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August 21, 2015
LN876 21/08/15 The Ballad of LN 876 Auld Nellie lies over the ocean Auld Nellie lies over the sea Auld Nellie lies over the ocean O bring back Auld Nellie to me. Bring back, bring back, O bring back Auld Nellie to me, to me Bring back, bring back, O bring back Auld Nellie to […]

August 18, 2015
18/08/15 LN876 The time is 2.30 am and three of Aft Starboard are in the chartroom discussing the day’s events, while watching a fishing vessel getting closer on the radar. And closer. Do we wake the on duty officer, or do we prepare the sailor strainers. We left Leith at 19.00, after an afternoon being […]

August 15, 2015
LN875 15/08/15 Since leaving the sunny Isle of Fair Isle we have been battered with rain with wet clothing dripping everywhere. Sailing through the night, dodging oil rigs, lit up like Christmas trees, left and right. This morning, Aft Starboard watch became concerned when one member of our watch started to see royal blue fluorescence […]

August 14, 2015
14/08/15 LN875 FAREWELL O SHETLAND ISLANDS It may be raining here somewhere in the North Sea, but we set off from the exotic Fair Isle bathed in sunshine and lovely hospitality from the natives. We had anchored yesterday morning and the PCs ran a Doti boat taxi service to the only landing space so that […]

August 12, 2015
12/08/15 LN875 Having anchored in an inlet north of Lerwick overnight, we motored the last few miles to our berth on the Victoria Dock in the North harbour on Tuesday morning. The rest of the day we had shore leave and a chance to explore Britain’s most northerly town with its fascinating old buildings and […]

August 11, 2015
11/08/15 LN875 This is Monday I think. We are 50 miles approx. from the Shetland Isles enjoying a beautiful sunny sail. All the sails are up (apart from the ones we don’t know about). The horizon has been perfectly empty for hours with only a few seagulls to keep us company. On our watch this […]

August 9, 2015
09/08/15 LN 875 On the first day in Rosendal there was a fantastic opportunity for a few of us to go kayaking on the waters of the Fjord which were so still you could almost mistake them for one gigantic mirror! The Kayak trip lasted a few beautiful hours and in that time we kayaked around an […]

August 7, 2015
07/08/15 LN875 It has been an interesting 24 hours. Yesterday afternoon we were sailing at speeds up to 9 knots! Where was that wind during the races? We had the fore course, topsail and t’gallant and the main topsail and t’gallant set, as well as the outer jib and, for some time, the spanker. We had already […]

August 6, 2015
06/08/15 LN875 If it’s Thursday, this must be Norway? Well there’s a Norwegian courtesy flag flying, so we can assume that distant coast must be somewhere like that. The ship seems to be in quite a routine: Sleep, eat, sleep, watch, sleep, sleep, eat, and sleep. We all seem very content to be away from average […]

August 5, 2015
05/08/15 LN875 We left Aalborg at 2pm where we slowly progressed down the Fjord in the Parade of sail. As we slowly motored along, we were attacked by The Black Diamond with a bombardment of water balloons! The Lord Nelson however was prepared with water pistols and catapults to ignite our revenge. After forcing the […]

August 5, 2015
05/08/15 LN875 Well here we are! The new crew have arrived, settled in and have soaked up the atmosphere and welcome of Aalborg. After briefings and initial training and our first delicious meal, shore leave was enjoyed, sampling what was on offer on the street stalls, (brilliant frozen yoghurt!), 3 different Stages hosting brilliant bands and seeing some […]

August 4, 2015
04/08/15 LN874  We are way behind with our blog! However, we have a good excuse, because no sooner than Nellie arrived in Aalborg we had to do the usual preparations of the ship to be on display. The big event for which we were stressing out was the crew parade through the streets of Aalborg […]

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