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Leg 5: Isle of Man to Liverpool

Severe storms and high winds meant that the Lord Nelson was not able to sail into Douglas for the in port celebration on Saturday 29 April. However, the inclement weather conditions did not deter the leg 5 crew, friends and local dignitaries who gathered at the sea port on Sunday to see off the voyage to Liverpool.

The crew sailing from Aberdeen had to sail through the night for the whole of their voyage to avoid the storms off the north coast of Scotland. This meant that ‘Nellie’ was spotted off the coast of Falmouth, as they made their way right around the south coast of England before approaching the Isle of Man. Although the ship could be seen at anchor in the Bay of Douglas during Saturday, it was near midnight when they could come into harbor.

By 2pm on Sunday the eager crew were gathering in Douglas seaport, after weeks of preparation including boarding the IOM Sailing for the Disabled vessel Pride of Mann III.

High winds meant that friends and family were not able to go aboard, but this was a chance to see Nellie up close, and to meet others interested in the voyage. Hon.Howard Quayle MHK, His Worship the Mayor of Douglas Mr Councillor John Edward Skinner JP and Mayoress Mrs Gill Skinner were among distinguished guests dockside as Captain explained how the crew would get aboard.

The crew, made up of 12 Barclays staff from the Isle of Man and 7 from Liverpool, were boarded in threes or fours together with their buddies chosen by local charities including the Children’s Centre, Wooden Spoon Wheelchair Sports Society, Manx Blind Welfare Society and Sailing for the Disabled. For one person, this meant saying goodbye to guide dog Bailey, who caught HSC Manannan to await their arrival in Liverpool.

Having delivered laser cut braille labels for the tea, coffee and sugar canisters aboard, it was an opportunity to talk with others on the dockside. Amazed by the heroics of the previous crew, it was interesting to meet Dr Ben and Sara Hextall, Directors of Ocean Web. Their marine IT and communications firm provide the tracking system that enable thousands to see how JST voyages are progressing. Wishing good sailing weather to leg 5 crew and those following, why not track their progress?

Track Nellie's progress

Nellie departs the Isle of Man and begins her journey to Liverpool.

 


 

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