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February 11, 2014
TNS 396 GENOA – MALTA 12th Feb 2014 We ended the voyage in that currently rare phenomenon for the UK of sunshine and blue skies. On the 11th   in the morning some of the voyage crew and Ted and Joe Bosuns mates stowed the sails at sea until the wind suddenly increased and they had […]

February 10, 2014
Day 8, somewhere off the coast of Sicily…… Currently sailing under square sails, enjoying glorious sunshine and a fresh southerly wind. We are on our approach to Malta after a continuous 3 days at sea. Over the last 24 hours we have had dolphins playing around the bow, and turtles bobbing past basking in the […]

February 9, 2014
Afternoon! On Friday morning after two wheelchairs aloft and three assisted climbs we left Olbia in brilliant sunshine but unfavourable wind, heading for Malta running down the coast of Sardinia. Friday evening was moonlit until midnight when stars filled the night sky. Briefly on Saturday afternoon we were in Tunisian waters, if only for a […]

February 9, 2014
Day 58 So here we are on the final leg of the journey. Overnight we were joined at the anchorage by Oostershelde and a few cruise ships passed in the night. After picking up the pilot we motored up the Beagle Channel, mostly in pleasant sunshine. Celia, on Captain Chris’ orders brought the ship into […]

February 8, 2014
Day 57 We find ourselves at anchor surrounded by beautiful scenery in the Beagle Channel. Last night during our 8pm-12am watch, The Straights of Lemaire treated us to multiple wildlife sightings. We saw playful seals, synchronised dolphins, and an estimated 30 penguins (we’re not quite sure what the collective term is for that many penguins, […]

February 7, 2014
Day 56 @1630 hrs. Pos: 54’s.27” 64’w.52” Run to date: 6278miles Course: 170’ Pressure: 986.9 Air temp: 8c Wet temp: 6.5c Sea temp: 7.9c Well landlubbers, our voyage is rapidly coming to an end, and so is the blog for this trip. You can feel the atmosphere slowing down. On board, we’ve started to get […]

February 6, 2014
Day 55 What’s that strange humming noise? Sweeney’s latest tune, an Albatross with a sore throat? Nope, it’s the engines! After 6 weeks unbroken sailing we have had to admit that the winds are no longer with us. At 9:44 the Captain made the decision to turn around, having reached 51deg22’ South (~82 miles short). […]

February 6, 2014
Personal Story Paul McSorley,  Derry, N.Ireland When I grow up I would like to be a sailor. Whilst my chosen profession as an anaesthetist doesn’t easily lend itself to a life on the ocean wave, I am a keen yachtsman and have been sailing, cruising and racing for over 25 years. I am currently based […]

February 6, 2014
Some people at home ask me, How can you look at all that sea for so long? Ah! That sea is always changing, I tell them. And no more so than in the South Pacific Ocean, as we have seen these last two weeks since setting sails and leaving the Chatham Islands fading in to […]

February 6, 2014
My wife says I was a sailor in a previous life, and I was a Sea Cadet briefly until the marching palled. But until we moved to NZ my experience at sea had been confined to a terrifying cross-channel voyage. Now, 13 years on, I’m a tall ship junkie with five, getting on six, voyages […]

February 5, 2014
Day 54 Another tall ship sailing surprise today. Below preparing for breakfast all quiet and under control for us, the tannoy blasts, “We’re taken aback, all hands on deck”. That was the Captain’s instruction. We handed t’gallants & courses and braced. As quick as it comes it goes. We set t’gallants. Almost before we return […]

February 4, 2014
A Personal History: Mike Travis My childhood was spent growing up in Huyton near Liverpool and we could hear the ships on the Mersey with their forlorn fog horns in the winter. I was quite used to the comings and goings of neighbours, as they sailed with either the Royal or Merchant navies. We had […]

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