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April 27, 2017
The First Tern of the Year The sad news from this morning is that we have bid farewell to the part of our crew leaving us at Falmouth, and (in happier news) picked up a few hitch-hikers from the Cornwall coast. We were of course very sad to see them go, but we’re glad to […]

April 19, 2017
Sunderland to Newcastle voyage, 12-15th April 2017 – by Ellie Lyall Being only one of two Sunderland Sail Training Ambassadors offered a place on the Lord Nelson this week, I was left guessing who else would be joining Kieran and me on this voyage. I had images playing through my mind of hardened Navy veterans, […]

April 10, 2017
Great Yarmouth to Sunderland on the Lord Nelson, by Rob Kinsman So it started out as something that sounds like the pitch for a sitcom. Some sailors, some bankers and a group of people with disabilities take a ship into the North Sea. Hilarity / adventure / a civil war ensue. My first sight of […]

April 5, 2017
Delivery Voyage Southampton to London 31 March to 2 April 2017 Following a week’s much needed maintenance on Nellie, it was essential to get her round to London for the first of an exciting series of Barclay’s voyages.  Given how difficult it is to schedule Watch Leader Training, someone had the bright idea to combine […]

March 29, 2017
Welcome to the log of TNS484 afternoon watch – aft stbd on watch. We left Jervis Bay at 1500 into a wobbly sea and heavy rain. Our watch commenced at 2000 hrs after a delicious meal of Shepherds Pie. Our first task was to tack the ship and brace the yards to assist the ships […]

March 21, 2017
Right ladies and gents, buckle up, hold on to your hats and take a seat because this is the first piece of ‘extended’ writing I’ve done since school, here we bloody go. I am writing this on the 21st, almost a week after I was asked to by Susie. As my former school teachers would […]

March 21, 2017
Voyage: TNS 484 Following a busy joining day with all the training that comes with sailing, a slight delay in Port procedures meant that some of the VC had an evening to bond as watches ashore or catch an early night of well deserved rest. This was greeted with joy for most. Day two, graced […]

March 17, 2017
Voyage LN915 We’ve all learnt a lot on this trip about the weather, finding winds blowing in the right directions, and then setting our sails to make the best use of those winds. Captain Richard taught us about areas of high and low atmospheric pressure, and most of us had already heard of the Azores […]

March 16, 2017
Aft starboard was on the 0000-0400 watch. We were steering by the wind (70 degrees off port bow) and it was a crucial watch to determine whether we would reach Southampton purely under sail. Wind speeds reached 32 knots and we cracked the top sailing speed of the voyage with a speed of 10.7 knots. […]

March 15, 2017
Voyage LN915 Starboard Forward Watch The Great Egg Drop Day. Our mission is to throw a raw egg from the Main Mast top to the deck aft so that it lands unbroken. Any padding used can only be sourced from the Wheelie bins at the back of the ship. A verbal presentation is also required […]

March 14, 2017
Voyage LN915 Beginning the day with an 8am-12:30 watch, our main objective was speed! In order to make good distance we were issued a challenge to maintain a speed of over 5.2 knots, and so began the sport of competitive helming. Each member of the watch had their chance to beat the maximum speed of […]

March 11, 2017
Voyage: LN915 Leaving Sao Jorge was as beautiful as arriving and the brief time there. On our starboard side was the sheer cliff and eroded caldrons of Sao Jorge and to our port the towering majesty of the snow clad volcano of Pico. A whale spout was spotted and for the eight on deck there […]

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