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June 14, 2015
14/06 LN869 After leaving Douglas Bay in the morning of 13th June we eventually found some wind and set sails and went sailing in a northerly direction which everyone enjoyed. After sailing for a few hours  in the evening due to running shorted on sea room the captain decided to ware ship. We then sailed […]

June 13, 2015
13/06/15 LN869 It’s 03:00 and we are taking the time out on a nice quiet anchor watch in Douglas Bay to reflect on the last few days. Lots of things both ashore and on Nellie; lots of work aloft replacing one of the main stays and repairing the course sail.  Oh and of course there […]

June 13, 2015
13/06/15 LN869 Voyage day 7, 12th June, Douglas Isle of Man. Today’s the big day, the Blue Ribband event of not just the Isle of Man TT, but of road racing in the whole world; The Senior TT Race. 1,000cc race motorcycles, 200+MPH on the long mountain straights, and raced by all the big names; […]

June 12, 2015
12/06/15 LN869 Day 4 We tacked first thing after morning meeting, but soon found we weren’t making much headway so we handed the sails and put the engine on. We headed into Douglas, arriving at about 1700, on the 9th. I went into shore in the DOTI boat as a linesman, and had a beautiful view […]

June 10, 2015
10/06/15 LN869 Day 3 -4 Yesterday we had square rig sails out for the first time on the voyage! One got a bit caught so Luis got sent up to sort things out. A lot of shouting up and down the mast! (but no panic). We had 0000-0400 watch this morning. We woke up to rough seas […]

June 6, 2015
06/06/15 LN869 The voyage crew found their way to Lord Nelson in Cardiff we were moored opposite the Welsh Assembly building. After being greeted on board by Steve Higgs the First mate they were shown to their bunks by their watch leaders, and then came to sign on with me Jo Hicks Medical Purser. Once most of them […]

June 4, 2015
04/06/15 LN868 Day 4….  Up to a lovely morning, on a course north past Land’s End and along the Cornish coast.  Swell from the SW giving her quite a roll.  Progressing further into the Bristol Channel, FP watch took over at 1230.  We were escorted by a pod of common dolphins.  Spectacular flowing swimmers!  Captain […]

June 2, 2015
03/06/15 LN868 My first JST voyage, now in its 3rd day. We left Jersey early this morning –  we were unable to leave as planned on Sunday the 1st when everyone had arrived because of a gale with gusts over 50 knots. This gave us the opportunity to bond, learn the various duties awaiting us en route, and, […]

May 29, 2015
29/05/15 LN867 No sooner had we got everyone on board and made our introductions to our bunk mates, we were straight into the afternoon meeting. In the meeting we were introduced to all the permanent members of the ship’s crew and the three volunteer crew. We ran through the various safety briefings, not forgetting the […]

May 22, 2015
21/5/15 LN866 Setting sail from Southampton on the Tuesday morning, we made swift (and slightly bumpy!) progress over to Cherbourg through some choppy waters which proved to be too much for some of the crews stomachs! Anchoring in the outer harbour overnight, we went through the lock gates into the inner harbour on Wednesday morning […]

April 10, 2015
It’s our last full day at sea today.  We crossed the imaginary line between Ushant and Scilly shortly after 1pm yesterday, and entered the English Channel.  Despite the fine weather, it’s been very hazy on the horizon and visibility has been reduced to only a few miles.  This means that other than a fleeting glimpse […]

April 7, 2015
Cadets Log.. Buck, James Day 82 of my deployment onboard STS Lord Nelson. The days number of this current voyage eludes me, but I know that we are due to arrive Southampton on the 11th of this month with today being the 6th. 5 days to go! The weather has offered some interesting challenges, making […]

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