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March 22, 2014
The Ballad of Tenacious 399 To be sung to the tune of ‘My bonnie lies over the ocean’ Tenacious lies over the ocean; Tenacious lies over the sea. Tenacious lies over the ocean, O bring back Tenacious to me. Bring back, bring back O bring back Tenacious to me, to me. Bring back, bring back […]

March 21, 2014
A wet start to the day scuppered the plan of having the voyage photograph taken however some of us elected to explore Stanley which is a lovely clean town built on a grid system. Some of the older houses were prefabs which were shipped out and assembled on site. Many of these are still in […]

March 20, 2014
Last night we were alongside in the Mare Harbour naval base behind HMS Clyde. We were given a tour of the ship and invited to enjoy the hospitality of the nearby Mount Pleasant military base for the evening. Some of the voyage crew went bowling, others settled for a quiet pint. In return, we offered to take some people […]

March 19, 2014
We were counted out and all counted back in, no one missing after a hike to the best penguin rookery on East Falkland at Bertha’s Beach. The hike was a fair distance rewarded with Gentoo Penguins and dolphins surfing the breaking waves. A lovely day was had by all. Later we gave guided tours of the ship to local […]

March 18, 2014
The crew awoke to a blustery day with dancing white horses and the occasional squall interspersed with brilliant sunshine. The forenoon watch were rewarded with a beautiful double rainbow while everybody else juggled toast and marmalade below as the ship rode up and down the large swells. The wind on the stern and the size of the swells […]

March 17, 2014
Leaving the horn to the South, we took advantage of a fair tide to speed us between Tierra del Fuego and Isla de los Estados and continued north, immediate destination still unconfirmed. Light winds and moderate seas enabled all the crew to find their sea legs, so everybody was able to participate in the ship’s daily routine which this […]

March 17, 2014
Day 4 At just after 3pm on Saturday 15th March, there we were; Cape Horn! Whilst the weather was fairly benign (no bad thing for the few who were still finding their sea legs), it still felt pretty momentous for all of us, who have read the books and dreamed the dreams about sailing past […]

March 17, 2014
Days 1-3 To the end of the world? As we prepared to leave Ushuaia a military band played on the quayside, unfortunately not for us, but for the Chilean and Argentinian tall ships – Esmeralda and Libertad, which arrived with cadets lining the decks. Several other tall ships were anchored in the bay, giving the […]

March 17, 2014
Happy St Patrick’s day to all at home! Well, here we are, Aft Starboard enjoying a peaceful afternoon watch … including watching Hourglass Dolphins perform for us. Bob (RAB) is on the helm, having taken over from Clive, Tom and W/L Bob are on lookout and Sue and Jenny are below in the bar to […]

March 15, 2014
This is our first blog of the voyage,  Guardian of the Blog, the Medical Purser, Ronan, has been quite busy – on top of keeping us happy during Happy Hour. Currently he is the hero and deals with our medical problems ever so well. We are now under full sail, with the wind southerly, having […]

March 6, 2014
Day 19 The first day of our return across Drake’s passage and for most of the day the wind has not been favourable as it was blowing from the north. While preparing the ship for the forecast wind change to westerly , some excitement happened. We were handing the mizzen staysail when the bridle attaching […]

March 2, 2014
Day 15 Yesterday we attempted to motor south to Vernadsky station (formerly Faraday station) but had to return to Port Lockroy yesterday after we found the Lemaire Channel blocked with brash ice, growlers and bergy bits. We awoke to beautiful sunshine, seeing Port Lockroy in its full glory for the first time. The wind has […]

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