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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 […]

October 30, 2013
Day 4 Greeting from forward port! So we saw sun fish wave to us from the stern of the boat, as we passed White Island yesterday. We are only motoring on our diesel engine (the iron spinnaker), due to currently no wind at all. Although we have been unlucky with the wind, the actual weather, […]

October 29, 2013
Day 3 Hello from Forward Starboard watch We’re currently sailing across the Bay of Plenty, with a nice steady breeze and nearly full sails. Land disappeared between 10 and 11am although we know it is to starboard somewhere! Yesterday evening we saw whales spouting off Great Barrier Island on our way past. We’re currently being […]

October 28, 2013
STW21 Auckland to Wellington Day 2 28th Oct Permanent Crew: Captain Chris Phillips 1st Mate – Jon West 2nd Mate – Marcin Dobrowlski Bosun – Lesley Sale C. Engineer – Marco Michelagnol 2nd Engineer – Mr Chipps AKA Paul Cole Cook – Derek Carr Medical Purser – Steve Ogden Volunteers: Bosun’s Mate – Nick, Tom, […]

October 23, 2013
Forward Starboard watch reporting. We went to anchorage in the awesome Great Barrier Island at Port Fitzroy in the early hours. Our glorious watchleader fell from grace when a trip down the gangway nearly ended up with a visit to the hospital but she soldiered on even with damaged pride and a sore coccyx. Wow. […]

October 21, 2013
Day 14 Good afternoon from Aft Port Watch. It is now Monday and I am writing this as we sail (ok motor) away from Opua to Great Barrier Island to join the other tall ships. The island is rugged and sparsely populated and we will be anchoring offshore and going in by boat. We have […]

October 21, 2013
Day 11 Hello again folks from the Forward Starboard A team. We woke to find ourselves in the beautiful Bay of Islands in calm waters and glorious sunshine, having just passed our companion Tall Ships in the early hours. Entry into the Bay of Islands was an astonishing vista of breath-taking scenery. At anchor we […]

October 17, 2013
Day10 Unfortunately we were forced to retire from the race because the plate that connects the royal backstay to the mast has broken. There was no danger to the ship and a repair has been arranged in New Zealand. However, prudence dictates that we should avoid putting pressure on the mast. We are now on […]

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