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August 24, 2016
LN903 24/08/2016 – After an early awakening for another delicious breakfast from Iain we continued our course north. The heat had taken its toll on some of the crew with one or two sunburnt faces, but nevertheless we carried on. With the wind dying down the crew knuckled down to “happy hour” (cleaning). When Lord Nelson […]

August 23, 2016
LN903 23/08/2016 -After a delicious, filling breakfast, we learnt how to climb the mast and cast-off gaskets……. readying the ship to set some sails. All that climbed thoroughly enjoyed the experience and one climber remarked… ”Doesn’t the ship look small from high up the mast”. We weighed anchor and motored out of the Thames estuary. […]

August 22, 2016
LN903 22/08/2016 – After the hustle and bustle of the voyage crew joining the ship, crew introductions and safety briefings, we cast-off at 5pm and glided through the tall buildings of Canary Wharf and out onto the Thames with the tide helping us downstream.  We passed the O2 Arena, cable cars overhead and the Thames […]

August 18, 2016
LN902 18/08/2016 – This morning the day was slow to dawn through the thick fog as we started up the “channel”.  Yesterday we had spent the day under sail, and while not making much progress in the very light airs it was good to have the engines quiet and listen to the creak and groan […]

August 17, 2016
LN902 17/08/2016 – Despite adverse winds Lord Nelson makes good progress towards the “channel”. A day of engines and fore and aft sails but finally we got an “angle” on the wind and for a while were under almost full canvas until again, the wind petered out. Everybody is in good spirits with little sign […]

August 15, 2016
LN902 15/08/2016 Forward Starboard – Afternoon watch “The wind is blowing in the direction from where it came, a gentle swell from over there” said Bob (retired Australian Met Office)…..NNE actually. “Whale spouts sighted!” shouted Tobias keeping watch on the port side. “Absolutely nothing” said Scott on the starboard side, although, if he’d eyes in […]

August 14, 2016
LN902 14/08/2016 – Aft Port watch. It’s a new crew on-board now for the voyage from La Coruna to London. After a busy day yesterday getting briefings from Captain Chris and Mate, Lesley and then followed by evacuation drills, an introduction to helming, getting our harnesses fitted and climbing aloft, those who had not headed […]

August 9, 2016
LN901 09/08/2016 – Maisy Mouse Watch, aka Forward Starboard. Maisy Mouse – watch mascot – has taken over watch-leaders duties (much to the relief of everyone). Being a furry toy she doesn’t say much but that’s no problem to the well-oiled machine that Fwd Stb has become. Everybody knows their job and under the beady […]

August 8, 2016
LN901 08/08/2016 – This afternoon the wind has been strong at over 30 knots and the swell is coming from two different directions making the ship move with a corkscrewing motion. Earlier in the voyage this would just have been something that was noticed as “I feel sea-sick”. Now, having got my “sea-legs” and the […]

August 7, 2016
LN901 – 07/08/2016 Aft starboard This morning we set sail from Ilhavios on Portugal’s west coast having spent a lovely couple of days enjoying the town’s hospitality and taking part in various activities that were laid on during the “Sea Festival”. Some went kite surfing over the water some went under for a SCUBA diving […]

August 4, 2016
LN901 -04/08/2016 After spending about three quarters of the voyage motoring into strong headwinds, the captain set a course to allow us to put some sail up and we were immediately becalmed in a thick mist! Someone said that they thought we might see the pirates of the Caribbean but someone else said they thought […]

August 3, 2016
LN901 03/08/2016 – Aft starboard (Abi, Katy, Stephen, Josh, Greg, Jamsran, Bryony and Edu) checking in for our first blog. The weather has been lovely with not a cloud in the sky however, the “wind chill” makes a few extra layers necessary, and of course, a little extra rum ration wouldn’t do us any harm. […]

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