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December 10, 2014
Another day in paradise! 15 days till Christmas!! This morning on the 0800-1230 watch we have Aft Starboard ! Just 5 minutes in, we have already seen a whale! (Don’t worry Abigail, it isn’t big enough to eat us! Love you really! Xxxxxxx,;/l.,) Progress is good, we are having a ‘Whale’ of a time and […]

December 5, 2014
Another glorious day in paradise, comfy beds, restful nights with minimal wind pushing us on at a steady 3-4 Knots and bam……the day starts again! Only on this fine day we have only 1366NM to go until the white sands and local ales await us in Antigua. The watches are now fully settled into the […]

December 4, 2014
After almost perfect sailing weather we stopped for 24 hours in Arrecife. We were moored right on the end of the breakwater with lovely views of the town and bleak surrounding volcanic hills. An island of little vegetation but of great interest to volcanologists. Some of us went for a long walk or a jog […]

December 4, 2014
Today is sweltering and the wind is very light not really keeping us as cool as we would have liked. However, the day is glorious, the sun is shining brightly and there are barely any clouds. Our compliments to the chef Dave for the delicious fruit cake for smoko and quiche for lunch. He never […]

December 2, 2014
The swell of the last three days has now subsided and we are just left with the occasional lurch as Tenacious falls in to a trough. However the sea through the port holes in the lower mess is an Atlantic blue. We have been moving under sail alone for three days, making a steady five […]

December 1, 2014
With swells of 4-5 meters we had some crew affected by the motion, most especially your scribe. After 2 days of indisposition I managed to emerge today and am catching up on the news. I am informed that much of the voyage crew spent their time off watch in their bunks yesterday, except when needed […]

December 1, 2014
Another day in paradise! Just 1807NM to go! After a couple of frustratingly windless days, the highly anticipated north easterly trade winds have finally made an appearance and we are now making good progress towards Antigua at a steady 6 knots! With only 24 days until Christmas, excitement in the form of song (typically “We […]

November 30, 2014
A busy 24 hours….Last night was bumpy and windy and the fore upper topsail split which meant the bosun and BM’s going aloft to sort it out. The morning dawned with a good wind from the right direction so after breakfast it was all hands on deck to set some square sails and after that […]

November 30, 2014
After a slow start from Cape Verde (Africa seemed to take forever to disappear, and the GPS predicted that we would make landfall in Antigua sometime around the middle of March next year….yes, really) we are finally making good speed towards the Caribbean and talk of having sufficient time to enjoy a few Pina Coladas […]

November 28, 2014
Friday 28th November After an enjoyable and relaxing couple of evenings ashore in Cape Verde we were awoken with our chirpy but typical MP morning call!!! After breakfast, those who wanted to climb assisted could do so. Many of the crew that had already climbed previously in the voyage, offered up their help to ready […]

November 28, 2014
28th November was the day that we finally left Cadiz having found out that the weather down Casablanca way was too awful for us to go there and anchor. So we are off directly to the Canaries! With the help of our friendly pilot, Captain Simon made a brilliant stage exit with the sun breaking […]

November 27, 2014
TNS 424 Day 3 Cadiz With our unexpected extra day a group of us took the train to Jerez, and walked past orange trees and through cobbled streets to see the Andalusian riding school and their dancing horses and caballeros. We poked our noses into the saddlery afterwards, where there was gorgeous leather tackle being […]

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