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September 17, 2016
LN905 17/09/2016 – We finally anchored in Aldernay after a choppy overnight crossing from Poole and had fun being ferried ashore in the “dotty” boat…..several enjoying a little refreshment. On return we hoisted Tom aboard and were complimented on our teamwork. After dinner a spontaneous “pub quiz” was organised. 3 teams were quickly formed and […]

September 16, 2016
LN905 16/09/2016 – Last night we continued motoring, leaving the North Sea (thanks for looking after us!) and entering into the English Channel.  We came through the Dover Straits overnight and saw the White Cliffs of Dover in the moonlight, with the lights of Dover and Calais twinkling on our Starboard and Port bows respectively. We […]

September 16, 2016
After the exciting news of Tenacious being selected to be the official start boat for the 2017 Festival of Sails’ dramatic opening event, the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, we have received some fantastic press coverage. See links below to view the articles Afloat Online_1 Sept 2016_ My Sailing Online_1 Sept 2016_ Sail-world online_1 Sept 2016_ […]

September 14, 2016
LN905 14/09/2016 – The fair winds from yesterday continued all night and we sailed on with a top speed of 7.1 knots. The peace of moving under sail with the darkness closing in gave a “coziness” that seemed to lift the spirits of the entire crew. Watches that in daylight served as functional look-outs became […]

September 12, 2016
LN905 12/09/2016 – After arrival at Helgoland yesterday and tying up for the night, we ventured in to town. Since this is our last port stop before Poole we all decided to have “watch” dinners. Amazingly we all finished up at the same restaurant “Bunte Kuh” run by a very fierce fraulein. We awoke to […]

September 12, 2016
LN905 11/09/2016 – Following on from yesterday’s blog, we have now left the Kiel Canal in our wake and entered the River Elbe. We anchored for the night just a short distance from the canal exit. We do not know whether to be worried or excited by the announcement of an invitation to “sundowners” on […]

September 12, 2016
LN905 10/09/16 Day 6. We have been making stately progress through the Kiel Canal. The cyclists amongst us have been only mildly disconcerted at being over-taken by old ladies on Dutch style bicycles, but no complaints, the weather and the views have both been glorious. The day began with Chris (not Captain Chris I hasten […]

September 9, 2016
LN905 09/09/2016 – There was high drama at breakfast on the discovery of a genuine jar of marmalade, however, as all crew are now accustomed to fake marmalade this has been re-labelled Apricot Jam. 2pm and it is glorious sunshine on the bridge this afternoon. All has been proceeding uneventfully for the current watch. A […]

September 7, 2016
LN905 07/09/2016 – We left Gothenburg yesterday in a “Parade of Sails”. Many small boats and spectators were out to see us off. Course was set for Copenhagen…..”The Mermaid” beckons. It was a bit choppy overnight so motoring plus fore and aft sails set which gave us an extra knot or two of speed. The […]

September 7, 2016
LN905 06/09/2016 At last, we’re heading out to sea. Leaving a warm sunny Gothenburg behind we motored down the estuary in the company of several other “Tall Ships”, each with their own destination to go to. The “fleet” has now dispersed into the open water. Gothenburg was a quiet, pleasant town, and many enjoyed a […]

August 30, 2016
LN904 30/08/2016 – Tally Ho! According to Captain Chris, “We are somewhere in the North Sea.” This said during morning meeting as he held up a chart with no recognisable land-marks on it…….just the sea. However, we know he knows’, that we know he knows exactly where that “somewhere” is. We are trying to catch […]

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