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October 26, 2016
LNS4071 Adelaide to Hobart 26/10/2016 AHOY JST Friends! I’m here to spin the yarn, tell the tale! We’re travelling along quite nicely from Adelaide to Hobart (currently sitting 35 miles off the coast of SA, Cape Jaffa. Moderate seas and SSW winds with gusts up to 20 knots. Heading on course 135, partly cloudy with […]

October 26, 2016
TNS 471, Adelaide – Hobart, Report from Sarita, Aft Port Watch Voyage TNS 471 is underway from Adelaide to Hobart.  This morning, we awoke to the ship at anchor off Port Adelaide.  Bass Strait and the surrounding waters are very shallow, and even though we were 2.5 nautical miles from the nearest land, the water […]

August 14, 2016
TNS464  14/08/2016 – We have been very busy! We did anchor at Wilson’s Promontory, at Refuge Cove, Wednesdsay night at 10.35  amongst gale force winds and cold rain. The strong westerlies were relentless. Thursday saw many of us making use of the opportunity to abandon ship and try out our land legs. The crew were fantastic […]

August 13, 2016
TNS464 13/08/2016 – Casio watch, It’s a cold, grey, blustery day on the Bass Strait. A force 5 westerly is beating on our starboard bow. But the ship’s company couldn’t be happier because for the first time all voyage we’re sailing! Yes, MV Tenacious is once again SV Tenacious. After motoring all the way from […]

August 10, 2016
TNS464 10/08/2016 –  Dave is up in the Bosun’s chair repairing last night’s mess. Main top staysail, to use an Australian term, is “rooted”. According to sources close to the event, a brief, but violent “weather event” struck at about 3am Eastern Standard Time. A wind shift from north-west to west combined with an increase in […]

August 9, 2016
TNS464 – 09/08/2016 – Forward Starboard – 1637 (0737 GMT). Following Captain Darren’s successful whale watching tour, the crew settled in and underwent line-handling training under the capable instruction of Dave-the-Bosun. During the first watch, in the company of dolphins shimmering in the moonlight, the Officer of the Watch considered that we required further training […]

August 8, 2016
TNS464 – 08/08/2016 Aft port watch checking in here from the bridge … just cleared Sydney Heads and running a bit further off the coast before turning right – Melbourne-bound. Sydney put out its best mid-winter sunshine for the departure – thanks guys! Right now, there’s ‘something’ over to port but we’re not sure what. […]

July 26, 2016
TNS463 26/07/2016 – As we sat on afternoon watch today we were joined by a rather large tanker that seemed to want to share our bit of water. Luckily, with the emptying of the freezers in preparation for Australian immigration, we had pliantly of ammunition to throw if the need to repel boarders arose. A […]

July 25, 2016
TNS 463 25/07/2016 –  Much to tell, we’ve finally turned south back towards Sydney with 190 miles to go, the piracy training went off without incident yesterday, the spanker has been stowed, the main course has had a harbour stow too as is no longer needed and this would appear to be forward starboards final […]

July 24, 2016
TNS463 24/07/2016 – As I type this, I am blindfolded as part of my leadership at sea to try understand how  those with disabilities get around the ship. Darlene has helmed with the blindfold on, carried out general watch tasks, assisted with handing sails and set up smoko. Matt has just done a victory lap […]

July 23, 2016
TNS463 – 23/07/2016 – The excitement of spotting land yesterday  was overtaken by the eggtraordinary eggsploits of a watch team competition of “Egg Drop”. Watches has to chuck an egg from the first platform of the foremast aft along the ship without it breaking or going overboard .The competition was overseen by our expert panel […]

July 22, 2016
TNS463 22/07/2016 Hello from Forward Port! We write from roughly 30 degrees south and 30 miles from Australia – a bit of coast called Nambucca Heads. Land has been in view for the last few hours but, with Matt as lookout (or sunbathing) on the main cross-trees, that is old news now. The talk of […]

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