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August 26, 2014
Aft Port Watch We were piped out of Southampton by a bagpipe band at 5.30 and motored down Southampton water leaving the busy Maritime festival, we then anchored overnight in the Western Solent. Sunday morning was gloriously sunny and climbing training took place as we left through the needles channel. We then set sail and […]

August 26, 2014
Fine weather yesterday turned to rain overnight. The Watch getting very soggy this afternoon, but at least we have the consolation that our washing is at this very moment being transformed to its original clean, sweet smelling, state. The shop opened to a rush of sales yesterday as the realisation took hold that it would […]

August 25, 2014
It was noted at 1400 that the only three men on the watch were either wearing flamenco-dress pinnies or being mesmorized by Snoopy pants and frilly knickers tumbling around in the washing machine! Wash day was a very exciting event – we now have a sweet-smelling Forward Port watch! The sails were furled in the […]

August 24, 2014
To all of our eager followers: Greetings! Some of you, if you have been watching the tracker carefully, may have noticed that our course over the past few days has been an easterly one, perhaps surprising for those who might have been expecting us to turn NE towards Iceland. Well, I haven’t lost it quite […]

August 24, 2014
Ships blog, day 11 (since joining) Quiz night last night was a raucous affair. With questions on Nelson, Nature, Pot luck, & a surprise round on Iceland or the Azores, dependent on the colour of card drawn. Some dubious answers were flung about, especially from Lou, who’s answer to “what family does the dove belong […]

August 23, 2014
Sitting in the summer sun watching the sea roll by. Motorsailing all along and trying to make words to a song. Honestly there’s not a good deal to report today as there hasn’t been much to see, at sea.Though yesterday we were privileged enough to see a total of two ships one at 8pm and […]

August 22, 2014
Oh! What a beautiful afternoon (well, it was but now it is spitting). Motoring East having just set fore and aft sails helping to stabilize us. Earlier today, just after smoko, we handed all sails and switched to engines. Unfortunately the wind was not being favourable. Sightings of whales have decreased but today we were […]

August 21, 2014
The day started early with Jess’s trans-Atlantic phonecall, hearing of her GCSE results – a sail-bag full of A’s and A*’s, with one B lurking in the shadows. Early on the midnight-0400 watch the sails were taken in apart from the main stay-sail, and the motor was switched on. We passed several gas rigs throughout […]

August 20, 2014
Day 7 Well, here we are on the penultimate leg of Nellie’s round the world sail with us due to arrive in London on Friday, 19th September. We left Lunenburg yesterday having got a bellyful of fuel and then we virtually sailed off the berth – quite a sight, which the locals enjoyed. In no […]

August 19, 2014
Day 6 – Today has been all about beginning the journey and getting underway. We were required to move from the museum dock to a commercial berth in order to take on fuel. Whilst the engineers were taking fuel volunteers were requested to prepare the sails for departure. It’s much easier climbing onto the yard […]

August 18, 2014
Day 5 consisted of a wonderful visit to Lunenburg for shore leave before beginning the major leg of our journey to Iceland. Lunenburg is an historic port and Unesco World heritage site. It is a quaint picturesque town to the west of Halifax. It took approximately 9 hours to motor-sail from Halifax the day before […]

August 17, 2014
We’re on our way, the final leg of Sail The World. Before embarking on our trans-Atlantic voyage we will be calling in at Lunenburg – the spiritual home of tall ship sailing in North America. We bid farewell to Halifax and Vicky, who manned the gangway, fending off any likely-looking stowaways. Some of the Permanent Crew had already […]

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