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March 31, 2014
We had a bumpy evening, but the weather has calmed now. After a glorious sunrise, today is bright and sunny, wind behind us but sadly only 10 knots. We have sails set but only making 2 knots headway towards Gibraltar. We saw a group of whales again this morning. Plenty of sunbathing for the off-watch […]

March 30, 2014
FRIDAY 28th MARCH. During the night of 27/28 March there were lightning flashes, strong winds and Force 9 waves. All crew were very careful in such conditions… our course was NNW. For the rest of the morning the sky was overcast and the winds eased. The sea was force 2 or 3. Our position was […]

March 27, 2014
The captain announced that there was no berth available for us in Palma so we were to miss out on a visit to Majorca. Obviously they had not heard about our excellent food. The Captains alternative choice was to sail past Ibiza and then sail to Almeia on the Spanish mainland. Voy ir a Almeia. […]

March 26, 2014
Anchor up after lunch leaving the lovely blue skies at St Raphael. Team meeting followed by a training session by Rowan on identification of lights. Then time for some relaxing in the sun for a few hours. Wind increasing and crew getting their first experience of rough seas, force 8 winds. A change in wind […]

March 23, 2014
Day 6. It is our second day at sea under sail and currently we are making course towards the beautiful island of Corsica. Averaging a speed of 3 knots with the wind shifting to North. Captain announced his concern about lack of progress necessitating the use of engines to make up time. The day was […]

March 22, 2014
The Ballad of Tenacious 399 To be sung to the tune of ‘My bonnie lies over the ocean’ Tenacious lies over the ocean; Tenacious lies over the sea. Tenacious lies over the ocean, O bring back Tenacious to me. Bring back, bring back O bring back Tenacious to me, to me. Bring back, bring back […]

March 15, 2014
This is our first blog of the voyage,  Guardian of the Blog, the Medical Purser, Ronan, has been quite busy – on top of keeping us happy during Happy Hour. Currently he is the hero and deals with our medical problems ever so well. We are now under full sail, with the wind southerly, having […]

February 28, 2014
TNS 398 Day 6 We left Riposto in the afternoon under menacing clouds promising a wet night. This turned out to be true and sooner than we expected the downpour started. The Captains warning of bad weather and strong winds at the end of the week seemed to be coming true. This continued when we […]

February 27, 2014
TNS 398 Day 5 Reposta – lovely sunny morning for our watch photo, with Mount Etna in the background. Assisted climbs were done – Sean in a wheelchair on the forward mast and Nikki on the main mast (wearing a pick tutu and sailors outfit (!!) climbed accompanied by her chicken (Cecil) for photo shoot. […]

February 26, 2014
TNS 398 Day 4 Clear skies and a smoking Mt Etna provided the backdrop to our entry to Riposte port. Captain Steve navigated Tenacious safely to her berth to a warm welcome from the local port agency. At 10.45 we boarded a bus to make our way up to Mt Etna, some 2020m above sea […]

February 25, 2014
TNS 398 Day 3 First set of night watches completed and it was time for our first wake up at sea under sail. After breakfast we attended to bracing stations to wear ship (gybing to the unfamiliar, or to put it another way changing direction whilst still sailing) followed by a lecture on ships lights […]

February 24, 2014
23rd February – 4th March 2014 Day 1 and 2 onboard Tenacious, leaving Malta, heading for Sicily. The voyage crew arrived and boarded around 4pm, warmly welcomed by their watch leaders and the permanent crew. Bunks were found and to the great joy of some of the female crew, there was more than one little […]

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