdered so far…am I next? I witnessed my first death yesterday – Fiona brutally scrubbing Mike to death by the chart table with a deck brush. […]

January 2, 2014
Day 20 We are clearly settling into the routine as time has been found to carry out some of the essentials of the voyage. For example finding out where we are…. This involved some members of the watch handling a piece of equipment called a sextant. They peered through a small telescope attached to some […]

January 1, 2014
New Year’s Eve was greeted in traditional ships fashion with all the crew on the bridge with a glass of cava and party poppers and the old year was rung by the eldest voyage crew and the new year rung in by the youngest. We also had a Spanish tradition as we were alongside in […]

January 1, 2014
Day 19 What a difference a day makes! The weather has now turned positively calm, and some people are even champing at the bit for more nautical things to do in high winds. But we have sailed gently on across this vast empty ocean with lots of albatross but not a whale in sight, much […]

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