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April 2, 2018
Woke up at 3:30am for the 4-8am watch. Nearly a full moon, so stars were not too visible, but nevertheless quite nice. Spent much of the time staring out to sea. Spent some of the time getting four coffees, one tea, and a squash (juice). Took the helm for about an hour. Getting better at it, she’s not easy […]

April 1, 2018
Today is a glorious day! The sun is shining and it is 18 degrees! The water is calm and twinkling in the light. The perfect day for two birthdays on board, wonderfully celebrated by chocolate cake and sun bathing. April Fool’s jokes have been successful and the Easter Bunny even visited this morning with more […]

April 1, 2018
Woken up at 6am with a call to report at 6:30. On mess duty from dinner last night until lunch, so headed straight to the galley. Rest of the crew went to deck to set sail. Worked on setting upper and lower mess tables, and then went on deck to join crew for setting sail off the berth […]

March 31, 2018
We are still deep in the heart of the ocean with c. 650 miles to Cape Town but we have a retinue of about a dozen petrels and shear waters. The birds multiplied out of nowhere as soon as they saw Skip fishing of the stern (So far the big one has got away). We’ve […]

March 29, 2018
Aboard STS Lord Nelson We start the day in Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel, the largest in the Azores archipelago. Our passage is due to be from here to Southampton. We spend the day motoring about 12 miles along the south coast and anchoring in the lee of the small island of […]

March 29, 2018
Beautiful day with the Forward Port Watch.  The sun is shining, a massive wandering albatross is circling close to the boat, and we have sunseekers on the bowsprit.  The wind is on the light side, so we have a course on the foremast, lower topsail, uppertopsail, and a t’gallant on both masts, plus two jibs. […]

March 28, 2018
Port Aft Watch – SV Tenacious 27.03.2018 Time 13.00      Latitude 42’01’ S     Longitude 05’48’ W     Sea temperature 12.5’ Nog  1247 mylen en ons in Suid Afrika You may have been wondering what had happened to this Watch – well…there are 9 of us making us the largest on board and therefore the noisiest by sheer […]

March 28, 2018
On the voyage before ours, from Cape Verde to the Azores, Nelly was diverted to Las Palmas, in the Canaries, so LN943 became a one way trip to Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores, to catch up with the schedule. With about an hour to spare before the airport shut, and flying into Ponto […]

March 26, 2018
No nice consistent westerly’s for us but everything from next to no wind yesterday to 30 knots from SSE during our watch this afternoon. For the first time this voyage we’ve been heeled to port. Fortunately for those of us sleeping on the starboard side the forecast is for brisk westerly’s in the next day […]

March 25, 2018
Sunday 25th F’ward Port Things are pretty steady as we are sailing making 5.2 knots on to Cape Town it’s quite peaceful without the engines and the motion of the ship under sail is lovely. We remain alone in the Ocean, the last time we saw any people was the staff that helped us cast off at […]

March 21, 2018
We are sailing! We are sailing!! More than 24 hours now under sail – Fore Course, lower and upper Topsails and Main lower and upper topsails. Winds gusting 33 knots, but as from behind we are going at 9 knots – so more like 42knots!! Noon to noon travelled 203 nm – but the record […]

March 20, 2018
A glacier before breakfast. It was a bright but chilly morning as we gave three cheers for South Georgia and slipped our berth at King Edward Point watched by bemused Fur Seal pups and the KEP staff. We headed down Cumberland East Bay to look at the majestic Hamberg Glacier where it plunges into the […]

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