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September 16, 2017
Azores – Alderney The days of shorts and tee shirts are long gone. We now go on watch in woolly hats and several layers. The sunny Azores are far astern and everyone has settled into the rhythm of seagoing routine and the familiar pattern of watch keeping, sail handling, happy hours and mess duty. Below […]

September 14, 2017
Birthdays!  Birthdays!  Birthdays!  We’ve had three birthdays almost in a row: 10, 12, and 13 September, being Cook’s Assistant Fiona, Aft Starboard watch Linnea, and Aft Starboard watch Karen.  Cook exceeds himself on these occasions; we’ve almost been swimming in chocolate. Yummmm…. Today the wind is up and the engines are off. We are, as […]

September 14, 2017
TNS496 – Fiji BULA VINAKA Everyone..! We have set off from the small and delightful Island of Komo, where we were anchored overnight and during the day the VC were given the opportunity to go ashore  (a truly stunning boat run in around the island). This involved travelling through the corals and crystal clear waters, […]

September 12, 2017
Today’s blog is being written on the bridge, in…. (“Will duty watch please go and brace the main yards round?”). Fifteen minutes later, and with the four yards on the main mast now eased out on the port side and sweated in on starboard, the blog can continue. In bright sunshine with blue sea and sky, […]

September 11, 2017
This morning we were back to the traditional bacon, sausage and perfectly poached eggs by our lovely cook Simon. The vanilla cake with chocolate icing and berry dressing that he baked yesterday for Fiona’s birthday already went missing. The number one suspect is Oscar, but there is not even a crumb of evidence left to […]

September 10, 2017
BULA Everyone..! After spending the night along-side in Suva Harbour, we’re now heading East/South East towards a small isolate (very isolated) group of Islands called the Yagasa Cluster. Most importantly, the food has been fantastic and no-one has been sea sick (yet). Fliss has talked us through some line theory and we have braced the […]

September 10, 2017
(An informative acrostic by Forward Port watch!) Continental breakfast was served this morning Although this resulted in heated discussions about how best to ‘Peel’ a hard-boiled egg. The weekly Sunday gathering was held at the Foremast Accompanying the singing was Bosun Alex with her guitar. In the night watch we enjoyed identifying the stars and […]

September 9, 2017
Back to sea…..The last of the crew were aboard by 0200 on Saturday morning and by 0930 we were motoring North out of Horta into gentle head winds. Another blue-sky day with temperatures in the mid 20’s. Gorgeous. Horta has been a great mid-Atlantic break and the crew have taken advantage of perfect weather to […]

September 7, 2017
Ben sailed with the Jubilee Sailing Trust for the first time in September 2016 at the age of 41. In his youth, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, put on weight and after a few years, started to get health implications around this condition. In 2011 he broke his toe on a rugby tour, which […]

September 5, 2017
Blue skies, talking ‘bout blue skies, where we are. Calm seas, nothin’ but calm seas, where we are…. Murder on Lord Nelson has moved to new levels of complexity; the ten remaining delinquents have been given new targets, new murder weapons, and new assassination venues. Becoming a successful serial killer seems to ask for a […]

September 4, 2017
1600-1600 The great weather continued right up until the majestic pink sunset as people prepared for the fish/goat dinner parade (we crossed the tropic of Capricorn today) followed by their after hours watches. Many laughs were had and lots of chocolate consumed through the watch 2000 – 2359 (burning off the calories with a few […]

September 2, 2017
Having survived a pukey start to the voyage, things have started to turn pretty bizarre on the Tenacious over the past 24 hours. The weather’s being amazingly kind to us (touch wood). The initial wild winds and rain we had the first couple of days was truly character building, but we’re definitely relishing in the […]

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