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August 13, 2018
Following assisted climbs in the morning (well done Sue & David) we left Stromness at 12.00, and passed the Old Man of Hoy as we started motoring against the wind along the north coast of Scotland. We’ve seen dolphins and seals, weather sunny but sea is starting to get choppy. We’re learning knots and splicing, […]

August 13, 2018
We travelled across the Moray Firth and then through the Pentland Firth, weather was fair. Arriving at Scapa Flow at 10.00 we carried out a wreath laying ceremony and a minute’s silence to remember HMS Vanguard and HMS Royal Oak. We proceded to go alongside at Stromness where some of the voyage crew were interviewed […]

July 21, 2018
LN954 Day 5 After the race finish having been brought forward, we handed sail and turned on the engines. We were doing roughly 8 knots. In the surrounding vicinity there were a lot of other ships from the race, all trying to get to Esbjerg with their engines on. One by one the ships funnelled into the […]

July 17, 2018
Yesterday since we were making good progress on the course we were on. We had some down time after lunch (chicken pasta and salad amazing). So what better way to relax than sit in the bar and have a game of monopoly? What started out as fun soon became an intense battle of business strategy, and four hours […]

July 16, 2018
Although yesterday our position was last, the sun was still shining and we were still doing our best, enjoying every minute. The winds have picked up from last night, increasing our speed and also our position in the race. We are currently on watch and there are no other ships in sight. We are talking about getting […]

July 15, 2018
We are the forward starboard watch, we are currently on our 12.30 – 16.00 watch on day 3. The sky is blue, the wind is very light. So far today we have spotted some of the other Tall Ships that are racing, a seal, a dragonfly and a few birds. We are sailing with 9 knots of […]

July 14, 2018
LN954 Sunderland – Esbjerg Tall Ships Race Leg one 13 th -20 th July 2018 14 th July Race Day The day started with some training about climbing aloft, followed by the chance to actually go up the masts. Everyone got fitted with harnesses and most of the crew climbed up the rigging. After climbing up […]

May 16, 2018
Day 8 and everyone now knows the ropes.  Everyone is pretty settled now apart from the Goddess of sea and weather. We are going this way and that way over the Irish Sea and we all look forward to our next meal.  Sailing beautifully using as many sails as possible with Whales (Wales) on the […]

May 15, 2018
We started today with breakfast at 08.00, with all the voyage crew present.  Cork was fair in weather with a few clouds but otherwise sunny.  Right after breakfast we had the voyage photograph on the quayside without issue (everyone was present and on time!). At around 9.30 hours we started assisted climbs with everyone attempting […]

May 14, 2018
We begin with the early morning fog and the discovery that one long blast on the ships whistle every 2 minutes is apparently quite difficult to sleep through! Fortunately our time in the fog sounding our whistle wasn’t too long. Once through the fog we found ourselves floating up river and approaching Cobh all wishing […]

May 14, 2018
The people on watches last night were treated to a spectacular show of phosphorescence, fish and dolphins. The best display Rowan has ever seen in European waters, pure magic. After breakfast we continued our passage through Cork Harbour where we picked up our ‘old friend’ Thomas McCarthy to pilot us along the River Lee towards […]

May 13, 2018
The Lord Nelson, Nellie to our crew, headed west leaving ‘Blighty’ to sink beyond the eastern horizon. Dolphins treated us to a display on the bow on our western bound tack towards Cork. As always ‘Cookie Dave’ had fed us well. As the light faded a few swallows heading north made many bold attempts to hitch a ride. […]

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