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October 6, 2014
What a weather change! Both ships are alongside in Southampton, Lord Nelson being totally stripped down, maintained and cleaned, and Tenacious hosting a thank you event for our generous equipment donors and suppliers. We are currently being blown onto the berth, with fenders squashing and ropes groaning, from the cosy below decks it sounds like […]

October 2, 2014
It was George Orwell who wrote that all people are equal. That is not so in real life. On the Nelson however, Orwell’s visions become a reality. Here within 24 hours a group of complete strangers under the guidance of our super watch leader Martina became a fully competent team working as one. A mixed […]

October 1, 2014
Having departed Cherbourg at high water, we went out into the bay and got everything ready for the next race. This time it was a race to see which ship could get the furthest north in an allocated time. After happy hour, bracing and lunch it was time to set our sails. With virtually no […]

September 30, 2014
This morning we awoke to sight of land, we headed into Cherbourg mid to late morning and berthed alongside Tenacious. Finally tied up alongside her after some tricky manoeuvring. We were then given shore leave and most of us went into the town to see the sights and find a place to eat. We all […]

September 29, 2014
After a swift happy hour we were ready to pick up the anchor. We headed off with Tenacious ready to start the race around various waypoints plotted on the chart. We made a good start and within an hour we were already 1.5 miles ahead of Tenacious, by the afternoon we had increased our lead […]

September 28, 2014
For me the day began with serving the breakfast for the rest of the crew. Dealing with demands of multiple requests by Alan (just trying to test me)and the rest of the voyage crew. The race began after lunch today and although there wasn’t much wind we still made over 4.5 knots. It was all […]

September 27, 2014
Joined Lord Nelson with a bunch of pirates at 2pm on the 28th September.. Arr! The first day was packed full of interesting and fun things to do. Safety training started at 2pm and shortly followed by training for the emergency evacuation team. I (Chris), along with 3 others was given the role of being […]

September 26, 2014
Sail the World – FINAL BLOG With Southampton in view, grey, overcast and cool, it is reminiscent of that afternoon twenty three months ago when we sailed off on the first leg of STS Lord Nelson’s Sail the World adventure.  53 thousand nautical miles later, here we are again! Many of us are wondering, what […]

September 24, 2014
Our Watch from 8 to midnight on day 2 was very busy for the lookouts – we were  motoring through the Dover Straights. Some of the ships were easy to spot (the ferries were lit up like Christmas Trees!) others were very difficult to spot. But we survived the experience. We were lucky – it […]

September 22, 2014
Monday morning dawned bright but with an autumnal chill in the air. All new crew signed on and engineering / safety briefings were carried out for those joining. After the Pilot boarded, the gangway was brought in from HMS Belfast and at 13:20 we slipped into position to motor under Tower Bridge. This magnificent sight […]

September 21, 2014
What a great weekend! We sailed up the Thames on a misty Friday morning, picking up our pilot at Tilbury as we passed by Tenacious getting ready to follow. As the sun rose and we got further up the river, making our way through the Thames barrier, more and more of the sights of London […]

September 17, 2014
An exciting watch for FS from 8pm to midnight we were approaching the outer reaches of the English Channel with its TSS that’s Traffic Separation System. When Lesley showed us the radar picture of the TSS in action it is amazing! Picture the M1 on Friday afternoon but with ships! Two lanes one going NE […]

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