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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 […]

July 25, 2016
LN900 25/07/2016 – And there’re off! Crossing the start of the race at 10 knots; surrounded by other tall ships in the glistening sea. We packed in a full morning of training, before we manoeuvred out of Lisbon to parade down the river- under the bridge (and a train!). Followed by helicopters and buzzed by […]

July 24, 2016
24/07/16 LN900 – Lisbon to Cadiz, day 1 A fond farewell was said to our last voyage crew, a frantic clean, wash and scrub and we welcomed out new voyage crew. As the heat in Lisbon grew, so did their knowledge of safety on board and the role they would play in the sailing of […]

July 19, 2016
LN899 19/07/2016 – Pardy, FP Watch  Awoke for a 4am Watch on the Bridge, only to then be brutally murdered by First Mate Steve with a sticky mat in the Nellie murder mystery game.  I should really appeal the manner in which he crept up behind me citing my visual impairment as defence!  Really enjoy […]

July 17, 2016
A glorious sunny Sunday on board, with time to ourselves as there was no happy hour or drills. We remain sailing towards Lisbon (hopefully) as we are still without electronics and doing it the old fashioned way. The galley has now joined in with the retro feel and served butterscotch Angel Delight for puds (found […]

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