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February 25, 2015
Yesterday our second mate, Marcin, gave a talk to the crew about “Why are we here?” After all the jokes about such a weighty question being asked, he continued to tell us about the history of tall ships since the 1930s.  It was all very interesting information, concluding with the current history of TENACIOUS and […]

February 24, 2015
One of the ships cadets here, been on 4 days since La Palma. Currently on watch where it’s really windy. First trip at sea and I’ve learnt a lot: types of mast, how to use a barometer, as well as relearning knots, steering, and general seamanship skills. Having fun so far.

February 23, 2015
Today is Monday already – how time flies when you’re having fun! I think it was on Tuesday last that Pete, one of my mates from TNS 427, Canary-hopping, called me urgently to say that bursaries were on offer for this voyage from La Palma to Seville – thrilling news which put me into a […]

February 22, 2015
We left La Palma just after lunch yesterday, once all the crew had finally arrived on board. The crew completed all the usual evacuation and sail handling training, and those who wanted to go aloft went up the main mast and got a view over the wall of the sea to come! We turned out […]

February 21, 2015
Well, we all here,  this beautiful, sunny, mountainous island; two flew to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, rather than La Palma, the island, but all are safely onboard now! Yesterday was welcome to new voyage crew, having bade farewell to the previous crew, there are some familiar faces, and some going to sea for the […]

February 18, 2015
Well La Gomera was just amazing, lovely, beautiful, 4 seasons in one day etc. – don’t tell anyone though it’s Tenacious’ little secret. So last day of full sailing, off we went to La Palma – only 43 miles to the north east. Out of La Vuelta’s harbour wall it all got a wee bit […]

February 16, 2015
What a shame to leave the fantastic island of El Hierro. However, it’s very exciting to be back at sea! Some felt rather iffy due to the force 6 winds as we left port, but by about 1300 that had changed quite drastically, and we slowed to roughly 0.9 knots. In the afternoon the wind […]

February 16, 2015
On Sunday we sailed until evening.  The wind got up later in the evening to give us a bit of work to do bracing the yards. By midnight we were back close to El Hierro. On Monday we awoke to a lovely sunny day. Iain spotted two dolphins alongside and also a swordfish was sighted. […]

February 14, 2015
Welcome to the Luurve of the sea! Some lucky crew went ashore with Connie our volcano guide and general expert on everything that lived, lives and breathes on the Canaries. Hierro – you either love it or you can say “that wasn’t Torremelinous on a Saturday night”. Whatever, it was a fantastic mix of sleepy […]

February 13, 2015
Ten years ago, I was an ultra-fit marathon runner, caver and fell runner.   This was all until one evening I went to sleep in my own bed and woke up in hospital to discover that I couldn’t talk, see or move any of my limbs on my left hand side as the result of a […]

February 12, 2015
As we had to vacate our berth in Santa Cruz by 08:00 the crew had an early call at 06:30 to prepare the ship for leaving harbour. As the sun rose we began our voyage towards El Hierro. We had a late breakfast as we motored away from La Palma. The morning was taken up […]

February 11, 2015
After eventful journeys from the UK and main land Europe all the voyage crew arrived on board, due to high winds at La Palma all flights had been redirected to Tenerife. Mate Tony and Captain welcomed everyone, a quick safety brief was completed, personnel assigned to watches and bunks the voyage at last was about […]

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