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November 21, 2014
Still fuelled by a fantastic sticky toffee pudding from dinner, the middle watch enjoyed a beautiful night beneath shooting stars. The morning watch had their own interesting encounter, as the motor-less tall ship, Tres Hombre, sailed slowly passed. After breakfast and the morning watch meeting, the voyage crew were given a tutorial on basic knots […]

November 21, 2014
Already lost track of how many days we have been at sea for… With 591 miles to go, everyone seems to finally be getting their sea-legs after feeding the fish on several occasions. Jo still has his eyes peeled for pirate ships and is getting more and more prepared for sword fights as each day […]

November 20, 2014
Yesterday’s wish was fulfilled…we’ve had a wonderful display of dolphins under the bow. Running around and under the ship for over an hour. The last 24 hours have been pretty good. We’ve put sail up and we’ve taken it down again. And then put it up again….all good fun. Just about everyone now has their […]

November 20, 2014
Underway just south of the Canary Islands and making excellent progress under sail with a strong NW breeze guiding us southward. We left Las Palmas shortly after breakfast yesterday and it was something of a baptism of fire for crew members unused to the violent motion of the vessel in rough weather. We battled our […]

November 19, 2014
Day 3 Tuesday 18th we were in La Coruna, where we stayed aboard the ship learning how to set the sails, and put all the lines in order. After a smashing fish pie for dinner and chocolate mousse for pudding it was time for our watch leaders  to  take us ashore.  All the ducklings followed […]

November 17, 2014
Our maintenance period in Las Palmas has now drawn to a close and our trusty band of hardworking volunteers are either wending their way home or are remaining aboard ready for the start of Nellie’s next adventure across the Atlantic to Antigua. It has been a very busy time here, and during the last 8 […]

November 14, 2014
Which brings us to today, the 14th of November. We put out of Brest, at ten in the morning. The sun was shining, the wind was low and life was good.For the first time on this voyage, the crew got a chance to brace the yards and  set the sails. I was in my element, […]

November 13, 2014
11th – 13th November 2014 November 11th, brought howling wind driving rain and high seas. So high indeed that the crew spent the entire night being rolled from side to side in their bunks and at breakfast the next day, everything in the galley and mess moved.  If I put my knife down for a moment […]

November 10, 2014
We’re into day two of maintenance here in Las Palmas and our army of maintainers have been very busy and very productive. The wheel has been removed, the old varnish has been stripped off and it is currently being sanded and two new flip-down seats have been affixed on the bridge.  The mid-ship port water-trap […]

November 5, 2014
Everyone has passed away except from Carolyn… So the Lord Nelsons “Hunger Games” have sadly finished and the odds weren’t in aft starboard’s favour.  But, on the plus side, it’s the start of November and it’s mostly clear skies and the sun is shining down giving us a nice 27.8 degrees of heat! We’re only […]

November 4, 2014
Nearly there! (about 250nm to go to Gran Canaria!) Today, we, Forward Port Watch, sit on the bridge experiencing alternating bright sunshine and sideways rain from squalls, trying not to think that this will be one of our last days left at sea before we reach our destination and wave goodbye to some of our […]

November 3, 2014
Day 15 We had a very interesting talk from MP Jo last night about her Round the World Clipper yacht race. Time will tell whether anyone was tempted to follow in her footsteps and have a go! A beautiful morning with sunshine and wind, the sails are up and we’re making good progress towards Las […]

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