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March 2, 2015
Storks, storks, storks along the beautiful banks of the Rio Guadalquivir as we sail towards Seville; very graceful in flight, their white wings reflecting the yellow-brown of the river contrasting with the royal blue of the trailing edges and wing-tips. The trees are full of stork nests, and earlier we saw many flamingo in the […]

March 2, 2015
By evening watch all but 4 sails are tucked away but with a dying breeze we need the engines too. Speed 5.5 knots. 551 nautical miles into our voyage with 350 to go. Distinctly cooler and damp night. Candace had a smooth transition from the helmsman chair to her wheelchair, but was rapidly joined by […]

March 1, 2015
Today is a lovely day for Olly’s 20th birthday !! Happy Birthday Olly. The sun is in the sky and the clouds are nowhere to be seen, Portugal is to the port side of us and the sea is nice and calm too. So to start off this morning was a lovely breakfast, thanks to Ali & Phillipa. […]

March 1, 2015
Two days ago, Fiona–our Irish Bosun’s Mate–challenged Captain Darren to a wager: if England wins the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, she would clean his cabin, but if Ireland won, she would be made honorary captain for the rest of the day after the match. With ship full of crew from England, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, and the […]

February 28, 2015
Good afternoon from Aft Starboard Watch and the Bosuns Mates who are just passing. Civilisation is closing and some shipping is now appearing on the horizon. With only 165 – ish miles to go until the Pilot at Seville we have managed to sail an average of 6 knots over the last 24 hours using […]

February 27, 2015
Day 7 – mess day – this is one of the most strenuous duties since leaving the Canaries, the day starts at 7am and finishes about 2pm. After that I have time for a shower and a couple of hours rest then at 4pm all hands are called to set some square sails. We set […]

Jubileefilename-longstock-water Sailing Trust are delighted to have been granted a Charity Open Day on Sunday 19th April 2015 at Longstock Park Water Garden near Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6JF by kind permission of John Lewis Partnership. The water garden is part of the Leckford Estate owned by Waitrose.

February 27, 2015
There she blows!  Whales spotted off port stern, moving to starboard side.  Unfortunately no breaching.  2 x ships spotted, at last we have company on the high seas. The Spanker and flying-jib sails unfurled, still no need for the motor. However, looks like a cold front is coming in so we expect the weather to […]

February 26, 2015
Day 6 and the war between the engineers and fish continues. A night of sparkly stars and 9 knots achieved, Nellie is sailing nicely, and all are relieved. A third of the miles behind us and 600 to go, as our tans darken nicely, we keep heaving ho! Deep in our voyage the choice of […]

February 26, 2015
I spy with my little eye – sea…. Loads of it, everywhere, so much so that on night watch, some low star on the horizon becomes a UFO, such is the desire to see something else! A bright half-moon night gave way to a sleepy dawn broken by Talking Heads ‘Road to Nowhere’ on the […]

February 26, 2015
Afternoon of Day 6. Pasta for lunch. All hands on deck to trim some sails, the good news is we thought the wind was going to drop off but it stays steady so we continue under full sail. First Mate Richard demonstrates how to navigate by sextant. Daz and Marco continue to haul in as […]

February 25, 2015
Day 4: We motored throughout the night with only a few fore and aft sails set, and were greeted by a gorgeous sunset, a wide field of stars glimmering above the rigging, and a lovely sunrise. We arrived at San Salvador at 0730 in the morning. After a breakfast on board, we donned our life […]

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