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April 25, 2018
It’s another sunny lazy day on board the lovely Tenacious. We’re currently a good days sail away from Saint Helena and the vast blue ocean welcomed us back with swells and good winds. We’re finally making great speed of 8 knots with 9 out of the 10 sails set, heading towards Ascension Island. Speed record […]

April 24, 2018
The last 48 hours have been full of fun and excitement. We first sighted St Helena Sunday morning around 10.30, through the haze and low cloud that surrounded the island. The word quickly spread and soon most of the ships company were on deck taking their first glimpse of land for 11 days. St Helena is […]

April 21, 2018
Day 13 on SV Tenacious started with a bit of light drizzle but was soon replaced with blazing sun, heat and a humid, muggy feel. A change to plans to delay our arrival at St Helena until Monday has meant that we can take it a bit easier. Engines have been turned off for more […]

April 19, 2018
Forward Starboard watch reporting in: Mission day 11. We’ve travelled over 1350 nautical miles since we left Cape Town. We’re now two days or so away from dry land, St Helena is our first stop. I joined a conversation this morning which imagined a bustling pub, selling cold beers, loud with song. Alas on a tiny […]

April 18, 2018
Schools of flying fish, small like marine butterflies, leaping out of the waves and gracefully interweaving, diving back down and others flying out to join them. A quiet watch, more or less overcast with light seas. The younger crew are doing mast climbs, to touch the top of the mast, rolling back and forth, 40 […]

April 17, 2018
The clocks moved back last night, which meant that each night watch was extended by twenty minutes. However, all was not bad news as we had an extra hour in our bunks this morning! Last night’s watch was uneventful, even with the extra twenty minutes, but we had a magnificent night sky and enjoyed the […]

April 16, 2018
Big day today – our watch leader, Harriet, turned 64! Naturally, we celebrated with cake and a fantastically garish crown. Elsewhere on the ship, work has begun on renovating the handrails for the bowsprit, a large project involving a LOT of sanding. Sadly, the winds started to die down, so we’ve handled all but the […]

April 14, 2018
Hello to the family, friends and JST enthusiasts from Aft Port Watch. As this is our first blog entry we’ll introduce ourselves… Mike is our able Watch Leader, with Andy (the Ozzy one), Tim, Ruth, Carter, Chris, Nick, Karen and cadet Alasdair making up the team. We’ve now travelled 493NM from Cape Town, with the […]

April 13, 2018
13 April, 1230 hrs Greetings to the world from the SV Tenacious. We are the Aft Starboard watch. Leader Roly with Stuart, Geertje, Peter, Andy, Paul, Maggie and Bill. Our current position is 30° 08’Ss 13°36’E, 339 nm from our departure at Cape Town travelling on a heading of 320 deg at 7.2 kts, and […]

April 12, 2018
We are on our way! 32 degrees S, 16 degrees E. We left our cosy quay at the V & A Waterfront on Wednesday 11 April, aided by the pilot tug due to strong wind blowing us on to the quay. After joining the ship on the 9th, we had a full day training on […]

April 8, 2018
Watch leader: Dave Mercer Watch: Tim, John, Ian, Tina, Karen, Margaret, Whitney Steering 050° to 090°; total miles in light NW wind only 55 nm Saturday was a beautiful, sunny afternoon with some crew wearing shorts and sitting on deck, others being industrious sanding and oiling the deck rails. Colin, our wonderful cook’s assistant, had a […]

April 3, 2018
Bentley’s Blog Mess Day When it came to my turn in the mess What I was in for could never guess Nellie was moving about a great deal Could not blame those at the Wheel Hung on for my dear life Dodging the odd flying knife Alas the coffee and tea pots were no more […]

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