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    Night watch 4a.m 7 Nov In Native American ceremonies throwing up is called “getting well” . It is something to be done proudly in front of the tipi fire. It is illness moving out of the body physically. I really got well last night. I […]

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    Night Watch

    On board SeaDragon: Sunday 8 November The moon is a tangerine smile, the sky rich with stars. We see dolphins dancing in phosphorescent waters. A locust drops into the cockpit and we discuss whether or not to kill it. By 4 am there are thousands of them […]

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    Life on an ocean passage by Emily

    As Sunday began we were still in the process of eradicating the last of our increasingly annoying visitors from the insect kingdom. Heather, a 62 year old former sheet metal worker from San Francisco, first referred to as the ‘mother’ of the crew has since […]

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    In at the deep end in Dakar

    So – waking up the first morning in Dakar, I had one mission: get the batteries for my underwater drone at the DHL office. As this is the very first prototype of the drone, it is not yet sized to fit in carry on luggage, […]

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    Calm before the storm…

    It seems utterly ridiculous that just as I write these words I have to count back in my head to work out what day it is today. Friday. Eight of our crew arrived at the Centre De Voile on Tuesday morning and almost immediately we […]

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    A tale of two cities: Part 1

    Dakar is one of those cities that has a thousand stories to tell… everywhere you look there is something unfolding, behind every face there is mystique and even the ocean roars like no other I’ve ever seen. 12 hours after arriving here the eXXpedtiongirls already […]

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    First sight…

    Walking along the beach to catch the launch that will take us to the Seadragon. A line of plastic along the shore. There is nothing here that I have not thrown away my self. Crisp packets, bottles, wrappers. The launch arrives at the Seadragon. The […]

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    Adventures in Provisioning, Senegal

    An early start is always easier in the heat. I’m not entirely sure why and admittedly the first night sleeping on the boat was better than I had imagined. The temperature is palpable and I am very aware that we are still at 14 degrees […]

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    The ocean has a way of making things make sense

    ocean has a way of making things make sense. It’s simple out there. Each day has its own tasks, you prep for the next day and that’s that.

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    Preconceptions – tales from the crew

    Our first blog of eXXpedition Ascension 2015 comes from our first mate and professional crew Emily Caruso. Emily, along with Skipper Imogen Nash, have just arrived into the sweltering heat of Senegal to meet Sea Dragon and prepare for 2 months of sailing with our […]

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