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July 10, 2014
VOYAGE 409: The Tall Ships Races, Harlingen to Fredrikstad 10th July 2014 A minor sandstorm on the Harlingen quayside was brought to an end by a brief torrential shower: the sand remained, and has accompanied us on the decks until this morning, when we were finally able to hose down the decks in the sun. […]

July 9, 2014
GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY! The second day of the Race yesterday was really interesting! It started with a lovely sunny morning, our lovely First Mate Ali gave us a talk about sails and different types of tall ships and Captain Simon explained how to tack and wear the ship, we then tacked the ship. We all […]

July 9, 2014
Having made way steadily overnight we awoke this morning to see Antigua just ahead of us. We arrived into English Harbour around 8.45am and after the usual clearance with customs and immigration, shore leave was granted. Many went off to explore the island, whilst others had a lazy day wandering around Nelsons Dockyard before going […]

July 8, 2014
As we sailed past Dominica with its near mile high mountains, the wind changed dramatically. Initially we had force 6 on the beam and Nellie was making 9 knots, then in the lee of the land the wind died almost completely, sails were handed and engines were on. Tue 8 July. Capt Barbara told us […]

July 7, 2014
Day 3 The morning started at 6:30am with the glorious rays of sun light piercing through the port hole. Memories of last night’s sunset were still imprinted in my brain. The whole watch was in awe of the magical colours in the sky. The clouds where tinted red, gold, pink and purple. Today was the start […]

July 7, 2014
We left Bequia at 3.30 on the 6th and as soon as we left the bay, we hit strong head winds which sent Nellie rocking and pitching and some voyage crew running for sick bags. We were on the 8 pm to midnight watch and were sent out to set sails in challenging conditions. We […]

July 6, 2014
(Day 19) We started the day in Port Elizabeth. After breakfast and taking the voyage photos, we were free for one last excursion before leaving beautiful Bequia Island. Quite a few of the crew took taxis to the other side of the island to visit a turtle sanctuary. Turtles are reared until five years old […]

July 6, 2014
Day 2 started with numerous visitors watching from the shore as we finalised our Evacuation Drill (in less than 6 minutes) and then started our Hands Aloft. Plenty of voyage crew from all watches climbed to the first platform and then out onto the Yards. After Smoko, we learnt the art of rope hauling and […]

July 5, 2014
Voyage 409: Leg 1 of the Tall Ships Races 2014 Joining day in Harlingen Harlingen is a beautiful little port city, with a fishing fleet and the ferry terminal for Terscheliing, an inner basin and an outer harbour. The watch leaders joined early this morning, having stayed overnight in Leeuwarden and neighbouring towns. Harlingen’s dozen […]

July 5, 2014
July 5th For the first time in 2 weeks we had a stationary breakfast, then it was time for the assisted climbs, everyone that wanted to climb has now climbed to at least the first platform. Then it was a free day, as it was a bank holiday the “tourist attractions” were not open, but […]

July 4, 2014
TNS 408 Day 5. After days at sea with winds on the nose, so much so that on Wednesday we had sails up and were ‘overtaken’ by an Oil Rig!! we awoke on Thursday to perfect sailing winds but we had to be at the Harlingen Fairway buoy at 12.26hrs so we couldn’t take advantage […]

July 4, 2014
July 4th It was looking a bit breezy at breakfast and those who had hoped for a swim were thinking they might be disappointed, but we should have faith, Barbara took some of the anchor chain in so that we were in more protected waters, life buoys were attached fore and aft to provide a […]

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