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March 1, 2015
Today is a lovely day for Olly’s 20th birthday !! Happy Birthday Olly. The sun is in the sky and the clouds are nowhere to be seen, Portugal is to the port side of us and the sea is nice and calm too. So to start off this morning was a lovely breakfast, thanks to Ali & Phillipa. […]

March 1, 2015
Two days ago, Fiona–our Irish Bosun’s Mate–challenged Captain Darren to a wager: if England wins the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, she would clean his cabin, but if Ireland won, she would be made honorary captain for the rest of the day after the match. With ship full of crew from England, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, and the […]

February 28, 2015
By evening watch all but 4 sails are tucked away but with a dying breeze we need the engines too. Speed 5.5 knots. 551 nautical miles into our voyage with 350 to go. Distinctly cooler and damp night. Candace had a smooth transition from the helmsman chair to her wheelchair, but was rapidly joined by […]

February 28, 2015
Good afternoon from Aft Starboard Watch and the Bosuns Mates who are just passing. Civilisation is closing and some shipping is now appearing on the horizon. With only 165 – ish miles to go until the Pilot at Seville we have managed to sail an average of 6 knots over the last 24 hours using […]

February 27, 2015
Day 7 – mess day – this is one of the most strenuous duties since leaving the Canaries, the day starts at 7am and finishes about 2pm. After that I have time for a shower and a couple of hours rest then at 4pm all hands are called to set some square sails. We set […]

February 27, 2015
There she blows!  Whales spotted off port stern, moving to starboard side.  Unfortunately no breaching.  2 x ships spotted, at last we have company on the high seas. The Spanker and flying-jib sails unfurled, still no need for the motor. However, looks like a cold front is coming in so we expect the weather to […]

February 26, 2015
Day 6 and the war between the engineers and fish continues. A night of sparkly stars and 9 knots achieved, Nellie is sailing nicely, and all are relieved. A third of the miles behind us and 600 to go, as our tans darken nicely, we keep heaving ho! Deep in our voyage the choice of […]

February 26, 2015
I spy with my little eye – sea…. Loads of it, everywhere, so much so that on night watch, some low star on the horizon becomes a UFO, such is the desire to see something else! A bright half-moon night gave way to a sleepy dawn broken by Talking Heads ‘Road to Nowhere’ on the […]

February 26, 2015
Afternoon of Day 6. Pasta for lunch. All hands on deck to trim some sails, the good news is we thought the wind was going to drop off but it stays steady so we continue under full sail. First Mate Richard demonstrates how to navigate by sextant. Daz and Marco continue to haul in as […]

February 25, 2015
Day 4: We motored throughout the night with only a few fore and aft sails set, and were greeted by a gorgeous sunset, a wide field of stars glimmering above the rigging, and a lovely sunrise. We arrived at San Salvador at 0730 in the morning. After a breakfast on board, we donned our life […]

February 25, 2015
Yesterday our second mate, Marcin, gave a talk to the crew about “Why are we here?” After all the jokes about such a weighty question being asked, he continued to tell us about the history of tall ships since the 1930s.  It was all very interesting information, concluding with the current history of TENACIOUS and […]

February 24, 2015
One of the ships cadets here, been on 4 days since La Palma. Currently on watch where it’s really windy. First trip at sea and I’ve learnt a lot: types of mast, how to use a barometer, as well as relearning knots, steering, and general seamanship skills. Having fun so far.

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