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March 21, 2017
Voyage: TNS 484 Following a busy joining day with all the training that comes with sailing, a slight delay in Port procedures meant that some of the VC had an evening to bond as watches ashore or catch an early night of well deserved rest. This was greeted with joy for most. Day two, graced […]

March 6, 2017
Voyage: LN915 Most mornings, I awake into a routine of random resolutions. I embark on a mission to do what’s interesting and different, to find satisfaction for my mind. My latest resolution was actually that which brought me to an awakening of unforeseen and quite extraordinary satisfaction. After deciding to accept an offer of a […]

March 5, 2017
There were Atlantic spotted dolphins seen this morning, Portuguese Men of War and jellyfish. There’s a good chance we will see whales and turtles as that is their food. We’ve traveled 767 nautical miles. We’ve set all the sails and turned on the engine. After a leisurely day with Sunday Service, Roast Lamb lunch and […]

March 4, 2017
It’s pleasant weather here but light winds against us, so we had to motor sail 310’ at 8 knots towards the Azores. Alan was on mess duty and the ships motion made it very difficult. We were over to 40’ one time and at that angle even the best stowed items of kitchen equipment come […]

March 2, 2017
Day 6 We’re making good progress under sail across the lower part of the Bass Strait with a Force 5 wind. During the voyage we’ve been accompanied by dolphins and shy albatross. As it drew light yesterday morning we noticed the foremast course sail had a small rip along the seam so the permanent crew […]

March 2, 2017
Day 4 GPS: 31”46.25’N 19”01.43’W Log: 299nm Barometer: 1019 We’re well into the sea passage heading up from Las Palmas to the Azores, and the ship routine has now kicked into place. The treadmill of watches, sleeping, eating and personal time has to be squeezed in alongside the call of ‘All hands on deck’ to […]

February 24, 2017
On Thursday after anchoring of Lanzarote, in beautiful weather, all the voyage crew abandoned ship. The crew helped hoist all our wheelchair users into the boats and ferried us across to Playa Blanca marina. We all enjoyed a walk along the prom in hot sunshine and the visit ashore ended with a delicious seafood lunch […]

February 23, 2017
LN913 End of the voyage After we anchored for the night in Gran Tarajal, we awoke the follow morning and weighed anchor and made sail towards Las Palmas. After a lovely sail with dolphins and whales spotted, we approached Las Palmas the next day. The Irene was under sail outside the harbour and was a […]

February 23, 2017
Red watch 23/02/17 After being ferried ashore on the RIB and DOTI boats, we spent a pleasant few hours exploring the former penal colony of Port Arthur. A stark reminder – albeit in a beautiful setting – of the constant flow of convicts shipped to the other side of the world, in many cases for […]

February 23, 2017
We gathered on board late Sunday afternoon, after some of us had a late night the night before experiencing the Gran Canaria carnival. An introduction to the permanent crew, our fellow shipmates, and watch leaders, and covering some of the “rules and regulations”. And we were off! Although not quite literally, as we remained alongside […]

February 23, 2017
We sailed along the east coast of Fuerteventura at 2.5 knots trying not to go to fast overnight. We had a beautiful sky and lots of banter. Stuart did a great job of keeping us on track. We went to bed happy at midnight. On Thursday morning we were woken with the sound of the […]

February 20, 2017
LN913, Half Term Get Away, 11-18/02/2017 16 February 2017   Day 6 LN913 By Aft Port Watch This blog’s no blog! But it is the log of Goodship- lord Nelson True! Events recalled by a crew of noble birth But we are very new! A birthday girl- the bosun’s mate and climbers Peter and Yvonne& […]

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