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August 4, 2016
LN901 -04/08/2016 After spending about three quarters of the voyage motoring into strong headwinds, the captain set a course to allow us to put some sail up and we were immediately becalmed in a thick mist! Someone said that they thought we might see the pirates of the Caribbean but someone else said they thought […]

August 3, 2016
LN901 03/08/2016 – Aft starboard (Abi, Katy, Stephen, Josh, Greg, Jamsran, Bryony and Edu) checking in for our first blog. The weather has been lovely with not a cloud in the sky however, the “wind chill” makes a few extra layers necessary, and of course, a little extra rum ration wouldn’t do us any harm. […]

August 2, 2016
LN901 02/08/2016 – “There’s not much to see except sea,” said Nursie, which on our course can only be a jolly good thing. A lumpy night and an early morning jaunt around a tanker the size of Cadiz did little to dampen high spirits during a truly happy happy hour when Captain Barbara was heard […]

August 1, 2016
LN901 01/08/2016 – Overnight the wind fell light for a few hours before picking up again from the NW, so that we enjoyed a great sail making 6 knots. The sun was shining, the sails all drawing and the crew happy. It was just a shame we were not sailing in the right direction. Following Happy […]

July 31, 2016
LN901 31/07/2016- Full briefings and training started promptly and the crew then had a free hour to wander around. We got ready to depart the berth for the Parade of Sail out of Cadiz. Leaving the berth at 1600 we set a few fore and aft sails in the harbour and then followed the Parade. […]

July 30, 2016
LN901 30/07/2016 – In Cadiz, there was plenty of activity, noise, exuberance and colour surrounding the Tall Ships’ event. Joining day was disjointed as several flights were delayed, meaning a few crew joined as late as midnight. However most crew were onboard mid-afternoon and, after brief introductions, they practiced bracing the yards. Those who had the […]

July 26, 2016
TNS463 26/07/2016 – As we sat on afternoon watch today we were joined by a rather large tanker that seemed to want to share our bit of water. Luckily, with the emptying of the freezers in preparation for Australian immigration, we had pliantly of ammunition to throw if the need to repel boarders arose. A […]

July 25, 2016
LN900 25/07/2016 – And there’re off! Crossing the start of the race at 10 knots; surrounded by other tall ships in the glistening sea. We packed in a full morning of training, before we manoeuvred out of Lisbon to parade down the river- under the bridge (and a train!). Followed by helicopters and buzzed by […]

July 25, 2016
TNS 463 25/07/2016 –  Much to tell, we’ve finally turned south back towards Sydney with 190 miles to go, the piracy training went off without incident yesterday, the spanker has been stowed, the main course has had a harbour stow too as is no longer needed and this would appear to be forward starboards final […]

July 24, 2016
24/07/16 LN900 – Lisbon to Cadiz, day 1 A fond farewell was said to our last voyage crew, a frantic clean, wash and scrub and we welcomed out new voyage crew. As the heat in Lisbon grew, so did their knowledge of safety on board and the role they would play in the sailing of […]

July 24, 2016
TNS463 24/07/2016 – As I type this, I am blindfolded as part of my leadership at sea to try understand how  those with disabilities get around the ship. Darlene has helmed with the blindfold on, carried out general watch tasks, assisted with handing sails and set up smoko. Matt has just done a victory lap […]

July 23, 2016
TNS463 – 23/07/2016 – The excitement of spotting land yesterday  was overtaken by the eggtraordinary eggsploits of a watch team competition of “Egg Drop”. Watches has to chuck an egg from the first platform of the foremast aft along the ship without it breaking or going overboard .The competition was overseen by our expert panel […]

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