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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 […]

June 23, 2016
LN897 23/06/2016 – Under motor. Entered Strangford Loch via the narrows at slack tide. Anchored at 11 am. Spotted a few seals. Those that wanted to went aloft and enjoyed excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Lunch on deck in sunshine before weighing anchor at approx. 1.30 pm and heading back out to sea. Local […]

June 9, 2016
LN896 09/06/2016 Day 13 of the London to Greenock voyage, and sadly the final full day – tomorrow promises packing, happy hour +, and paying off with thoughts of ‘how long will the grass have grown’ and suchlike on the journey home. The overnight anchor watch, off Lamlash on the east coast of Arran, protected […]

June 8, 2016
LN896 08/06/2016 FS Watch here again. We left our anchorage at Rathlin Island in fog, we handed some sails and made slow progress towards Arran. A happy hour was spent cleaning the ship and the fog continued to obscure our view for most of the day. Lunch was followed by a sleep for most of us […]

June 7, 2016
LN896 07/06/2016 After an overnight motor, we anchored just after breakfast off the small but very friendly Rathlin Island.  The first local I met was called Michael and we had a good chat as he had previously sailed on both  Nellie and Tenacious – the JST world is a certainly a small one! The main […]

June 6, 2016
LN896 06/06/2016 An early start from Dublin may not have suited those choosing to have a few Guinnesses ashore the previous night, but low tide could not be missed and we were under way by 07:15. Flat calm seas ensured good views of the thousands of seabirds around Lambay Island with guillemots in huge numbers, […]

June 4, 2016
LN896 04/06/2016 After weeks of toiling away at sea, well probably not even forty eight hours away from the Scilly isles, our eyes were set upon the entrance of the bay, with crew aloft as well as below, preparing the ship for the glaring eyes of the public and the snap and clap of camera’s. […]

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