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August 19, 2018
Throughout the voyage the crew has an opportunity to do a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community. Between duties cadets find a new way to relax working together on their workbooks.

August 18, 2018
Yesterday we experienced rough seas so we were forced to take down the sails as lots of my friends were sea sick.  Due to this we continued to work on engine power early next morning. Today we put up the sails (nine of them). At ‘smoko’ we celebrated Amy’s birthday with a cake and everybody […]

August 17, 2018
After breakfast, we took the sails off and decided to motor through to the coast of Ireland as we were approaching the coast of Wales due to the wind pushing us in that general direction. This however had a bit of a negative effect on a few cadets therefore some were bedded down for a […]

August 16, 2018
After breakfast we weighed anchor and set sail from that point using the main and fore topsail and sailed out of Belfast Lough and started heading south, down the Irish coast. Upon passing Donaghadee we raised the main and fore corse and t’gallant as well to make best use of the strong wind we had. […]

August 14, 2018
Each #TalkTuesday we’re bringing you some inspirational stories from those who have sailed with the JST. Today we hear from Rachel, who has Bipolar Disorder and has recently sailed on Lord Nelson from Gran Canaria via Cape Verde to the Azores. “Sometimes with mental health your achievements are unseen in the same way that your difficulties are […]

August 14, 2018
After 1 ½ days of training (which involved sail setting, climbing the rigging and bracing the masts) we left Belfast Harbor and motored to Bangor where we anchored for the night. It was a pretty calm night with good visibility and there were no issues thankfully during anchor watch. During this time we also had […]

August 13, 2018
Following assisted climbs in the morning (well done Sue & David) we left Stromness at 12.00, and passed the Old Man of Hoy as we started motoring against the wind along the north coast of Scotland. We’ve seen dolphins and seals, weather sunny but sea is starting to get choppy. We’re learning knots and splicing, […]

August 13, 2018
We travelled across the Moray Firth and then through the Pentland Firth, weather was fair. Arriving at Scapa Flow at 10.00 we carried out a wreath laying ceremony and a minute’s silence to remember HMS Vanguard and HMS Royal Oak. We proceded to go alongside at Stromness where some of the voyage crew were interviewed […]

July 26, 2018
As the NHS in the United Kingdom celebrates turning 70 years old, we wanted to share the brilliant story of one of our watch leader and volunteer’s and pay tribute to this country’s incredible healthcare services. Geoffrey Bragg is a retired aircraft engineer – an experience and skills which have come in handy on our […]

July 21, 2018
LN954 Day 5 After the race finish having been brought forward, we handed sail and turned on the engines. We were doing roughly 8 knots. In the surrounding vicinity there were a lot of other ships from the race, all trying to get to Esbjerg with their engines on. One by one the ships funnelled into the […]

July 17, 2018
Yesterday since we were making good progress on the course we were on. We had some down time after lunch (chicken pasta and salad amazing). So what better way to relax than sit in the bar and have a game of monopoly? What started out as fun soon became an intense battle of business strategy, and four hours […]

July 16, 2018
Although yesterday our position was last, the sun was still shining and we were still doing our best, enjoying every minute. The winds have picked up from last night, increasing our speed and also our position in the race. We are currently on watch and there are no other ships in sight. We are talking about getting […]

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