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April 2, 2016
TNS458 02/04/2016 (Day 33) Yesterday’s grey and squally weather did not auger well for our arrival at the Marquesas Islands, a group of 15 islands in the northern-most part of French Polynesia, which are spread over an area of 350 km. However, today the weather has again been hot (31 degrees) and sunny, and the […]

April 1, 2016
TNS458 01/04/2016 Aft Starboard Day break was grey, hot and squally. The 0730 wake-up call was accompanied by an announcement of a whitish whale to starboard. At least two of our more trusting (gullible?) crew mates fell for this April fool wheeze. There were a couple of others before the noon deadline including “land ahoy” and a […]

March 30, 2016
TNS458 30/03/2016 Afternoon all! Another glorious afternoon on watch, 31 degrees in the shade. Less than 400 miles to go now to Nuku-hiva in the Islas Marquises, our next landfall. Another critical stores item has now run out – no more chocolate!! On Monday, one of our watch became a member of the “Button Club”. […]

March 29, 2016
TNS458 29/03/2016 (Day 30) As all avid readers of our blogs will already know, the Easter Bank Holiday weekend has been celebrated in diverse ways out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. However, the experience of such celebrations has been slightly different for each watch so I will now describe proceedings from the […]

March 28, 2016
TNS458 28/03/2016 Aft Starboard Monday, Monday….the excitements of Easter Sunday have dissipated and it’s the start of another week. It’s another hot, quiet day in the vast blue emptiness of the Pacific. Temperature 30, wind 10 knots from the SE and a steady 4-5 knots progress across the ground. We should be in Nuku Hiva sometime in the […]

March 27, 2016
TNS458 27/03/2016 HAPPY EASTER What a 24 hours we have had…. we are easily pleased! Yesterday,  Forward Starboard claimed prematurely that they would sweep the board with their curious design for the egg drop, unfortunately (for them) theirs was the only entry to crash and burn and sink spectacularly into the briny to join the […]

March 26, 2016
TNS458 26/03/2016 We’re not going to cross the 3000 mile mark on our watch, we’ll leave that to the next team.  However, we are moving along at 4.8 knots under the steady glare in 29.5C of sunshine. The swell has died down – perfect sailing really. Highlight of the day was a large chunk of […]

March 25, 2016
TNS458 25/03/2016 (Day 26) Good Friday Greetings from the South Pacific. We have now completed 2901 nautical miles of our epic voyage and Aft Port watch are wondering if we will make it a hat-trick by being on watch when we pass the 3000 mark.  The calculations involved in anticipating whether or not this will happen […]

March 25, 2016
TNS458 25/03/2016 Good morning from Forward Port – normally we would be writing this blog on the afternoon watch when everyone else is enjoying a few peaceful hours during the heat of the day, but we forgot again so are catching up at 3am ships time.  We came up just before midnight to a very cloudy night, but […]

March 24, 2016
TNS458 24/03/2016 Aft Starboard Last night we achieved a major a milestone. We finally ran out of the chart we’ve been inching our way across in hour by hour plots since leaving Puntarenas and are now on the edge of chart 4619 edging our way from the Galapagos Fracture Zone towards the Iles Marquises. The […]

March 22, 2016
TNS458 22/03/2016 Day 23 1pm (Boat time – GMT minus 8hrs) Fwd Stb Watch – Andy (typing, from the comfort of the helming chair), Steve (helming), Mona & Paul (lookouting), Mike (sextanting), Stretch (absent on Mess duty), & Louise (reading The Admiralty’s  Mariners Handbook as she’s finished Game of Thrones). “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!” As alluded […]

March 21, 2016
TNS458 21/03/2016 According to the writer John H Chambers, ‘The South Pacific Ocean … is vast – about 32 million square miles.  It could swallow all of Europe, Asia, North America and much of South America.’  Little wonder then that the last vessel we saw was a full three days ago, and all the more […]

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