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June 24, 2016
LN897 24/06/2016 What a strange day! Yesterday we held a mini referendum on the ship and the result was decisively to remain, but the people of Britain clearly had a different idea. This morning our wake up caller announced the result and breakfast was quiet and reflective. We sailed up the Liffey and into Dublin […]

June 23, 2016
LN897 23/06/2016 We began the voyage on 21 June at the Custom Quay Greenock, a short train journey from Glasgow. The voyage crew were all aboard before 2pm. After some safety training we cast off at 5pm and were soon steaming down the river Clyde headed for Brodick Bay on the Isle of Arran. It […]

June 23, 2016
LN897 23/06/2016 – Under motor. Entered Strangford Loch via the narrows at slack tide. Anchored at 11 am. Spotted a few seals. Those that wanted to went aloft and enjoyed excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Lunch on deck in sunshine before weighing anchor at approx. 1.30 pm and heading back out to sea. Local […]

June 9, 2016
LN896 09/06/2016 Day 13 of the London to Greenock voyage, and sadly the final full day – tomorrow promises packing, happy hour +, and paying off with thoughts of ‘how long will the grass have grown’ and suchlike on the journey home. The overnight anchor watch, off Lamlash on the east coast of Arran, protected […]

June 8, 2016
LN896 08/06/2016 FS Watch here again. We left our anchorage at Rathlin Island in fog, we handed some sails and made slow progress towards Arran. A happy hour was spent cleaning the ship and the fog continued to obscure our view for most of the day. Lunch was followed by a sleep for most of us […]

June 7, 2016
LN896 07/06/2016 After an overnight motor, we anchored just after breakfast off the small but very friendly Rathlin Island.  The first local I met was called Michael and we had a good chat as he had previously sailed on both  Nellie and Tenacious – the JST world is a certainly a small one! The main […]

June 6, 2016
LN896 06/06/2016 An early start from Dublin may not have suited those choosing to have a few Guinnesses ashore the previous night, but low tide could not be missed and we were under way by 07:15. Flat calm seas ensured good views of the thousands of seabirds around Lambay Island with guillemots in huge numbers, […]

June 4, 2016
LN896 04/06/2016 After weeks of toiling away at sea, well probably not even forty eight hours away from the Scilly isles, our eyes were set upon the entrance of the bay, with crew aloft as well as below, preparing the ship for the glaring eyes of the public and the snap and clap of camera’s. […]

June 3, 2016
LN896 03/06/2016 After an early start to leave the Scillies we motored off with no wind, but a glorious day. Our racing pigeon is going from strength to strength now practicing barrel turns as he crash lands back on deck. He also has his own happy hour team – to clear up after him! Dublin […]

June 2, 2016
LN896 02/06/2016  SHORE LEAVE. All staff, crew and ship’s cat (the name of our racing pigeon) had been waiting for a few days to make sense of the grey seas and skies that greeted us since our ‘U-turn’ away from the North Sea towards the Isles of Scilly. It was with some relief therefore that […]

June 1, 2016
LN896 01/06/2016 Today we set sail from anchor; this was very exciting with lots to do for everyone. The salty sea dogs that we have suppressed inside have finally broke free and are now at full sail. It was a great day for sailing with a strong wind and waves to match, very enjoyable at […]

May 31, 2016
LN896 31/5/2016 Tuesday finds sailing west in blues skies and strong winds from the north. We have a stow-away called pigeon, but at least he knows where he’s going. The adventure continues for the voyage crew with the first land fall still slightly in the balance but hoping for a quiet anchorage off Penzance tonight […]

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