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March 7, 2015
A late night move saw the ship down river of the bridge, where we moored for the night, until the pilot came onboard early this morning. Lines were slipped at 5am and we passed through the lock gates and down the river. The journey down river was peaceful, with most hands enjoying the sunshine, looking out for flamingos and […]

March 6, 2015
Day 2 in Seville, and what a beautiful place to be in, the sun is shining again. Not a cloud in the sky, many people in just in shorts and t shirts. Many of us have gone into the town to see the magnificent cathedral; others have gone to the aquarium to see the bull […]

March 6, 2015
According to the locals, the weather in Bermuda for the last couple of weeks has been overcast, rainy, and cold. Fortunately, we timed our visit perfectly and have enjoyed warm and sunny–though a bit windy–weather. With the Lord Nelson tied up alongside the docks near Downtown Hamilton, several crew went ashore for an afternoon of […]

March 5, 2015
We have just arrived in Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton, after a 16-mile pilotage passage from St George’s on the North-eastern side of the Island. We arrived in St George’s at 10am on the 3rd after a wet night at sea. The day slowly brightened and, as it was Beth’s 50th Birthday, a musical wake-up call, plus […]

March 4, 2015
Hello again from Forward Aft Watch. We had a happy week steaming up the Atlantic, as could not sail into the north east trade winds, so lots of rest, food and chat for a happy week with no complaints, then suddenly it all began to happen due west of Cabo San Vicente (nobly, nobly Cape […]

March 2, 2015
Storks, storks, storks along the beautiful banks of the Rio Guadalquivir as we sail towards Seville; very graceful in flight, their white wings reflecting the yellow-brown of the river contrasting with the royal blue of the trailing edges and wing-tips. The trees are full of stork nests, and earlier we saw many flamingo in the […]

March 1, 2015
Today is a lovely day for Olly’s 20th birthday !! Happy Birthday Olly. The sun is in the sky and the clouds are nowhere to be seen, Portugal is to the port side of us and the sea is nice and calm too. So to start off this morning was a lovely breakfast, thanks to Ali & Phillipa. […]

March 1, 2015
Two days ago, Fiona–our Irish Bosun’s Mate–challenged Captain Darren to a wager: if England wins the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, she would clean his cabin, but if Ireland won, she would be made honorary captain for the rest of the day after the match. With ship full of crew from England, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, and the […]

February 28, 2015
By evening watch all but 4 sails are tucked away but with a dying breeze we need the engines too. Speed 5.5 knots. 551 nautical miles into our voyage with 350 to go. Distinctly cooler and damp night. Candace had a smooth transition from the helmsman chair to her wheelchair, but was rapidly joined by […]

February 28, 2015
Good afternoon from Aft Starboard Watch and the Bosuns Mates who are just passing. Civilisation is closing and some shipping is now appearing on the horizon. With only 165 – ish miles to go until the Pilot at Seville we have managed to sail an average of 6 knots over the last 24 hours using […]

February 27, 2015
Day 7 – mess day – this is one of the most strenuous duties since leaving the Canaries, the day starts at 7am and finishes about 2pm. After that I have time for a shower and a couple of hours rest then at 4pm all hands are called to set some square sails. We set […]

February 27, 2015
There she blows!  Whales spotted off port stern, moving to starboard side.  Unfortunately no breaching.  2 x ships spotted, at last we have company on the high seas. The Spanker and flying-jib sails unfurled, still no need for the motor. However, looks like a cold front is coming in so we expect the weather to […]

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