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January 12, 2015
Hi! I’m Anita, and a Tenacious virgin. My first voyage on a tall ship, and it’s day 2 on our passage from Gran Canaria to Madeira. We’ve been under sail alone for the past 24 hours on an NNW course, and are now about 60 miles from Funchal in a steady force 2. There are […]

January 4, 2015
Today the wind has dropped and we have set sail once again. After lunch we spotted dolphins who not only swam alongside but also accompanied us at the bow of the ship. This afternoon while keeping watch on the aft. Starboard side we spotted a turtle. The wildlife in this area is superb.

January 3, 2015
Stormbound. We have spent the night in the  very pleasant harbour of Valle de Gran Rey, La Gomera. As we had neither a phone service or internet we were unable to receive the weather reports as usual. However, we had Spanish Rob to the rescue. He along with the Captain went along to the harbour […]

January 2, 2015
Happy New Year! Moored in Santa Cruz Tenerife we set sail in warm sunny weather with light wind. After leaving the harbour we experienced large swells with ESE force 3 wind. Dr John was on hand to deal with those feeling queasy but hey – it was he! Then Tom who claims to be an […]

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. […]

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