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July 27, 2014
Day 2 Midnight on the first night at sea, we are making our way out to the start line. It’s very calm so we are hoping for a little more in the way of wind. Ominous lightning strikes in the distant skies. Bergen was very exciting with a wonderful party atmosphere and an amazing fleet […]

July 27, 2014
After a quick happy hour this morning it was time to lift the anchor and move the short distance to the quay. Once alongside we had a talk from a local who gave us all lots of interesting information on the area and things we can see and do. Shore leave was granted and most […]

July 26, 2014
Day 38 This is sadly our last day at sea and land is in sight. To our surprise when we came on watch at 8 pm last night the grey day had disappeared and it was a sunny evening and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset. The watch was made more special by the sighting of […]

July 26, 2014
We approached Halifax and entered the harbour around 5pm with 8 square sails set, crew standing by, sailed a quarter of a mile between St Georges island and the maritime museum where the berth is and we managed to arouse the suspicion of the Canadian Border patrol as they thought we were coming in unannounced, […]

July 25, 2014
Last night Aft Port hosted a pyjama party for their last watch with Rob. The whole watch turned up in their pyjamas, Rob in a penguin onesie due to the fact he does not own any! We all brought snacks, played charades and ended the party with some of Rob’s delicious homemade chai tea. The […]

July 24, 2014
Yesterday’s usual routines were enlivened by a game of Sea Cricket on the port deck with a handmade bat and a ball made of rags and duct tape attached to a long string. Team Australia scored 39 ½ and Team West Indies scored a whopping 53. Later Captain Barbara announced a schedule change – due […]

July 23, 2014
3.30 In the afternoon we are steering due north heading for Lunenburg. This morning we set all the sails (including the spanker) and launched the doti boat for some full length photos of the ship in all her glory! Last night saw this young sailor lead his first full day as a watch leader through […]

July 23, 2014
Hi from FS on midnight anchor watch for our last night at sea before an early morning motor into Bergen tomorrow. There is a beautiful pink & purple sky over silhouetted mountains & it is still light enough to read a book by! We were at anchor in a little bay in Kobbeleia (a sound […]

July 22, 2014
Despite all the activities conspiring to keep us in Bermuda longer, an obviously awful potential scenario, we set sail early in the afternoon. The sea was flat and calm with virtually no wind so we had to try and motor! We woke up to a cloudy sky for the first time; however, it did bring […]

July 21, 2014
The morning was busy with refuelling the ship and hosting a visit from the Acting Governor of Bermuda, the Mayor of St George’s and some members of the East End Mini Yacht Club. Then we prepared the ship ready for our departure. However, we got delayed in a sort of Bermuda Triangle. A small area […]

July 21, 2014
On a glorious afternoon, we anchored in a beautiful sound off Kvaloya. Around us were many islands, large and small, and we were close to a fish farm. Modernity intruded in the form of a small airport nearby, reportedly a destination for Easyjet! Apart from that, the setting was idyllic. The evening’s highlight was a […]

July 20, 2014
Forward Starboard had the lovely 8-midnight watch again last night. There was very little traffic so the majority of the watch grabbed the bag of ropes and eagerly started learning and practising our knots. The hours passed quickly between knot tying, lookout and helming in balmy warm conditions. Shortly before midnight Captain Simon decided we […]

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