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December 10, 2013
03.30 Sunday 8th December; Alarm went off to get me up for the start of the adventure of a lifetime. Flew out of Bristol and arrived at Palma spot on time. Now to find the ship! Information from Southampton to get the No1 bus which proved to be correct. Saw some masts which looked like […]

December 5, 2013
Tenacious has been alongside in Palma for the past week, undertaking maintenance.  The weather was rather cold and wet the first few days and then very windy, something like the north of England is currently getting, but not as bad as up in Scotland!  The last few days, however, have been wonderful, light airs, bright […]

December 4, 2013
Day 6 – Port Aft The most competent ‘Shanghaied’ crew, spent a most memorable day on a lovely historical Isle off the Port of Opua within the NZ Bay of Islands. All safely ferried via rubber ducky, to the first NZ land site of one great mariner: One James Cook. The more adventurous tackled the […]

December 1, 2013
DAYS 3 &4 After a fascinating briefing from Captain Barbara involving a wooden ship model (with mizzen and bowsprit missing) complete with koalas, we WEIGHED ANCHOR UNDER SAIL: braced the fore spars to stb’d and main yards to port, backed the fore tops’l and outer jib then braced the fore yards to port and set […]

November 29, 2013
Day 1 & 2 Auckland’s central location right in the heart of shops & bars was where we found the Lord Nelson, next to the Spirit of New Zealand tall ship. Nellie is looking good, especially after a year since leaving the UK and having been half way round the world on the Sail The […]

November 26, 2013
Day 9 It seems only fit & proper that the final blog of STW24 comes from Forward Port Watch, after all it’s where our Watch Leader Alli started her adventure with the J.S.T.; having never sailed before she joined Nellie in Singapore, on the 7th June, for her maiden voyage, which was to last 44 […]

November 23, 2013
It is Day 6, the sun is shining brightly from a clear blue sky yet again, but this afternoon the breeze is only a gentle zephyr so the iron spinnaker is working to get us around Cape Reinga. Whales were seen spouting last evening, a couple of dolphins went going past, a shark caused alarm […]

November 22, 2013
Day 5 The last 24 hours have involved a 100% effort for sailing; however, due to the lack of wind we have had to resort to motor sailing on and off. We are currently doing 5.1 knots with following winds and no motors, with the views of Mt Camel on starboard side. The sea is […]

November 22, 2013
3 Day Summary Welcome back blog watchers Well, where do I start – The week started with a bleak outlook weather wise, with rain overhead and on the horizon. The first night we stayed in harbour due to a later arrival of voyage crew, not a bad idea as some were travelling all day. Day […]

November 21, 2013
Day 4 This is forward port reporting from the sunny bridge as we watch over the calm ocean with the west coast of New Zealand in the distance off starboard side. 8 till midnight watch last night was truly spectacular. The snow covered peak of Mount Taranaki appeared just as we came onto watch. This […]

November 20, 2013
Day 3 Our first watch turned out to be the 8-12 at night and we were rewarded with a spectacular moon rise, clear skies, a favourable wind and lots of sails set. For some, the motion of the ship has not been too pleasant but others have enjoyed the good sunbathing weather today. Our light […]

November 19, 2013
STW24 Nelson to Auckland Day 2 19th Nov Sunny Nelson welcomed the Lord Nelson with a civic welcome, a Maori welcome and lovely weather. The new crew arrived on board and settled in but unfortunately we were kept waiting for some mysterious part that the engineers felt were vital to the Nellie’s ability to move. […]

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