Day 8 started with Lord Nelson sailing south south west with a brisk force 5 towards Finnister with coarse and top sails set.
As we left the Bay of Biscay and closed in on the north west coast of Spain, the traffic separation zones were clearly evident with a steady procession of ships crossing the dark horizon. This gave plenty of opportunity for radar bearings to be taken and lights to be identified, so it was fortunate that the 3rd mate had given a master class on ship navigation lights the day before.
Following a brilliant sunrise, all sails were handled as the wind dropped. There was an exercise on using the emergency steering gear during the day. Under engines, Lord Nelson continued on a southerly course parallel to the coasts of Spain and Portugal, and heading towards Porto.