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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 […]

July 3, 2016
LN898 03/07/2016 -It should have been a sunny and quiet run ashore to St Vaast la Hougue for some food and shopping…… RIB journey over= wet and cold Shopping= no one remembered it was Sunday! Food= good Return journey = uneventful, except….. Tide out, lock closed, RIB manhandled to find some water, hidden rocks= RIB […]

July 2, 2016
LN898 – 02/07/2016 Today we faced our fears and bravely climber the mast. It was a challenging but thrilling experience. We then had a briefing from the Captain on setting the sails; which sounded a very difficult task, with eight sails all together, we had to set in a precise positon for the wind to […]

July 1, 2016
LN898 – 01/07/2016 Nellie has set off again; heading for Antwerp this time to start the Tall Ships races. In record time the new Voyage Crew arrived, took on stores, completed the basic safety training and briefings, evacuation drills and with the help of a tug- left Southampton. We raced and lost to a kite […]

June 24, 2016
LN897 24/06/2016 What a strange day! Yesterday we held a mini referendum on the ship and the result was decisively to remain, but the people of Britain clearly had a different idea. This morning our wake up caller announced the result and breakfast was quiet and reflective. We sailed up the Liffey and into Dublin […]

June 23, 2016
LN897 23/06/2016 We began the voyage on 21 June at the Custom Quay Greenock, a short train journey from Glasgow. The voyage crew were all aboard before 2pm. After some safety training we cast off at 5pm and were soon steaming down the river Clyde headed for Brodick Bay on the Isle of Arran. It […]

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