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August 18, 2018
Yesterday we experienced rough seas so we were forced to take down the sails as lots of my friends were sea sick.  Due to this we continued to work on engine power early next morning. Today we put up the sails (nine of them). At ‘smoko’ we celebrated Amy’s birthday with a cake and everybody […]

August 17, 2018
After breakfast, we took the sails off and decided to motor through to the coast of Ireland as we were approaching the coast of Wales due to the wind pushing us in that general direction. This however had a bit of a negative effect on a few cadets therefore some were bedded down for a […]

August 16, 2018
After breakfast we weighed anchor and set sail from that point using the main and fore topsail and sailed out of Belfast Lough and started heading south, down the Irish coast. Upon passing Donaghadee we raised the main and fore corse and t’gallant as well to make best use of the strong wind we had. […]

August 13, 2018
Following assisted climbs in the morning (well done Sue & David) we left Stromness at 12.00, and passed the Old Man of Hoy as we started motoring against the wind along the north coast of Scotland. We’ve seen dolphins and seals, weather sunny but sea is starting to get choppy. We’re learning knots and splicing, […]

August 13, 2018
We travelled across the Moray Firth and then through the Pentland Firth, weather was fair. Arriving at Scapa Flow at 10.00 we carried out a wreath laying ceremony and a minute’s silence to remember HMS Vanguard and HMS Royal Oak. We proceded to go alongside at Stromness where some of the voyage crew were interviewed […]

July 21, 2018
LN954 Day 5 After the race finish having been brought forward, we handed sail and turned on the engines. We were doing roughly 8 knots. In the surrounding vicinity there were a lot of other ships from the race, all trying to get to Esbjerg with their engines on. One by one the ships funnelled into the […]

July 17, 2018
Yesterday since we were making good progress on the course we were on. We had some down time after lunch (chicken pasta and salad amazing). So what better way to relax than sit in the bar and have a game of monopoly? What started out as fun soon became an intense battle of business strategy, and four hours […]

July 16, 2018
Although yesterday our position was last, the sun was still shining and we were still doing our best, enjoying every minute. The winds have picked up from last night, increasing our speed and also our position in the race. We are currently on watch and there are no other ships in sight. We are talking about getting […]

July 15, 2018
We are the forward starboard watch, we are currently on our 12.30 – 16.00 watch on day 3. The sky is blue, the wind is very light. So far today we have spotted some of the other Tall Ships that are racing, a seal, a dragonfly and a few birds. We are sailing with 9 knots of […]

July 14, 2018
LN954 Sunderland – Esbjerg Tall Ships Race Leg one 13 th -20 th July 2018 14 th July Race Day The day started with some training about climbing aloft, followed by the chance to actually go up the masts. Everyone got fitted with harnesses and most of the crew climbed up the rigging. After climbing up […]

July 4, 2018
Ahoy Shipmates, We awoke this morning to a view of the Needles and the lighthouse and have had a lovely morning making our way to and anchoring off Yarmouth. We are running boats ashore for our last port visit, looking forward to cream tea and fish and chips – it’s been a while! There has […]

July 3, 2018
We are currently zooming along at 4 knots due to wind power and we are sailing with the engines off! We sighted Berry Head and Dartmouth before wearing the ship to allow us to continue our thrilling sail. Micah cooked a delicious Chicken Normandy and Banoffee Pie and 2nd Mate Maikel boldy accepted his own personal […]

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