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					Lord Nelson                                                         23-07-2004

Not a huge amount to report from us here over the last couple of days. We berthed at
suppertime on Tuesday, thereby making use of the flood tide up the river and allowing
the Voyage Crew a full day's involvement with events ashore on Wednesday. The old
crew left on Thursday and a fair proportion of the new crew joined the same day due to
unanticipated and unusual travel arrangements. We're open to the public today and start
the briefings this evening – the majority of which will be completed tomorrow. We leave
at the tail end of the parade of sail on Saturday at 1730, thus meeting most of the flood
tide on our way out, which will be tedious, not reaching Flushing and the sea until 0200
or thereabouts on Sunday morning. Currently undecided whether to anchor for the rest of
Saturday night or to go for a slow sail - quite possibly the latter as the prospects aren't so
good for the race itself: moderate headwinds becoming light (and with around 600 miles
to cover before Friday we need to average something in the order of 5 knots, which
doesn't leave much scope for sailing in the wrong direction).
                                                           Update By: George Mills- Captain
Lord Nelson                                                              25-07-2004

Saturday morning dawned bright, warm and clear, ideal for crew training which got
underway in earnest after breakfast. All complete we sailed at 1720, motoring into a
moderate westerly breeze and the flood tide. Having made unexpectedly good progress
we dropped the pilot at Flushing at midnight and continued on out into open water before
stopping for a sail at 0700 Sunday am.

The start line was established at 1000 and after an hour's motor upwind we started
adding sail, wore ship around the windward mark "no go zone", set the courses and
crossed the line. Having crossed virtually on the gun and at the windward end we
decided we'd won the start, which is just as well as we were soon overhauled by the big
boys and the more weatherly in the freshening WNW'ly breeze. The whole fleet benefited
from the wind backing SW'ly during the afternoon, allowing all to make the North Hinder
Junction way point on the first board. We bore away once across the TSS and around
the buoy at 1630, squaring in the yards as we turned onto a northerly heading. Soon
headed as the wind veered W'ly we braced up again, making up to eight knots with the
tide under us now. We're carefully watching the speed and forecast as the average
speed required between the start of the race and Aalborg is around 5 knots. With calms
and headwinds predicted later tomorrow I don't expect the race to continue too long.

All are settling into the routine now, I don't think any will forget the sight of 19 class A
vessels bearing down on us from aft.
                                                              Update By: George Mills- Captain
Lord Nelson                                                                  26-07-2004

Northerly progress remained good until 0340 this morning when quickly headed onto an
easterly course, but still making mostly 5 knots. This fetched us up 80-odd miles west of
Den Helder after morning smoko, at which point we tacked to the north-east to keep clear
of the Off Texel TSS. The north-going tide held us up nicely to the light northerly breeze
through the morning and we tacked back onto the making tack after lunch, until the failing
breeze and the onset of the foul tide obliged us to anchor at 1615. This last three hours
took us past Prince William (who'd anchored at lunchtime) and could, hopefully, prove
critical in deciding our 20GBP side-bet.

Expect to get underway again for the fair tide at around 2100, but don't expect to make
more than six miles before anchoring again unless a little more breeze fills in.
PS Anyone expecting to phone Voyage Crew on board will have to wait until at least
Thursday before we're back in range.
                                                  Update By: George Mills- Captain
Lord Nelson                                                         27-07-2004

Entered into a gentlemen's agreement with Prince William to remain at anchor over
Monday night (rather than start a drifting match through the gas rigs) subject to the onset
of a fair breeze, and stood the Voyage Crew down for some well-earned rest. However
when a Yorkshireman stands to lose twenty quid the definition of a fair breeze becomes
a little fuzzy and so Prince William snuck away at 0430 in a S'ly force 2, just making over
the foul tide, while we elected to stay put and re-vitalise the crew.

Having luxuriated at anchor overnight our morning position slipped to 18th in class (from
13th last night) and when the Committee decided to continue the race until at least this
evening. In a forecast "variable" breeze, we retired (along with several others), and
began motoring the outstanding 480 miles to Aalborg. Fine and sunny for much of the
day, all well.
                                                          Update By: George Mills- Captain
Lord Nelson                                                                 28-07-2004

A lovely sunny day yesterday and we made good progress motoring at 7 to 8 eight knots
through the day and overnight. By breakfast time this morning we were 40 miles west of
Esbjerg, motor-sailing north-east in overcast conditons and a light NW'ly breeze. It's
tempting to stop for a sail but prudence suggests that with 280 miles still to cover before
our Friday arrival and some pretty unimpressive weather forecasts we should wait until
tomorrow. The crew are aloft at present, en masse, stowing the mainsail. All appear in
good spirits and feeling some sympathy for those still trying to race in somewhat tedious
                                                          Update By: George Mills- Captain
Lord Nelson                                                                     29-07-2004

We made such good progress yesterday that we were able to stop for a sail in the
afternoon sunshine north-west of Esbjerg, and very pleasant it was too. However such
breeze as there was fined away during the evening so we had to clew up and motor on
again at 2100. We've bested Hanstholm light at the north-western corner of Denmark and
are now running along the north coast. We have a few hours in hand so if half a breeze
should fill by lunchtime we'll stop for a sail, otherwise pull her back a bit for arrival
tomorrow morning in Aalborg.

I must also issue a humble apology to all Yorkshiremen, and one in particular: We had a
Satcom message from Prince Wiliam last night suggesting we scrap our side-bet due to
conflicting pressures (his to keep his crew busy, mine to give ours a rest), so, hat's off to
Bob, he had me completely fooled.
                                                         Update By: George Mills- Captain
Lord Nelson                                                                            2004

As it happened we were grateful for a bit of time in hand coming south through the
Kattegat as we met a north-going current of over two knots, but with only an average of
five knots required this was comfortably within our range in the quiet breezes. Into the
Limfjorden channel at 0500 this morning and then the fjord itself, in time for some thick
fog at 0730 (a fine start to the day). The sun burnt through the fog half an hour short of
Aalborg, and ten minutes from our berth we were informed that we'd be berthing the
other side of the bridge and had missed the 0900 opening so must wait for an hour. A
concise and strongly-worded reply quickly persuaded port control that in fact we would be
able to take the 0900 opening, and we duly berthed at our new spot on the south side
(Aalborg side) of the fjord. (Anyone joining the ship over the weekend will find us on the
opposite side of the fjord to the ferris wheel, between the road and rail bridges.)

This will be my last report from Lord Nelson as I go on leave on Sunday, rather a long
leave in fact as I'm going home in order to tend the family on a more regular basis. I'd like
to take this final opportunity to thank all you supporters out there, the backbone of the
Trust, for contributing so much to making my time here so memorable and rewarding. If
you could look after my successor in a similar fashion, offering him (or her) a level of
support and friendship similar to that which I've been lucky enough to receive, I'd be
more than grateful.

Thank you, good bye, and see you at the reunion.
                                                         Update By: George Mills- Captain
                                                         Update By: George Mills- Captain

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