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November 19, 2014
Day 3 Tuesday 18th we were in La Coruna, where we stayed aboard the ship learning how to set the sails, and put all the lines in order. After a smashing fish pie for dinner and chocolate mousse for pudding it was time for our watch leaders  to  take us ashore.  All the ducklings followed […]

November 17, 2014
Our maintenance period in Las Palmas has now drawn to a close and our trusty band of hardworking volunteers are either wending their way home or are remaining aboard ready for the start of Nellie’s next adventure across the Atlantic to Antigua. It has been a very busy time here, and during the last 8 […]

November 14, 2014
Which brings us to today, the 14th of November. We put out of Brest, at ten in the morning. The sun was shining, the wind was low and life was good.For the first time on this voyage, the crew got a chance to brace the yards and  set the sails. I was in my element, […]

November 13, 2014
11th – 13th November 2014 November 11th, brought howling wind driving rain and high seas. So high indeed that the crew spent the entire night being rolled from side to side in their bunks and at breakfast the next day, everything in the galley and mess moved.  If I put my knife down for a moment […]

November 10, 2014
We’re into day two of maintenance here in Las Palmas and our army of maintainers have been very busy and very productive. The wheel has been removed, the old varnish has been stripped off and it is currently being sanded and two new flip-down seats have been affixed on the bridge.  The mid-ship port water-trap […]

November 5, 2014
Everyone has passed away except from Carolyn… So the Lord Nelsons “Hunger Games” have sadly finished and the odds weren’t in aft starboard’s favour.  But, on the plus side, it’s the start of November and it’s mostly clear skies and the sun is shining down giving us a nice 27.8 degrees of heat! We’re only […]

November 4, 2014
Nearly there! (about 250nm to go to Gran Canaria!) Today, we, Forward Port Watch, sit on the bridge experiencing alternating bright sunshine and sideways rain from squalls, trying not to think that this will be one of our last days left at sea before we reach our destination and wave goodbye to some of our […]

November 3, 2014
Day 15 We had a very interesting talk from MP Jo last night about her Round the World Clipper yacht race. Time will tell whether anyone was tempted to follow in her footsteps and have a go! A beautiful morning with sunshine and wind, the sails are up and we’re making good progress towards Las […]

November 2, 2014
Day 14 We began the day 200 ‘knotical’ miles West of Cape St. Vincent.  We are under sail, all squares on foremast, no course on mainmast. Pleasant winds and an almost cloudless sky are keeping the crew happy. Experiencing large swells, which contributed to a flying wineglass in the Bar last night. Please note the […]

November 1, 2014
Yesterday, on Halloween we started our ship murder mystery game, whereby everyone on the ship had to pick pieces of paper from the hat to determine who you will kill, where and with what object. Luis (‘Count Spectacular’) was the first to die and within 24 hours half of the crew were ‘dead’. The best […]

October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween from all aboard Lord Nelson! The sun has been shining again today as we’ve motored ever closer to the Canaries (those mythical northerly winds have yet to appear, though we’re hopeful to get a sighting in the next few days!). The crew had a lovely day and evening in Portugal’s Leixoes and Porto, […]

October 28, 2014
Greetings from the entire voyage crew of Lord Nelson! We’re writing to you today from Cabo Finisterre, just off the North West corner of Spain, having negotiated our way through the Bay of Biscay in surprisingly mild conditions, even managing to turn off the engine and actually sail again as we got further south! What […]

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