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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. […]

August 2, 2016
LN901 02/08/2016 – “There’s not much to see except sea,” said Nursie, which on our course can only be a jolly good thing. A lumpy night and an early morning jaunt around a tanker the size of Cadiz did little to dampen high spirits during a truly happy happy hour when Captain Barbara was heard […]

August 1, 2016
LN901 01/08/2016 – Overnight the wind fell light for a few hours before picking up again from the NW, so that we enjoyed a great sail making 6 knots. The sun was shining, the sails all drawing and the crew happy. It was just a shame we were not sailing in the right direction. Following Happy […]

July 31, 2016
LN901 31/07/2016- Full briefings and training started promptly and the crew then had a free hour to wander around. We got ready to depart the berth for the Parade of Sail out of Cadiz. Leaving the berth at 1600 we set a few fore and aft sails in the harbour and then followed the Parade. […]

July 30, 2016
LN901 30/07/2016 – In Cadiz, there was plenty of activity, noise, exuberance and colour surrounding the Tall Ships’ event. Joining day was disjointed as several flights were delayed, meaning a few crew joined as late as midnight. However most crew were onboard mid-afternoon and, after brief introductions, they practiced bracing the yards. Those who had the […]

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