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September 22, 2014
Monday morning dawned bright but with an autumnal chill in the air. All new crew signed on and engineering / safety briefings were carried out for those joining. After the Pilot boarded, the gangway was brought in from HMS Belfast and at 13:20 we slipped into position to motor under Tower Bridge. This magnificent sight […]

September 21, 2014
What a great weekend! We sailed up the Thames on a misty Friday morning, picking up our pilot at Tilbury as we passed by Tenacious getting ready to follow. As the sun rose and we got further up the river, making our way through the Thames barrier, more and more of the sights of London […]

September 17, 2014
An exciting watch for FS from 8pm to midnight we were approaching the outer reaches of the English Channel with its TSS that’s Traffic Separation System. When Lesley showed us the radar picture of the TSS in action it is amazing! Picture the M1 on Friday afternoon but with ships! Two lanes one going NE […]

September 16, 2014
Markus would like to thank all members of the crew who made the celebration of his day of birth a fond memory (he will treasure til the end of time-Ed). Especially David Sage who made this voyage possible, making his last few days in the army memorable. We have entered the channel at last. We past […]

September 15, 2014
STW10 Day 33 Lord Nelson is currently heading towards Plymouth and expected soon to cross the Scilly/Ushant line – the look-outs being extra vigilant for this 2b pencil-drawn mark.  Unsurprisingly, we are seeing more shipping as we approach the English Channel. Two fishing vessels were sighted on our 2000-0000hrs watch yesterday, one on a potential […]

September 14, 2014
In the true JST spirit of inclusivity, and for the first time in 32 days (the girls are going soft on us) the token males on port forward watch have been tasked to write todays blog. Lizzi, our watch leader for the day, is delegating tasks left right and centre. The SODS opera is progressing […]

September 13, 2014
Welcome to another day in the ongoing saga, ‘Nellie at Sea’. One of most recent developments has been the arrival of hitch hikers. Descending from the skies these airborne stowaways, blown in on the wind occasionally gorged themselves on fruit flies. Sadly one met a mysterious demise. Chef Dave can be ruled out of any […]

September 12, 2014
A rare sign of civilisation has just been witnessed. Passing overhead we saw an aeroplane. The likes of which have not been seen since we left the Azores! A reminder of that mythical thing known as land not seen for so long. Whilst land itself has not been seen evidence of its existence has been […]

September 11, 2014
Day 29 Today’s blog comes from Aft Starboard watch as we continue to motor with a fresh to strong breeze that refuses to veer to allow us to go sailing in the right direction. At the start of our 8pm to midnight watch last night, as dusk was setting in, the Bosun’s Mates were called […]

September 9, 2014
Blog of Tuesday 9th September 2014 – day 26 The parrot’s in the liferaft and the  monkey’s in the chartroom… Some colourful creatures helped Debs with her voyage fundraising efforts and then travelled out with her from the UK. Our flying friend is currently appearing all over the boat in odd places and the inflatable […]

September 6, 2014
The weather is beautiful and we’re under sail! Going at 4 knots and spirits are high. We are once again out of sight of land. We’re currently in a shipping lane consisting of… us! The temperature is starting to drop as we head into more northerly waters, so our woolly fleeces being put into action! […]

September 5, 2014
DAY 23 or thereabouts – Friday 5th September So after two and a half days on land, we’re all at sea again waving goodbye to the lovely Faial, determinedly trying to find our sea legs while we watch the lumps of land grow ever smaller… We all said that we’ll be back to the Azores […]

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