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June 22, 2018
As the sun set yesterday whilst we meandered through the other Azorean islands one final time, the crew was unrecognisable as everyone donned their foul weather gear. We suspect it will get a little colder after leaving these wondrous isles. We have certainly been spoiled by the lovely weather to date, as our woollen hats […]

June 21, 2018
We moored near the ferry terminal in Horta, on the Azorean island of Faial just before lunch on June 19th. Horta is a pretty town with largely neat, colourful and orange-roofed houses along the front and a backdrop of green hills. The plan was to stay for two nights and after lunch, the crew disembarked for […]

June 17, 2018
We continued our easterly course to the Azores with the winds still from the south to south west and the sea relatively calm. A new crescent moon rose in the west and the nightly display of stars continued to dazzle. There was an early morning shower which with the sun strong in the east produced […]

June 16, 2018
A-hoy there from Tenacious! Today, another gloriously sunny day on the Atlantic, marks the half-way point of our voyage! Winds have been steadily dropping, though they have still been strong enough to sail (making around 6 knots), as the swell has calmed significantly. Following from the last post, Friday afternoon was a long one for […]

June 14, 2018
Day 18. Thermal shock occurred yesterday when the temperature dropped below 25 degrees and the crew started to wrap up in extra layers. An eventful night of two yachts, radio squawking and a cargo ship. It was like rush hour on the M25, on a busy night. The stars were stunning as always and Mars […]

June 13, 2018
We continued on our easterly course towards the Azores, making a steady 8 knots under sail. As we left the Caribbean waters, the sea grew lumpier, the winds freshened and some of the crew began putting on an extra layer of clothes as the temperature ‘dropped’. In the morning, the Lower and Upper Spankers were […]

June 12, 2018
Star date Tuesday 12th June From on board the good ship Tenacious Weather: bright blue sky very sunny partial cloud 25c Wind: force 6 SW ideal for our course due East to the Azores. Distance covered: 1676 miles Speed: 8kts (under sail) Highlights of the day: MURDER!!!! The Murder Game has begun. All of the […]

June 11, 2018
White horses and wind. With the animal nautical names in mind the wind picked up overnight and we are now SNAILing! With our compass set to due BEAST we pulled on the SHEEPS to set the topSNAIL. Thankfully the bioluminescence at night meant we didn’t have to sound the FROG horn. In fact we are […]

June 10, 2018
We’re currently somewhere to the east of Bermuda. We’ve had a couple of quiet days motoring through a very calm patch but the wind is filling in slowly now, and a little bit earlier than forecast. So although we are still under motor, a few sails are set. Wildlife update: We’ve seen a couple of […]

June 9, 2018
Tenacious spent two nights of R&R in Bermuda, with the crew visiting the delightful Tobacco Bay and the pink coral beaches for welcome swims and snorkels in the warm clear water. There were also ferry trips to the Historic Dockyard, which includes the National Museum of Bermuda, across from the island’s capital, Hamilton. Here some […]

June 5, 2018
Tenacious continued on its northerly course to Bermuda. With sightings of very few ships – no more than three or four – we seemingly had the western end of the Atlantic to ourselves. But if the ocean was quiet, there was plenty of activity on the boat herself. A daily 0730 keep fit class run […]

June 4, 2018
Greetings from Tenacious! After a long sunny day of motoring yesterday, we were treated to a dinner of Moroccan lamb (and stuffed peppers for the veggies!) prepared with the assistance of Captain Barbara, since Stretch, the Cook’s Assistant, had the afternoon off. After dinner, all the voyage crew convened in the lower mess for a […]

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