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April 28, 2016
LN985 28/04/2016 After a rocky night we woke up today in excitement for today’s visit to a small island called Brehat (Isle de Brehat, near Paimpol). Once the captain received the go ahead from the port (coastguard) we dropped anchor and readied the tender (Doti) boats. The day started pretty cloudy but it turned out […]

April 28, 2016
LN895 28/04/2016 After a quiet night sailing along the French coast we reached St Malo in sunshine and blue skies, much appreciated after the weather we had endured previously. Around 0930 the pilot came aboard and we handed all the sails. We were the duty watch for entering the lock, aided by the nonchalant lock workers. […]

April 28, 2016
TNS459 28/04/201 Forward Port Tahiti – Rai’tea – Tahiti Sadly this short voyage is coming to an end. After several days of heavy rain the voyage crew joined us on a beautiful Tahitian morning. We left Pape’ete accompanied by dolphins. What a great send off. We then spent a glorious afternoon sailing slowly (drifting) along […]

April 22, 2016
TNS458 22/04/2016 Aft Starboard Farewell TNS 458….. Well here we are finally in Tahiti. The place of dreams and legends has finally become reality. After days of empty ocean and peaceful islands we’ve quickly adjusted to the shock of a busy city and the trappings of civilisation. We have a perfect berth, right slap bang […]

April 14, 2016
TNS458 14/04/2016 Aft Starboard Paradise Found…!! Wow. Bora Bora. So good they named it twice. Even better than the picture postcards. Daybreak found us just off the island. Towering volcanic rock, fringed with sugar white beaches, palm trees and surf from the surrounding reefs. The entrance into the lagoon is breath-taking – into azure waters […]

April 11, 2016
TNS458 11/04/2016 Hello all from us on another fine day on Tenacious, apart from the tropical deluge we had to finish our watch last night. The winds speed trebled and the heavens opened just in time to thoroughly soak us just as we handed the main royal. Today we have been skirting the atoll of […]

April 10, 2016
TNS458 10/04/2016 (Day 42) Greetings from Aft Port. In our last blog I promised ‘more sailing news’, so here we are: although we have all the square sails set, we are only trundling along at about 3 knots (think walking speed), the wind having dropped very considerably. The weather is hot (33 degrees) and sunny, […]

April 9, 2016
TNS458 09/04/2016 Day 41 Aft Starboard Food glorious food…. Napoleon was supposed to have said an army marches on its belly. That may or may not be true but Tenacious certainly sails on its stomach. Almost the first question asked of every relieving watch is “what’s for breakfast/smoko/lunch/dinner”. We’re lucky in having all three ingredients […]

April 8, 2016
TNS458 08/04/2016 Hello again followers, it’s been a while since forward port have checked in with you on this blog. April is upon us and as such it is time to start thinking about the monthly safety drills which the ship carries out.  Penelope (our rope filled boiler suited, buoy headed man over board dummy) […]

April 8, 2016
TNS458 07/04/2016 Day 39 Fwd Stbd Watch 1230-1600 Having had the highlights of our time ashore described in detail over the last few days, we have quickly settled into the old routine of sailing, in the heat, once more. Actually, today has been described as the perfect laundry day, with fresh bedding also coinciding with […]

April 6, 2016
TNS458 06/04/2016 Once again we are back at sea, having left the Marquesan island of Nuku Hiva at 1330 yesterday.  We set all sails on departure (except for the spanker, which was set this morning) and during our 8 pm to midnight watch were bowling along at a steady 7+ knots, covering a total of 28 nautical […]

April 5, 2016
TNS458 05/04/2016 Aft Starboard – This is Aft Starboard standing watch at 1530 as Tenacious leaves Nuku-Hiva in the stunning Marquesas.  We are now heading to Bora Bora and expect to arrive in 6 days.  The island looms in the shadows behind us as both clouds and sunbeams blotch its sharp tropical peaks.  We are presently […]

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