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September 30, 2014
This morning we awoke to sight of land, we headed into Cherbourg mid to late morning and berthed alongside Tenacious. Finally tied up alongside her after some tricky manoeuvring. We were then given shore leave and most of us went into the town to see the sights and find a place to eat. We all […]

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 29, 2014
After a swift happy hour we were ready to pick up the anchor. We headed off with Tenacious ready to start the race around various waypoints plotted on the chart. We made a good start and within an hour we were already 1.5 miles ahead of Tenacious, by the afternoon we had increased our lead […]

September 28, 2014
For me the day began with serving the breakfast for the rest of the crew. Dealing with demands of multiple requests by Alan (just trying to test me)and the rest of the voyage crew. The race began after lunch today and although there wasn’t much wind we still made over 4.5 knots. It was all […]

September 27, 2014
Joined Lord Nelson with a bunch of pirates at 2pm on the 28th September.. Arr! The first day was packed full of interesting and fun things to do. Safety training started at 2pm and shortly followed by training for the emergency evacuation team. I (Chris), along with 3 others was given the role of being […]

September 26, 2014
Sail the World – FINAL BLOG With Southampton in view, grey, overcast and cool, it is reminiscent of that afternoon twenty three months ago when we sailed off on the first leg of STS Lord Nelson’s Sail the World adventure.  53 thousand nautical miles later, here we are again! Many of us are wondering, what […]

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 24, 2014
Our Watch from 8 to midnight on day 2 was very busy for the lookouts – we were  motoring through the Dover Straights. Some of the ships were easy to spot (the ferries were lit up like Christmas Trees!) others were very difficult to spot. But we survived the experience. We were lucky – it […]

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 22, 2014
Monday morning dawned bright but with an autumnal chill in the air. All new crew signed on and engineering / safety briefings were carried out for those joining. After the Pilot boarded, the gangway was brought in from HMS Belfast and at 13:20 we slipped into position to motor under Tower Bridge. This magnificent sight […]

September 21, 2014
What a great weekend! We sailed up the Thames on a misty Friday morning, picking up our pilot at Tilbury as we passed by Tenacious getting ready to follow. As the sun rose and we got further up the river, making our way through the Thames barrier, more and more of the sights of London […]

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