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March 17, 2017
Voyage LN915 We’ve all learnt a lot on this trip about the weather, finding winds blowing in the right directions, and then setting our sails to make the best use of those winds. Captain Richard taught us about areas of high and low atmospheric pressure, and most of us had already heard of the Azores […]

March 16, 2017
Aft starboard was on the 0000-0400 watch. We were steering by the wind (70 degrees off port bow) and it was a crucial watch to determine whether we would reach Southampton purely under sail. Wind speeds reached 32 knots and we cracked the top sailing speed of the voyage with a speed of 10.7 knots. […]

March 15, 2017
Voyage LN915 Starboard Forward Watch The Great Egg Drop Day. Our mission is to throw a raw egg from the Main Mast top to the deck aft so that it lands unbroken. Any padding used can only be sourced from the Wheelie bins at the back of the ship. A verbal presentation is also required […]

March 14, 2017
Voyage LN915 Beginning the day with an 8am-12:30 watch, our main objective was speed! In order to make good distance we were issued a challenge to maintain a speed of over 5.2 knots, and so began the sport of competitive helming. Each member of the watch had their chance to beat the maximum speed of […]

March 13, 2017
Voyage: LN915 Sunday dawned as another grand day with Forward Starboard watch taking the 8am to 12.30pm Forenoon watch and the 8pm to midnight First watch. The morning brief highlighted that with the light winds we had only travelled 120 miles north of the Azores and would continue to track up the west side of […]

March 11, 2017
Voyage: LN915 Leaving Sao Jorge was as beautiful as arriving and the brief time there. On our starboard side was the sheer cliff and eroded caldrons of Sao Jorge and to our port the towering majesty of the snow clad volcano of Pico. A whale spout was spotted and for the eight on deck there […]

March 9, 2017
Voyage: LN915 After 9 days sailing we went ashore for 2 days, first to Faical and then Sao Jorge. The weather was misty and wet at times but we enjoyed the botanical beauty, strip growing of crops; cows, goats, chickens and ponies all seen. There was also a wide variety of plants including hibiscus, lillies […]

March 7, 2017
Voyage: LN915 Eight days ago on the afternoon of Monday 27th February 2017, thirty-two complete strangers from as many different places met for the first time. Each with their own reason for being here and problems to face. Eight days later we are no longer 32 individuals, we are four watches clearly moulding into a […]

March 6, 2017
Voyage: LN915 Most mornings, I awake into a routine of random resolutions. I embark on a mission to do what’s interesting and different, to find satisfaction for my mind. My latest resolution was actually that which brought me to an awakening of unforeseen and quite extraordinary satisfaction. After deciding to accept an offer of a […]

March 5, 2017
There were Atlantic spotted dolphins seen this morning, Portuguese Men of War and jellyfish. There’s a good chance we will see whales and turtles as that is their food. We’ve traveled 767 nautical miles. We’ve set all the sails and turned on the engine. After a leisurely day with Sunday Service, Roast Lamb lunch and […]

March 4, 2017
G’day mates, As the token Aussie on board Lord Nelson I felt as though I needed to greet you in this way. Aft starboard watch was on the 0000 – 0400 watch, and I must say one positive of having my slumber disturbed at midnight was being able to see my birthday roll in. Rory, […]

March 4, 2017
It’s pleasant weather here but light winds against us, so we had to motor sail 310’ at 8 knots towards the Azores. Alan was on mess duty and the ships motion made it very difficult. We were over to 40’ one time and at that angle even the best stowed items of kitchen equipment come […]

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