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September 16, 2014
Markus would like to thank all members of the crew who made the celebration of his day of birth a fond memory (he will treasure til the end of time-Ed). Especially David Sage who made this voyage possible, making his last few days in the army memorable. We have entered the channel at last. We past […]

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 15, 2014
STW10 Day 33 Lord Nelson is currently heading towards Plymouth and expected soon to cross the Scilly/Ushant line – the look-outs being extra vigilant for this 2b pencil-drawn mark.  Unsurprisingly, we are seeing more shipping as we approach the English Channel. Two fishing vessels were sighted on our 2000-0000hrs watch yesterday, one on a potential […]

September 14, 2014
In the true JST spirit of inclusivity, and for the first time in 32 days (the girls are going soft on us) the token males on port forward watch have been tasked to write todays blog. Lizzi, our watch leader for the day, is delegating tasks left right and centre. The SODS opera is progressing […]

September 13, 2014
Welcome to another day in the ongoing saga, ‘Nellie at Sea’. One of most recent developments has been the arrival of hitch hikers. Descending from the skies these airborne stowaways, blown in on the wind occasionally gorged themselves on fruit flies. Sadly one met a mysterious demise. Chef Dave can be ruled out of any […]

September 12, 2014
A rare sign of civilisation has just been witnessed. Passing overhead we saw an aeroplane. The likes of which have not been seen since we left the Azores! A reminder of that mythical thing known as land not seen for so long. Whilst land itself has not been seen evidence of its existence has been […]

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 11, 2014
Day 29 Today’s blog comes from Aft Starboard watch as we continue to motor with a fresh to strong breeze that refuses to veer to allow us to go sailing in the right direction. At the start of our 8pm to midnight watch last night, as dusk was setting in, the Bosun’s Mates were called […]

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 […]

September 9, 2014
TNS 416 Greetings to all family and friends of voyage crew aboard TNS416 from the Greenwich Regatta to Southampton. Everyone arrived promptly on Monday through the crowds around Woolwich admiring the ships. The watch leaders had arrived on Sunday evening and were busy having briefings, when the VIP of the day (Mayor of London – […]

September 9, 2014
Blog of Tuesday 9th September 2014 – day 26 The parrot’s in the liferaft and the  monkey’s in the chartroom… Some colourful creatures helped Debs with her voyage fundraising efforts and then travelled out with her from the UK. Our flying friend is currently appearing all over the boat in odd places and the inflatable […]

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