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January 9, 2017
TN477, 02-12/1/17 Wednesday 4 January – By 0800 the wind was SE’ly and we set Lower Topsails and turned the engines off. The sun was shining, and straight after the morning meeting we set all 10 square sails. Tenacious was looking splendid as we sailed down the NSW coast, the motion improving all the time. […]

January 9, 2017
TN477, 02-12/1/17 Tuesday 3 January – The S’ly wind had gone down to 15 knots by Noon. After a fire drill and happy hour I gathered the crew to explain how we would sail off the anchor, without using the engines, and we braced the yards in readiness. The pilot boarded at 1230 and we […]

January 9, 2017
TN477, 02-12/1/17 Monday 2 January – The Voyage Crew were on board promptly enabling briefings and ‘Hands Aloft’ to take place before dinner at 1800. The pilot joined at 1820, keen to leave as he had another ship to take out of port. We departed the berth at 1845 and anchored in Rose Bay at […]

December 19, 2016
TNS 475, 8-14/2016 We have arrived!! Sydney surely ranks as one of the world’s most iconic places to enter from the sea. Both permanent and voyage crew enjoying the thrill and spectacle of sailing a ‘tall ship’ through the ‘heads’ and right into heart of the city, passing by the famous landmark of the Opera […]

December 19, 2016
Tenacious, 8-14/12/2016 A bit of a rough night weather-wise – a few people going a bit green bout the gills – but becoming calmer with resultant happy rosy faces. At approximately 9pm we “braced the yards” to lessen the effect of the oncoming wind. We were heading due North during an otherwise fairly uneventful overnight […]

December 19, 2016
TNS 475, 11/12/2016 Dolphins!. An entire pod encircled Tenacious, leapt and splashed about, frolicking in the bow wave. They joined our merry gathering shortly after we left the Anser group of islands off Wilson’s Promontory. Photographs were taken, squeals of delight made, especially at the pair of mother and infant dolphins. The delight and awe […]

December 19, 2016
TNS 475, 10/12/2016 Ahoy there from Forward Starboard!! We have had an intense 24 hours. Most of the seasickness is a thing of the past. Today, the seas are not so rough and the weather part cloudy but pleasant. The wind has subsided and is blowing¬†at a constant 15 knots. Everyone has been able to […]

December 19, 2016
TNS 474, Bass Straits Cruise 1-7/12/2016 Good Evening from the A Team – aka Forward Starboard watch onboard Tenacious – day 6. We sailed towards King Island in 30 knot winds we saw ¬†albatrosses, shearwaters or mutton birds & Pacific Gulls. We dropped anchor in the afternoon in Elephant Seal Bay just off the East […]

December 6, 2016
TNS474, Tall Ships Victoria Bass Straits Cruise, 1-7/12/2016 Aft Starboard Watch – Monday 5th of December. Yesterday after our briefing on tacking and wearing the ship, we completed a wear of the ship that took us away from Victoria and towards the rugged coast of King Island. Aft Starboard commenced the sequence of night watches […]

December 6, 2016
TNS474, Tall Ships Victoria Bass Straits Cruise, 1-7/12/2016 FORWARD PORT WATCH – 4 DEC 2016 A quiet day during the Tall Ships Victoria Bass Strait cruise. Square sails set on the fore and main masts and a 10kt NE wind are moving us gradually to the west as we wait for action! Action we got […]

November 21, 2016
TNS473, 12-18/11/2016 Ahoy there from the Bass Strait. This is Aft Port reporting in on a gorgeous sunny, yet slightly chilly Thursday afternoon. The sky is currently crystal clear and the water is as blue as blue can be. The wind forecast hasn’t been the greatest but we are making do with what we have. […]

November 16, 2016
TNS473, 12-18/11/2016 The afternoon(Tuesday) watch witnessed heavy winds blowing in from the South West, inconsistent rainfall and general cold conditions which made for rough seas (Beaufort scale 6/7) throughout the afternoon, we were able to keep the sails up throughout. The watch-keepers were lucky enough to see a lovely display from numerous dolphins swimming alongside […]

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