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November 14, 2015
LN885 14/11/15 Day 5 and we now have 120 miles to go before we drop anchor off Funchal and await our berth early on Tuesday and get ashore for a well-earned 24 hours before our next 400 mile leg to Gran Canaria. Our visit to Madeira will include a 7 hour coach tour of the […]

November 13, 2015
LN885 13/11/15 A CANARIES ODYSSEY Busy times have prevented the recent transmission of the blog so a brief resume may be in order. The bulk of the voyage crew (VC) embarked on Tuesday 10th November and we immediately settled into the necessary briefings and safety procedures. However, this did not preclude the usual “crocodile” of […]

November 9, 2015
LN884 09/11/15 We arrived safely in Lisboa yesterday motoring the short distance from Cascais Bay,warm (unseasonably warm) and we berthed on a pontoon behind a NATO fleet. Pretty much everyone who was able/allowed went ashore to sample whatever Lisbon had to offer! Today sadly is departure day, so it’s the end of an eventful and […]

November 7, 2015
LN884 07/11/15 Aft Starboard; Henry, Maria, Bryn, Stan, Charlotte Watch Leader extrodinaire Esme and honorary watch members Mark MP, Anna from ORCA. Yesterday we left Porto to sail down to Cascais Bay hopefully managing a swim whilst anchored there, about midday after waiting for our pilot . Which meant that some people could either get […]

November 6, 2015
LN884 06/11/15 Alex’s first watch was eventful, starting at 4am “watch” in a squall (30kn wind and horizontal rain). 2 hrs in there was a loud wild flapping, and excited shouting from our cadet Daniel, who was pointing at the torn and now loose main stay sail. 1st mate Richard promptly whisked away the other […]

November 3, 2015
LN884 03/11/15 Aft Starboard Watch – Stan Oxnard, Maria Miles, Henry Bradbury, Charlotte Cumberbirch, Esme Reaney, Bryn Fitch Day 9 We arrived in the picturesque port of Muros yesterday before which we were swarmed upon by a large pod of friendly dolphins. We had awoken that day to a beautiful pink sunrise over the Spanish […]

November 1, 2015
LN884 01/11/15 Aft Starboard Watch 1800 – 2000 After a glorious afternoon the voyage crew congregated downstairs in the Lower Mess for a detailed lesson on rigging, types of sailing ships from approximately the 16th century. Derek and Gnomes in the galley should be Ready Steady Cook.  The quality of the catering on the voyage  […]

October 31, 2015
LN884 31/10/2015 Aft Port Day 6 – well after a pretty windy night with sideways rain and gusts of up to 45 knots, the weary crew of Lord Nelson rose to a much calmer sea! After breakfast the captain happily announced that the wind was finally in the right direction and with enough speed to set […]

October 31, 2015
LN884 31/10/15 Aft Starboard 0400 – 0800 We had trimmed all the sails back in on the afternoon watch due to a rolling cloud front that actually sent the ship backwards whilst facing forwards. So we continue now under motor power hoping that the morning will bring back the winds that we need for optimum […]

October 30, 2015
LN884 30/10/15 Aft Starboard: Esme, Henry, Maria, Bryn, Stan, Charlotte A talk was arranged for Anna, from the charity ORCA to identify the whales and dolphins we may see on our journey. Along with all the crew a small pod of common dolphins decided to join in and appeared  right on time which was absolutely […]

October 28, 2015
LN884 28/10/2015 It’s Wednesday afternoon and The Lord Nelson is currently sitting quietly in a sheltered bay off Maenporth Beach in Falmouth Bay. Low Pressure and high winds are currently predicted overnight so the ship’s anchor was lowered around midday. The plan is to catch the tail end tomorrow and, with the wind behind us, […]

October 27, 2015
LN884 27/10/15 Aft Starboard; Stan, Henry, Charlotte, Bryn, Maria and Esme And we’re off! Set sail from Southampton at 10:30am under motor, Lisbon bound. Esme was inventing nautical terms, a beehive became a ‘snake pit’ and springs/mooring lines became ‘big ropes’.  We completed our seamanship training which consisted of bracing the yards, evacuation drill and different […]

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