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November 16, 2013
Last night there was some very dramatic weather as we raced towards Palma, dark cloud 360 degrees around, with frequent lightning bolts and flashes from all angles. It was an extremely ominous scene, with not a single ship in sight all through the night. The sea was rocky and wild, more so than any other […]

November 16, 2013
Lord Nelson Ships Log STW23 Day 7 – Day 8 The smell of burning drippings and charcoal, along with the cloying sweetness of tropical punch, is drifting across to Tonga Island this evening on the Tasman Bay. The Lord Nelson, in celebration of a voyage nearly reaching its leisurely conclusion, is celebrating, with a sundown […]

November 14, 2013
The hills made for a dramatic arrival in Cartagena this morning, a pleasant Spanish town with lots of Roman ruins. Some good experiences so far; steering into Cadiz, dolphins under the bow, linesman duty. The stars are so bright sometimes. Heading off early in the morning as it’s a bit of a trip to Palma. […]

November 13, 2013
Day 4 Day four began with assisted climbs, our three wheelies did an outstanding job getting up to the first platform and were ecstatic, some taking a while to be convinced to come down. Our morning finished with some final real coffees, more visits to the Edwin Fox, and Mate Jon getting in some Christmas […]

November 13, 2013
TNS day 8 13/11/13 Today started with ‘good morning, it is a beautiful day in Gibraltar’.  WHAT? Oh no, not backwards. Just a joke, but it definitely woke us. We worked on sail handling and now have a new line to shoot on shore, ‘we tacked, missed stays, boxed the sails and wore ship instead. […]

November 13, 2013
Day 6 Afternoon Watch Well, just to top off a beautiful day, the dolphins have come out to play! We sailed through the night under a bright moon, watching the outline of Marlborough Sound off Port side, musing over the southern constellations and how Orion is upside down! The wind was strong, and the churning […]

November 12, 2013
Day 6 I rose early to catch the sunrise to discover we’d stopped for a rest in the Gibraltar straights flanked by two continents, Morocco visible to our starboard and Gibraltar to our port. The clouds formed varying kaleidoscopic shapes, spiralling and streaking as the sun shone through lighting up the famous rock. Navigating into […]

November 11, 2013
A good night was had by all tasting the local tapas served in many small restaurants through the quaint narrow streets of Cadiz. Today, Sunday, we have a full day to explore the town at our leisure. Before we leave the ship Frances from, Aft Starboard, is hauled in a wheel chair up the fore […]

November 10, 2013
Day 3 On day three of our voyage we arrived into peaceful Picton, greeted by a flotilla consisting of two Coastguard boats and a small ferry. Prior to arriving we played the last post and then held a two minute silence for remembrance Sunday. We had a small crowd watching as we moored alongside, thankfully […]

November 9, 2013
STW23 Blog Wellington to Nelson Day 1 and 2: For most of the voyage crew it’s all board Nellie and we meet our Watches in Wellington, New Zealand. A slight problem with some fog at the airports, and three voyage crew were kept patiently waiting to arrive into Wellington. Once all were aboard the usual […]

November 9, 2013
Day 4 Today we docked in Cadiz. Happily we were on watch at the time and got to see it all happen up close and personal. Steven won the fight to steer us into our berth. We then had the afternoon off to explore the beautiful town of Cadiz. It has lots of little alleyways, […]

November 8, 2013
Day 3 It’s another glorious day on the good ship tenacious. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing and for 4 wonderful hours on watch we had the sails out, breaking the 5 knots under sail record. We were dolphin spotting from both sides. Forward port managed a quick, refreshing shower before watch change […]

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