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Day’s Run – May 22, 2015

DATE: May 22nd, 2015 REMARKS: Land ho! The pretty wooded islands of Nova Scotia emerged out of the fog late this morning, shortly followed by the sweet smell of wood smoke. As I write we’re abeam of Mosher Island lighthouse. It’s about 10 degrees C, but feels colder with the damp, drizzly air and wind […]

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Day’s Run – May 21, 2015

After crossing out of the Gulf Stream the water temperature plummeted from 26 degrees Centigrade to 12.5 overnight – feels freezing after a year almost entirely spent in the tropics. Warm hats, long underwear, boots and jackets have been dug out from sea chests, and under-bunks, and everyone’s all bundled up and waddling around like […]

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Day’s Run – May 20, 2015

We’re sailing when we can and then steaming when we can’t – the wind is starting to come fair following the most recent low pressure system, but we still have changeable currents from eddies in the gulf stream. The fog has come down this afternoon, though not thick. Delaware is off our port beam. SHIP’S […]

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Day’s Run – May 19, 2015

The weather is slowly getting cooler with sea and air temperatures both hovering around 21 degrees C (70F). A beautiful sunny day today – would be perfect sailing weather if only we were bound with the wind for Europe! We have a bit of a foul current from eddies in the gulf stream too, so […]

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Day’s Run – May 18, 2015

After a wet and squally morning the sun came out again in time for noon sights. We’re pushing to get back to Lunenburg in time for our homecoming this Saturday – we’re excited to get back and see family and friends! SHIP’S WORK: Replacing paralls on the spanker gaff, roping a new course sail with […]

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Day’s Run – May 13, 2015

We’re going to Bermuda! We’re in a region of high pressure here in the Atlantic, at about the same latitude as Cape Canaveral, and there’s absolutely no wind so we had to fire up the main engine anyway. Captain said if we have to motor it may as well be in the direction of Bermuda, […]

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Day’s Run – May 12, 2015

Another gorgeous day’s sailing. It’s been a great passage so far and we’ve built up some good time to allow for the calms we’re expecting overnight tonight as we meet a windless ridge of high pressure stretching out across the Atlantic. It was a busy early afternoon on the quarterdeck today with Ashley at the […]

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Denmark Westward Bound

Two Big Square Riggers Meet Up In The West Indies

April 28, 2015 A little background: towards the end of the 19th century many steam ship companies refitted or built cargo carrying sail-training ships in order to train staff mariners for their steamship companies. Companies saw this as a cost effective way to train crew for their steam-ships with the value becoming clear right away […]

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Day’s Run – May 11, 2015

A fantastic sailing day, watching fluffy white clouds blown across the blue skies as our own cloud of sail fills happily with the steady breeze. We’re making good time getting north, and surprisingly little lee-way. In the afternoon Captain and Chief Mate Sam Sikkema gave a talk about world-wide wind and weather and specifically what’s […]

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Day’s Run – May 10, 2015

Sunday at sea. The Captain held an afternoon workshop on squall management as we’ve seen a few over the last couple of days, and their strength and frequency might increase as we get north. After the workshop we had a relaxed social hour midships with popcorn, chat and dominoes. BOUND FROM: Oranjestad, Aruba, Caribbean Sea […]