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February 11, 2016
TNS456 11/02/2016  Today, all but two of the voyage crew have gone off in skiffs around the mangroves of Drake Bay. All of the permanent crew and the two remaining voyage crew have spent the day working. I would just like to highlight the amount of work carried out by the crew behind the scenes, that few people get […]

February 11, 2016
TNS456 11/02/2016 Oh wow! Our wildlife encounters cannot bear comparison with the robust dynamism of the workers on the ship and their immense output today. Casting our guilt aside, we must record the enchantment of the our big adventures in one of the world’s largest mangrove wetland nature reserves aka floating forest of Costa Rica .  Our landing in […]

February 10, 2016
TNS456 10/02/2016 We are now on our way to Drake’s Bay after an exhausting evening spent at a quiz. Our watch did brilliantly; coming a healthy last, tied with the BMs. Grahame’s watch won and have not allowed us to forget it since. The weather is really lovely today with some more breeze to cool us slightly, and we […]

February 9, 2016
TNS456 09/02/2016 Having been dubbed ‘one of the most unsavoury places in Costa Rica’ by the Rough Guide, Golfito exceeded all expectations. The locals were welcoming and the surrounding area was enchanting and home to several well-known national parks. The town itself did have a slight rough and ready first impression, however is was full […]

February 8, 2016
LN891 08/02/2016 Moored up at Santa Cruz de la Palma as we patiently waited alongside getting mooring lines ashore it was clear to see the festival of flour was in full swing at the end of the quayside, loads of people dressed in white both males and females, there were also some males dressed as […]

February 7, 2016
LN891 07/02/2016 After the rigors of UK to Tenerife travel and the long taxi journey to Lord Nelson we were swiftly into our training before we were set loose ashore for a light meal and a much needed early night. The following day found much of the same as we listened to the experienced Mate […]

February 6, 2016
TNS456 06/02/2016 You cannot imagine the heat here in Golfito, Golfo Dulce of Costa Rica! No one is complaining however, as our local agent Niko has come on board with all the usual officials and told us about all the best things to see over the next few days. At the moment of writing, we are at anchor […]

February 6, 2016
TNS456 06/02/2016 After spending a good time on Coiba, we moved across the Canal de Rancheria to the Isla Rancheria. This was a picturesque island with one dilapidated building, a couple of gardeners and lots of coconut trees. Some of us sunbathed and collected shells, whilst others went for a snorkel. There was a wide variety of colourful fish, […]

February 5, 2016
TNS456 05/02/2016 Last night saw the first games of the backgammon tournament, to which twenty-four of the crew have signed up. To set the ball rolling the mathematical mind of Andre was drawn up against our on board medic, all the games were heated and provided great entertainment for the spectator. Today started with a beautiful sunrise over Ensenada […]

February 4, 2016
TNS456 04/02/2016 After spending yesterday on Coiba, we moved across the Canal de Rancheria to the Isla Rancheria. This was a picturesque island with one dilapidated building, a couple of gardeners and lots of coconut trees. Some of us sunbathed and collected shells, whilst others went for a snorkel. There was a wide variety of colourful fish, including parrotfish […]

February 3, 2016
TNS456 03/02/2016 With all the muscle power we could gather under the fiery afternoon sun, we set the sails and headed towards Coiba Island. Much to everyone’s excitement a pod of dolphins were sighted playing in the bow waves of the ship. In a display of magnificence one of them leapt 3 metres in to the air. This […]

February 3, 2016
 TNS456 03/02/2016 After yesterday’s great sail, we steamed overnight in very light winds, and anchored this morning off Isla Coiba, an ecological gem located in the Gulf of Montijo in the Mesoamerican Pacific. The islands sit 20 kms off the mainland at Verugas and covers an area of 503 sq kms. Our Lonely Planet guide (travelling bible) warns us to […]

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