As our last day of LN738 began, we left the berth at Cowes and made our way across to our final destination at berth 48 in Southampton. No sooner had our crew left than we began preparations for the incoming volunteers and bosun’s mates, to get the ship ready for a weekend of day sails – and we’d like to say a HUGE thankyou to all of them for their hard work and all that was achieved.
Saturday morning appeared sunny and bright. As soon as our pilot Barry had embarked and all 66 passengers were on board, we let go and made our way out into Southampton water for a glorious day of sailing. The day was finished with a wonderful firework display (for those left on board overnight) laid on for the neighbouring P&O cruise liner ‘Azura’ who was getting ready for her maiden voyage the next day – still, it did make for a fitting end to the day! A further 70 people joined us on board on Sunday. Another good day’s sailing with a fair wind and lots of other sailing vessels out on the water – a lovely sight. On each day this weekend, our guests were able to get a taste of life on board the Lord Nelson, climbing the rigging, hauling on sails, bracing the yards and of course, the wonderful treats that came from the galley – an almost relentless stream of culinary goodies including: bacon butties, smoko, lunch of salmon, cheese boards, all manner of meats and salads and of course, the afternoon smoko and heaps of teas and coffees and home-made cakes! Thanks to everyone who was beavering away in the background, we couldn’t have done it without you.
It was a very full but thoroughly enjoyable weekend and great to meet so many new people who we hope we’ll meet again on voyages in the future.
Rachel MP LN