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August 1, 2014
It’s 2.00 am and we are making steady progress due south towards Esbjerg in Denmark. It was a busy day yesterday with the usual routines and some handing of sail. Some of the ‘Leadership at Sea’ participants took over watch leader jobs today and did rather well. The weather has generally been kind, though some […]

July 29, 2014
Forward Port Watch Afternoon from Forward Port! We have the afternoon watch – the perfect time for a bit of blog writing! Since joining the ship on Saturday lots has happened on the ship. We’ve had all the briefings and trainings, explored some of Bergen, set and handed sails, been on watches and had Happy […]

July 27, 2014
Day 2 Midnight on the first night at sea, we are making our way out to the start line. It’s very calm so we are hoping for a little more in the way of wind. Ominous lightning strikes in the distant skies. Bergen was very exciting with a wonderful party atmosphere and an amazing fleet […]

July 23, 2014
Hi from FS on midnight anchor watch for our last night at sea before an early morning motor into Bergen tomorrow. There is a beautiful pink & purple sky over silhouetted mountains & it is still light enough to read a book by! We were at anchor in a little bay in Kobbeleia (a sound […]

July 21, 2014
On a glorious afternoon, we anchored in a beautiful sound off Kvaloya. Around us were many islands, large and small, and we were close to a fish farm. Modernity intruded in the form of a small airport nearby, reportedly a destination for Easyjet! Apart from that, the setting was idyllic. The evening’s highlight was a […]

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. […]

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