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July 24, 2016
24/07/16 LN900 – Lisbon to Cadiz, day 1 A fond farewell was said to our last voyage crew, a frantic clean, wash and scrub and we welcomed out new voyage crew. As the heat in Lisbon grew, so did their knowledge of safety on board and the role they would play in the sailing of […]

July 19, 2016
LN899 19/07/2016 – Pardy, FP Watch  Awoke for a 4am Watch on the Bridge, only to then be brutally murdered by First Mate Steve with a sticky mat in the Nellie murder mystery game.  I should really appeal the manner in which he crept up behind me citing my visual impairment as defence!  Really enjoy […]

July 17, 2016
A glorious sunny Sunday on board, with time to ourselves as there was no happy hour or drills. We remain sailing towards Lisbon (hopefully) as we are still without electronics and doing it the old fashioned way. The galley has now joined in with the retro feel and served butterscotch Angel Delight for puds (found […]

July 16, 2016
LN899 16/07/2016 – As reported yesterday the light winds meant we were unable to make the first way point. The good news was we were not disqualified, but attracted a time penalty. Sadly the continuing light winds meant we were in danger of drifting into busy controlled shipping lanes so Captain Richard took the decision to […]

July 14, 2016
LN899 14/07/2016 – Racing to clear way point one before we lose the wind it’s all hands to tack the ship, once, twice and morning found us making good progress in calm seas. The crew enjoyed the sail handling despite the reduced sleep and we were treated to a sail handling talk by the mate- […]

July 13, 2016
LN899 13/07/16 – Sunshine fair winds and calm seas at last! We are in Torbay, overlooked by Torquay, famous for its towers for the start of race 1 at last. Tactics are discussed and plans are laid, sails hoisted and set and we are on our way to our first waypoint in Ushant, in a […]

July 11, 2016
LN899 11/07/2016 – We woke up in tall sea, this was a big test for new stomachs (including mine) which some of us passed… Powering south along the coastline, we could briefly see behind us the Danish square-rigger we were docked alongside in Antwerp, battling the relentless waves like ourselves down towards Dunkirk. With the […]

July 10, 2016
LN899 10/07/2016 We set sail From Antwerp, where we have been docked alongside some of the worlds other most impressive tall ships. This is also the first day of training for many of the 31 voyage crew learning the ropes, which is a different type of challenge for each person. My dad and I got […]

July 9, 2016
LN899 09/07/2016 Last day in Antwerp and we say goodbye to our Voyage Crew who brought the ship to Antwerp and welcome our first race crew of the year. The welcome in Belgium has been spectacular with parties, games, awards, pretty Mexican sailors; severe looking, big hatted Russian sailors, spectacular beer and fireworks to boot.

July 6, 2016
LN898 06/07/2016 – Matt Aft Port Today we encountered the experience harbour stows, I enjoyed this the last time I sailed on a tall ship – TS Royalist. I was then posted top the bridge where I helmed to a pilots order up the estuary- how thrilling! After one lock shared with a massive tanker, […]

July 5, 2016
Today is the day we all look forward to; assisted climb day. The Voyage Crew who need some assistance or a bit more time, climb the rigging. Ian hauled himself up with no assistance from the crew despite being in a wheelchair and with a significant visual impairment, Nigel and Edward went up in their […]

July 4, 2016
LN898 04/07/2016 – Independence Day dawned for our lone American (Nancy the galley slave) bright and sunny.  By smoko we had demolished two cakes to celebrate Captain Richard’s birthday and Matt’s in Aft Port watch. A lack of wind meant we arrived in Boulogne without any sail but still looking so good the town stopped […]

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