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January 23, 2016
TNS455 23/01/16 Panama Canal Transit – Readiness Report Summary 2016-01-23 16:00 UTC-0500 Maurice Cabrillo Assistant Safety Inspector, 3rd Class At 1030 hours I boarded SV Tenacious to carry out the mandatory safety inspection before tomorrow’s scheduled canal passage.  The crew were polite and efficient, but far too friendly. They offered my boat crew freshly baked cake! Of course, I am […]

January 22, 2016
TNS455 22/01/16 A day mostly full of blue skies, calm seas and entertaining dolphins.  Still sailing – we haven’t used the engine since Antigua (apart from in and out of Harbours. Morning exercise was setting both the t’gallants and royals, handing the main course and putting in a harbour stow.  Mike’s glasses fell from the end of the yard, […]

January 21, 2016
TNS455 21/01/16 What a night…rocking and rolling with the high waves. Our watch were on from midnight to 4.00am and it was a fun packed watch. Half the fun was trying not to spill your cuppa and stay upright. We had some interesting cargo ships to starboard for a little while and the as the horizon was rising and falling so […]

January 20, 2016
TNS455 20/01/16 Plans to leave at 11.00 am were scuppered the late arrival of stores but at least they did arrive and great fun was had loading the ship with a chain of enthusiastic crew. After a delicious lunch from Hammie, lines were cast off down to the forward spring and not long after we were off so Tenacious could leave […]

January 19, 2016
TNS455 19/01/2016 Woke up to another glorious hot and humid day in Cartagena. One group took the offer of a mini bus tour and explored the delights of the old town, fort and beach, whilst others took the independent route. The beach experience turned out to be less than great as very choppy seas prevented us daring to swim.  […]

January 17, 2016
TNS455 17/01/16 Aft Port checking in for the noon to 4pm watch  – another glorious day in paradise. At 3pm this afternoon we have sailed 982 miles, with only 69 miles under motor (7%), most of which was motor sailing. Last night was a windy night watch which was enjoyed by all, the sea glistened under the light of […]

January 16, 2016
TNS455 16/01/16  Day 12 We almost missed breakfast when a large pod of dolphins came to play and show off their acrobatic skills, with young ones belly flopping. Some post breakfast sail handling worked up our appetites for ‘smoko’ and part two of Captain Barbara’s talk on celestial navigation. We felt like we were back at school doing complex […]

January 15, 2016
LN888 15/01/15 After making good time from Las Palmas, we arrived off the coast of Madeira ahead of schedule on the evening of the 7th, and perfectly executed the only sensible manoeuvre available in our early arrival arsenal – what I like to call the “the chocolate box”. The chocolate box involves possibly one of […]

January 15, 2016
TNS455 15/01/16 From quiet picturesque Bonaire to the busy port of Willemstad, on the island of Curacao, is 45 miles. We sailed off the berth in Bonaire, setting sails as the yards on the Fore Mast were being braced, in order to complete our turn without the use of engines. We had a fantastic sail all the way […]

January 14, 2016
TNS455 14/01/16 Departure from Willemstad Harbour, Curacao to Sea. We’re all manning bracing stations for our departure, and the pilot is running late, so we launch into an early smoko break, having just had breakfast. We awoke to find a big 3000-berth cruise ship moored very close behind us. A few heard it arrive but many slept through its noisy […]

January 12, 2016
TNS455 12/01/16 Today, this sunny afternoon we find ourselves just off the island of Klein Curacao on the way to our evening harbour.   Yesterday, we spent all the day happily enjoying Bonaire with the ship helpfully parked at the end of the pier very close to the centre of the little town of Kralendijk (coral heap). Some of the […]

January 9, 2016
TNS455 09/01/16 Ahoy there from Aft Port – comprising of our illustrious, redeemed leader, Judy, along with the motley crew of old timers (sailing wise) of Liz, Maggie, Stretch, Mandy, Pam and Chris, and newbies Bob, Hilary and Brian. The sea is calm, the sky is blue, our tummies are full and rapidly expanding on Hammie’s excellent food.  All […]

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