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September 19, 2017
A beautiful day at Alderney. A barbecue dinner on the stern platform put on by engineers Marco and Chipps left everyone full and ready to enjoy a good night of sleep at anchorage in Alderney. The following day most people left the ship via DOTI boat, in order to visit the town of Saint Anne. […]

September 18, 2017
Ode to Nellie   Yesterday’s roast was a fabulous feast, Our cookie Simon is a culinary beast. With the island of Alderney almost in sight, We polished and swept to Vicky’s delight. With sails now stowed and engines turned on, Chipp’s workload is greater and his day is long, But still he smiles, he doesn’t […]

September 17, 2017
Bula Bula another magnificent day in the South Pacific saw us on Saturday 16th September arrive at the island of Vanua Balavu in the Northern Lau Islands. The village of Delakony awaited us. We approached through the magnificent Bay of Islands with amazing perfect navigation from our Captain Darren Naggs, past coral reefs and narrow […]

September 16, 2017
Azores – Alderney The days of shorts and tee shirts are long gone. We now go on watch in woolly hats and several layers. The sunny Azores are far astern and everyone has settled into the rhythm of seagoing routine and the familiar pattern of watch keeping, sail handling, happy hours and mess duty. Below […]

September 14, 2017
Birthdays!  Birthdays!  Birthdays!  We’ve had three birthdays almost in a row: 10, 12, and 13 September, being Cook’s Assistant Fiona, Aft Starboard watch Linnea, and Aft Starboard watch Karen.  Cook exceeds himself on these occasions; we’ve almost been swimming in chocolate. Yummmm…. Today the wind is up and the engines are off. We are, as […]

September 14, 2017
TNS496 – Fiji BULA VINAKA Everyone..! We have set off from the small and delightful Island of Komo, where we were anchored overnight and during the day the VC were given the opportunity to go ashore  (a truly stunning boat run in around the island). This involved travelling through the corals and crystal clear waters, […]

September 12, 2017
Today’s blog is being written on the bridge, in…. (“Will duty watch please go and brace the main yards round?”). Fifteen minutes later, and with the four yards on the main mast now eased out on the port side and sweated in on starboard, the blog can continue. In bright sunshine with blue sea and sky, […]

September 11, 2017
This morning we were back to the traditional bacon, sausage and perfectly poached eggs by our lovely cook Simon. The vanilla cake with chocolate icing and berry dressing that he baked yesterday for Fiona’s birthday already went missing. The number one suspect is Oscar, but there is not even a crumb of evidence left to […]

September 10, 2017
BULA Everyone..! After spending the night along-side in Suva Harbour, we’re now heading East/South East towards a small isolate (very isolated) group of Islands called the Yagasa Cluster. Most importantly, the food has been fantastic and no-one has been sea sick (yet). Fliss has talked us through some line theory and we have braced the […]

September 10, 2017
(An informative acrostic by Forward Port watch!) Continental breakfast was served this morning Although this resulted in heated discussions about how best to ‘Peel’ a hard-boiled egg. The weekly Sunday gathering was held at the Foremast Accompanying the singing was Bosun Alex with her guitar. In the night watch we enjoyed identifying the stars and […]

September 9, 2017
Back to sea…..The last of the crew were aboard by 0200 on Saturday morning and by 0930 we were motoring North out of Horta into gentle head winds. Another blue-sky day with temperatures in the mid 20’s. Gorgeous. Horta has been a great mid-Atlantic break and the crew have taken advantage of perfect weather to […]

September 7, 2017
Ben sailed with the Jubilee Sailing Trust for the first time in September 2016 at the age of 41. In his youth, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, put on weight and after a few years, started to get health implications around this condition. In 2011 he broke his toe on a rugby tour, which […]

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