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November 9, 2013
Day 4 Today we docked in Cadiz. Happily we were on watch at the time and got to see it all happen up close and personal. Steven won the fight to steer us into our berth. We then had the afternoon off to explore the beautiful town of Cadiz. It has lots of little alleyways, […]

November 8, 2013
Day 3 It’s another glorious day on the good ship tenacious. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing and for 4 wonderful hours on watch we had the sails out, breaking the 5 knots under sail record. We were dolphin spotting from both sides. Forward port managed a quick, refreshing shower before watch change […]

November 7, 2013
Day 2 We have set off from Lisbon, waved off by friends and a few curious admirers of the boat. The ship ventured into the expansive seemingly endless sea and towards a horizon that looks like the edge of the world. The morning started at 8 promptly, lesson learnt: if you are late for breakfast […]

November 6, 2013
Today is day 1 of our trip. The voyage crew arrived at 16.00 hrs, often after long days that have involved trips to the airport, flights and then taxi, or tram rides to join the ship. We were given a very friendly and warm welcome by the First Officer, Richard and the Watch leaders. In […]

November 4, 2013
Day 9 Today we head to Wellington. The weather is kind to us today for our crossing back to the North Island. The further we have got into the strait the winder it has gotten quite strong at 30 gusting 40 at times with 2 and a half meter wind waves. We are due at […]

November 3, 2013
8 ‘Til Late Watch. 2-6-HEAVE! Start in the dark was an experience, one which rapidly got us sailing at a steady 9 Knots (maybe even 10.5 at times?!). Course and Lower Topsails up and happily luffing in the wind. We longed to see a starry sky, alas a 6/8 cloud coverage was a hindrance. Although, […]

November 3, 2013
Day 8 Hi there from Aft Starboard watch – we have spent the most magical day as we were privileged to be on watch this morning as we entered the Cook Strait, then into the Tory Channel & Marlborough Sound and are now anchored by the spot where there is a monument to Cook, who […]

November 2, 2013
06:50 approx 130 miles off Cape Finisterre. Dawn breaking with a warm W x S wind. Stay sails set with a moderate sea after yesterday’s heavy swell. Due to a WNW wind shift, we set topsails and main course yesterday amid flying spray, Tenacious loved it, and the crew spirits were up as we cracked […]

November 2, 2013
Day 7 Hello from a beautiful Waiarapa coastline, less than a day’s sail from tomorrow’s planned anchorage in the Marlborough Sounds (and the long anticipated barbeque!) We are now under sail after a windy, cold night of motoring, trying to outsmart the ‘Young Endeavour’ who are close on our stern. We’ve had many exciting wildlife […]

November 1, 2013
Day 6 Aft Port Watch reporting from the South Pacific, 39 degrees south 32’, 177 degrees east 04’, GMT -13 hours Where do we begin….. well the past 48 hours have been truly memorable, starting with the wind picking up on the 30th, which enable us to turn off the engines & set sail. The […]

November 1, 2013
Today the Tenacious is in north west corner of the Bay of Biscay making her descent south towards Lisbon. With a south by south west wind it has been difficult to set any sails. The visibility has been cloudy and the sea state has been moderate for most of the morning, but hopefully will get […]

October 31, 2013
Making good headway west 6knts overnight. Weather has eased somewhat, sea calmer but still plenty of pot holes that the helmsmen can’t avoid, many of crew are feeling marginally better. After a big windshift last evening the mizzen, mainmast and foremast stay sails were handed and need to be stowed properly this morning. Dolphins sighted […]

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