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March 1, 2015
Today is a lovely day for Olly’s 20th birthday !! Happy Birthday Olly. The sun is in the sky and the clouds are nowhere to be seen, Portugal is to the port side of us and the sea is nice and calm too. So to start off this morning was a lovely breakfast, thanks to Ali & Phillipa. […]

February 28, 2015
Good afternoon from Aft Starboard Watch and the Bosuns Mates who are just passing. Civilisation is closing and some shipping is now appearing on the horizon. With only 165 – ish miles to go until the Pilot at Seville we have managed to sail an average of 6 knots over the last 24 hours using […]

February 27, 2015
Day 7 – mess day – this is one of the most strenuous duties since leaving the Canaries, the day starts at 7am and finishes about 2pm. After that I have time for a shower and a couple of hours rest then at 4pm all hands are called to set some square sails. We set […]

February 26, 2015
I spy with my little eye – sea…. Loads of it, everywhere, so much so that on night watch, some low star on the horizon becomes a UFO, such is the desire to see something else! A bright half-moon night gave way to a sleepy dawn broken by Talking Heads ‘Road to Nowhere’ on the […]

February 25, 2015
Yesterday our second mate, Marcin, gave a talk to the crew about “Why are we here?” After all the jokes about such a weighty question being asked, he continued to tell us about the history of tall ships since the 1930s.  It was all very interesting information, concluding with the current history of TENACIOUS and […]

February 24, 2015
One of the ships cadets here, been on 4 days since La Palma. Currently on watch where it’s really windy. First trip at sea and I’ve learnt a lot: types of mast, how to use a barometer, as well as relearning knots, steering, and general seamanship skills. Having fun so far.

February 23, 2015
Today is Monday already – how time flies when you’re having fun! I think it was on Tuesday last that Pete, one of my mates from TNS 427, Canary-hopping, called me urgently to say that bursaries were on offer for this voyage from La Palma to Seville – thrilling news which put me into a […]

February 22, 2015
We left La Palma just after lunch yesterday, once all the crew had finally arrived on board. The crew completed all the usual evacuation and sail handling training, and those who wanted to go aloft went up the main mast and got a view over the wall of the sea to come! We turned out […]

February 21, 2015
Well, we all here,  this beautiful, sunny, mountainous island; two flew to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, rather than La Palma, the island, but all are safely onboard now! Yesterday was welcome to new voyage crew, having bade farewell to the previous crew, there are some familiar faces, and some going to sea for the […]

February 18, 2015
Well La Gomera was just amazing, lovely, beautiful, 4 seasons in one day etc. – don’t tell anyone though it’s Tenacious’ little secret. So last day of full sailing, off we went to La Palma – only 43 miles to the north east. Out of La Vuelta’s harbour wall it all got a wee bit […]

February 16, 2015
What a shame to leave the fantastic island of El Hierro. However, it’s very exciting to be back at sea! Some felt rather iffy due to the force 6 winds as we left port, but by about 1300 that had changed quite drastically, and we slowed to roughly 0.9 knots. In the afternoon the wind […]

February 16, 2015
On Sunday we sailed until evening.  The wind got up later in the evening to give us a bit of work to do bracing the yards. By midnight we were back close to El Hierro. On Monday we awoke to a lovely sunny day. Iain spotted two dolphins alongside and also a swordfish was sighted. […]

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