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December 5, 2013
Tenacious has been alongside in Palma for the past week, undertaking maintenance.  The weather was rather cold and wet the first few days and then very windy, something like the north of England is currently getting, but not as bad as up in Scotland!  The last few days, however, have been wonderful, light airs, bright […]

November 22, 2013
3 Day Summary Welcome back blog watchers Well, where do I start – The week started with a bleak outlook weather wise, with rain overhead and on the horizon. The first night we stayed in harbour due to a later arrival of voyage crew, not a bad idea as some were travelling all day. Day […]

November 16, 2013
Last night there was some very dramatic weather as we raced towards Palma, dark cloud 360 degrees around, with frequent lightning bolts and flashes from all angles. It was an extremely ominous scene, with not a single ship in sight all through the night. The sea was rocky and wild, more so than any other […]

November 14, 2013
The hills made for a dramatic arrival in Cartagena this morning, a pleasant Spanish town with lots of Roman ruins. Some good experiences so far; steering into Cadiz, dolphins under the bow, linesman duty. The stars are so bright sometimes. Heading off early in the morning as it’s a bit of a trip to Palma. […]

November 13, 2013
TNS day 8 13/11/13 Today started with ‘good morning, it is a beautiful day in Gibraltar’.  WHAT? Oh no, not backwards. Just a joke, but it definitely woke us. We worked on sail handling and now have a new line to shoot on shore, ‘we tacked, missed stays, boxed the sails and wore ship instead. […]

November 12, 2013
Day 6 I rose early to catch the sunrise to discover we’d stopped for a rest in the Gibraltar straights flanked by two continents, Morocco visible to our starboard and Gibraltar to our port. The clouds formed varying kaleidoscopic shapes, spiralling and streaking as the sun shone through lighting up the famous rock. Navigating into […]

November 11, 2013
A good night was had by all tasting the local tapas served in many small restaurants through the quaint narrow streets of Cadiz. Today, Sunday, we have a full day to explore the town at our leisure. Before we leave the ship Frances from, Aft Starboard, is hauled in a wheel chair up the fore […]

November 9, 2013
Day 4 Today we docked in Cadiz. Happily we were on watch at the time and got to see it all happen up close and personal. Steven won the fight to steer us into our berth. We then had the afternoon off to explore the beautiful town of Cadiz. It has lots of little alleyways, […]

November 8, 2013
Day 3 It’s another glorious day on the good ship tenacious. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing and for 4 wonderful hours on watch we had the sails out, breaking the 5 knots under sail record. We were dolphin spotting from both sides. Forward port managed a quick, refreshing shower before watch change […]

November 7, 2013
Day 2 We have set off from Lisbon, waved off by friends and a few curious admirers of the boat. The ship ventured into the expansive seemingly endless sea and towards a horizon that looks like the edge of the world. The morning started at 8 promptly, lesson learnt: if you are late for breakfast […]

November 6, 2013
Today is day 1 of our trip. The voyage crew arrived at 16.00 hrs, often after long days that have involved trips to the airport, flights and then taxi, or tram rides to join the ship. We were given a very friendly and warm welcome by the First Officer, Richard and the Watch leaders. In […]

November 3, 2013
8 ‘Til Late Watch. 2-6-HEAVE! Start in the dark was an experience, one which rapidly got us sailing at a steady 9 Knots (maybe even 10.5 at times?!). Course and Lower Topsails up and happily luffing in the wind. We longed to see a starry sky, alas a 6/8 cloud coverage was a hindrance. Although, […]

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