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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 […]

March 8, 2016
TNS458 08/03/2016 After a night of anchor watches, we  woke up to the beauty of the Cocos again – surrounding rainforest, lots of bird poop on the decks, rumours of sharks overnight and lots of admiring glances from surrounding dive boats. After the usual breakfast feast we weighed anchored and set our course heading SW, […]

March 8, 2016
TNS458 08/03/2016 Forward Starboard 1800-2000 & 0400-0800 Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening indeed…… as the song goes. Actually, it was rather exciting, very warm and wet. We left the island and hoisted many sails and came on watch after the sun had set to light drizzle. We had turned the clocks back an hour […]

March 8, 2016
TNS458 08/03/2016 After last nights excitement we woke to a more peaceful morning. During our previous watch from 2000- 2400 we watched the wind go up to 30 knots plus from zero. A true tropical storm with torrential rain and thunder and lighting through the whole watch. The Bosun’s Mates and Cadets were called at […]

March 7, 2016
Yesterday we had 2 full watches – warm heavy rain fell most of our 8am to 12:30, & our 8pm to midnight was marked by darkness so thick the occasional star breaking through was almost a point of celebration. Today we awoke at The Cocos Island & after a briefing from the Rangers who protect […]

March 7, 2016
LN893 07/03/16   After a fantastic crew night out at the surprisingly good, all you can eat Wok, an early start and a frantic last “Happy Hour” was rewarded with bacon butties. A final briefing from Captain Chris; who showed us all where we had been how much we had sailed and motored and it […]

March 6, 2016
The big event of the day was the special cake served at morning smoko to celebrate 100,000 miles on Lord Nelson and Tenacious, over 1000 nights on board, excluding alongside for maintenance, for our salty ol’ sea dog Mike Van Baaren. He did come down from the yard to cut and eat his own cake, […]

March 6, 2016
An early start for the ship as we were due to depart Santa Cruz La Palma. Linesman were called early to lift the gangway on board and let the ship slip, although the linesmen were so efficient that we had to hang fire whilst a liner came into port. Eventually though, we set off and […]

March 6, 2016
Greetings to all from the Aft Port watch.  Our first watch at sea was quite busy, with a good lookout required on account of the numerous fishing vessels in the waters of the Gulf of Nicoya.  At the end of the watch, some of us went to have a look at the phosphorescence which others […]

March 5, 2016
San Sebastian, Gomera The day greeted us with sun on deck and a buffet breakfast. This was in welcomed contrast to other days when we would have preferred the shelter of the mess below. Assisted climbing was organised for several crew members who either relied upon wheelchairs for mobility or facing other challenges, including sight […]

March 4, 2016
We’re off! After three days in steamy Puntarenas we’re heading out into the Pacific.  After a few days of maintenance the voyage crew joined on 29th February. We have people from all over – Canadians, Americans, Australians, a New Zealander and Uruguayan and of course the UK.  A good multi-national mix of abilities and ages […]

March 3, 2016
The ship woke today in time to catch the sun rising across the marina of the La Palma.  As the sun began its ascent and cleared the few remaining clouds it promised a ‘scorchio’ day ahead.  As usual everyone mustered to the call of a full English breakfast, but more importantly for all was the […]

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