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August 29, 2015
29/08/15 TNS448 The air display the previous evening treated us to sights of exciting machines – Spitfire, Hurricane, Swordfish, Red Arrows, stunt ‘planes, as well as [possibly] a Zero and a brilliant close up demonstration of A/S rescue by a Sea King. Some of the younger crew are commendably well-informed about vintage ‘planes – yay […]

August 28, 2015
TNS448 28/08/15 Today we moored in Dartmouth very close to HMS Monmouth which was moored for the regatta. A large portion of the voyage crew went into Dartmouth to sample the shops and regatta ambience. We look forward to the red arrows flypast later today and will probably stay moored to our buoy for much […]

August 27, 2015
27/08/15 TNS448 Sea sickness was still at its peak; with several crew members unable to get out of their bunks.. After a full recovery it as all hands to the deck to finally set the sails. Despite it being hard work singing and the thought of food got everyone through. As the sails went up […]

August 26, 2015
TNS448 26/08/15 The day began with a delicious breakfast which lightened everyone’s mood. This was ironically followed by ‘Happy Hour’ where all the crew cleaned the ship, occasionally being attacked by mops! Following this, we were at last given the news that we would finally be leaving Poole at half past one that afternoon. While […]

August 24, 2015
24/08/15 TNS448 RAIN! All voyage crew arrived, some later than others. Surprisingly the amount of young people was very high compared to normal. After everyone was settled in, we had a briefing from the Captain & permanent crew where we learnt things from how to survive to how much water the ship carried. Now we […]

August 21, 2015
LN876 21/08/15 The Ballad of LN 876 Auld Nellie lies over the ocean Auld Nellie lies over the sea Auld Nellie lies over the ocean O bring back Auld Nellie to me. Bring back, bring back, O bring back Auld Nellie to me, to me Bring back, bring back, O bring back Auld Nellie to […]

August 19, 2015
TNS447 19/08/15 Leaving Cherbourg port, we were surprised by dolphins playing in the wake at the front of the ship. Captain ordered to set all sails and we set off on our course to Poole. During the day, the Leadership at Sea group planned and successfully constructed a ship log (which measures the speed of […]

August 18, 2015
18/08/15 TNS447 Sailing from anchorage off the IoW on a calm sea with light wind we had a smooth night passage. Waking to the sight of France approaching. Soon the Pilot boat came to meet us and we made our way into Cherbourg; not to a commercial birth, way out of town, rather a birth […]

August 18, 2015
18/08/15 LN876 The time is 2.30 am and three of Aft Starboard are in the chartroom discussing the day’s events, while watching a fishing vessel getting closer on the radar. And closer. Do we wake the on duty officer, or do we prepare the sailor strainers. We left Leith at 19.00, after an afternoon being […]

August 15, 2015
LN875 15/08/15 Since leaving the sunny Isle of Fair Isle we have been battered with rain with wet clothing dripping everywhere. Sailing through the night, dodging oil rigs, lit up like Christmas trees, left and right. This morning, Aft Starboard watch became concerned when one member of our watch started to see royal blue fluorescence […]

August 14, 2015
14/08/15 140815 Day sail again anchored off Cowes Breakwater and saw a stunning Typhoon 2 display….the RAFs newest jet. Also we were on deck for the fantastic firework display off a barge for the end of Cowes week.

August 14, 2015
14/08/15 LN875 FAREWELL O SHETLAND ISLANDS It may be raining here somewhere in the North Sea, but we set off from the exotic Fair Isle bathed in sunshine and lovely hospitality from the natives. We had anchored yesterday morning and the PCs ran a Doti boat taxi service to the only landing space so that […]

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