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May 7, 2018
The afternoon’s watch is cloudy and a welcome relief from the hot sun of the last few days. The crew spent an exciting day ashore on Fernando de Noronha yesterday, dispersing to various activities including hiring buggies, motorbikes, diving, snorkelling, swimming, eating and drinking. There was some disappointment amongst the experienced divers as the “try […]

May 4, 2018
Birds are very important to our journey. We had many birdless days, long days of beautiful rolling seas but no sign of animal life apart from the odd group of flying fish. But then, suddenly, a blackbird appeared at night, flapping around. Not just a black bird but seemingly a land bird, looking like a […]

May 3, 2018
We ended day 23 on the night watch 20.00 to 12 midnight. During the night recently we have been visited by 4 or 5 birds who seemed to have made the ship there floating home, 500 miles from the nearest land.  They have become regular visitors. The stars were very clear and bright, the Southern […]

May 2, 2018
Day 23. The 3,000nm mark was passed at 3am this morning. Today was the eggciting day. There were big eggspectations from all the crew. Oh yes – the puns are back and in full flow! The brief was to take an uncooked egg and to enclose it in a protective, non-plastic device (in case an […]

May 1, 2018
Forward starboard is reporting on the halfway day of our Trans-Atlantic adventure.  As we sail closer to the equator, the temperature is rising, along with the spirit of friendly competition. It was another day of celebration yesterday, starting with singing Happy Birthday to Barnaby as a wakeup call and then a sweet potato joke cake […]

April 30, 2018
Here’s the last blog from our cadet, Matt, on board Tenacious. My last trip at sea before my final exams is on Tenacious, sailing from the Falkland Islands to South Africa, via South Georgia. We initially spent some time in the Falklands whilst carrying out some maintenance on the ship. We were alongside on the outskirts of […]

April 29, 2018
We awoke to another beautiful day with a glorious sunrise. The air temperature at 08:00 was 27 degrees and the sea temperature 28 degrees. We are making steady progress at around 5 knots under sail, heading for Ferdinand de Noronha, arriving on Friday. Carter has set the watches another competition to judge how many miles […]

April 28, 2018
A Saturday in April. Dates are beginning to seem irrelevant. Day 20 is all that matters here, since our days are driven by watch hours and mess days. This day however was special, Andy hit the big five oh. We woke to a refrain of dubious quality of ‘happy birthday’ sung from his watch, and celebrated […]

April 27, 2018
Forward Starboard watch reporting in (we’re way more fun btw). Day 19 of the mission. We’re under full sail, speeding along on a 20 knot tail wind, making an average of 7 knots toward our next mission ‘milestone’, Ascension Island. The weather is hotting up, air temp near 30degrees, water temp over 26degrees… it’s a […]

April 26, 2018
We have left St Helena behind and sail on the trade winds towards Ascension. We hope to sail by on Saturday and give them a wave. We have been busy with sextant training by our supremely knowledgeable Captain Barbara. Today the GPS was only off by about 200 metres. Calculations were done by Andy, Nick, […]

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