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January 26, 2018
Surprisingly for this bleak distant island of Sal, everyone arrived on time for embarkation yesterday by 17.00 we were all on board. Some had arrived a day or 2 early to take in some local sights. It really is an arid barren island with small pockets of habitation – villages with colourful houses that can […]

January 24, 2018
Our last meal ashore didn’t happen because we had to cast off again in a couple of hours later to make room for a tanker to come alongside. In the interval we were mesmerised by the stevedores technique involving simultaneously unloading from the bow and loading at the stern all on the same side – […]

January 21, 2018
As steady progress towards the Cape Verdes continued, furtive groups from each watch could be found in odd corners of the ship as watches prepared for the great egg drop. The challenge was to propel an egg from the main mast platform, towards the stern to land unbroken as far astern as possible. Marks would […]

January 20, 2018
After a lumpy night, I rose at 05.30 hoping to catch a spectacular sunrise. It was a pretty, peachy sky today but clouds low on the horizon obscured the sun until it was quite a way up in the sky. No ships have been sighted for 3 days now. Breakfast was a boiled egg, bacon […]

January 19, 2018
Our night watches on this trip have been amazing. Everyone agreeing that for viewing stars and constellations these have been the best most of us have ever experienced with many of us learning to tell our Perseus from our Andromeda. But the main event was the luminous displays put on by three dolphins as they […]

January 11, 2018
The watch last night had a challenging time on the bridge from 2000 to 2400, having to hold the helm at Port 10 to maintain the heading. The inner jib was hoisted before the flying jib was lowered as the wind increased in strength. It wasn’t the most comfortable night for sleeping, with quite a […]

January 9, 2018
Watching the captain squeeze the ship into Marina Rubicon on the edge of Playa Blanca resort was nerve-wrecking and exciting. The helmsman had to stay calm and react very, very quickly and precisely to the captains bellowed instructions as there really were only a couple of meters of clearance either side of the ship. Everything […]

January 8, 2018
We arrived to the ship in the afternoon on Saturday 6th . We were introduced to our watch leaders and shown our bunks. The bunks are really cozy and it’s great to be able to look out to the sea from your bunk (window porthole) before falling asleep. We got safety belts, wellington boots and […]

January 5, 2018
Lord Nelson voyage LN937- forward port   Megan, Robyn, Tash, Abi, Leo, Ruby, Jo, Roger and Scott We began the voyage in Gran Canaria on 29th December 2017 and we are sailing through the New Year, to Tenerife and La Palma, ending the voyage on 5th January 2018. Day 1: We arrived at Port Santa […]

December 30, 2017
What is a Christmas like on board Lord Nelson sailing in the Canaries? The only way to really know is too sign up for the next Christmas sail with us of course. The voyage crew couldn’t put it into words and post a blog for Christmas – too busy enjoying the holidays here on board with some […]

November 16, 2017
Day 8 started with Lord Nelson sailing south south west with a brisk force 5 towards Finnister with coarse and top sails set. As we left the Bay of Biscay and closed in on the north west coast of Spain, the traffic separation zones were clearly evident with a steady procession of ships crossing the dark […]

November 14, 2017
An excited crew joined us in Southampton as we ended a busy few days of maintenance, but a spritely fresh looking Nellie greeted them on arrival. Having joined the crew were soon put through the mandatory briefs, delivered by the very efficient Leslie the Mate. It was decided to stay alongside our first night and […]

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