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March 14, 2016
LN894 14/03/2016 Just a week into our voyage and we have experienced a whole gamut of sailing conditions. Last night we skidded along in a squall auditioning for Master and Commander. This afternoon we are enjoying the blue sea/blue sky/gentle sunshine variety of sailing, while our laundry spins clean below. While we are on domestic […]

March 13, 2016
LN894 13/03/2016 Forward Starboard watch: Andrew- The Boss Ally- Zookeeper Kate- Ship’s Artist Mick- Number one honcho on the helm Sandy- Resident Ship’s Canadian Joe- Watch Cadet/ Archetypal drunken Scottish sailor David- Font of all “knowledge” Forward Starboard watch, the ‘Dream Team’ are getting to know each other well after their first week together. It’s […]

March 13, 2016
LN894 13/03/2016 We took watch yesterday evening 20:00 – 00:00, we saw a ship in the distance which was the first one for a couple days. Allen and Frankie woke all the wrong people up which was funny. The ship came to an almost stand still, at around 20.00 from the lack of wind so […]

March 12, 2016
LN894 12/03/2016 So here we are, 1330 on day 5. My watch (Aft Starboard) is on watch.  It is daylight for this watch, which makes a bit of a change from last night when we were steering into the darkness using just the points of the compass and how much rudder helm we had applied. […]

March 10, 2016
LN894 10/03/2016 Hello from Lord Nelson as she makes her way home from the Canaries, first stop the Azores. We are enjoying sailing this afternoon with fair wind and some blue sky. Some of us are still finding our sea legs, after a bumpy start to the voyage when we left Las Palmas yesterday morning, […]

March 9, 2016
LN894 09/03/2016 Blog for day one at sea. Well, as planned, we were up, breakfasted and away from the quay for ninish. We chose the northern route around the island and into the open ocean. The first couple of hours was fairly lumpy. We were motoring out carefully to clear the islands and get some sea […]

March 9, 2016
LN894 09/03/2016 You sleepy sailors, Wake up, wake up, it’s the start of your working day. There’s bunkering, stowage and training then we’ll soon be on our way.   Our first full day on board Nellie revolved around breakfast, intro talks on the management of the ship, bunkering the fuel tanks, then the long hard job […]

March 7, 2016
LN893 07/03/16   After a fantastic crew night out at the surprisingly good, all you can eat Wok, an early start and a frantic last “Happy Hour” was rewarded with bacon butties. A final briefing from Captain Chris; who showed us all where we had been how much we had sailed and motored and it […]

March 6, 2016
The big event of the day was the special cake served at morning smoko to celebrate 100,000 miles on Lord Nelson and Tenacious, over 1000 nights on board, excluding alongside for maintenance, for our salty ol’ sea dog Mike Van Baaren. He did come down from the yard to cut and eat his own cake, […]

March 6, 2016
An early start for the ship as we were due to depart Santa Cruz La Palma. Linesman were called early to lift the gangway on board and let the ship slip, although the linesmen were so efficient that we had to hang fire whilst a liner came into port. Eventually though, we set off and […]

March 5, 2016
San Sebastian, Gomera The day greeted us with sun on deck and a buffet breakfast. This was in welcomed contrast to other days when we would have preferred the shelter of the mess below. Assisted climbing was organised for several crew members who either relied upon wheelchairs for mobility or facing other challenges, including sight […]

March 3, 2016
The ship woke today in time to catch the sun rising across the marina of the La Palma.  As the sun began its ascent and cleared the few remaining clouds it promised a ‘scorchio’ day ahead.  As usual everyone mustered to the call of a full English breakfast, but more importantly for all was the […]

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