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May 22, 2015
21/5/15 LN866 Setting sail from Southampton on the Tuesday morning, we made swift (and slightly bumpy!) progress over to Cherbourg through some choppy waters which proved to be too much for some of the crews stomachs! Anchoring in the outer harbour overnight, we went through the lock gates into the inner harbour on Wednesday morning […]

April 10, 2015
It’s our last full day at sea today.  We crossed the imaginary line between Ushant and Scilly shortly after 1pm yesterday, and entered the English Channel.  Despite the fine weather, it’s been very hazy on the horizon and visibility has been reduced to only a few miles.  This means that other than a fleeting glimpse […]

April 7, 2015
Cadets Log.. Buck, James Day 82 of my deployment onboard STS Lord Nelson. The days number of this current voyage eludes me, but I know that we are due to arrive Southampton on the 11th of this month with today being the 6th. 5 days to go! The weather has offered some interesting challenges, making […]

April 7, 2015
Only five of the voyage crew remain alive, each with a contract to kill – ‘Murder’ is afoot. Don’t panic, it’s just a game, a little entertainment to while away the hours as we approach Europe and the UK! We have spent the past few days motoring as the winds have not been blessing us […]

April 3, 2015
Hello from Lord Nelson, Today is day 22 of our voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. We are just 9 short days away from Southampton. Morning routine went as usual. Wake up, eat breakfast, muster on station. The word was passed that wind would be working against us so we’ve pulled in the sails and started […]

April 1, 2015
Day 22 in the Big Brother House….first up Aft Port has a new member: Pirate Gary, as sadly 2 members of the watch had to jump ship in the Azores. Watch leader Mike is getting paranoid he might lose another so we’re now taking bets on who it might be… Yesterday was an eventful day […]

March 30, 2015
Day 20: After two and a half days exploring the island of Faial (especially the interior of the infamous Café Peter Sport), and getting used to standing on solid ground, we’re back on board Lord Nelson and heading out to sea. Our planned departure at noon was scuppered by the late arrival of our provisions, […]

March 24, 2015
Aft Port reporting Day 13, unlucky for some…especially in the egg drop challenge.  Captain Chris challenged the 4 watches to construct a projectile containing a raw egg to be launched from the main mast.  Winner takes all; marked on the best presentation, projectile distance and if the egg emerges unscathed. Presentations were amusing and varied […]

March 22, 2015
It’s Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining brightly in the sky, the clouds are high cirrus nimbus, we are on a starboard tac, the wind is on our beam and we have the lower spanker out!  This is fabulous sailing, we are all delighted that the sea swell has reduced and we are able to […]

March 21, 2015
Rocking and rolling, rolling and rocking through the night. Wine bottles and glasses clanking in the bar and rigging slapping the side of the boat. Suddenly in the middle of the night the boat rolled so far to starboard that I awoke with a start dreaming that we were capsizing .Aghhh..I screamed in my dream […]

March 19, 2015
Aft Startboard Watch day 10&11 (Mar 18th / 19th ) The day started with the boys attempting early wake up call, Alan having a technical issue with the Ding Dong! A perfect morning on the bridge with sunshine, wind and team spirit. Instruction on partial eclipse and meterorologicial readings by Steve was extremely interesting and […]

March 17, 2015
It’s just after 1400 on Tuesday March 17th and we’re 597 nautical miles out from  Bermuda. That’s the technical bit. The human part is that the officer of the watch has just given us the news that a daily blog gets written on the afternoon watch, so forward starboard watch are taking their turn to […]

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