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August 22, 2016
LN903 22/08/2016 – After the hustle and bustle of the voyage crew joining the ship, crew introductions and safety briefings, we cast-off at 5pm and glided through the tall buildings of Canary Wharf and out onto the Thames with the tide helping us downstream.  We passed the O2 Arena, cable cars overhead and the Thames […]

August 18, 2016
LN902 18/08/2016 – This morning the day was slow to dawn through the thick fog as we started up the “channel”.  Yesterday we had spent the day under sail, and while not making much progress in the very light airs it was good to have the engines quiet and listen to the creak and groan […]

August 17, 2016
LN902 17/08/2016 – Despite adverse winds Lord Nelson makes good progress towards the “channel”. A day of engines and fore and aft sails but finally we got an “angle” on the wind and for a while were under almost full canvas until again, the wind petered out. Everybody is in good spirits with little sign […]

August 15, 2016
The word ‘accessible’ gets bandied around a little too willy nilly for my liking. So, when I heard that a Tall Ship, which was specifically designed to be fully accessible for people with disabilities, was arriving into Sydney, I just had to take a look. We headed to the Australian National Maritime Museum to see […]

August 15, 2016
LN902 15/08/2016 Forward Starboard – Afternoon watch “The wind is blowing in the direction from where it came, a gentle swell from over there” said Bob (retired Australian Met Office)…..NNE actually. “Whale spouts sighted!” shouted Tobias keeping watch on the port side. “Absolutely nothing” said Scott on the starboard side, although, if he’d eyes in […]

August 14, 2016
LN902 14/08/2016 – Aft Port watch. It’s a new crew on-board now for the voyage from La Coruna to London. After a busy day yesterday getting briefings from Captain Chris and Mate, Lesley and then followed by evacuation drills, an introduction to helming, getting our harnesses fitted and climbing aloft, those who had not headed […]

August 14, 2016
TNS464  14/08/2016 – We have been very busy! We did anchor at Wilson’s Promontory, at Refuge Cove, Wednesdsay night at 10.35  amongst gale force winds and cold rain. The strong westerlies were relentless. Thursday saw many of us making use of the opportunity to abandon ship and try out our land legs. The crew were fantastic […]

August 13, 2016
TNS464 13/08/2016 – Casio watch, It’s a cold, grey, blustery day on the Bass Strait. A force 5 westerly is beating on our starboard bow. But the ship’s company couldn’t be happier because for the first time all voyage we’re sailing! Yes, MV Tenacious is once again SV Tenacious. After motoring all the way from […]

August 10, 2016
TNS464 10/08/2016 –  Dave is up in the Bosun’s chair repairing last night’s mess. Main top staysail, to use an Australian term, is “rooted”. According to sources close to the event, a brief, but violent “weather event” struck at about 3am Eastern Standard Time. A wind shift from north-west to west combined with an increase in […]

August 9, 2016
LN901 09/08/2016 – Maisy Mouse Watch, aka Forward Starboard. Maisy Mouse – watch mascot – has taken over watch-leaders duties (much to the relief of everyone). Being a furry toy she doesn’t say much but that’s no problem to the well-oiled machine that Fwd Stb has become. Everybody knows their job and under the beady […]

August 9, 2016
TNS464 – 09/08/2016 – Forward Starboard – 1637 (0737 GMT). Following Captain Darren’s successful whale watching tour, the crew settled in and underwent line-handling training under the capable instruction of Dave-the-Bosun. During the first watch, in the company of dolphins shimmering in the moonlight, the Officer of the Watch considered that we required further training […]

August 8, 2016
LN901 08/08/2016 – This afternoon the wind has been strong at over 30 knots and the swell is coming from two different directions making the ship move with a corkscrewing motion. Earlier in the voyage this would just have been something that was noticed as “I feel sea-sick”. Now, having got my “sea-legs” and the […]

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