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April 19, 2018
Forward Starboard watch reporting in: Mission day 11. We’ve travelled over 1350 nautical miles since we left Cape Town. We’re now two days or so away from dry land, St Helena is our first stop. I joined a conversation this morning which imagined a bustling pub, selling cold beers, loud with song. Alas on a tiny […]

April 18, 2018
Schools of flying fish, small like marine butterflies, leaping out of the waves and gracefully interweaving, diving back down and others flying out to join them. A quiet watch, more or less overcast with light seas. The younger crew are doing mast climbs, to touch the top of the mast, rolling back and forth, 40 […]

April 17, 2018
The clocks moved back last night, which meant that each night watch was extended by twenty minutes. However, all was not bad news as we had an extra hour in our bunks this morning! Last night’s watch was uneventful, even with the extra twenty minutes, but we had a magnificent night sky and enjoyed the […]

April 16, 2018
Big day today – our watch leader, Harriet, turned 64! Naturally, we celebrated with cake and a fantastically garish crown. Elsewhere on the ship, work has begun on renovating the handrails for the bowsprit, a large project involving a LOT of sanding. Sadly, the winds started to die down, so we’ve handled all but the […]

April 14, 2018
Hello to the family, friends and JST enthusiasts from Aft Port Watch. As this is our first blog entry we’ll introduce ourselves… Mike is our able Watch Leader, with Andy (the Ozzy one), Tim, Ruth, Carter, Chris, Nick, Karen and cadet Alasdair making up the team. We’ve now travelled 493NM from Cape Town, with the […]

April 13, 2018
13 April, 1230 hrs Greetings to the world from the SV Tenacious. We are the Aft Starboard watch. Leader Roly with Stuart, Geertje, Peter, Andy, Paul, Maggie and Bill. Our current position is 30° 08’Ss 13°36’E, 339 nm from our departure at Cape Town travelling on a heading of 320 deg at 7.2 kts, and […]

April 12, 2018
We are on our way! 32 degrees S, 16 degrees E. We left our cosy quay at the V & A Waterfront on Wednesday 11 April, aided by the pilot tug due to strong wind blowing us on to the quay. After joining the ship on the 9th, we had a full day training on […]

April 1, 2018
Today is a glorious day! The sun is shining and it is 18 degrees! The water is calm and twinkling in the light. The perfect day for two birthdays on board, wonderfully celebrated by chocolate cake and sun bathing. April Fool’s jokes have been successful and the Easter Bunny even visited this morning with more […]

March 31, 2018
We are still deep in the heart of the ocean with c. 650 miles to Cape Town but we have a retinue of about a dozen petrels and shear waters. The birds multiplied out of nowhere as soon as they saw Skip fishing of the stern (So far the big one has got away). We’ve […]

March 29, 2018
Beautiful day with the Forward Port Watch.  The sun is shining, a massive wandering albatross is circling close to the boat, and we have sunseekers on the bowsprit.  The wind is on the light side, so we have a course on the foremast, lower topsail, uppertopsail, and a t’gallant on both masts, plus two jibs. […]

March 28, 2018
Port Aft Watch – SV Tenacious 27.03.2018 Time 13.00      Latitude 42’01’ S     Longitude 05’48’ W     Sea temperature 12.5’ Nog  1247 mylen en ons in Suid Afrika You may have been wondering what had happened to this Watch – well…there are 9 of us making us the largest on board and therefore the noisiest by sheer […]

March 26, 2018
No nice consistent westerly’s for us but everything from next to no wind yesterday to 30 knots from SSE during our watch this afternoon. For the first time this voyage we’ve been heeled to port. Fortunately for those of us sleeping on the starboard side the forecast is for brisk westerly’s in the next day […]

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