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July 20, 2014
Forward Starboard had the lovely 8-midnight watch again last night. There was very little traffic so the majority of the watch grabbed the bag of ropes and eagerly started learning and practising our knots. The hours passed quickly between knot tying, lookout and helming in balmy warm conditions. Shortly before midnight Captain Simon decided we […]

July 19, 2014
This morning started as yet another lovely day, with whispered rumours of setting sails with easterly winds blowing. After a successful morning of assisted climbs followed by a much needed smoko it soon became evident that Claire, the CA, had melted more chocolate than was needed for the millionaires’ shortbread and was trying desperately to […]

July 18, 2014
Since yesterday afternoon a lot of things have been happening, even though we have been anchored overnight. By 1700 we had anchored amongst the beautiful landscape of rocks and highlands south of Mandel. After handling the sails to settle in for the night we were ready for yet another marvellous dinner. During that time everything […]

July 17, 2014
We arrived at the beautiful port and town of Risor during the afternoon of 16th. Berthing was very tight and this necessitated a lot of adjustment of mooring ropes. By the time all the other tall ships were moored, there were seven of us, one raft of four and the other of three. Shore leave […]

July 16, 2014
Day 3: Last night was our first watch and the sea was wild and skittish. Our watch was the 20:00 – 00:00 watch which meant we got to see the sunset and the sky grow darker as the sky never gets properly dark here. We are N 58 E9. Whilst we controlled the ship, a […]

July 15, 2014
TNS WEB 14/7/14 TO 15/7/14 What a sight greeted the new voyage crew at Frederikstad as they made their way to ‘Tenacious’ gangway. We are not referring to the waiting permanent crew or the watchleaders but the wonderful and colourful scene of tall ships great and small all dressed overall. They had raced from Harlingen […]

July 10, 2014
VOYAGE 409: The Tall Ships Races, Harlingen to Fredrikstad 10th July 2014 A minor sandstorm on the Harlingen quayside was brought to an end by a brief torrential shower: the sand remained, and has accompanied us on the decks until this morning, when we were finally able to hose down the decks in the sun. […]

July 9, 2014
GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY! The second day of the Race yesterday was really interesting! It started with a lovely sunny morning, our lovely First Mate Ali gave us a talk about sails and different types of tall ships and Captain Simon explained how to tack and wear the ship, we then tacked the ship. We all […]

July 7, 2014
Day 3 The morning started at 6:30am with the glorious rays of sun light piercing through the port hole. Memories of last night’s sunset were still imprinted in my brain. The whole watch was in awe of the magical colours in the sky. The clouds where tinted red, gold, pink and purple. Today was the start […]

July 6, 2014
Day 2 started with numerous visitors watching from the shore as we finalised our Evacuation Drill (in less than 6 minutes) and then started our Hands Aloft. Plenty of voyage crew from all watches climbed to the first platform and then out onto the Yards. After Smoko, we learnt the art of rope hauling and […]

July 5, 2014
Voyage 409: Leg 1 of the Tall Ships Races 2014 Joining day in Harlingen Harlingen is a beautiful little port city, with a fishing fleet and the ferry terminal for Terscheliing, an inner basin and an outer harbour. The watch leaders joined early this morning, having stayed overnight in Leeuwarden and neighbouring towns. Harlingen’s dozen […]

July 4, 2014
TNS 408 Day 5. After days at sea with winds on the nose, so much so that on Wednesday we had sails up and were ‘overtaken’ by an Oil Rig!! we awoke on Thursday to perfect sailing winds but we had to be at the Harlingen Fairway buoy at 12.26hrs so we couldn’t take advantage […]

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