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October 29, 2013
Day 3 Hello from Forward Starboard watch We’re currently sailing across the Bay of Plenty, with a nice steady breeze and nearly full sails. Land disappeared between 10 and 11am although we know it is to starboard somewhere! Yesterday evening we saw whales spouting off Great Barrier Island on our way past. We’re currently being […]

October 28, 2013
STW21 Auckland to Wellington Day 2 28th Oct Permanent Crew: Captain Chris Phillips 1st Mate – Jon West 2nd Mate – Marcin Dobrowlski Bosun – Lesley Sale C. Engineer – Marco Michelagnol 2nd Engineer – Mr Chipps AKA Paul Cole Cook – Derek Carr Medical Purser – Steve Ogden Volunteers: Bosun’s Mate – Nick, Tom, […]

October 26, 2013
The British accessible tall ship, Lord Nelson, operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust received a warm welcome when she arrived in the City of Sails as part of the inaugural Auckland Tall Ships Festival on Friday. Among the crowds gathered to greet the 55-metre square-rigger when she came alongside at Queens Wharf West at 1500 […]

October 23, 2013
Forward Starboard watch reporting. We went to anchorage in the awesome Great Barrier Island at Port Fitzroy in the early hours. Our glorious watchleader fell from grace when a trip down the gangway nearly ended up with a visit to the hospital but she soldiered on even with damaged pride and a sore coccyx. Wow. […]

October 21, 2013
Day 14 Good afternoon from Aft Port Watch. It is now Monday and I am writing this as we sail (ok motor) away from Opua to Great Barrier Island to join the other tall ships. The island is rugged and sparsely populated and we will be anchoring offshore and going in by boat. We have […]

October 21, 2013
Day 11 Hello again folks from the Forward Starboard A team. We woke to find ourselves in the beautiful Bay of Islands in calm waters and glorious sunshine, having just passed our companion Tall Ships in the early hours. Entry into the Bay of Islands was an astonishing vista of breath-taking scenery. At anchor we […]

October 17, 2013
Day10 Unfortunately we were forced to retire from the race because the plate that connects the royal backstay to the mast has broken. There was no danger to the ship and a repair has been arranged in New Zealand. However, prudence dictates that we should avoid putting pressure on the mast. We are now on […]

October 14, 2013
Day 7 Greetings from the forward starboard watch: day 5 at sea, 570 nautical miles done to date. 33deg S, 159deg E. Our first watch was 12:30 to 16:00 – what excitement when we spotted dolphins and if Pete and Carly are to be believed a 30ft shark!! Lots of Albatross were following the ship, […]

October 13, 2013
Day 6 Greetings from the Aft Port watch. Today has been a ‘quieter’ day than previous due to our watch hours this afternoon and then the anti-social early early morning shift, plus Sunday work rules. The Lord Nelson certainly isn’t quiet though, with the wind speed between 25 and 30 knots. Beautiful conditions to be […]

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