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November 13, 2013
Day 6 Afternoon Watch Well, just to top off a beautiful day, the dolphins have come out to play! We sailed through the night under a bright moon, watching the outline of Marlborough Sound off Port side, musing over the southern constellations and how Orion is upside down! The wind was strong, and the churning […]

November 12, 2013
Day 6 I rose early to catch the sunrise to discover we’d stopped for a rest in the Gibraltar straights flanked by two continents, Morocco visible to our starboard and Gibraltar to our port. The clouds formed varying kaleidoscopic shapes, spiralling and streaking as the sun shone through lighting up the famous rock. Navigating into […]

November 11, 2013
A good night was had by all tasting the local tapas served in many small restaurants through the quaint narrow streets of Cadiz. Today, Sunday, we have a full day to explore the town at our leisure. Before we leave the ship Frances from, Aft Starboard, is hauled in a wheel chair up the fore […]

November 10, 2013
Day 3 On day three of our voyage we arrived into peaceful Picton, greeted by a flotilla consisting of two Coastguard boats and a small ferry. Prior to arriving we played the last post and then held a two minute silence for remembrance Sunday. We had a small crowd watching as we moored alongside, thankfully […]

November 9, 2013
STW23 Blog Wellington to Nelson Day 1 and 2: For most of the voyage crew it’s all board Nellie and we meet our Watches in Wellington, New Zealand. A slight problem with some fog at the airports, and three voyage crew were kept patiently waiting to arrive into Wellington. Once all were aboard the usual […]

November 9, 2013
Day 4 Today we docked in Cadiz. Happily we were on watch at the time and got to see it all happen up close and personal. Steven won the fight to steer us into our berth. We then had the afternoon off to explore the beautiful town of Cadiz. It has lots of little alleyways, […]

November 8, 2013
Day 3 It’s another glorious day on the good ship tenacious. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing and for 4 wonderful hours on watch we had the sails out, breaking the 5 knots under sail record. We were dolphin spotting from both sides. Forward port managed a quick, refreshing shower before watch change […]

November 7, 2013
Day 2 We have set off from Lisbon, waved off by friends and a few curious admirers of the boat. The ship ventured into the expansive seemingly endless sea and towards a horizon that looks like the edge of the world. The morning started at 8 promptly, lesson learnt: if you are late for breakfast […]

November 6, 2013
Today is day 1 of our trip. The voyage crew arrived at 16.00 hrs, often after long days that have involved trips to the airport, flights and then taxi, or tram rides to join the ship. We were given a very friendly and warm welcome by the First Officer, Richard and the Watch leaders. In […]

November 4, 2013
Day 9 Today we head to Wellington. The weather is kind to us today for our crossing back to the North Island. The further we have got into the strait the winder it has gotten quite strong at 30 gusting 40 at times with 2 and a half meter wind waves. We are due at […]

November 3, 2013
8 ‘Til Late Watch. 2-6-HEAVE! Start in the dark was an experience, one which rapidly got us sailing at a steady 9 Knots (maybe even 10.5 at times?!). Course and Lower Topsails up and happily luffing in the wind. We longed to see a starry sky, alas a 6/8 cloud coverage was a hindrance. Although, […]

November 3, 2013
Day 8 Hi there from Aft Starboard watch – we have spent the most magical day as we were privileged to be on watch this morning as we entered the Cook Strait, then into the Tory Channel & Marlborough Sound and are now anchored by the spot where there is a monument to Cook, who […]

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