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March 30, 2015
Day 20: After two and a half days exploring the island of Faial (especially the interior of the infamous Café Peter Sport), and getting used to standing on solid ground, we’re back on board Lord Nelson and heading out to sea. Our planned departure at noon was scuppered by the late arrival of our provisions, […]

March 24, 2015
Aft Port reporting Day 13, unlucky for some…especially in the egg drop challenge.  Captain Chris challenged the 4 watches to construct a projectile containing a raw egg to be launched from the main mast.  Winner takes all; marked on the best presentation, projectile distance and if the egg emerges unscathed. Presentations were amusing and varied […]

March 22, 2015
It’s Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining brightly in the sky, the clouds are high cirrus nimbus, we are on a starboard tac, the wind is on our beam and we have the lower spanker out!  This is fabulous sailing, we are all delighted that the sea swell has reduced and we are able to […]

March 22, 2015
Day six dawned warm and sunny. T shirts and shorts for the braver amongst us. We’ve had near perfect downwind sailing since Valencia with strong North Easterly’s pushing us along at well over 6 knots. But for the last couple of the days the wind has been more fickle. This morning we put lots of […]

March 21, 2015
Rocking and rolling, rolling and rocking through the night. Wine bottles and glasses clanking in the bar and rigging slapping the side of the boat. Suddenly in the middle of the night the boat rolled so far to starboard that I awoke with a start dreaming that we were capsizing .Aghhh..I screamed in my dream […]

March 21, 2015
We were on the first shift of the day starting at midnight. Continuing our relentless progress along the Southern Spanish coastline towards Gibraltar.  Ron stayed safely tucked up in bed after his speeding on deck the night before. Wind conditions forced us to rely on the motor.  Spotted a few ships on the port side […]

March 20, 2015
Day 4 dawned with The Best Watch (Aft Starboard) having slept well and been fed early being on watch 10 minutes before the hour – to the smiles of the off-going watch. We were dressed warmly, but on advice from the Officer of the Watch (who had consulted the magic ‘radar’ machine) we donned full […]

March 19, 2015
Day Two… Dinner tonight was rather quiet as a lot of people were washed out from the rather vigorous start to sailing… We started our watch in the middle of a very busy traffic separation scheme with a number of vessels being spotted in and around us, along with some rather marvellous thunder and lightning. […]

March 19, 2015
Aft Startboard Watch day 10&11 (Mar 18th / 19th ) The day started with the boys attempting early wake up call, Alan having a technical issue with the Ding Dong! A perfect morning on the bridge with sunshine, wind and team spirit. Instruction on partial eclipse and meterorologicial readings by Steve was extremely interesting and […]

March 18, 2015
Day 1 Joined the ship in full sunshine, while the city of Valencia celebrated the festival of Las Fallas in pyrotechnic style – fireworks going off all day, and culminating in a magnificent 15 minute display at 0100 when Stevie and I had the honour of standing harbour watch.  But it wasn’t all fun – […]

March 17, 2015
It’s just after 1400 on Tuesday March 17th and we’re 597 nautical miles out from  Bermuda. That’s the technical bit. The human part is that the officer of the watch has just given us the news that a daily blog gets written on the afternoon watch, so forward starboard watch are taking their turn to […]

March 16, 2015
Aft Port  Watch – Mike, Rosie, Randall, Brian ,Andrew, Emily, Rodders, Esme 16:00hrs 15/3/15 to 16:00hrs 16/3/15 The galley team treated us to an excellent dinner of roast lamb with treacle pudding and custard – winner! Aft Starboard Watch were on from 2000-0000hrs. What a beautiful night. The sky was  only partially clouded so there […]

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