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May 15, 2015
For those of you who have done maintenance on either ship, particularly if the ship is in Dry Dock, none of what follows will be a surprise to you! The moment the voyage crew left the ship the engineers, in particular, started removing bits.  The main engines and generators also the bow thruster were sent […]

May 1, 2015
Dry dock Milford Haven 1.5.15 Hull water blasted, anchor chain scraped and measured, priming coat on the hull, generators out for overhaul, main engines out for servicing, old air con out to be replaced, keel sealant repaired, needle gunning of capstans, prop shafts out, ship side valves out or inspected….. just some of the many […]

April 30, 2015
Crabtree & Evelyn, 29 The Hayes, St Davids Shopping Centre, Cardiff, are proud to host an exclusive fundraising shopping event in aid of the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Tuesday 30th June 2015 from 6pm – 8pm Tickets cost £10 Evening includes, raffle, drinks and nibbles and a free nail lacquer worth £6 15% of full price sales on […]

April 25, 2015
Arrived at Milford Haven!! We are safety alongside after entering the narrow locks at the entrance to the docks. This was followed by the Captain making an amazing 180 degree turn in a very tight space, and then shock horror finding out that the gap between the two fishing boats was 10 meters less than […]

April 24, 2015
AFT STARBOARD HERE AGAIN WOW, busy times yesterday.  On top of a wet bum for one of the watch, we had dinner at the Captain’s Table – well, that is she joined us at our table in the lower mess, and by her very presence, it became the Captain’s table. What happened was that some […]

April 23, 2015
We sailed into the Isles of Scilly today and then anchored for shore leave. We had a pilot on board to assist us with navigating the many shoals around the Scillies. The crew were able to enjoy a long shore leave on St. Mary’s, and experience the local pubs and shops. As I type this […]

April 22, 2015
“SET T’GALLANTS !”…. “FURL T’GALLANTS !” Last night the winds could not decide what they wanted to do. A swallow spent the night in the ship’s office and a finch flew in this morning to shelter. The wind is NNE force 5/6 and we are bearing true North heading to Scilly to get a little […]

April 21, 2015
Aft Port are once again on the afternoon watch, under Mike’s benevolent dictatorship. After two days of motoring into adverse (but not strong) winds, we have reached a point in the Bay of Biscay where we can turn towards the north, with a now easterly wind allowing us to set sails and turn off those […]

April 20, 2015
The wind is picking up and we look forward to hoisting sails later today. The cool north wind has a bite to it. Whales spotted off the port created excitement for all on deck. We have been spotting ships around, and a large amount of wood planking drifting by – estimating that the wood washed […]

April 19, 2015
Well, all I can say is that the permanent crew are just as thoughtful as my watch leader. Tom, our Bosun, obviously noticed that I was missing my gym programmes (how, I wonder??) and kindly took the power off the steering, meaning the wheel was harder to pull round, and needed pulling further round, for […]

April 18, 2015
I woke up after an amazing sleep, being on watch the night before took its toll. Today the game “Murder” was announced as game on and it wasn’t long before people started to fall like flies! Lunch came and we were called to first sitting in the upper mess. I knew something was not right […]

April 17, 2015
Conventional times and dates have gone by the board, our time is measured in such things as our next scheduled watch, and the essential …time of the next meal. But today it is Aft Port Watches’ turn to write the blog, and to maintain the promise I made to Annette, thoughts have turned to the […]

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