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February 7, 2015
We are currently sailing along in lovely sunshine with all squares set except the royals plus a staysail and a jib.  Wind is NNE Force 4; cool to the cheek, although the sun is quite warm.  Port Fwd is on watch. We have less than 150 miles to go to Nassau and expect to arrive […]

February 7, 2015
After a calm night sailing slowly between Gran Canaria and La Gomera we make our way into Puerto De Vueltos. This is an old fishing village backed by high red cliffs with one of the most spectacular settings in the islands. We come alongside the fairly new breakwater within easy walking distance of the town. […]

February 6, 2015
After some excellent manoeuvring of the ship we headed out of Puerto Rico to set sail westwards. Slow progress at first until we came out of the wind shadow of the island into the acceleration zone. These are zones between the islands where the wind is funnelled through and wind speeds increase. A few more […]

February 5, 2015
We have just left the popular holiday resort of Puerto Rico, where we have had some glorious sunshine. Puerto Rico was the first chance for the crew to switch their shorts for swimming trunks and take a dip in the refreshing Atlantic ocean. While some were swimming/soaking in the rays on the beach, others decided […]

February 3, 2015
Voyage crew for TNS430 all arrived nicely on time and it soon becamse clear that this was a very international crew with 8 different nationalities including the Brits, but most people speak good English so there is not much of a language problem. After a short safety talk we were free to explore the delights […]

February 3, 2015
The time is 2am is on the 3rd of February. We are sailing in a balmy breeze at temperatures of 25 degrees… come outside there’s a lovely moon above.  The ship is heading towards Grand Turk via an anchor stop at salt cay. After three days of sailing, which at times has been choppy and […]

February 1, 2015
Aft Starboard on the midnight to 4 am watch. Everything seems under control so we have time to write our first blog. We thought our visit to the British Virgin Islands and Virgin Gorda was a great success.  Our Doti boat took us from our anchorage point to the Bitter End Yacht Club where we […]

January 31, 2015
Captain’s log; star date 100 – oops got carried away there. Another glory day at shore and at sea. Started out with Port of Arrecife; ended on watch at 0400. First watch seven days ago was somewhat bewildering; last watch was wistful and lovely. Talking about lovely, it’s been that and more throughout. As they […]

January 31, 2015
It’s our penultimate day! Some crew still benefitting from a good night out!  Departed Arrecife 1000hrs with reasonable winds- enough to raise sails.  We sailed between the islands Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and between 1200-1600 (our watch) we had visits from five pods of dolphins.  Breezy and dull with cloud cover but excellent sailing overnight with […]

January 30, 2015
Reporting at 2am with a rolling sea under a waxing moon. The watch team consists of the salty cadet Ryan, a seasoned transatlantic sailor Rosy, a  stewardess Olivia, Larry or McMess, Old Geezer Clive, Debs operating under the alias 2 6 Heave and our fearless leader Jane. We are on course from Antigua to Virgin […]

January 30, 2015
We left Fuerteventura Gran Tarajal, after receiving a civic reception on board.  Such generosity and kindness was shown to us in the guise of local food and drink AND much welcomed  as we hadn’t eaten for at least 40mins – such is the way we are starved on this ship.  Our redoubtable First Mate, Ali […]

January 29, 2015
Here we are, our first day at sea.  We’re on midnight to 4:00 a.m. watch, all the sails set and about a ¾ moon lighting our path under a planetarium of stars.  We are just passing St. Kitts headed NW. Today was filled with a lot of training, rope work, etc.  Dave and Vicky have […]

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