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March 22, 2015
Day six dawned warm and sunny. T shirts and shorts for the braver amongst us. We’ve had near perfect downwind sailing since Valencia with strong North Easterly’s pushing us along at well over 6 knots. But for the last couple of the days the wind has been more fickle. This morning we put lots of […]

March 21, 2015
We were on the first shift of the day starting at midnight. Continuing our relentless progress along the Southern Spanish coastline towards Gibraltar.  Ron stayed safely tucked up in bed after his speeding on deck the night before. Wind conditions forced us to rely on the motor.  Spotted a few ships on the port side […]

March 20, 2015
Day 4 dawned with The Best Watch (Aft Starboard) having slept well and been fed early being on watch 10 minutes before the hour – to the smiles of the off-going watch. We were dressed warmly, but on advice from the Officer of the Watch (who had consulted the magic ‘radar’ machine) we donned full […]

March 19, 2015
Day Two… Dinner tonight was rather quiet as a lot of people were washed out from the rather vigorous start to sailing… We started our watch in the middle of a very busy traffic separation scheme with a number of vessels being spotted in and around us, along with some rather marvellous thunder and lightning. […]

March 18, 2015
Day 1 Joined the ship in full sunshine, while the city of Valencia celebrated the festival of Las Fallas in pyrotechnic style – fireworks going off all day, and culminating in a magnificent 15 minute display at 0100 when Stevie and I had the honour of standing harbour watch.  But it wasn’t all fun – […]

March 16, 2015
Wandering into Valencia from the ship we pass the beautiful old fish market, the site of the start for the grand prix, with the rubber track marks from the pit stops still visible. Young people are out roller blading on the smooth surface. The cafes and bars are full of visitors here to enjoy Fallas […]

March 14, 2015
Good afternoon! Last night was very fishy on Tenacious following our fascinating and humorous talk by “Fred the fish” . He told us about growing up in Scarborough, and all the characters he met there, and the fishing industry. Today nursey was up for a climb, joining us on the yards, in the wind, showers, […]

March 13, 2015
After all the tense excitement of keeping watch when fog rolled in yesterday morning, I was looking forward to a quiet afternoons snooze, but fate intervened, in the shape of Chief Engineer Shiney, who was going to give Julie and Harry a tour of the engine room. Craig and I tagged along and we were […]

March 12, 2015
Dolphins sighted late afternoon, a whole pod playing over the bow, chasing the jumping tuna that had passed previously. Overnight Tenacious gently bobbed around under sail, averaging 1.5 knots and making slow progress. We handed the royal for the night shift. All was peaceful sailing under the stars on this clear night until 09:30 after […]

March 11, 2015
Coming from the Los Angeles Maritime Institute and working with youths of all ages, teaching sail training as well as personal growth, I’m finding this experience as challenging and as rewarding as any previously encountered. This sail has afforded me to meet people of various backgrounds and abilities. Working together, I’ve found that I’m learning […]

March 10, 2015
Ellie, Aft Port Yesterday afternoon we were free to explore Malaga in the sunshine. Some went up to the citadels, some to the Cathedral and some got no further than the local bars! In the evening, most sampled the delicious local food and drink, in a traditional bodega, and were treated to free samples of […]

March 9, 2015
Greetings from Malaga! An interesting passage through the Strait of Gibraltar kept the night watch busy, with shipping traffic between Tangier in northern Morocco, to our starboard, and Algeciras in southern Spain, to our port, in addition to the vessels passing through the Strait of Gibraltar, and numerous fishing vessels. This morning fenders and lines […]

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