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July 15, 2014
July 15th We are at present sailing at a steady speed of about 7 knots heading to Bermuda hoping to arrive on the 19th we have travelled nearly 3,000 miles since leaving Recife, the weather remains hot even though we are moving north but we are encountering some quite heavy squalls which only seem to […]

July 14, 2014
So, another day in paradise! We left Anguilla yesterday morning and we are heading towards Bermuda. Since leaving our anchorage loads has happened, we saw 3 ships, flying tuna and something what Beth and Margret described as an alien attack. There were loads of UFOs flying around during our watch from 8pm to 12 midnight […]

July 13, 2014
12th July 2014. Our last stop in the Caribbean was Anguilla, a small island a short sail from Antigua. We arrived just before lunch and after the usual clearance procedure we were finally free to go and explore. In true English naval tradition the boats were run ashore, food stores plundered and free Wi-Fi ravaged. […]

July 11, 2014
11th July Yesterday, the crew had a tour of Antigua in 3 Taxis; We were treated to two beaches, the Sugar plantation museum, viewpoints and shopping in the capital, St Johns. When we got back we had the Yacht Club and ex Captain Claire on board with rum for tots, a toast was made in […]

July 10, 2014
10th July This is our second day in Antigua and we are adjusting to island life. A good night’s sleep was had by all with no noise from the anchor, the sea and no ship rolling on the waves. Most people gave Derek, the chef a well-earned break from cooking as we elected to eat […]

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 […]

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