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October 14, 2014
Hello everybody, it’s been a good start to our voyage today. After spending last night anchored in the Solent, we set sails shortly after lunch time today and started on our way to Cherbourg in France. Everyone got involved with pulling ropes, and Tom, who is blind, was particularly enthusiastic to jump in as close […]

October 9, 2014
Hello friends and family! We are a few days into our voyage, and it’s been interesting so far! The weather forecasts for this week have been a little less than ideal. It’s quite windy – we’ve had a steady force 7 and 8, gusting to 9. (If you don’t know what this means, suffice it […]

October 3, 2014
Hello to all you JST supporters out there. I am on board Tenacious at dock gate 4 in Southampton, and it is glorious hot sunshine still! I am reliably (?) informed that Tenacious won the ship against ship sailing race…. But that Lord Nelson won on time?! Clear as mud then. What is evident is […]

September 29, 2014
We began the day Anchored in Swanage Bay, after a noble attempt by the crews of both vessels to beat each other in a friendly race between rivals – which was won by Lord Nelson despite the rather uncooperative winds. Tuesday morning attempts were again made to race, this time across the channel to the […]

September 25, 2014
Starting the day smack bang in the middle of the Channel, continuing the journey from last night. Sadly we got to use the pushing power from the sails only for a short amount of time, which meant more heaving, sweating and tailing for the voyage crew. However, we knew we were approaching South England on […]

September 24, 2014
TNS 418 Monday 22nd 2200 – Weds 24th 1900 FORWARD PORT Our first watch under way was 2000-0000. We were blessed with clear, starry skies and plenty to look at – to get across to Dieppe, we had to join, then cross, the English Channel Traffic Separation Scheme, which divides up the navigable waters into […]

September 22, 2014
New voyage crew joined at lunch time, with the watch leaders joining the day before as instructed. Once all the voyage crew of 418 were assembled on board the permanent crew introduced themselves .The rest of the day was taken up with briefings for safety and evacuation drills. Later in the evening we were hosted […]

September 17, 2014
TNS417 Hello to you all. This is Forward Starboard watch. It’s our turn to keep you all up to date with our high seas shenanigans. After a reasonably quiet watch we all turned ourselves in for a well needed night’s kip. I think most of us didn’t have too much trouble falling asleep. Over the […]

September 16, 2014
“The Veg”, “The Veg”. The cry went up from the entire ship’s crew as the lorry appeared through the archway of the National Oceanography Centre at Southampton. The delayed delivery of vegetables meant voyage TNS417 could now set off to meet Nelly and welcome her back from her genuinely epic voyage around the world. (Although […]

September 15, 2014
From across the United Kingdom, and beyond, people gathered on  the quayside waiting in anticipation of the voyage about to begin to meet with Lord Nelson before sailing together up the Thames at the end of her Round the World voyage. With a light wind blowing we were hopeful of setting sail about 5pm. During […]

September 12, 2014
Day 3 Awakened to beautiful, blue skies this morning, and after our usual good breakfast, we did a lot of important things with ropes (pulling and pushing — as you can see, I’m a real novice at all this).  Then came Happy Hour!  Oh, don’t get excited — not that kind of Happy Hour!  Our […]

September 10, 2014
Yesterday the wind returned along with exciting squalls of rain. The t’gallant and the spanker were handed before dinner. After an exciting day’s sailing yesterday (in not quite the right direction) our messman got up at six am to untie the t’gallant gaskets only for all the sails to be handed in the rain after […]

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