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August 4, 2014
We have all had a lovely few days in Halifax. We have sampled the many bars and ice cream stores and enjoyed the entertainment of the busker’s festival and the NATAL day celebrations today. There were 2 days of open ship where we got to show off Nellie to the locals including visits from past […]

August 2, 2014
Day 7 in the big brother house… oh wait no day 7 in the voyage. Today has been busy with the final leg to Esbjerg, Denmark. The sails were stowed and we headed into port just after lunch. After a few days where the ship has been heeling over a bit it was great to […]

August 1, 2014
It’s 2.00 am and we are making steady progress due south towards Esbjerg in Denmark. It was a busy day yesterday with the usual routines and some handing of sail. Some of the ‘Leadership at Sea’ participants took over watch leader jobs today and did rather well. The weather has generally been kind, though some […]

July 29, 2014
Forward Port Watch Afternoon from Forward Port! We have the afternoon watch – the perfect time for a bit of blog writing! Since joining the ship on Saturday lots has happened on the ship. We’ve had all the briefings and trainings, explored some of Bergen, set and handed sails, been on watches and had Happy […]

July 28, 2014
We were up early for a quick bacon sarnie before boarding the coach for Lunenburg. Thick fog this morning with visibility about 50 meters all day. The coach stopped first to let us see the near completed Bluenose II. We were not allowed aboard but the crew stood at the rail to explain to us […]

July 27, 2014
Day 2 Midnight on the first night at sea, we are making our way out to the start line. It’s very calm so we are hoping for a little more in the way of wind. Ominous lightning strikes in the distant skies. Bergen was very exciting with a wonderful party atmosphere and an amazing fleet […]

July 27, 2014
After a quick happy hour this morning it was time to lift the anchor and move the short distance to the quay. Once alongside we had a talk from a local who gave us all lots of interesting information on the area and things we can see and do. Shore leave was granted and most […]

July 26, 2014
Day 38 This is sadly our last day at sea and land is in sight. To our surprise when we came on watch at 8 pm last night the grey day had disappeared and it was a sunny evening and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset. The watch was made more special by the sighting of […]

July 26, 2014
We approached Halifax and entered the harbour around 5pm with 8 square sails set, crew standing by, sailed a quarter of a mile between St Georges island and the maritime museum where the berth is and we managed to arouse the suspicion of the Canadian Border patrol as they thought we were coming in unannounced, […]

July 25, 2014
Last night Aft Port hosted a pyjama party for their last watch with Rob. The whole watch turned up in their pyjamas, Rob in a penguin onesie due to the fact he does not own any! We all brought snacks, played charades and ended the party with some of Rob’s delicious homemade chai tea. The […]

July 24, 2014
Yesterday’s usual routines were enlivened by a game of Sea Cricket on the port deck with a handmade bat and a ball made of rags and duct tape attached to a long string. Team Australia scored 39 ½ and Team West Indies scored a whopping 53. Later Captain Barbara announced a schedule change – due […]

July 23, 2014
3.30 In the afternoon we are steering due north heading for Lunenburg. This morning we set all the sails (including the spanker) and launched the doti boat for some full length photos of the ship in all her glory! Last night saw this young sailor lead his first full day as a watch leader through […]

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