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August 29, 2018
We had some free time on Alderney, once we had finished our workbooks.  We went swimming in the sea and walked around town trying to find food, instead we had sorbet and Ben and Jerry’s for a snack. Went to bike shop 1- not enough bikes so walked to town and paid £5 for bike […]

August 29, 2018
We’ve had reporting of “land sickness” due to our wonderful shore leave in Dartmouth.  Cadets have been swaying back and forth on the land like they’ve been at sea for weeks.  Alas, the bout of “land sickness” hasn’t stopped everyone enjoying the delights like ice cream, fish and chips and pizza.  Morale is high and […]

August 29, 2018
The sea is settling and everyone is feeling better and hungry.  As we approached Dartmouth we saw many other sail boats enjoying the sea conditions.  We motored up the river, welcomed by a cannon and lots of cheers and waves from the people lining the shore.  The water was full of youngsters being taught to […]

August 26, 2018
Day 3 in the big Lord Nelson: strife has struck as the sea sickness sets in.  We have found out after trial and error that ginger nut biscuits are good to relieve you of symptoms.  Yesterday evening we were treated to a family of dolphins including some young ones. At midday we were again greeted […]

August 25, 2018
After a day of training and safety briefings, the crew of The Lord Nelson were given shore leave to explore Cardiff Bay. With everyone safely back on board, we left Cardiff around 0630hrs this morning and motored down the Bristol Channel, not able to initially set any sail due to some uncooperative conditions. After swinging […]

August 22, 2018
MAYDAY, MAYDAY…….. We have been attacked by two large aggressive animals.  One large male gorilla, signaling alpha male aggressive behaviour, and one tall moose, that sparked out one crew member.  They were replaced by a very pretty penguin….. We will report if an easyvac is needed.   (The voyage crew had found the dressing up cupboard!!) […]

August 21, 2018
While Forward Port were on watch from 20.00 to 00.01 the fog set in and the visibility went down to almost zero. To make matters more interesting it happened while we were moving through a busy fishing area.  As the night went along the fog horns had to be sounded during the night.  This morning […]

August 20, 2018
We first had a group photo in front of the ship while in port at Waterford.  Mark presented the captain with his drawing which was signed by all the veteran voyage crew.  Following this and the morning meeting we prepared to leave the port. After some difficult navigating along the river we were out of […]

August 19, 2018
Throughout the voyage the crew has an opportunity to do a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community. Between duties cadets find a new way to relax working together on their workbooks.

August 18, 2018
Yesterday we experienced rough seas so we were forced to take down the sails as lots of my friends were sea sick.  Due to this we continued to work on engine power early next morning. Today we put up the sails (nine of them). At ‘smoko’ we celebrated Amy’s birthday with a cake and everybody […]

August 17, 2018
After breakfast, we took the sails off and decided to motor through to the coast of Ireland as we were approaching the coast of Wales due to the wind pushing us in that general direction. This however had a bit of a negative effect on a few cadets therefore some were bedded down for a […]

August 16, 2018
After breakfast we weighed anchor and set sail from that point using the main and fore topsail and sailed out of Belfast Lough and started heading south, down the Irish coast. Upon passing Donaghadee we raised the main and fore corse and t’gallant as well to make best use of the strong wind we had. […]

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