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July 6, 2016
LN898 06/07/2016 – Matt Aft Port Today we encountered the experience harbour stows, I enjoyed this the last time I sailed on a tall ship – TS Royalist. I was then posted top the bridge where I helmed to a pilots order up the estuary- how thrilling! After one lock shared with a massive tanker, […]

July 5, 2016
TNS463 05/07/2016 – Right, a wee little report about our calm, sunny and smooth journey across the whale-filled ocean towards Vanuatu. In the old days, this country was called the New Hebrides, but at the moment, the sea temperature of 25 degrees tells us that we really are far from Scotland, bless her! We hope to […]

July 5, 2016
Today is the day we all look forward to; assisted climb day. The Voyage Crew who need some assistance or a bit more time, climb the rigging. Ian hauled himself up with no assistance from the crew despite being in a wheelchair and with a significant visual impairment, Nigel and Edward went up in their […]

July 4, 2016
LN898 04/07/2016 – Independence Day dawned for our lone American (Nancy the galley slave) bright and sunny.  By smoko we had demolished two cakes to celebrate Captain Richard’s birthday and Matt’s in Aft Port watch. A lack of wind meant we arrived in Boulogne without any sail but still looking so good the town stopped […]

July 4, 2016
TNS463 04/07/16 –  Happy 4th from the 6 Americans on board and the 3 currently on watch duty (Bridget, Mark and Matt–Darlene is on mess duty)!! This morning we awoke to Nate from New York pledging allegiance to the flag and all got treated to a traditional lunch of hamburgers and potato salad thanks to […]

July 3, 2016
TNS463 03/07/16 – It’s day two at sea and we’re having a ball. We set sail yesterday after lunch and have been sailing since, no need for any engines. Our average speed is about 7 knots. Some whales were sighted off port bow yesterday afternoon, we could see them blowing water into the sky and […]

July 3, 2016
LN898 03/07/2016 -It should have been a sunny and quiet run ashore to St Vaast la Hougue for some food and shopping…… RIB journey over= wet and cold Shopping= no one remembered it was Sunday! Food= good Return journey = uneventful, except….. Tide out, lock closed, RIB manhandled to find some water, hidden rocks= RIB […]

July 2, 2016
LN898 – 02/07/2016 Today we faced our fears and bravely climber the mast. It was a challenging but thrilling experience. We then had a briefing from the Captain on setting the sails; which sounded a very difficult task, with eight sails all together, we had to set in a precise positon for the wind to […]

July 2, 2016
TNS463 02/07/2016 – After three days alongside in Lautoka, Fiji TNS463 is finally underway. The weather is perfect – 28 degrees with the wind from the SE. As the blog is a few days behind, we can’t tell you everything so here is a bit from each of us about our favourite parts from the […]

July 1, 2016
LN898 – 01/07/2016 Nellie has set off again; heading for Antwerp this time to start the Tall Ships races. In record time the new Voyage Crew arrived, took on stores, completed the basic safety training and briefings, evacuation drills and with the help of a tug- left Southampton. We raced and lost to a kite […]

June 24, 2016
LN897 24/06/2016 What a strange day! Yesterday we held a mini referendum on the ship and the result was decisively to remain, but the people of Britain clearly had a different idea. This morning our wake up caller announced the result and breakfast was quiet and reflective. We sailed up the Liffey and into Dublin […]

June 23, 2016
LN897 23/06/2016 We began the voyage on 21 June at the Custom Quay Greenock, a short train journey from Glasgow. The voyage crew were all aboard before 2pm. After some safety training we cast off at 5pm and were soon steaming down the river Clyde headed for Brodick Bay on the Isle of Arran. It […]

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