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February 19, 2018
This first entry is being written by forward port watch in the wee small hours of the 19th as we missed our usual afternoon slot due to a lot of sail handling. Progress has been slow over the past 24 hours and we needed the iron topsails (engines) for about 10 hours, but the westerly […]

February 18, 2018
The penultimate edition of the Tenacious Times is here, from the epic New Zealand to Falkland Islands voyage. Take a glimpse into life on board the tall ship, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as they head for Cape Horn. Click here to download.

February 18, 2018
Greetings from a chilly but sunny Southern Ocean. Yesterday, we were excited to have the first ship on the radar for several weeks: a container ship, 14 miles away but not visible. However, this afternoon we were even more excited by the glistening appearance of a sea mammal alongside us, probably a sea lion, but […]

February 16, 2018
Following another exciting night’s sailing, with waves pounding us from all sides (just like the movies!), today we have calmer seas and wind with all square sails set again. Yesterday there was a partial eclipse of the sun witnessed by those who were awake. Entertainment continues below with both people and galley utensils being unexpectedly […]

February 14, 2018
So here we are enjoying a day of great celebration, 14th February, in the middle of a southern ocean gale. Due to weather conditions the celebration of Ash Wednesday has been personal and reflective. The postal service in these parts of the world is somewhat limited, so the celebration of Valentine’s Day has relied on […]

February 13, 2018
Day 24 We smashed the thousand mile barrier this afternoon; it took two crew members struggling and wrestling with the ships wheel to crash through the line, marking the momentous moment of crossing the thousand nautical mile mark to Cape Horn. Much cheering and great hurrah occurred on deck, as quiet time below meant only […]

February 12, 2018
It’s Monday afternoon and we’ve moved yet another hour closer to UTC / GMT, so we’re only 6 hours behind the UK, with 3 more clock changes to go before we reach the Falklands. Another milestone reached today, that of having sailed over 4000 nm since leaving Auckland – which seems so long ago now. […]

February 11, 2018
206 miles noon to noon.  Go Tenacious! Westerlies at 30 knots+ with 5 square sails set. The sun came out at 13.25 today, there were stars in the sky at 22-24.00, but mostly cloudy. The sea-monster who is after Charlie caught him in a big wave on the weather deck thigh-deep and there is video […]

February 10, 2018
Here we are on day 32 in the big brother boat and this is what most of us hoped we were signing up for! Sailing along in 30 knots of wind with the most spectacular swell, but it is all behind us and it’s pushing us along in the right direction with the ship touching […]

February 9, 2018
All is relatively quiet below deck, while on the bridge our watch peers into the encroaching fog, just in case anything, anything at all, might appear. The ocean is ever changing and gazing out to sea is never boring. Beautiful albatrosses swoop and skim the waves to our delight. Last night one even, obligingly, positioned […]

February 8, 2018
30 days in. Having steadied on our point of attack to the Horn to dodge the circling storms we’ve had a steady 24 hours of decent sailing with favourable winds and progress in the right direction. So it’s just been a routine day with the usual sail tweaking and we’ve just broken out the t’gallants. […]

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