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January 5, 2016
TNS455 05/01/2016 Good afternoon to all from sunny Antigua…All 56 of us are settling into life on Tenacious, so that’s 40 Voyage Crew a full ship indeed!! Today we had briefings from 1st mate Ali and Captain Barbara and had an introduction to life on board. Lots of us did unassisted climbs which was exhilarating […]

December 26, 2015
TNS454 26/12/15 Christmas was approaching and we were all looking forward to the promise of the feast to come. We left the Iles des Saintes and motored in a Northerly direction towards Guadeloupe. Somewhere along the way we did a course of 085. This was the moment James W. had been waiting for. He had […]

December 23, 2015
TNS454 23/12/15 Monday night we anchored off Portsmouth in Dominica. A bright moon guided us in. We were close enough to shore to make out the headlights of individual cars, and to hear the music from beachside bars. We were excited to explore the island for ourselves. This morning, after an energetic happy hour, we organized tours for the […]

December 21, 2015
TNS454 21/12/15 We left Bequia yesterday in a strong breeze, but soon found ourselves in the wind shadow of neighbouring St. Vincent. For three hours we bobbed along under a bright sun, our sails sagging and our progress almost indecipherable. We bemoaned the lack of wind to our first mate, Fliss. “What do you mean?” […]

December 18, 2015
The tension mounted from dawn onwards. We could see our destination as well as St Vincent; Bequia (pronounced Bequwai) lay dead ahead. The birds were swooping all around and local shipping and pleasure boats could be seen. All rather alarming after so long almost alone in an empty ocean. Soon we were entering the small but busy harbour and […]

December 16, 2015
TNS454 16/12/15 Here’s a Quiz from Ruth’s latest talk on marine life. We are learning lots and hoping for more sightings as the seabed shallows around Barbados. (Answers after the questions. How much do you know?) 1. What are cetaceans? 2. What are their common features? 3. Name the two groups they are divided into? 4. From […]

December 16, 2015
TNS454 16/12/15 Another day on the remarkably calm Atlantic voyage from Aft Port watch. Just as we had got into the lovely habit of viewing the changeable moon with thoughts interspersed with loved ones back home, and (quite frequently) interrupted by shooting stars and the occasional green Catherine wheel illumination of the starboard or port quarter of another shooting […]

December 15, 2015
TNS454 15/12/15  Our hitch-hiking Egrets have left us this morning, but we have had a Booby flying around and demonstrating his fishing skills. Every so often a school of flying fish go scooting above the waves. Fever struck the ship with a rash of tinsel, baubles, flashing lights and Christmas trees. Santa’s helpers were all in shorts and have […]

December 13, 2015
TNS454 13/12/15 It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon between Barracuda Ridge and the Demerara Abyssal Plain. The sun is shining bright in a mostly cloudless sky. The thermometer has crossed 30 degrees. The wind has eased since yesterday and we’ve spent the last few hours bobbing along at 4 or 5 knots. But it’s been 12 days and 1800 miles […]

December 12, 2015
TNS454 12/12/15 Good news! We are not about to sink. This is because we have rats aboard. Rat droppings have been seen in the Upper Mess. They are small and black and our suspicion is that the rats are living in the bags of currants, because that is what they are excreting! One of the cheeky little varmints […]

December 11, 2015
TNS454 12/12/15 The trial of James Whale has been reported previously but only in an abbreviated form. Now the full details of the trial are exclusively available on the Tenacious, the daily blog that you can trust. I other news Few What a Scorcher…….. The Tale of James Whale This is the tale of James Whale. It was a […]

December 10, 2015
TNS454 10/12/15 Day 36 Ahoy all, it is now time for Aft Port’s all important recollections of the day: The morning began with a nearing shortage of hash browns and eggs! Only now after 3 weeks of our Transatlantic crossing have food items started to diminish. Despite this, culinary perfection has still been achieved thanks to our eggcellent […]

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