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January 8, 2016
TNS455 08/01/16 It’s a huge Caribbean hello from the ‘A’ Team, the Aft Starboard Watch. Yesterday, Montserrat was the star act looming menacingly to starboard. Three mighty peaks, shrouded in clouds spiralling high into the sky, giving glimpses of its dramatic volcanic past. Wonderful as the sun set around it. Today began really well with Smoko (that’s tea break to […]

January 7, 2016
TNS455 07/01/16 Greetings everyone from Fwd Port watch. So far this is an interesting and warm voyage! Yesterday started with a sail setting talk from mate Ali, as Captain Barbara wanted to sail off our berth at Antigua Yacht Club, Falmouth, Antigua. The best laid plans were hampered  by a delay as the food stores hadn’t arrived as planned. […]

January 6, 2016
TNS455 06/01/16 Its day 2 of our voyage and we left the delightfully exclusive Yarmouth yacht harbour in Antigua just after lunch and after a mammoth stores chain we were ready to get the fenders in and the sails set. We are now sailing into the sunset with a light wind and watching the fish […]

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 […]

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