Blog

Throughout the Tall Ships Races 2011, two youngsters participating in each leg will update the blog below. Click each leg below to view the blog, or read more about the bloggers

Lauren Carruthers Solbjorn Mikkel Einarsson Matthew Chapman Paul Gaffney Douglas Stevenson Jack Henderson Kylie Wood Johanna Goodlad

4th August 2011 (Johanna Goodlad)

On Sunday we left Stavanger during the fantastic Parade of Sail and started off quite near front which caused great excitement!

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4th August 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

4.23pm - Making progress towards Halmstad, should be past Skagen later tonight then heading south, it'll be nice to have a change of direction.

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3rd August 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

6.43pm We finished the race at 1430 local time this afternoon after the race committee brought the time limit forward to give us time to get to Hamlstad.

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2nd August 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

5pm - The wind picked up through the night so although we've had a cracking sail for the last 20hrs or so the direction hasn't been good.

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1st August 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

6.45pm - Well 24hrs and 17nautical miles made good.

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27th July 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

6.57pm Finished the race this morning, not a good finishing position but a great sail all the way across the north sea.

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26th July 2011 (Jack Henderson and Kylie Wood)

1.30pm - The Shetland trainees and everyone else aboard Sørlandet have been really excited and enthusiastic ever since leaving Lerwick.

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26th July 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

6.14pm Still sailing well, maybe not the most competitive race we've had but reaching along with an easy motion.

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25th July 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

6.43pm – Swan is finally across the start line after a 24hr delay due to weather conditions.

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21st July 2011 (Paul Gaffney)

2.14pm - By breakfast this morning we were passing Sumburgh head.

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20th July 2011 (Paul Gaffney)

11.12am - Blog Update

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19th July 2011 (Paul Gaffney)

12.20am Our watch at 12 began with sunshine and calmer weather.

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18th July 2011 (Paul Gaffney)

3.26pm Rough day yesterday - ship heeling a lot and rolling all over the place- huge waves!

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17th July 2011 (Paul Gaffney)

12.05pm - Left Ullapool this morning and we're heading for Orkney.

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17th July 2011 (Douglas Stevenson and Heather Gray)

12.40am - We're in Shetland!

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16th July 2011 (Paul Gaffney)

11.59pm - We spent today in and around Ullapool.

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15th July 2011 (Douglas Stevenson and Heather Gray)

7.45pm - Left Stornoway at 8:30am this morning, after catching up on our sleep through the night.

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15th July 2011 (Solbjorn Mikkel Einarsson)

6.43pm - In the last 24 hours we've seen 39 dolphins, 2 basking sharks and a minke whale and gone from 3 knots to 10.

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15th July 2011 (Paul Gaffney)

12.20am - This evening we arrived in Oban just after dinner and went ashore to a fantastic ceilidh.

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14th July 2011 (Paul Gaffney)

10.05am - Yesterday we had a brilliant onshore activity day with softball, basketball and swimming in Campbeltown.

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14th July 2011 (Heather Gray)

7.20pm – The Swan arrived in Stornaway this morning, there's trees!

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13th July 2011 (Douglas Stevenson)

9pm - Just left North Uist and sailing towards Stornoway.

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12th July 2011 (Paul Gaffney)

After arriving at Aberdeen in the rain, we were welcomed yesterday by the sun beaming over the Tall Ships in Greenock!

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12th July 2011 (Douglas Stevenson)

5pm – We are off to a great start with some cracking weather!

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12th July 2011 - Two Trainees Join The Swan

Two trainees joining the Swan were keen to get underway on the Cruise in Company leg today (12 July).

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12th July 2011 (Morna Brown)

Morna Brown (17) from Stromness sailed in the Waterford to Greenock race leg on the Astrid. She was really proud when her ship came 2nd in the Class A race.

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11th July 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

23:20 - We arrived in Greenock at approx 1800 on Friday evening. Lots of boats in a small harbour so a brilliant atmosphere to sail in to.

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10th July - Swan trainees reflect on Race 1

Some of the Sail Training Shetland trainees are nearing the end of their time on board Swan and reflected on the race leg from Waterford and Greenock.

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9th July 2011 (Solbjorn Mikkel Einarsson)

Arrived in Greenock. Beautiful weather.

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8th July 2011 (Solbjorn Mikkel Einarsson)

09:35 - We’re back on the ship and heading towards the north side of Arran

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7th July 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

20:15 - Arrived lamlash harbour, Arran

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7th July 2011 (Solbjorn Mikkel Einarsson)

13:04 - We’ve not had a huge amount of free time as we’ve been spending some time at the helm.

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6th July 2011 (Solbjorn Mikkel Einarsson)

After arriving in Waterford, finding my ship (Class A vessel - the Europa) and a spectacular fireworks display, it was time for bed

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6th July 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

We’re approaching the finish line for Race 1 and should be across in the next hour or so.

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4th July 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

We enjoyed delicious Connall's pancakes for breakfast this morning and had a special treat when some dolphins swam alongside the boat for the afternoon.

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3rd July 2011 (Matthew Chapman)

Just started race 1 of The Tall Ships Races 2011, very light winds. Trainees all keen and getting on well.

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1st July 2011 (Lauren Carruthers)

I am all packed ready to go. Tomorrow I am meeting the Shetland group at Edinburgh airport to travel to meet my ship 'Christian Radich'.

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