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December 23, 2013
Day 9 The last watch ended with one of our young Leader ship@sea members, Meg, acting as watch leader. As the sun set and a beautiful orange moon rose she took on her new duties with a smile! It was a pleasant night watch, with wind force reaching a force 5, and the ship beginning […]

December 22, 2013
  Day 8  Roll on you Roaring Forties! 22/12/13 @1400hrs. It’s been an eventful 20 hours for our watch. Currently we’re at 39 degrees 5.6’ S, 178degrees 13.7.E. Ready to enter the big blows of the Roaring Forties. We are making slow progress towards Napier with an arrival date for tomorrow morning for bunkering and […]

December 21, 2013
  Day 7 Saturday 21st December – longest day of the year Over 24 hours at sea now, most of us are developing our sea legs. Watches are setting into their sea routines. We motored overnight with staysails which helped our balance in the swell, in order to make good progress toward Napier about 400nm […]

December 20, 2013
  Day 6  We’re underway after a slight delay for a repair to a stay. During gangway duty there was another birthday – Sweeney, voyage crew, who was a linesman and had her sweetie birthday cake sent ashore in a bucket! Sweeney’s birthday cake – ashore! We cast off from Auckland Harbour about 1030 this […]

December 18, 2013
  Auckland, New Zealand to Ushuaia, Argentina 15th December 2013 to 12th February 2014 Captain: Chris Phillips 1st Mate: Steve Higgs 2nd Mate: Marcin Dobrowolski Bosun: Lesley Sale Chief Engineer: Alan Grant 2nd Engineer: Tamsin Smith Cook: Dave Stanley Medical Purser: Elizabeth Turner Bosun’s Mates: (yes there are 4 for this long exciting passage!) Godfrey […]

December 12, 2013
This morning we are on the morning watch from 4am to 8am, and its busy and pretty chilly up here on the bridge. We have had to alter course to port and slow down to avoid a tanker, and are generally keeping busy on lookout. 1030 am. We are arrived at Valencia port, with all […]

December 11, 2013
On watch, its 3am, and clear. Josh is on the helm, under motor as we have not enough wind to sail. Earlier, as we took over the watch, with more hands on deck, we were able to brace the main and fore mast. Not much shipping activity to report tonight.

December 10, 2013
03.30 Sunday 8th December; Alarm went off to get me up for the start of the adventure of a lifetime. Flew out of Bristol and arrived at Palma spot on time. Now to find the ship! Information from Southampton to get the No1 bus which proved to be correct. Saw some masts which looked like […]

December 5, 2013
Tenacious has been alongside in Palma for the past week, undertaking maintenance.  The weather was rather cold and wet the first few days and then very windy, something like the north of England is currently getting, but not as bad as up in Scotland!  The last few days, however, have been wonderful, light airs, bright […]

December 4, 2013
Day 6 – Port Aft The most competent ‘Shanghaied’ crew, spent a most memorable day on a lovely historical Isle off the Port of Opua within the NZ Bay of Islands. All safely ferried via rubber ducky, to the first NZ land site of one great mariner: One James Cook. The more adventurous tackled the […]

December 1, 2013
DAYS 3 &4 After a fascinating briefing from Captain Barbara involving a wooden ship model (with mizzen and bowsprit missing) complete with koalas, we WEIGHED ANCHOR UNDER SAIL: braced the fore spars to stb’d and main yards to port, backed the fore tops’l and outer jib then braced the fore yards to port and set […]

November 29, 2013
Day 1 & 2 Auckland’s central location right in the heart of shops & bars was where we found the Lord Nelson, next to the Spirit of New Zealand tall ship. Nellie is looking good, especially after a year since leaving the UK and having been half way round the world on the Sail The […]

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