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November 22, 2015
TNS454 22/11/15 Day 18 Today dawned a bit blowy with a lot of lumps around. Movement needed a bit of planning if it wasn’t going to end with a bump. The good news was that we have been making good speed all night and everyone is enjoying a good sail. Another benefit is that there has been time […]

November 21, 2015
TNS454 21/11/15 Day 17 There may have been important things happening aboard Tenacious all day but the only subject discussed was the Great Egg Drop. At Smoko ring doughnuts were put out; a conversation overheard said; “Should we use those as shock absorbers?” Other conversations were preceded by people looking around for spies seeking technical […]

November 20, 2015
TNS454 20/11/15 Great Eggspectations Part 1 The egg challenge is well underway and the following is just one report that has been received concerning progress. The next blog entry should contain the full report of how the competition ended. Will there be cases of shell shock? Will it all be a terrible yolk? Find out […]

November 19, 2015
LN885 19/11/15 Just leaving Madeira at 9am after 2 nights moored in Funchal. Had a wonderful few days exploring this beautiful island. It began by anchoring outside the harbour with a spectacular backdrop on the 16th. This gave us the opportunity to walk the plank and jump in for a swim. Water temp was a […]

November 19, 2015
TNS454 19/11/15 The crew of Tenacious would like to announce to the world that all cooks, chefs and similar can retire early, as culinary perfection was achieved here today at smoko. Micah’s cinnamon Danish swirls were “indecently delicious” and were very much enjoyed by all the crew. This led Anna to the sad realisation that the most limiting […]

November 19, 2015
LN885 19/11/15 Lord Nelson left Funchal at 9am this morning. The Pilot stayed aboard right to the end of the harbour wall. With Forward Starboard watch at the helm we still managed to clear the island safely. Soon everyone was busy setting sail and we settled into our zigzagging course as we sailed before the wind. The day […]

November 17, 2015
TNS454 17/11/15 Tuesday saw Tenacious crew departing Porto back into the Atlantic swell, artfully dodging fishing buoys for 30 nautical miles. With lighter hearts (and pockets), the crew busied themselves handing sails, exercising on deck and tying each other in knots in the knot tying workshop. Before departing Porto one of our number risked a spell in Portugal’s Prison for […]

November 16, 2015
TNS454 16/11/15 Shore leave in Porto began in earnest early this morning. Most of the crew bounced off early and took the tram from Lexoes to Porto city centre. While one group decided to investigate the tram lines by getting thouroughly lost, more popular activities included visiting the historic quarter of the city, lazing along the riverside and of […]

November 15, 2015
LN885 15/11/15 After a hearty breakfast our watch soon took our places on the bridge to start the for noon watch.Within minutes a whale was spotted and the watch enjoyed 5 minutes of marine entertainment. Then the usual watch banter started and so did the laughs. With the sun shining and with little wind we […]

November 15, 2015
TNS454 15/11/15 Today we arrived in Leixoes under warm sunshine, with a pod of common dolphins dancing in our bow wave. There have been lots of unusual sightings on board today; aside from many other dolphins, a number of fledgling beards have been found developing in the region of the starboard fo’c’stle. Unfortunately, one of the more well-developed […]

November 14, 2015
TNS454 14/11/15 Hello from the bridge of Tenacious on what has been a truly beautiful day! The sun and the sails are out, with copious amounts of sunscreen as almost everyone spent the day on deck. The sea today has been an oasis of calm and temperatures have reached above 18.5 degrees, so everyone has been enjoying the winter […]

November 14, 2015
LN885 14/11/15 Day 5 and we now have 120 miles to go before we drop anchor off Funchal and await our berth early on Tuesday and get ashore for a well-earned 24 hours before our next 400 mile leg to Gran Canaria. Our visit to Madeira will include a 7 hour coach tour of the […]

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