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February 4, 2014
A Personal History: Mike Travis My childhood was spent growing up in Huyton near Liverpool and we could hear the ships on the Mersey with their forlorn fog horns in the winter. I was quite used to the comings and goings of neighbours, as they sailed with either the Royal or Merchant navies. We had […]

February 4, 2014
Day 53 The sun has once again come out from behind the cloud, leaving some angry looking weather ahead of us but blue sky behind. It has been a grey morning, soggy over lunch. The captain came to the lower mess after smoko to give a talk on tacking. Until last night we had only […]

February 3, 2014
Day 52 Yesterday, Sunday 2nd Feb, Jenny and Barbara continued the sanding and varnishing of the table containers. Neil, who made them, had invited the watches to create designs, which he then cut out prior to varnishing. It has seemed strange to be sailing with land in sight, but it has meant that different birds […]

February 2, 2014
Last night, just before midnight, we passed due south of Cape Horn at long last. We are slightly embarrassed to admit that the weather was fine and the winds light by Cape Horn standards. The sky was clear enough to give us a good view of many shooting stars, satellites and heavenly constellations. Now that […]

February 1, 2014
Day 50 With two V.C. on the helm, fighting to keep us on course, 10m waves crash over the stern of the Lord Nelson as it reaches Cape Horn. Or….. Last evening, Jan 31st, there was elation as land was seen for the first time in 33 days; remember we had two New Year’s Eve. […]

January 31, 2014
Stardate 31.1.14 Ahoy landlubbers! The southern ocean weather has set deep into our bones, with a cold chill that cannot be shifted and frequent squals full of hail and rain. In other words, BRRR!! We have recently had a very rare, but wonderful penguin sighting off the port stern. Unfortunately only seen by a handful […]

January 31, 2014
Day 1 – All the VC arrived nicely on time in Genoa ready for an exciting week in fairly warm fine sunny weather but the Northerly breeze was quite chilly. After dinner some went exploring ashore, others stowed their gear and kept warm, patronising the ships bar. After the customary safety drills and hands aloft […]

January 30, 2014
Day 48: Got that Old Cape Horn Fever……………………….. With around 250 miles to our way mark, Cape Horn Fever has taken over the ship. It has manifested itself by: 1. Our home travel arrangements have been ‘urgently’ requested from the bridge. E.g. flight numbers, passport numbers, hotel accommodation etc. 2. On Fore Port last middle […]

January 29, 2014
Day 47 Well, we continue to rock and roll our way to Cape Horn, it’s now little more than 400 miles before our redoubtable Captain orders: “Left hand down a bit, helmsman!” Then it will be up into the South Atlantic Ocean before we eventually turn towards the Beagle Channel and our final destination of […]

January 28, 2014
Day 46 Aft Port Watch Today we have 5000 NM on the log from Auckland, so 4200 NM from Chatham Islands, and 600 NM to go to Cape Horn. The distance to go is equivalent to crossing Biscay! It has been over four weeks since we last saw land and now it could be four […]

January 28, 2014
…. So what am I doing here?   Just left Chatham Islands after some pleasant sailing from Auckland via Napier, and now setting off on the longest passage I have ever undertaken (and so far as I know the longest passage the Nellie has ever undertaken). Like many of my shipmates I started with dinghy […]

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