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February 26, 2015
Day 6 and the war between the engineers and fish continues. A night of sparkly stars and 9 knots achieved, Nellie is sailing nicely, and all are relieved. A third of the miles behind us and 600 to go, as our tans darken nicely, we keep heaving ho! Deep in our voyage the choice of […]

February 26, 2015
I spy with my little eye – sea…. Loads of it, everywhere, so much so that on night watch, some low star on the horizon becomes a UFO, such is the desire to see something else! A bright half-moon night gave way to a sleepy dawn broken by Talking Heads ‘Road to Nowhere’ on the […]

February 26, 2015
Afternoon of Day 6. Pasta for lunch. All hands on deck to trim some sails, the good news is we thought the wind was going to drop off but it stays steady so we continue under full sail. First Mate Richard demonstrates how to navigate by sextant. Daz and Marco continue to haul in as […]

February 25, 2015
Day 4: We motored throughout the night with only a few fore and aft sails set, and were greeted by a gorgeous sunset, a wide field of stars glimmering above the rigging, and a lovely sunrise. We arrived at San Salvador at 0730 in the morning. After a breakfast on board, we donned our life […]

February 25, 2015
Yesterday our second mate, Marcin, gave a talk to the crew about “Why are we here?” After all the jokes about such a weighty question being asked, he continued to tell us about the history of tall ships since the 1930s.  It was all very interesting information, concluding with the current history of TENACIOUS and […]

February 24, 2015
One of the ships cadets here, been on 4 days since La Palma. Currently on watch where it’s really windy. First trip at sea and I’ve learnt a lot: types of mast, how to use a barometer, as well as relearning knots, steering, and general seamanship skills. Having fun so far.

February 23, 2015
All training crew joined in Nassau with no problems. That day counted as Day 1, and was spent meeting our buddies and having initial safety meetings. We were moored in the shelter of five massive cruise ships, who disgorged 15,000 people to throng Nassau during the day, but sucked them back after six, leaving our […]

February 23, 2015
Today is Monday already – how time flies when you’re having fun! I think it was on Tuesday last that Pete, one of my mates from TNS 427, Canary-hopping, called me urgently to say that bursaries were on offer for this voyage from La Palma to Seville – thrilling news which put me into a […]

February 22, 2015
We left La Palma just after lunch yesterday, once all the crew had finally arrived on board. The crew completed all the usual evacuation and sail handling training, and those who wanted to go aloft went up the main mast and got a view over the wall of the sea to come! We turned out […]

February 21, 2015
Well, we all here,  this beautiful, sunny, mountainous island; two flew to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, rather than La Palma, the island, but all are safely onboard now! Yesterday was welcome to new voyage crew, having bade farewell to the previous crew, there are some familiar faces, and some going to sea for the […]

February 19, 2015
Yesterday, a rainy day in the Bahamas was spent in a bar called ‘Flo’s Bar’ on Little Harbour Cay, population 3, part of The Berry Islands, North West of Nassau, where some of the crew tried some fresh conch and more rum. Rumours would suggest that a certain few may have engaged in some skinny dipping […]

February 18, 2015
Well La Gomera was just amazing, lovely, beautiful, 4 seasons in one day etc. – don’t tell anyone though it’s Tenacious’ little secret. So last day of full sailing, off we went to La Palma – only 43 miles to the north east. Out of La Vuelta’s harbour wall it all got a wee bit […]

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