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February 20, 2017

TNS480, Hobart Cruise in Company, 14-19/2/2017

Evening of Thursday 16 February to Evening Friday 17 February.

After a full day exploring Port Arthur, Tenacious stayed moored in the pristine and serene waters just off the historical Tasmanian penal colony.  Day 3 evening in the bar had voyage crew becoming more relaxed and familiar with one another – perhaps too familiar after a rousing game where crew had to tell two truths and one lie about their past, and have their shipmates guess the lie…  Great hilarity ensued, along with a dawning realisation that a much higher than statistically probably number of us had been arrested by the police.  Remarkably, the majority of these incidents seemed to be due to a misunderstanding…  Hmmm, a likely story!

Friday morning saw us weigh anchor after breakfast and all voyage crew on deck to make sail for D’Entrecasteaux Channel.  Heading back towards the Iron Pot lighthouse, a few of us were delighted by the antics of a couple of Common Dolphins playing under our bow.  We braced around, then Fliss gave the voyage crew a comprehensive overview of the history of square-riggers and the physics of sailing and bracing a square-rigger like Tenacious.  Newly equipped with a deeper understanding, we were all poised to brace again when the flukey wind gave us another important nautical lesson – how to “hurry up and wait”.

A number of voyage crew on Aft Starboard watch had their first opportunity to take the helm of a “Tallship” today, and all showed skills in keeping the grand lady SV Tenacious on course.

Afternoon snoozes were cut short by all hands getting stuck into “Happy Hour”, scrubbing the ship from top to bottom, which all hands seemed to take on with cheerful enthusiasm.

Laurence announced dinner over the Tannoy using his Light Writer, and we were treated to a delicious Thai Chicken Curry followed by Lemon-Lime Cheesecake lovingly prepared by Micah.

As the inky darkness falls, we are shrouded in silence at our safe anchorage in the sheltered waters of the channel between Bruny Island and the Tasmanian mainland.

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