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February 23, 2017
LN913 End of the voyage After we anchored for the night in Gran Tarajal, we awoke the follow morning and weighed anchor and made sail towards Las Palmas. After a lovely sail with dolphins and whales spotted, we approached Las Palmas the next day. The Irene was under sail outside the harbour and was a […]

February 20, 2017
LN913, Half Term Get Away, 11-18/02/2017 16 February 2017   Day 6 LN913 By Aft Port Watch This blog’s no blog! But it is the log of Goodship- lord Nelson True! Events recalled by a crew of noble birth But we are very new! A birthday girl- the bosun’s mate and climbers Peter and Yvonne& […]

February 20, 2017
LN913, Half Term Get Away, 11-18/02/2017 Saturday 11th February Saturday heralded the start of our adventure, beginning with a safety briefing and introductions. Following these, the Leadership at Sea Team (L@Sea) ventured ashore for ice cream’s on the beach, whilst the older members of the crew enjoyed a local beer or two ashore. Strong winds […]

February 14, 2017
  Maintenance Update – Astican Dock Yard Las Palmas, Gran Canaria   The quiet on board in the evening is very welcome. During the day there has been lots of noise the siren in the shipyard goes of regularly starting at 07.00. The contractors start coming on board soon after. Thankfully all the hot work […]

February 14, 2017
LN911 06-16/01/2017 Day 9 – 14/01 Aft Starboard watch. Yesterday afternoon, there was a fire drill for the permanent crew which involved a lot of sea water being pumped up from the sea.  Voyage crew consequently had some rare leisure time! AS-watch was on the bridge from 8 pm to midnight. The sky cloudy, obscuring […]

February 14, 2017
LN911, 06-16/01/2016 Voyage Day 8 Superstitious, who us sailors? NO!! So far (14.30), nothing untoward has happened, no storms or sea monsters. Heading 180, direct for Gran Canaria. After breakfast, a sail handling talk and then theory put into practice with bracing, hauling yards and sheets. Yippee we’re sailing again!   Anon Written under orders […]

February 14, 2017
LN911, 06-16/01/2016 Voyage Day 7 Assisted climbs.  An overwhelming feeling of togetherness; working together to get our shipmates up the mast and them achieving great feats where these opportunities back in every day normal life is not the norm. The wind picked up so it was time to leave Madeira and take a 090 heading […]

February 14, 2017
LN911, 06-16/01/2016 Voyage Day 6 Coach trip around the island, with our trusty guide and experienced driver who had the ability to bend his bus around the mountain hairpins. Highlights; views from the top of the 500m cliff (highest in ‘Europe’ you know!), a fishmongers only selling Espada’s – a long black ugly eel like […]

February 14, 2017
LN911, 06-16/01/2016 Voyage Day 5 10/01 Providence for le matelot; she was turfed out of her forward berth at 01.30 so that the permanent crew could raise the anchor. So glad I brought my earplugs! The Nellie made her way back west, this time across the calm inky black sea back to Funchal, and berthed […]

February 14, 2017
LN911, 06-16/01/2016 Voyage Day 4 Land Ahoy! A blob of land on the horizon to report for the blog: Madeira, according to the Navigator. On the starboard side were the ‘Islas Uninhabidas’; three slab sided islands that apparently are uninhabited. As we drew closer to our destination, there was a strong north easterly with winds […]

January 9, 2017
LN911, 6-16/1/17 The voyage started on a blustery day in Las Palmas, with all voyage crew making it to the ship successfully and getting settled in. Introductions were made and a briefing for what we were letting ourselves in for was given. Dinner was served promptly afterwards and people inevitably migrated to the bar. On […]

January 9, 2017
LN910 Tuesday 3rd January 2017 (13:23) We docked in La Palma at 16:00. To get the ship to shore we did tacking, wearing and box hauling – the latter a first time for many on board including the Captain! However, before we did these manoeuvres we had to have a brief team talk from the […]

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