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April 16, 2015
Our third day at sea, a fabulous day, one of the best ! Marvellous, marvellous lunch – thanks to galley crew again. Setting sails this morning as the wind spiralled off the aft quarter through the square rig. My watch leader Graham, aware that I am not doing my gym exercises, is showing immense support […]

April 15, 2015
This is our second day at sea, we are now 200nm from land and heading North East. We have seen 2 turtles and some dolphins and the man overboard exercise was completed yesterday – Fred the mannequin was saved from the sea! Winds are now force 3 Southerly¬† so we will set sails this afternoon. […]

April 14, 2015
Voyage TNS637 has left the harbour at Porta Delgada, San Miguel. The sun is shining, the sea is calm, crew in good spirits, just need the right wind now so that we can put some sails up and turn off the engine! Next stop Milton Haven, Wales (or possibly France….)

April 10, 2015
After a hearty breakfast of sausages, maple syrup and pancakes we set sail for Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel. We could have had flying fish for breakfast because one landed on the deck last night. It was over a foot long with lovely long fins but Ed threw it back, and it swam away fine, to […]

April 9, 2015
We left the beautiful island of Faial in sunshine, and 10 or so Common Dolphins swam over to bid us farewell, playing at the bow. We are now gently sailing to anchor off the island of Pico and have had Al fresco lunch on deck so as not to miss any opportunity for further sightings.

April 8, 2015
Whales, Whales, Whales !! We arrived at Horta (good reverse manoeuvring by Captain Barbara!) in time for a mad dash to the infamous Pete’s Bar for lunch (wheelchairs are tricky on the cobbles but helped by a chariot rope system up the slopes!) sardines chips and vino Verde. A catamaran and a fast rib took […]

April 7, 2015
Yesterday we saw some Atlantic Spotted Dolphins! And early this morning we had a few Common Dolphin come through in small groups, and also some, either Atlantic Spotted, or Atlantic Striped Dolphin. Then at 10.30 to our great excitement three Sperm Whales passed very close to the ship!! They crossed the bow about six feet […]

April 6, 2015
Marianne, Cat and Lauren went up to release lower topsail gaskets on the main mast straight after breakfast followed by another gang releasing lower topsail gaskets on the fore mast. Before casting our lines we set the outer jib, and the engine was rapidly turned off as we left port and set sails. There was […]

April 5, 2015
Happy Easter the day started with boiled eggs to celebrate Easter Sunday! Happy Hour this morning was cleaning the ship from top to bottom, but then it was delicious chocolate cherry fridge cake and a cup of something on deck in the sunshine. Today we have explored Sao Miguel in various groups. Some went to […]

April 4, 2015
That was an exciting first time up the rigging and out on the yards. It all started so well but a sudden squall rushing in from the SW meant we all got rather cold and wet very quickly! Still if we can do it in that then surely we can do it again… With the […]

April 3, 2015
Beautiful Sao Miguel in the Azores! We board the ship between 4pm and 6pm excited about sailing, and looking forwards to exploring the Azores and sighting whales and dolphins. Bunks are allocated, passports handed over, introductions made, then a communal meal and time to relax on board or wander ashore.¬† A large procession followed the […]

March 22, 2015
Day six dawned warm and sunny. T shirts and shorts for the braver amongst us. We’ve had near perfect downwind sailing since Valencia with strong North Easterly’s pushing us along at well over 6 knots. But for the last couple of the days the wind has been more fickle. This morning we put lots of […]

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