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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 […]

March 21, 2015
We were on the first shift of the day starting at midnight. Continuing our relentless progress along the Southern Spanish coastline towards Gibraltar.  Ron stayed safely tucked up in bed after his speeding on deck the night before. Wind conditions forced us to rely on the motor.  Spotted a few ships on the port side […]

March 20, 2015
Day 4 dawned with The Best Watch (Aft Starboard) having slept well and been fed early being on watch 10 minutes before the hour – to the smiles of the off-going watch. We were dressed warmly, but on advice from the Officer of the Watch (who had consulted the magic ‘radar’ machine) we donned full […]

March 19, 2015
Day Two… Dinner tonight was rather quiet as a lot of people were washed out from the rather vigorous start to sailing… We started our watch in the middle of a very busy traffic separation scheme with a number of vessels being spotted in and around us, along with some rather marvellous thunder and lightning. […]

March 18, 2015
Day 1 Joined the ship in full sunshine, while the city of Valencia celebrated the festival of Las Fallas in pyrotechnic style – fireworks going off all day, and culminating in a magnificent 15 minute display at 0100 when Stevie and I had the honour of standing harbour watch.  But it wasn’t all fun – […]

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