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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 […]

July 2, 2014
Day 15 After nearly 2000 miles of trailing a line since leaving Recife we finally caught a fish! It was a beautiful coloured Dorado which was swiftly and painlessly dispatched and taken to the galley. Derek will no doubt perform his usual miracle and convert it into something delicious. The wind increased during the night […]

July 1, 2014
Colin ate multiple limes. Charlie given up dessert for a week – unless it’s chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce, which doesn’t count. Cato’s still Australian. Izzy is organising a competition between the deck officers to see who will become her new best friend. Jane has become a naturalist because we saw a bird. Carol is […]

July 1, 2014
30th June and 1st July We started our watch on the ship’s bridge fairly early, at 8 o’clock in the morning, and shared the duties of keeping lookout on both port and starboard sides of the ship, and manning the helm. This watch lasted four and a half hours. During this time we got involved […]

June 30, 2014
Hi everybody! Yesterday, we left Southampton port and anchored off the coast of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight for the night. Today we have set off towards the Dover Straits well on our way towards our destination- Harlingen. We are in the Aft Port team currently on watch. We have just been shown how […]

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