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August 1, 2015
01/08/15 LN874 Two mornings ago, the FP watch was called early to help the previous watch take in some sails and tighten the ropes due to strengthening winds and sea. It was a busy watch as there were many ships around and some were crossing past Nelly. Even with three sails set, we were still […]

July 30, 2015
30/07/15 LN874 Day 4 We are currently in a centre of low pressure with pretty much no wind. Last night was nice and quiet, with beautiful stars and a full moon; however there was not much wind. In fact, at one point around 11pm, we were becalmed and started to drift backwards! Not ideal when […]

July 29, 2015
29/07/15 LN875 Events following the crossing of start line: The hours after the ships crossed the starting line, and the race began, it became clear that there are many roads to Rome, and just as many opinions on which one is the fastest. Some ships turned southwest for the next checkpoint straight away after the […]

July 28, 2015
28/07/15 LN875 Most people arrived during Monday afternoon- although a few had serious troubles with their flights & their luggage. We spent the afternoon on safety briefings, harness fittings, & “evacuation” drill. After dinner, many people went ashore to sample the delights of Kristiansand; the town was buzzing with excitement with approximately 80 boats moored […]

July 28, 2015
LN874 28/07/15 Yet again just as in port after an excellent voyage, JST has demonstrated the meaninglessness of disability as a barrier in society. This week Norway was destination of choice. The highlight of the trip was sailing through the fjords, which benefited both our eyes and thoughts. As was recently pointed out to me, the tendency to […]

July 24, 2015
24/07/15 LN873 We started off bright and early to help with the assisted climbs and wheelchairs aloft where Alice and Mislav did a self ascent, something very new to them and extremely rewarding. Most of the assisted climbers were first-timers – nervous about going up but feeling very pleased when they got down.  All ran […]

July 22, 2015
22/07/15 LN873 Set off after breakfast heading to Forsund. With some spare time on our hands, James gave a presentation on Intelectual History, which is geography in relation to people and how the landscape affects the development of communities. A very interesting topic which raised a number of questions especially as we’re sailing through the […]

July 21, 2015
21/07/15 LN873 Woke to a rather dull, wet and grey morning but that wasn’t going to spoil our sense of adventure.There were a number of key attractions starting with a visit to a small boat yard which was home to the Gustine an old sailing boat dating back to the 18th century. The boat was undergoing […]

July 20, 2015
20/07/15 LN873 Last night we sailed under engine along the coast. There was quite a swell – Force 4 wind and rain. We were on watch from 8 to 12 We took turns at the helm and at lookout points. Tom took the helm for the first time and was considered a natural. F/S W/L […]

July 19, 2015
19/07/15 LN873 Well….where are we? The answer is somewhere on the sea between Alesund and Rosendahl. We left Alesund yesterday morning in a fine parade of the sailing ships and lots of admirers in small craft hooting and tooting. The sun shone and the mists on the snowy hills made it all very romantic and just the sort of […]

July 14, 2015
14/07/15 LN872 We have arrived in the fjords of Norway after a taxing voyage across the North Sea in a mixture of storms, rain and moments of being becalmed. We fought to continue to be in the race until the last moment but as the weather continued to turn against us it made the captain […]

July 14, 2015
13/07/15 LN782 After all the excitement of the dolphins and whales the excitement continued with a traditional Sunday dinner including Yorkshire Puddings! After dinner the Leadership @ Sea gang organised an inter watch quiz where we all got together to answer various questions leaving one team victorious (even if they did have some inside info […]

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