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March 17, 2016
LN894 17/03/2016 This was our second day in the Azores.  Some people hired cars or went on tuk tuk rides to see a bit more of Sao Miguel, the island where we are moored up.  Others went for a wander to see a bit more of the town.  A few of us caught a bus […]

March 17, 2016
TNS458 17/03/2016 Thursday, 17 March (Day 18). [St Patrick’s Day – no green bread has been served on ‘Tenacious’ today, unlike aboard the ‘Eye of the Wind’ in the Atlantic in 1992!] Today, we are enjoying the best of what the Pacific can offer – bright sunshine; blue waters, with white-crested waves as far as […]

March 16, 2016
TNS458 16/03/2016 Aft Starboard What a difference a day makes…. Yesterday it was typical equator weather – grey, sullen skies, hot, steamy with lots of rain and fitful winds. Today at 6 degrees South we may just have found the elusive trades. The winds have started to blow more or less consistently from the right […]

March 15, 2016
LN894 15/03/2016 Today is Cadet Blog Day. Here goes… Today we awoke to windy but sunny weather and ‘Happy Hour’ was spent scrubbing the decks to the tune of Mamma Mia. Nothing makes crewmen work hard like Abba’s Greatest Hits! Suddenly LAND AHOY! We spotted the small island of Santa Maria dead ahead and set […]

March 14, 2016
TNS458 14/03/2016 Forward Starboard Watch here (currently Steve, Stretch, Louise, Mike & Andy). Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere appears to be as hot as Spring was in the Northern – 31C in the shade today. We’ve been at sea 7 days now & yesterday saw only a couple of Japanese fishing vessels who are also a […]

March 14, 2016
LN894 14/03/2016 Just a week into our voyage and we have experienced a whole gamut of sailing conditions. Last night we skidded along in a squall auditioning for Master and Commander. This afternoon we are enjoying the blue sea/blue sky/gentle sunshine variety of sailing, while our laundry spins clean below. While we are on domestic […]

March 14, 2016
TNS458 14/03/2016 Hello, everybody!  Big News today: we have crossed the Equator! – at 11.13 to be precise – and are now in the southern hemisphere.  The excitement and anticipation of this event were considerable, with the sweepstake to guess the date and time of crossing creating unprecedented levels of complex mathematical calculations in some […]

March 13, 2016
LN894 13/03/2016 Forward Starboard watch: Andrew- The Boss Ally- Zookeeper Kate- Ship’s Artist Mick- Number one honcho on the helm Sandy- Resident Ship’s Canadian Joe- Watch Cadet/ Archetypal drunken Scottish sailor David- Font of all “knowledge” Forward Starboard watch, the ‘Dream Team’ are getting to know each other well after their first week together. It’s […]

March 13, 2016
LN894 13/03/2016 We took watch yesterday evening 20:00 – 00:00, we saw a ship in the distance which was the first one for a couple days. Allen and Frankie woke all the wrong people up which was funny. The ship came to an almost stand still, at around 20.00 from the lack of wind so […]

March 12, 2016
TNS458 12/03/2016 Day 13: Anticipation of an imminent equatorial crossing is building, the sweep stake to guess the date and time closed at 9am this morning so all bets are in. As yet there have been no announcements from Captain Simon as to when this might take place but we know we will be sailing across, not […]

March 12, 2016
LN894 12/03/2016 So here we are, 1330 on day 5. My watch (Aft Starboard) is on watch.  It is daylight for this watch, which makes a bit of a change from last night when we were steering into the darkness using just the points of the compass and how much rudder helm we had applied. […]

March 12, 2016
TNS458 12/03/2016 How quickly four days comes around, it’s Forward Port giving todays update. Yesterday evening we were treated to a stunning sunset, with a waxing moon and a strange greeny/blue shadowy phenomenon. We had a beautiful clear starry night, with shooting stars and much groaning at Steve and cadet Matts “quality” jokes. We were […]

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