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February 23, 2015
All training crew joined in Nassau with no problems. That day counted as Day 1, and was spent meeting our buddies and having initial safety meetings. We were moored in the shelter of five massive cruise ships, who disgorged 15,000 people to throng Nassau during the day, but sucked them back after six, leaving our […]

February 23, 2015
Today is Monday already – how time flies when you’re having fun! I think it was on Tuesday last that Pete, one of my mates from TNS 427, Canary-hopping, called me urgently to say that bursaries were on offer for this voyage from La Palma to Seville – thrilling news which put me into a […]

February 22, 2015
We left La Palma just after lunch yesterday, once all the crew had finally arrived on board. The crew completed all the usual evacuation and sail handling training, and those who wanted to go aloft went up the main mast and got a view over the wall of the sea to come! We turned out […]

February 21, 2015
Well, we all here,  this beautiful, sunny, mountainous island; two flew to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, rather than La Palma, the island, but all are safely onboard now! Yesterday was welcome to new voyage crew, having bade farewell to the previous crew, there are some familiar faces, and some going to sea for the […]

February 19, 2015
Yesterday, a rainy day in the Bahamas was spent in a bar called ‘Flo’s Bar’ on Little Harbour Cay, population 3, part of The Berry Islands, North West of Nassau, where some of the crew tried some fresh conch and more rum. Rumours would suggest that a certain few may have engaged in some skinny dipping […]

February 18, 2015
Well La Gomera was just amazing, lovely, beautiful, 4 seasons in one day etc. – don’t tell anyone though it’s Tenacious’ little secret. So last day of full sailing, off we went to La Palma – only 43 miles to the north east. Out of La Vuelta’s harbour wall it all got a wee bit […]

February 17, 2015
The temptation to show our feelings to the unfriendly cruise ship as we left Little San Salvadore was resisted as one would expect of professional sailors. Perhaps wisely the voyage crew decided to follow suit! With Conception Island and Valentines Day only a few hours away, any ill feeling was soon forgotten and we were […]

February 16, 2015
What a shame to leave the fantastic island of El Hierro. However, it’s very exciting to be back at sea! Some felt rather iffy due to the force 6 winds as we left port, but by about 1300 that had changed quite drastically, and we slowed to roughly 0.9 knots. In the afternoon the wind […]

February 16, 2015
On Sunday we sailed until evening.  The wind got up later in the evening to give us a bit of work to do bracing the yards. By midnight we were back close to El Hierro. On Monday we awoke to a lovely sunny day. Iain spotted two dolphins alongside and also a swordfish was sighted. […]

February 14, 2015
Welcome to the Luurve of the sea! Some lucky crew went ashore with Connie our volcano guide and general expert on everything that lived, lives and breathes on the Canaries. Hierro – you either love it or you can say “that wasn’t Torremelinous on a Saturday night”. Whatever, it was a fantastic mix of sleepy […]

February 13, 2015
It’s 14.00 on day 4 of the Bahamas voyage and as we write this, the Lord Nelson is under full sail and rocketing along at a furious speed of 2.1 knots. The past day has been one of relative leisure, as yesterday afternoon we arrived at Little San Salvadore – an uninhabited island owned by […]

February 13, 2015
Ten years ago, I was an ultra-fit marathon runner, caver and fell runner.   This was all until one evening I went to sleep in my own bed and woke up in hospital to discover that I couldn’t talk, see or move any of my limbs on my left hand side as the result of a […]

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