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July 6, 2015
05/07/15 – 06/07/15 TNS442 Scheveningen! A calm sunny dawn alongside in the smart new(ish) harbour, fishing boats returning with the night’s catch, racing to get to the fish market for the best prices. Last night many of us took advantage of the previous day’s catch in the beach bars and restaurants that line the long, […]

July 4, 2015
03/07/15 TNS442 Last night was not the hottest of the year so far, but the ship had been warming all week and, being made from wood, it stores heat very well, so it was baking below… Stores arrived early while we were still saying good bye to the off-going volunteers from last night’s event, the cadets […]

June 28, 2015
28/06/15 TNS441  All hands were woken at a very uncivilised hour of 0530am, we came sleepily on deck to discover another warm and sunny day which made the early start much more palatable. A quick cup of tea and a warm welcome from us for the Dieppe Pilot to see us safely on our way. By the time we […]

June 27, 2015
27/06/15 TNS441  After a lovely jolly wake- up call from Gerhild, we were greeted with a glorious morning just off England’s bottom left corner, Deal. Blue skies and smooth sea. Following a hearty breakfast we had a happy half, immersing ourselves in cleaning the heads. Thankfully, due to this situation we enjoyed a lazy morning sunning it up […]

June 27, 2015
27/06/15 LN871 After yesterday’s rain and cold, damp hands aloft training, we woke to a dry and almost sunny morning in Kintyre. Breakfast on the deck was a bracing start to the day, especially for those who had enjoyed the delights of Campbelltown late into the night… Soon after breakfast, we prepared to set off, with the aim of […]

June 19, 2015
19/06/15 TNS440 Greetings from the English Channel! Having spent a very pleasant evening in Cherbourg last night, some of us are heading ashore for dinner, we ‘left the wall’ at about 11 o’clock bound for Poole. Winds have not been in a particularly helpful direction so we initially started out using engines but managed to […]

June 17, 2015
17/06/15 TNS440 Almost clear skies and plenty of sun made for fantastic bathing and relaxing conditions yesterday, but regrettably little wind for sailing. Regardless, we hoisted the upper and lower topsails to catch what there was, with the help of a few heroics from the bosun’s mates, and sailed gently west. We learned to climb, […]

June 16, 2015
19/06/15 LN 870 So, finally I got the time to sit down and begin the first ship blog – straight out of mess duty, coming to the end of my first ever 48 hours on-board a ship. I did galley duty which started yesterday and felt a bit queasy. There is nothing that a 7pm to […]

June 16, 2015
16/06/15 TNS440 – Southampton:Poole Having arrived at the Southampton Docks we departed at 17:30 with a great retrieval of vast ropes. At the rear of the ship we fed through 4 great multi-weave ropes, I couldn’t even wrap my fist around the circumference. As of yet the seas have remained calm and the winds low, […]

June 14, 2015
14/06 LN869 After leaving Douglas Bay in the morning of 13th June we eventually found some wind and set sails and went sailing in a northerly direction which everyone enjoyed. After sailing for a few hours  in the evening due to running shorted on sea room the captain decided to ware ship. We then sailed […]

June 13, 2015
13/06/15 LN869 It’s 03:00 and we are taking the time out on a nice quiet anchor watch in Douglas Bay to reflect on the last few days. Lots of things both ashore and on Nellie; lots of work aloft replacing one of the main stays and repairing the course sail.  Oh and of course there […]

June 13, 2015
13/06/15 LN869 Voyage day 7, 12th June, Douglas Isle of Man. Today’s the big day, the Blue Ribband event of not just the Isle of Man TT, but of road racing in the whole world; The Senior TT Race. 1,000cc race motorcycles, 200+MPH on the long mountain straights, and raced by all the big names; […]

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