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May 12, 2018
Yesterday’s celebrations continued with the presentation of magnificent certificates ably drawn by Scottish Stuart. The awards were helped by a personal delivery from Captain Morgan to Captain Barbara and as the sun was well over the yard arm, the main brace was duly spliced without us even being aware of it being broken. The onboard […]

May 11, 2018
A memorable night for Forward Port watch last night – we are happy to report another stunning victory in the Quiz to retain our crown, not least due to Maisie’s encyclopaedic knowledge of brand logos (who says advertising doesn’t work!), after which the night watch proved to be one of the best yet. All was […]

May 11, 2018
A forward from King Neptune: My Court and I made final preparations after swimming up from our lair, 4001 metres beneath the good ship ‘Tenacious’. It was a long way to fin, as trident in hand, fins on our feet we boarded the ship. My vivid fish-scales matched my sea-green arms and face. My Queen, […]

May 10, 2018
Forward Starboard Reporting Strong winds have risen allowing for more active sailing on Tenacious.  The past four weeks of training have helped make the sail handling far smoother than when we first came aboard. We hit our top speed thus far on the voyage: 12.8 knots. Our speed has also been aided by a strong […]

May 8, 2018
At last, after a month of sailing with the wind coming from behind us, today we’ve got a fine breeze on the port beam. That’s meant we’ve been able to set the Main Course! The main course is the bottom, and largest, square sail on the main mast. When the wind comes from astern, the […]

May 7, 2018
The afternoon’s watch is cloudy and a welcome relief from the hot sun of the last few days. The crew spent an exciting day ashore on Fernando de Noronha yesterday, dispersing to various activities including hiring buggies, motorbikes, diving, snorkelling, swimming, eating and drinking. There was some disappointment amongst the experienced divers as the “try […]

May 4, 2018
Birds are very important to our journey. We had many birdless days, long days of beautiful rolling seas but no sign of animal life apart from the odd group of flying fish. But then, suddenly, a blackbird appeared at night, flapping around. Not just a black bird but seemingly a land bird, looking like a […]

May 3, 2018
We ended day 23 on the night watch 20.00 to 12 midnight. During the night recently we have been visited by 4 or 5 birds who seemed to have made the ship there floating home, 500 miles from the nearest land.  They have become regular visitors. The stars were very clear and bright, the Southern […]

May 2, 2018
Day 23. The 3,000nm mark was passed at 3am this morning. Today was the eggciting day. There were big eggspectations from all the crew. Oh yes – the puns are back and in full flow! The brief was to take an uncooked egg and to enclose it in a protective, non-plastic device (in case an […]

May 1, 2018
Forward starboard is reporting on the halfway day of our Trans-Atlantic adventure.  As we sail closer to the equator, the temperature is rising, along with the spirit of friendly competition. It was another day of celebration yesterday, starting with singing Happy Birthday to Barnaby as a wakeup call and then a sweet potato joke cake […]

April 30, 2018
Here’s the last blog from our cadet, Matt, on board Tenacious. My last trip at sea before my final exams is on Tenacious, sailing from the Falkland Islands to South Africa, via South Georgia. We initially spent some time in the Falklands whilst carrying out some maintenance on the ship. We were alongside on the outskirts of […]

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