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November 17, 2015
TNS454 17/11/15 Tuesday saw Tenacious crew departing Porto back into the Atlantic swell, artfully dodging fishing buoys for 30 nautical miles. With lighter hearts (and pockets), the crew busied themselves handing sails, exercising on deck and tying each other in knots in the knot tying workshop. Before departing Porto one of our number risked a spell in Portugal’s Prison for […]

November 16, 2015
TNS454 16/11/15 Shore leave in Porto began in earnest early this morning. Most of the crew bounced off early and took the tram from Lexoes to Porto city centre. While one group decided to investigate the tram lines by getting thouroughly lost, more popular activities included visiting the historic quarter of the city, lazing along the riverside and of […]

November 15, 2015
LN885 15/11/15 After a hearty breakfast our watch soon took our places on the bridge to start the for noon watch.Within minutes a whale was spotted and the watch enjoyed 5 minutes of marine entertainment. Then the usual watch banter started and so did the laughs. With the sun shining and with little wind we […]

November 15, 2015
TNS454 15/11/15 Today we arrived in Leixoes under warm sunshine, with a pod of common dolphins dancing in our bow wave. There have been lots of unusual sightings on board today; aside from many other dolphins, a number of fledgling beards have been found developing in the region of the starboard fo’c’stle. Unfortunately, one of the more well-developed […]

November 14, 2015
TNS454 14/11/15 Hello from the bridge of Tenacious on what has been a truly beautiful day! The sun and the sails are out, with copious amounts of sunscreen as almost everyone spent the day on deck. The sea today has been an oasis of calm and temperatures have reached above 18.5 degrees, so everyone has been enjoying the winter […]

November 14, 2015
LN885 14/11/15 Day 5 and we now have 120 miles to go before we drop anchor off Funchal and await our berth early on Tuesday and get ashore for a well-earned 24 hours before our next 400 mile leg to Gran Canaria. Our visit to Madeira will include a 7 hour coach tour of the […]

November 13, 2015
LN885 13/11/15 A CANARIES ODYSSEY Busy times have prevented the recent transmission of the blog so a brief resume may be in order. The bulk of the voyage crew (VC) embarked on Tuesday 10th November and we immediately settled into the necessary briefings and safety procedures. However, this did not preclude the usual “crocodile” of […]

November 9, 2015
TNS454 09/11/15 Day 5 Being anchored for the day has given many of the voyage crew the opportunity to complete some of the more miscellaneous jobs of being aboard a tall ship for 2 months. Anna set about repairing her ripped jeans using a sewing kit and a piece of fruit patterned fabric, whilst David […]

November 9, 2015
LN884 09/11/15 We arrived safely in Lisboa yesterday motoring the short distance from Cascais Bay,warm (unseasonably warm) and we berthed on a pontoon behind a NATO fleet. Pretty much everyone who was able/allowed went ashore to sample whatever Lisbon had to offer! Today sadly is departure day, so it’s the end of an eventful and […]

November 8, 2015
TNS454 08/11/15 Day 4 – A day in the life of Aft Port We were all up early at 4am this morning for our first watch at sea. Lots to learn about taking the log, helming, taking bearings and lookout duties. Eagle eyed crew member James spotted two Porpoises’, although he doubted whether he was […]

November 7, 2015
TNS454 07/11/15 Day 3- That’s it – we have waved goodbye to English shores (sort of) and are on our way! The day mostly consisted of loading things in order of priority so we loaded beer, followed by beer, followed by more beer. We also took on some fuel but that seemed less important to […]

November 7, 2015
LN884 07/11/15 Aft Starboard; Henry, Maria, Bryn, Stan, Charlotte Watch Leader extrodinaire Esme and honorary watch members Mark MP, Anna from ORCA. Yesterday we left Porto to sail down to Cascais Bay hopefully managing a swim whilst anchored there, about midday after waiting for our pilot . Which meant that some people could either get […]

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