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March 21, 2016
LN894 21/03/2016 Today (Monday) The Atlantic has been throwing large uncomfortable rollers at Nellie & everyone on board. Mess duty becomes literally a bit messy & difficult, but everyone gets stuck in despite the odd expletive! We have been motoring in a northerly direction for the last couple of days to try to pick up […]

March 20, 2016
LN894 20/03/2016 Hello- todays contribution- can’t say I agree about England, I hear Wales were robed! Day 14 on the Big Brother Boat (read in a Geordie accent). Currently on watch and it’s a beautiful day.  Wind variable, the sun is out and we have completed 1146 miles. Underpants still missing as is Mikes card […]

March 19, 2016
LN894 19/03/2016 Saturday 19 March – day 13 We have reached the half way point.  So far this watch we have not seen any other vessels or any sealife, but we have kept ourselves entertained by preparing for a quiz.  Each watch has been asked to write 15 questions.  We hope we have something for […]

March 17, 2016
LN894 17/03/2016 This was our second day in the Azores.  Some people hired cars or went on tuk tuk rides to see a bit more of Sao Miguel, the island where we are moored up.  Others went for a wander to see a bit more of the town.  A few of us caught a bus […]

March 15, 2016
LN894 15/03/2016 Today is Cadet Blog Day. Here goes… Today we awoke to windy but sunny weather and ‘Happy Hour’ was spent scrubbing the decks to the tune of Mamma Mia. Nothing makes crewmen work hard like Abba’s Greatest Hits! Suddenly LAND AHOY! We spotted the small island of Santa Maria dead ahead and set […]

March 14, 2016
LN894 14/03/2016 Just a week into our voyage and we have experienced a whole gamut of sailing conditions. Last night we skidded along in a squall auditioning for Master and Commander. This afternoon we are enjoying the blue sea/blue sky/gentle sunshine variety of sailing, while our laundry spins clean below. While we are on domestic […]

March 13, 2016
LN894 13/03/2016 Forward Starboard watch: Andrew- The Boss Ally- Zookeeper Kate- Ship’s Artist Mick- Number one honcho on the helm Sandy- Resident Ship’s Canadian Joe- Watch Cadet/ Archetypal drunken Scottish sailor David- Font of all “knowledge” Forward Starboard watch, the ‘Dream Team’ are getting to know each other well after their first week together. It’s […]

March 13, 2016
LN894 13/03/2016 We took watch yesterday evening 20:00 – 00:00, we saw a ship in the distance which was the first one for a couple days. Allen and Frankie woke all the wrong people up which was funny. The ship came to an almost stand still, at around 20.00 from the lack of wind so […]

March 12, 2016
LN894 12/03/2016 So here we are, 1330 on day 5. My watch (Aft Starboard) is on watch.  It is daylight for this watch, which makes a bit of a change from last night when we were steering into the darkness using just the points of the compass and how much rudder helm we had applied. […]

March 10, 2016
LN894 10/03/2016 Hello from Lord Nelson as she makes her way home from the Canaries, first stop the Azores. We are enjoying sailing this afternoon with fair wind and some blue sky. Some of us are still finding our sea legs, after a bumpy start to the voyage when we left Las Palmas yesterday morning, […]

March 9, 2016
LN894 09/03/2016 Blog for day one at sea. Well, as planned, we were up, breakfasted and away from the quay for ninish. We chose the northern route around the island and into the open ocean. The first couple of hours was fairly lumpy. We were motoring out carefully to clear the islands and get some sea […]

March 9, 2016
LN894 09/03/2016 You sleepy sailors, Wake up, wake up, it’s the start of your working day. There’s bunkering, stowage and training then we’ll soon be on our way.   Our first full day on board Nellie revolved around breakfast, intro talks on the management of the ship, bunkering the fuel tanks, then the long hard job […]

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