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January 18, 2015
Day 10. A peaceful night sailing slowly south towards Gran Canaria. We saw two ships, and Rattler lost his hat while up on the yard, to the cheers of all the crew. Another starry starry night, our last at sea, so we took advantage of Aline’s fantastic knowledge of the constellations for a short star […]

January 17, 2015
Well another day under sail on the high seas. Wind is force 5/6 with a good high swell, plenty of pitching ,yawing and rolling, exciting time trying to have a shower, the soap makes things a bit slippy !!! Went aloft to the crow’s nest and spied a pair of dolphins which danced around the […]

January 14, 2015
On Wednesday a coachload of us crew went on a fabulous guided tour of the west of the island of Madera. Our guide Christina had excellent English, our driver Limon, none! We drove briefly up through the fine city of Funchal, up the hill through the smarter suburbs, past the spectacular Reid’s Palace Hotel, where […]

January 13, 2015
Well the voyage started in sunny Gran Canaria with temperatures well into their 20’s. Our pale white winter complexion slowly turned into a tan which the celebrities pay for! The voyage started with the normal safety training and evacuation drills… just in case. Then it was time to set sail and head north to Madeira. […]

January 12, 2015
Hi! I’m Anita, and a Tenacious virgin. My first voyage on a tall ship, and it’s day 2 on our passage from Gran Canaria to Madeira. We’ve been under sail alone for the past 24 hours on an NNW course, and are now about 60 miles from Funchal in a steady force 2. There are […]

January 4, 2015
Today the wind has dropped and we have set sail once again. After lunch we spotted dolphins who not only swam alongside but also accompanied us at the bow of the ship. This afternoon while keeping watch on the aft. Starboard side we spotted a turtle. The wildlife in this area is superb.

January 3, 2015
Stormbound. We have spent the night in the  very pleasant harbour of Valle de Gran Rey, La Gomera. As we had neither a phone service or internet we were unable to receive the weather reports as usual. However, we had Spanish Rob to the rescue. He along with the Captain went along to the harbour […]

January 2, 2015
Happy New Year! Moored in Santa Cruz Tenerife we set sail in warm sunny weather with light wind. After leaving the harbour we experienced large swells with ESE force 3 wind. Dr John was on hand to deal with those feeling queasy but hey – it was he! Then Tom who claims to be an […]

December 4, 2014
After almost perfect sailing weather we stopped for 24 hours in Arrecife. We were moored right on the end of the breakwater with lovely views of the town and bleak surrounding volcanic hills. An island of little vegetation but of great interest to volcanologists. Some of us went for a long walk or a jog […]

December 2, 2014
The swell of the last three days has now subsided and we are just left with the occasional lurch as Tenacious falls in to a trough. However the sea through the port holes in the lower mess is an Atlantic blue. We have been moving under sail alone for three days, making a steady five […]

December 1, 2014
With swells of 4-5 meters we had some crew affected by the motion, most especially your scribe. After 2 days of indisposition I managed to emerge today and am catching up on the news. I am informed that much of the voyage crew spent their time off watch in their bunks yesterday, except when needed […]

November 30, 2014
A busy 24 hours….Last night was bumpy and windy and the fore upper topsail split which meant the bosun and BM’s going aloft to sort it out. The morning dawned with a good wind from the right direction so after breakfast it was all hands on deck to set some square sails and after that […]

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