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January 28, 2018
A cool but smooth sailing morning, saw the significant promotion of “Prince” Adam from BM to cook’s assistant; rumour says he will be demoted back to BM after many cookies going missing. After smoko this morning an inter-denominational church service was held on deck. When we set the main t’gallant sail yesterday it was torn […]

January 27, 2018
Yesterday’s Australia day celebrations ended a little muted for the Aussie contingent when they lost to the Brits in a cricket match played at the TSSCG (Tenacious Starboard Side Cricket Ground).We (Aft Port watch) were on the First Watch (20:00 to 00:00) and after setting more sails, bracing the yards to perfection and turning the […]

January 26, 2018
Surprisingly for this bleak distant island of Sal, everyone arrived on time for embarkation yesterday by 17.00 we were all on board. Some had arrived a day or 2 early to take in some local sights. It really is an arid barren island with small pockets of habitation – villages with colourful houses that can […]

January 26, 2018
We’re sitting on deck in the sunshine with a good breeze blowing this afternoon, last night’s fog on the 8pm to midnight watch seems very far away. It was a proper Sherlock Holmes job; thick, shifting banks of damp air that soak right into you. It was mesmerizing too, oddly adding to the growing sense […]

January 26, 2018
It’s Australia Day! Anzac cookies at morning smoko. No more communal singing (yet), but there may be cricket later.  Last night was Burns Night so the Scottish contingent got to sing and declaim poetry, and we all ate the Haggis, (after it had been suitably introduced by the Captain and ceremoniously sliced with his sailing-knife). […]

January 25, 2018
A clear sky last night enabled the midnight to 4am watch to gaze at the stars and contemplate the infinite.  The morning brought clear blue skies, sunshine and numerous aerobatic performances by Northern Royal Albatross and a few Petrels. Flowers were ordered to be sent to ship’s cook Ian to wish him a speedy recovery […]

January 24, 2018
Our last meal ashore didn’t happen because we had to cast off again in a couple of hours later to make room for a tanker to come alongside. In the interval we were mesmerised by the stevedores technique involving simultaneously unloading from the bow and loading at the stern all on the same side – […]

January 24, 2018
Our good progress continues after days runs of 175, 201 and 189 miles and we are some 10% of the distance to Stanley. We should pass about 90 miles to the east of Chatham Islands at about midnight tonight. Yesterday’s rains have stopped and seas remain slight with confused low swells which are making the ship move […]

January 23, 2018
Hello from Aft Starboard Watch, somewhere south east of New Zealand, where on Tenacious it feels like ground-hog day. It’s Monday again because we crossed the international date line, as we sailed out of sight of land.  The next land we see should be South America! We’re currently on watch in the drizzle, very different to the […]

January 22, 2018
Today’s blog is brought to you by Forward Port Watch (aka Kate, Chris H, Chris R, Chris S, Jane, Sally, Peter, Paul & Tony). We are currently off the East Cape of New Zealand, after just over 24 hours of sailing. Having left Auckland over a week late, we have a lot of catching up […]

January 21, 2018
As steady progress towards the Cape Verdes continued, furtive groups from each watch could be found in odd corners of the ship as watches prepared for the great egg drop. The challenge was to propel an egg from the main mast platform, towards the stern to land unbroken as far astern as possible. Marks would […]

January 20, 2018
After a lumpy night, I rose at 05.30 hoping to catch a spectacular sunrise. It was a pretty, peachy sky today but clouds low on the horizon obscured the sun until it was quite a way up in the sky. No ships have been sighted for 3 days now. Breakfast was a boiled egg, bacon […]

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