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December 2, 2017
TNS VOYAGE 502. MELBOURNE TO AUCKLAND. Saturday 2nd December the voyage crew boarded Tenacious for its final trip out of Melbourne (for a while anyway!) headed for Auckland, New Zealand. Melbourne’s weather was being unkind and therefore we delayed our departure until Monday 4th. In the meantime we went through our paces in training and safety drills. […]

November 18, 2017
Forward Port watch reported to the bridge of the magnificent SV Tenacious for the afternoon watch, on course in splendid weather heading from Portsea to anchor off Altona for our final night. Portsea the Forward Port Watch platypus made a dazzling public appearance just before lunch and officially joined the watch. ‘Portsea’ was found stranded […]

November 14, 2017
It’s a sea voyage! As I write this we are ripping along in the Bass Strait at over 9 knots. The ship is rolling evenly and comfortably enough and every second or third roll the sea flies up past the porthole in the lower mess. Were we to attempt to go so fast on the […]

September 17, 2017
Bula Bula another magnificent day in the South Pacific saw us on Saturday 16th September arrive at the island of Vanua Balavu in the Northern Lau Islands. The village of Delakony awaited us. We approached through the magnificent Bay of Islands with amazing perfect navigation from our Captain Darren Naggs, past coral reefs and narrow […]

September 14, 2017
TNS496 – Fiji BULA VINAKA Everyone..! We have set off from the small and delightful Island of Komo, where we were anchored overnight and during the day the VC were given the opportunity to go ashore  (a truly stunning boat run in around the island). This involved travelling through the corals and crystal clear waters, […]

September 10, 2017
BULA Everyone..! After spending the night along-side in Suva Harbour, we’re now heading East/South East towards a small isolate (very isolated) group of Islands called the Yagasa Cluster. Most importantly, the food has been fantastic and no-one has been sea sick (yet). Fliss has talked us through some line theory and we have braced the […]

September 4, 2017
1600-1600 The great weather continued right up until the majestic pink sunset as people prepared for the fish/goat dinner parade (we crossed the tropic of Capricorn today) followed by their after hours watches. Many laughs were had and lots of chocolate consumed through the watch 2000 – 2359 (burning off the calories with a few […]

September 2, 2017
Having survived a pukey start to the voyage, things have started to turn pretty bizarre on the Tenacious over the past 24 hours. The weather’s being amazingly kind to us (touch wood). The initial wild winds and rain we had the first couple of days was truly character building, but we’re definitely relishing in the […]

August 29, 2017
Since my last entry I have predominantly been at Warsash completing my phase 3 studying; stability, cargo operations, maritime law, ship operations, and manoeuvring. This took from mid-September to just after Easter. I found this phase very interesting as it reinforced and expanded the knowledge that I picked up whilst at sea. Phase 3 was […]

August 11, 2017
After a Happy half Hour, we prepared to go ashore. After a fairly wet ride aboard the rib we made it to Waiheke. Fortunately the weather held out to allow for some ample wine tasting however, this was not the case when we ventured out for a swim. After a fairly quick dip in the […]

August 10, 2017
This time yesterday we were experiencing winter rain and wind.  One attempt to get underway had to be aborted due to increasing strong winds. So we spent time below learning ropes and splicing. New skills learnt and some good social time. But that was yesterday. Thursday saw the sun beaming through the starboard port holes. […]

August 9, 2017
Currently anchored just off Waiheke island. Sadly due to poor weather no sailing has been done today. Strong winds and currents caused the anchor to drag so a big team effort needed to raise and reset the anchor again. Although the weather is poor, spirits are high while we wait for the glorious weather to […]

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