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August 11, 2015
11/08/15 LN875 This is Monday I think. We are 50 miles approx. from the Shetland Isles enjoying a beautiful sunny sail. All the sails are up (apart from the ones we don’t know about). The horizon has been perfectly empty for hours with only a few seagulls to keep us company. On our watch this […]

August 9, 2015
09/08/15 LN 875 On the first day in Rosendal there was a fantastic opportunity for a few of us to go kayaking on the waters of the Fjord which were so still you could almost mistake them for one gigantic mirror! The Kayak trip lasted a few beautiful hours and in that time we kayaked around an […]

August 7, 2015
07/08/15 LN875 It has been an interesting 24 hours. Yesterday afternoon we were sailing at speeds up to 9 knots! Where was that wind during the races? We had the fore course, topsail and t’gallant and the main topsail and t’gallant set, as well as the outer jib and, for some time, the spanker. We had already […]

August 6, 2015
06/08/15 LN875 If it’s Thursday, this must be Norway? Well there’s a Norwegian courtesy flag flying, so we can assume that distant coast must be somewhere like that. The ship seems to be in quite a routine: Sleep, eat, sleep, watch, sleep, sleep, eat, and sleep. We all seem very content to be away from average […]

August 5, 2015
05/08/15 LN875 We left Aalborg at 2pm where we slowly progressed down the Fjord in the Parade of sail. As we slowly motored along, we were attacked by The Black Diamond with a bombardment of water balloons! The Lord Nelson however was prepared with water pistols and catapults to ignite our revenge. After forcing the […]

August 5, 2015
05/08/15 LN875 Well here we are! The new crew have arrived, settled in and have soaked up the atmosphere and welcome of Aalborg. After briefings and initial training and our first delicious meal, shore leave was enjoyed, sampling what was on offer on the street stalls, (brilliant frozen yoghurt!), 3 different Stages hosting brilliant bands and seeing some […]

August 4, 2015
04/08/15 LN874  We are way behind with our blog! However, we have a good excuse, because no sooner than Nellie arrived in Aalborg we had to do the usual preparations of the ship to be on display. The big event for which we were stressing out was the crew parade through the streets of Aalborg […]

August 1, 2015
01/08/15 LN874 Two mornings ago, the FP watch was called early to help the previous watch take in some sails and tighten the ropes due to strengthening winds and sea. It was a busy watch as there were many ships around and some were crossing past Nelly. Even with three sails set, we were still […]

July 30, 2015
30/07/15 LN874 Day 4 We are currently in a centre of low pressure with pretty much no wind. Last night was nice and quiet, with beautiful stars and a full moon; however there was not much wind. In fact, at one point around 11pm, we were becalmed and started to drift backwards! Not ideal when […]

July 29, 2015
29/07/15 LN875 Events following the crossing of start line: The hours after the ships crossed the starting line, and the race began, it became clear that there are many roads to Rome, and just as many opinions on which one is the fastest. Some ships turned southwest for the next checkpoint straight away after the […]

July 28, 2015
28/07/15 LN875 Most people arrived during Monday afternoon- although a few had serious troubles with their flights & their luggage. We spent the afternoon on safety briefings, harness fittings, & “evacuation” drill. After dinner, many people went ashore to sample the delights of Kristiansand; the town was buzzing with excitement with approximately 80 boats moored […]

July 28, 2015
LN874 28/07/15 Yet again just as in port after an excellent voyage, JST has demonstrated the meaninglessness of disability as a barrier in society. This week Norway was destination of choice. The highlight of the trip was sailing through the fjords, which benefited both our eyes and thoughts. As was recently pointed out to me, the tendency to […]

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