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December 4, 2014
After almost perfect sailing weather we stopped for 24 hours in Arrecife. We were moored right on the end of the breakwater with lovely views of the town and bleak surrounding volcanic hills. An island of little vegetation but of great interest to volcanologists. Some of us went for a long walk or a jog […]

December 2, 2014
The swell of the last three days has now subsided and we are just left with the occasional lurch as Tenacious falls in to a trough. However the sea through the port holes in the lower mess is an Atlantic blue. We have been moving under sail alone for three days, making a steady five […]

December 1, 2014
With swells of 4-5 meters we had some crew affected by the motion, most especially your scribe. After 2 days of indisposition I managed to emerge today and am catching up on the news. I am informed that much of the voyage crew spent their time off watch in their bunks yesterday, except when needed […]

November 30, 2014
A busy 24 hours….Last night was bumpy and windy and the fore upper topsail split which meant the bosun and BM’s going aloft to sort it out. The morning dawned with a good wind from the right direction so after breakfast it was all hands on deck to set some square sails and after that […]

November 28, 2014
28th November was the day that we finally left Cadiz having found out that the weather down Casablanca way was too awful for us to go there and anchor. So we are off directly to the Canaries! With the help of our friendly pilot, Captain Simon made a brilliant stage exit with the sun breaking […]

November 27, 2014
TNS 424 Day 3 Cadiz With our unexpected extra day a group of us took the train to Jerez, and walked past orange trees and through cobbled streets to see the Andalusian riding school and their dancing horses and caballeros. We poked our noses into the saddlery afterwards, where there was gorgeous leather tackle being […]

November 26, 2014
It was a warm and sunny morning alongside in Cadiz. A lovely central berth a short walk from the town centre and a maze of interesting streets. The voyage crew spent the morning sail training and going aloft. A real highlight and possibly a record was Terry Glenn, an intrepid 91 year old American, who […]

November 22, 2014
Chipp’s the Engineer says ‘Silence is golden’ Aft Port Watch got a bit of a lie in, except Eula on mess duty, which, incidentally, she enjoyed immensely, having done the first watch on day 5. This morning we were awoken for breakfast then on to happy hour  and Aft port were below for cleaning duties. […]

November 21, 2014
Still fuelled by a fantastic sticky toffee pudding from dinner, the middle watch enjoyed a beautiful night beneath shooting stars. The morning watch had their own interesting encounter, as the motor-less tall ship, Tres Hombre, sailed slowly passed. After breakfast and the morning watch meeting, the voyage crew were given a tutorial on basic knots […]

November 20, 2014
Yesterday’s wish was fulfilled…we’ve had a wonderful display of dolphins under the bow. Running around and under the ship for over an hour. The last 24 hours have been pretty good. We’ve put sail up and we’ve taken it down again. And then put it up again….all good fun. Just about everyone now has their […]

November 19, 2014
Day 3 Tuesday 18th we were in La Coruna, where we stayed aboard the ship learning how to set the sails, and put all the lines in order. After a smashing fish pie for dinner and chocolate mousse for pudding it was time for our watch leaders  to  take us ashore.  All the ducklings followed […]

November 14, 2014
Which brings us to today, the 14th of November. We put out of Brest, at ten in the morning. The sun was shining, the wind was low and life was good.For the first time on this voyage, the crew got a chance to brace the yards and  set the sails. I was in my element, […]

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