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February 8, 2014
Day 57 We find ourselves at anchor surrounded by beautiful scenery in the Beagle Channel. Last night during our 8pm-12am watch, The Straights of Lemaire treated us to multiple wildlife sightings. We saw playful seals, synchronised dolphins, and an estimated 30 penguins (we’re not quite sure what the collective term is for that many penguins, […]

February 7, 2014
Day 56 @1630 hrs. Pos: 54’s.27” 64’w.52” Run to date: 6278miles Course: 170’ Pressure: 986.9 Air temp: 8c Wet temp: 6.5c Sea temp: 7.9c Well landlubbers, our voyage is rapidly coming to an end, and so is the blog for this trip. You can feel the atmosphere slowing down. On board, we’ve started to get […]

February 6, 2014
Day 55 What’s that strange humming noise? Sweeney’s latest tune, an Albatross with a sore throat? Nope, it’s the engines! After 6 weeks unbroken sailing we have had to admit that the winds are no longer with us. At 9:44 the Captain made the decision to turn around, having reached 51deg22’ South (~82 miles short). […]

February 6, 2014
Personal Story Paul McSorley,  Derry, N.Ireland When I grow up I would like to be a sailor. Whilst my chosen profession as an anaesthetist doesn’t easily lend itself to a life on the ocean wave, I am a keen yachtsman and have been sailing, cruising and racing for over 25 years. I am currently based […]

February 6, 2014
Some people at home ask me, How can you look at all that sea for so long? Ah! That sea is always changing, I tell them. And no more so than in the South Pacific Ocean, as we have seen these last two weeks since setting sails and leaving the Chatham Islands fading in to […]

February 6, 2014
My wife says I was a sailor in a previous life, and I was a Sea Cadet briefly until the marching palled. But until we moved to NZ my experience at sea had been confined to a terrifying cross-channel voyage. Now, 13 years on, I’m a tall ship junkie with five, getting on six, voyages […]

February 5, 2014
Day 54 Another tall ship sailing surprise today. Below preparing for breakfast all quiet and under control for us, the tannoy blasts, “We’re taken aback, all hands on deck”. That was the Captain’s instruction. We handed t’gallants & courses and braced. As quick as it comes it goes. We set t’gallants. Almost before we return […]

February 4, 2014
A Personal History: Mike Travis My childhood was spent growing up in Huyton near Liverpool and we could hear the ships on the Mersey with their forlorn fog horns in the winter. I was quite used to the comings and goings of neighbours, as they sailed with either the Royal or Merchant navies. We had […]

February 4, 2014
Day 53 The sun has once again come out from behind the cloud, leaving some angry looking weather ahead of us but blue sky behind. It has been a grey morning, soggy over lunch. The captain came to the lower mess after smoko to give a talk on tacking. Until last night we had only […]

February 3, 2014
Day 52 Yesterday, Sunday 2nd Feb, Jenny and Barbara continued the sanding and varnishing of the table containers. Neil, who made them, had invited the watches to create designs, which he then cut out prior to varnishing. It has seemed strange to be sailing with land in sight, but it has meant that different birds […]

February 2, 2014
Last night, just before midnight, we passed due south of Cape Horn at long last. We are slightly embarrassed to admit that the weather was fine and the winds light by Cape Horn standards. The sky was clear enough to give us a good view of many shooting stars, satellites and heavenly constellations. Now that […]

February 1, 2014
Day 50 With two V.C. on the helm, fighting to keep us on course, 10m waves crash over the stern of the Lord Nelson as it reaches Cape Horn. Or….. Last evening, Jan 31st, there was elation as land was seen for the first time in 33 days; remember we had two New Year’s Eve. […]

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