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May 16, 2014
Left Southampton Monday 12th May en route to France. Anchored first night to a most beautiful sunset. Acquainted with our Watch Leaders and now understand safety procedures on board ship and practised evacuation procedures. Tuesday morning left for France. Beautiful weather and good sailing. Wednesday not a lot of wind for sailing, arrived in Calais […]

May 16, 2014
Day 7 We berthed elegantly at Itajai to the sound of a local band playing on the quay welcoming us in. Initially, they played music from different parts of Brazil, but the singer took a shine to one of the crew so they switched to James Brown covers… sung with some feeling. The Captain was […]

May 14, 2014
Day 5 Last leg under motor, arrived at Itajai after a delicious lunch of ribs [thanks Dave].  Nellie expertly brought in by the holy trinity of Chris, Tamsin & Olly [who managed to miss the bank!!] The welcome party samba band struck up just in time to drown out all instructions from the bridge to Lesley & the […]

May 13, 2014
3 in 1 Blog by the BM’s Day 1 10th May Joining day for the voyage crew, but just another day of sanding, varnishing, chipping and painting for the illustrious bosun’s mates of the Lord Nelson. All five of us, except for Simone, our resident illegal German/Aussie immigrant, who was on a visa-dodging day trip […]

May 12, 2014
Day 4 Everyone woke up feeling a lot better this morning, sea legs attached! The sun was shining, and everyone seemed to be happier and working as a team. After breakfast, we had a fire drill where we had to go to our muster stations. We then put on our life jackets, whilst the permanent […]

May 5, 2014
Day 17 Boa tarde amigos! Yesterday was a wonderful antidote to the long wait we had the previous day to get clearance to go ashore: some of us went on a four-wheel drive jeep trip across the island, through the Atlantic ‘mata’ – tropical forest. We visited some spectacular waterfalls, some of us trekking through […]

May 5, 2014
Greetings from Tenacious, sitting alongside in Southampton, in glorious sunshine. There are a good number of volunteers on board, all working very hard to maintain the ship, and to get her ready for the day sails and voyage TNS402. Most of the volunteers are “old hands”, the oldest hand being “dad” Derek, who is stuck […]

May 3, 2014
Day 15 After yesterday’s confusion on shore side about whether we needed a pilot or not, which meant we had to anchor outside the Sao Sebastiao channel, we were able to head to Vila Ilhabella today. The pilot arrived at 10am and we motored up the channel between the island of Islhabella and the mainland. […]

May 2, 2014
Boa tarde! We’ve arrived at day 13, the 1st of May. Now that the honeymoon is over, we are now seeing people’s true colours and the witty repartee is flying fast and furious! Last night was the first time we had quite rough seas which meant we had a fairly unpleasant night and plenty of […]

May 2, 2014
Day 14 of a very interesting and enjoyable voyage up the coast line of Brazil. Today’s date is the second of May and the blog is being brought to you by aft port and a ‘very contempt cadet’. Currently all of the voyage crew are sitting patiently waiting to be fed by our very own […]

April 30, 2014
Yesterday ashore in Sao Francisco; thanks to the Mayor providing transport and tour guides we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. In the morning most of us had a stroll around the town; the main attractions being the cathedral, the town’s maritime museum and, as always, the closest bar, however expensive it may have been. After this […]

April 29, 2014
Day 11 After having favourable winds, we managed to sail almost the full journey from Punta del Este to our current anchorage here in Sao Francisco do Sul, Brazil. Yesterday at approx. 15.00 local time we dropped our anchor surrounded by tropical rain forest and colourful sea side towns with the occasional dolphin jumping in […]

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