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October 27, 2015
LN884 27/10/15 Aft Starboard; Stan, Henry, Charlotte, Bryn, Maria and Esme And we’re off! Set sail from Southampton at 10:30am under motor, Lisbon bound. Esme was inventing nautical terms, a beehive became a ‘snake pit’ and springs/mooring lines became ‘big ropes’.  We completed our seamanship training which consisted of bracing the yards, evacuation drill and different […]

October 20, 2015
20/10/15 Nellie is currently sitting quietly at anchor in the Solent, 2 cables north of the West Lepe buoy. It’s very quiet and a bit lonely on watch at the moment with only the sound of the man at VTS on VHF channel 12 (he sounds like a very nice chap) to keep me company. […]

October 3, 2015
LN884 30/10/15 Aft Port Day 6 – well after a pretty windy night with sideways rain and gusts of up to 45 knots, the weary crew of Lord Nelson rose to a much calmer sea! After breakfast the captain happily announced that the wind was finally in the right direction and with enough speed to […]

October 3, 2015
LN882 03/10/15 And so all too quickly we come to day 6 of our voyage. Another lovely day with the sun dawning over a misty Worbarrow Bay where we had anchored for the night, with Tenacious nearby.  We had had a glorious afternoon ashore the previous day, exploring the delights of Lulworth Cove…..some venturing no […]

October 1, 2015
LN882 01/10/15 Amid sporadic gunfire from the nearby Army firing range, the Lord Nelson and Tenacious are now hunkered down in Chapman’s Pool. With lights dimmed to take best advantage of the area’s Dark Sky Park, the crew lounged on deck or enjoyed some rest in the bar after a third day’s hard racing. Both […]

September 30, 2015
LN882 30/09/15 Howdy folks! In true sailing fashion we’re now on plan D, fast approaching plan Z.  A quote from Higgsy “we are adapting to a changing situation”.  We are a bit short-handed so have been divided into three watches, not four:  Red, White and Blue.  This means a bit less rest/sleep/ drinking time but […]

September 4, 2015
LN878 04/09/15 A quick update! We are motoring towards our berth at Great Yarmouth, with the pilot on board and the fenders ready! The lines men are ahead of us in the Dotti boat, and we are being waved at from the river sides. Holland was a great success, with amazing seafood lunch venues close […]

September 3, 2015
LN878 03/09/15 Hello from Lord Nelson, alongside in Scheveningen ….easy for you to say!…a seaside town at the entrance to the Hague. This is a roundabout way for Voyagers on LN878 to get from Canary Wharf to Great Yarmouth. We welcomed the new Voyage crew aboard on Sunday30th, in unsettled showery weather. They were soon in […]

August 21, 2015
LN876 21/08/15 The Ballad of LN 876 Auld Nellie lies over the ocean Auld Nellie lies over the sea Auld Nellie lies over the ocean O bring back Auld Nellie to me. Bring back, bring back, O bring back Auld Nellie to me, to me Bring back, bring back, O bring back Auld Nellie to […]

August 18, 2015
18/08/15 LN876 The time is 2.30 am and three of Aft Starboard are in the chartroom discussing the day’s events, while watching a fishing vessel getting closer on the radar. And closer. Do we wake the on duty officer, or do we prepare the sailor strainers. We left Leith at 19.00, after an afternoon being […]

August 15, 2015
LN875 15/08/15 Since leaving the sunny Isle of Fair Isle we have been battered with rain with wet clothing dripping everywhere. Sailing through the night, dodging oil rigs, lit up like Christmas trees, left and right. This morning, Aft Starboard watch became concerned when one member of our watch started to see royal blue fluorescence […]

August 14, 2015
14/08/15 LN875 FAREWELL O SHETLAND ISLANDS It may be raining here somewhere in the North Sea, but we set off from the exotic Fair Isle bathed in sunshine and lovely hospitality from the natives. We had anchored yesterday morning and the PCs ran a Doti boat taxi service to the only landing space so that […]

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