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Captain’s Log: Project Linus

Captain’s Log: Project Linus

Project Linus continues on the 2013 Grand World Voyage. The project provides new, handmade blankets, afghans and hats to children who are seriously ill, traumatised or otherwise in need. David Coleman has continued the project, which was organised by Anna Lewis of Seattle during the 2012 GWV. I am seen here with David, receiving a…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Pitcon

Captain’s Log: Pitcon

12th February, At sea, towards Sydney, Australia Yesterday, we docked in the small harbour at Picton on schedule. Our voyage from Wellington was a short one, it is only 44 miles from the pilot station off Wellington to the pilot station for Picton, consequently we steamed at a very slow speed of 8 knots to…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: The Blessing of the Boats

Captain’s Log: The Blessing of the Boats

The last time I wrote, Friso, my 2nd-in-command, was about to embark on a tender in Wellington harbour and participate in a ‘Blessing of the Boats’ ceremony. All went superbly on a sunny day, tender 11 was escorted to the ‘blessing site’ by members of the local Coast Guard with their boat. Approximately 40 boats…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Tauranga and Napier

Captain’s Log: Tauranga and Napier

8th February, Tauranga, New Zealand We have been blessed with beautiful weather ever since we made landfall in New Zealand, the sun has been shining and the winds have been light; our guests and crew have made the most of it, thoroughly enjoying this beautiful country. The people are wonderfully friendly and everywhere is spotless,…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Auckland, New Zealand

Captain’s Log: Auckland, New Zealand

Berthed Auckland, 7th February I realised, after sending my last post, that I inserted a ‘typo’, we arrived here on Tuesday evening and not Wednesday, apologies for that. Our continuing voyage south-west towards Auckland, from Raratonga, was reasonably comfortable. Initially, the wind was from the east, however it slowly swung around, first to the north…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: On to Auckland

Captain’s Log: On to Auckland

After leaving Bora Bora we had a nice day at sea, the sun was shining and winds were fair. Unfortunately this was not going to last though, as ahead of us lay an area of low pressure, bringing with it wind and rain and the Wednesday saw a marked increase in wind and with it,…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Moorea and Bora Bora

Captain’s Log: Moorea and Bora Bora

28th and 29th January 2013 Moorea. We enter the lagoon of this idyllic island through a gap in the reef which surrounds it. Before us is a scene out of prehistoric times and one almost expects to see pterodactyls soaring around the towering volcanic spires, or dinosaurs bellowing from the surrounding mass of greenery which…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Papeete, Tahiti

Captain’s Log: Papeete, Tahiti

27th January 2013 Three days after putting Pitcairn island astern of us and 1,190 miles later, we are docked in Papeete, Tahiti. It is hot and humid, 29⁰C/89⁰F. We are fortunate, for the past 4 days the island has not seen sun, instead experiencing rain and thunderstorms, yet today, despite the occasional cooling shower, the…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Pitcairn Island

Captain’s Log: Pitcairn Island

24 January 2013 In 1767, a young British Midshipman, Robert Pitcairn, on the British sloop HMS “Swallow” sighted land and thus the 15-year old had the distinction of having an island named after him. The island was uninhabited on that day. In 1790, the mutineers of HMS “Bounty”, along with some Tahitian companions (who may…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Easter Island

Captain’s Log: Easter Island

An early wake-up call. The south side of the island was in complete darkness, except for the occasional light of a isolated house. We were passing 1 ½ miles off the rocky coastline, intending to round the south-west headland and turn to the north, arriving off our 1st-choice tendering spot off Hanga Roa, the main…   read more of “Captain’s…”