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November 19, 2015
TNS454 19/11/15 The crew of Tenacious would like to announce to the world that all cooks, chefs and similar can retire early, as culinary perfection was achieved here today at smoko. Micah’s cinnamon Danish swirls were “indecently delicious” and were very much enjoyed by all the crew. This led Anna to the sad realisation that the most limiting […]

November 17, 2015
TNS454 17/11/15 Tuesday saw Tenacious crew departing Porto back into the Atlantic swell, artfully dodging fishing buoys for 30 nautical miles. With lighter hearts (and pockets), the crew busied themselves handing sails, exercising on deck and tying each other in knots in the knot tying workshop. Before departing Porto one of our number risked a spell in Portugal’s Prison for […]

November 16, 2015
TNS454 16/11/15 Shore leave in Porto began in earnest early this morning. Most of the crew bounced off early and took the tram from Lexoes to Porto city centre. While one group decided to investigate the tram lines by getting thouroughly lost, more popular activities included visiting the historic quarter of the city, lazing along the riverside and of […]

November 15, 2015
TNS454 15/11/15 Today we arrived in Leixoes under warm sunshine, with a pod of common dolphins dancing in our bow wave. There have been lots of unusual sightings on board today; aside from many other dolphins, a number of fledgling beards have been found developing in the region of the starboard fo’c’stle. Unfortunately, one of the more well-developed […]

November 14, 2015
TNS454 14/11/15 Hello from the bridge of Tenacious on what has been a truly beautiful day! The sun and the sails are out, with copious amounts of sunscreen as almost everyone spent the day on deck. The sea today has been an oasis of calm and temperatures have reached above 18.5 degrees, so everyone has been enjoying the winter […]

November 9, 2015
TNS454 09/11/15 Day 5 Being anchored for the day has given many of the voyage crew the opportunity to complete some of the more miscellaneous jobs of being aboard a tall ship for 2 months. Anna set about repairing her ripped jeans using a sewing kit and a piece of fruit patterned fabric, whilst David […]

November 8, 2015
TNS454 08/11/15 Day 4 – A day in the life of Aft Port We were all up early at 4am this morning for our first watch at sea. Lots to learn about taking the log, helming, taking bearings and lookout duties. Eagle eyed crew member James spotted two Porpoises’, although he doubted whether he was […]

November 7, 2015
TNS454 07/11/15 Day 3- That’s it – we have waved goodbye to English shores (sort of) and are on our way! The day mostly consisted of loading things in order of priority so we loaded beer, followed by beer, followed by more beer. We also took on some fuel but that seemed less important to […]

November 7, 2015
TNS454 06/11/15 Day 2 – It’s raining, it’s pouring, but the Tenacious crew are happy and raring to go (and no one so far has bumped their head). The day started with a sail setting talk given by Fliss, the Mate. It was full of long words and terminology that, if we don’t know now, […]

November 5, 2015
TNS454 05/11/15 Joining day started with a slightly larger vessel looming over Tenacious in Southampton docks. The Queen Mary had followed Queen Victoria into the birth next to us. Preparations continued all through the morning before the voyage crew started to arrive. Signing on, issuing of wet weather gear and familiarisation then commenced. The afternoon […]

November 4, 2015
Well the list of names is all confirmed, the stores are on board, the bunks are waiting –Tenacious is ready and waiting for her crew!It was a busy last day of preparation, including stowing a heroic amount of food (even the Christmas turkeys) and bending on a few more of the oh-so-crucial sails. And all […]

October 5, 2015
TNS453 05/10/15 Well what a voyage. During a beautiful day spent at anchor in Warbarrow Bay, certain intrepid voyage crew ventured aboard the RIB and bounced across to Ludlow Bay in the glorious October sunshine we ate ice creams, some indulged in a pint or two, and exchanged friendly banter with the crew of Lord […]

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