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February 1, 2016
LN890 01/02/2016 Yesterday we all took a tour of the island of El Hierro, a lovely quiet volcanic island, not often visited by many tourists. We arrived back at the ship to enjoy sun-downers and a barbeque on deck. This morning a number of the crew enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the island and […]

January 15, 2016
LN888 15/01/15 After making good time from Las Palmas, we arrived off the coast of Madeira ahead of schedule on the evening of the 7th, and perfectly executed the only sensible manoeuvre available in our early arrival arsenal – what I like to call the “the chocolate box”. The chocolate box involves possibly one of […]

January 8, 2016
LN888 08/01/16 The Bridge had fallen almost silent. Each person on night watch had spent over three hours falling into their rhythm. Starboard and Port lookouts, helming, hourly logs, and most importantly – tea duty and storytelling to keep morale high! I’m sure if I had asked, each person would have admitted their thoughts were […]

January 7, 2016
LN888 07/01/16 Day 3, 7th Jan 2016 Madeira here we come. We set off from Gran Canaria after lunch yesterday, a voyage crew of 37 and the 13 permanent crew of “Nellie”. A few of us were eating breakfast on the deck this morning and we saw dolphins swimming near the ship. We are now […]

December 28, 2015
Lord Nelson 28/12/15 We left the ship at 0730 and headed for Puerto Rico on the south of the island to embark on the Jean de la Lune. We arrived at the ship for 0830 and enjoyed a cooked breakfast from the crew before having a safety brief and setting off to sea! Although, before […]

December 27, 2015
Lord Nelson 27/12/15 Today we sailed for the first time in our trip! We were so excited to finally get out to sea after the ship had been repaired; even though a few people felt a bit nervous about sea sickness. After leaving the port we learnt what was involved in both setting and bracing […]

December 26, 2015
Lord Nelson 26/12/15 We decided not to go to sail or go to the sales. Instead we started with a scrummy breakfast of waffles with yogurts and mixed berries. Fuelling the crew for a full day of strenuous hiking in the hills of Gran Canaria (after a quick happy half hour). We travelled by coach […]

December 25, 2015
Lord Nelson 25/12/15 This blog was written by Casey Nicklin and Aaron Naden. Today we got woken up at 07:30 and came out to see our breakfast tables beautifully decorated by our messmen and the permanent crew. As it was Christmas Day one of the Permanent crew had placed 3 wrapped little parcels on each […]

December 24, 2015
Lord Nelson 24/12/15 Mess duty Woke up at 7:30 Met up with people Helped serve breakfast Did the washing up Prepared for lunch Did washing up went to the beach Had dinner (pie and mash) Had sore leave (editor’s note I think that she meant shore leave!) Created ideas for the egg drop Went to […]

December 2, 2015
2/12/15 Dry Docking Update – A typical day in Astican Nellie has been out of the water for a week now and pretty unrecognisable as the ship we love. She is standing on blocks, looking  petite among the rusting hulks surrounding her. Her outside is gradually turning a dull brown, as the paint is sand-blasted […]

November 23, 2015
LN885 22/11/15 Day 13 started with a 7am wake-up call, after an uncomfortable night rolling around. We had to reach our mooring before 10am, because a large number of yachts would be assembling for the start of the annual  transatlantic cruiser race. Once the gangway was in place we had a late breakfast, then everyone […]

November 21, 2015
LN885 21/11/15 Dawned reluctantly during our forenoon watch, with Jake as watchleader in Bob’s absence on mess duty. To everyone’s disappointment we had to bypass the Selvage Islands due to a wind change, and we continued towards Las Palmas, steering by the wind rather than on a set course. More cloud, and an increasingly lumpy […]

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