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February 21, 2015
Well, we all here,  this beautiful, sunny, mountainous island; two flew to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, rather than La Palma, the island, but all are safely onboard now! Yesterday was welcome to new voyage crew, having bade farewell to the previous crew, there are some familiar faces, and some going to sea for the […]

February 18, 2015
Well La Gomera was just amazing, lovely, beautiful, 4 seasons in one day etc. – don’t tell anyone though it’s Tenacious’ little secret. So last day of full sailing, off we went to La Palma – only 43 miles to the north east. Out of La Vuelta’s harbour wall it all got a wee bit […]

February 16, 2015
What a shame to leave the fantastic island of El Hierro. However, it’s very exciting to be back at sea! Some felt rather iffy due to the force 6 winds as we left port, but by about 1300 that had changed quite drastically, and we slowed to roughly 0.9 knots. In the afternoon the wind […]

February 16, 2015
On Sunday we sailed until evening.  The wind got up later in the evening to give us a bit of work to do bracing the yards. By midnight we were back close to El Hierro. On Monday we awoke to a lovely sunny day. Iain spotted two dolphins alongside and also a swordfish was sighted. […]

February 14, 2015
Welcome to the Luurve of the sea! Some lucky crew went ashore with Connie our volcano guide and general expert on everything that lived, lives and breathes on the Canaries. Hierro – you either love it or you can say “that wasn’t Torremelinous on a Saturday night”. Whatever, it was a fantastic mix of sleepy […]

February 13, 2015
Ten years ago, I was an ultra-fit marathon runner, caver and fell runner.   This was all until one evening I went to sleep in my own bed and woke up in hospital to discover that I couldn’t talk, see or move any of my limbs on my left hand side as the result of a […]

February 12, 2015
As we had to vacate our berth in Santa Cruz by 08:00 the crew had an early call at 06:30 to prepare the ship for leaving harbour. As the sun rose we began our voyage towards El Hierro. We had a late breakfast as we motored away from La Palma. The morning was taken up […]

February 11, 2015
After eventful journeys from the UK and main land Europe all the voyage crew arrived on board, due to high winds at La Palma all flights had been redirected to Tenerife. Mate Tony and Captain welcomed everyone, a quick safety brief was completed, personnel assigned to watches and bunks the voyage at last was about […]

February 9, 2015
Before we went to bed for the final stretch of our voyage, a presentation was done by some of the crew who work for Spearhead. They are an agricultural organisation who have brought 10 people from 5 different countries on the voyage. This includes farms in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and the UK. We […]

February 8, 2015
We woke up after an interesting night of harbour watch, fender screeching and the engineer’s alarm. All still alive. Good breakfast and then assisted climbs on main and fore masts. Daredevil Diana in her wheelchair waved the flag for the Latvian contingent while her mother and buddy watched nervously from the deck. Then it was […]

February 7, 2015
After a calm night sailing slowly between Gran Canaria and La Gomera we make our way into Puerto De Vueltos. This is an old fishing village backed by high red cliffs with one of the most spectacular settings in the islands. We come alongside the fairly new breakwater within easy walking distance of the town. […]

February 6, 2015
After some excellent manoeuvring of the ship we headed out of Puerto Rico to set sail westwards. Slow progress at first until we came out of the wind shadow of the island into the acceleration zone. These are zones between the islands where the wind is funnelled through and wind speeds increase. A few more […]

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