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January 24, 2014
Why am I here? Adventure is for grandmas too! I caught the sailing bug at the age of seven. My father had hired a tiny gunter rigged, clinker built dinghy from Dorman brothers in Salcombe. I recall being rowed out to this craft by George and left to work out how to rig and put […]

January 23, 2014
Star date 23.1.14 aka day 41 We are now heading directly towards Cape Horn, with 1372 miles to go. Last night JR closed the official Cape Horn sweepstakes, with just over £100 in the kitty. Some are hoping the win will help with their bar bill at the end of the voyage. Yesterday afternoon we […]

January 22, 2014
Day 40 101W 08.34. 46S 23.75 Run to date: 4186 miles Noon to noon run: 136 miles Pressure: 1025.5 The sun shines on the righteous, and today it shines on Fore Port Watch! No need for oilys today. It’s warm, it’s got blue seas and blue skies. But the winds are variable and we’re occasionally […]

January 22, 2014
20th–22nd January Slowly Tenacious made her way towards the island of Elba both by sail and motor. Before reaching the island the ship was joined by the pilot. Eventually the harbour was approached and the Captain put the ship into reverse so she would finally be moored stern to the harbour with a forward anchor […]

January 21, 2014
32nd December (otherwise known as New years eve mark 2 on Nellie) Rockin’ and rollin’ and stepping out in the Engine Room Tamsin Smith, 2nd Engineer The ship is rolling up to 45 degrees on each swell and the water is flowing over the deck with each passing crest. Inside the ship a tiny figure […]

January 21, 2014
Day 39 On watch 8 p.m. until midnight last night. We are a little more than a thousand miles from the coast of South America now, so we have changed course to roughly South-East. At last we have begun the run down towards Cape Horn, with a mere 1,500 miles to go! Whales? What whales […]

January 20, 2014
Day 38 Hello again from the Southern Ocean (or actually the South Pacific)! We are currently enjoying a brisk 15 knot wind under sunny skys. This is a pleasant contrast – at least from the perspective of making progress—to the last 24 hours when the LN found itself in middle of a large high-pressure (1030.4) […]

January 19, 2014
Stardate 37 Well, mysterious happenings on the deck of the Lord Nelson. Bosun Lesley is convinced that there are buntline fairies messing with her mind. During her regular deck checks on the 8-12pm watch she has detected their dastardly handywork. Whilst regular sailors well know that the line first goes under the pin before coming […]

January 19, 2014
18.1.14 Joining day of voyage 394. Most of us flew into Genoa airport having run away from the floods of Britain only to be confronted by dark skies and heavy rain in Italy. We didn’t mind as this was to be an adventure in the Gulf of Genoa for an 8 day trip. We all […]

January 18, 2014
Day 36 Greetings, Forward Port watch here with today’s report on life aboard Nellie in mid ocean. We see no ships and no whales either but we did have a splendid quiz night last night. Liz, our Nursie, steered admirably while the rest of us quizzed away in the bar. Things were not made easy […]

January 17, 2014
Day 35 Last night at midnight we bequeathed the oncoming watch a full moon so bright the stars were scarcely visible. Chardonnay and Horatio pressed together on the windward side of the bridge, and together watched the effect of the moon shining like a golden pathway on the water. ‘So romantic,’ he whispered softly in […]

January 16, 2014
Day 34 Every day at sea is different, no more so than yesterday. Our 8-12pm watch clocked up the distinction of logging just 3 miles run. We were at the centre of an area of high pressure (1027 hPa) and the wind faded to barely a zephyr and turning the sea to glass. Now that […]

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