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January 24, 2018
Our good progress continues after days runs of 175, 201 and 189 miles and we are some 10% of the distance to Stanley. We should pass about 90 miles to the east of Chatham Islands at about midnight tonight. Yesterday’s rains have stopped and seas remain slight with confused low swells which are making the ship move […]

January 23, 2018
Hello from Aft Starboard Watch, somewhere south east of New Zealand, where on Tenacious it feels like ground-hog day. It’s Monday again because we crossed the international date line, as we sailed out of sight of land.  The next land we see should be South America! We’re currently on watch in the drizzle, very different to the […]

January 22, 2018
Today’s blog is brought to you by Forward Port Watch (aka Kate, Chris H, Chris R, Chris S, Jane, Sally, Peter, Paul & Tony). We are currently off the East Cape of New Zealand, after just over 24 hours of sailing. Having left Auckland over a week late, we have a lot of catching up […]

January 14, 2018
Those of you who are expecting by now to be eagerly watching our progress across the Southern Ocean towards Cape Horn may be mildly surprised to see that we remain firmly tied up alongside in Auckland. We spent a very busy week or so following the New Year holiday tying up some outstanding jobs above and below decks […]

December 15, 2017
The patchy grey skies to which we awoke this morning have by now cleared to a pastel blue punctuated by fat white puffs of cloud. The more extreme weather has been skirting us for the last few days, the occasional storm enveloping us only briefly on its journey further onward (a rewarding experience in itself when standing watch amidst […]

December 13, 2017
Dear Reader, our time on the Tenacious Tall Ship has been mind boggling and fantastic. Words cannot really describe our experience but I shall try my best. We are just over half way through our journey and have experienced all types of weather. From clear blue skies which have allowed some to experience their inner adventurous side and climb […]

December 12, 2017
Tuesday 12th December 2017 Yesterday afternoon we had lots of activity. We hung the Main Course to air it out then later, with many hands out on the arms, it was harbour stowed. Also a replacement Main t’gallant was hoisted up from the deck and furled into its yard. After dinner Captain Simon hosted a quiz night which […]

December 11, 2017
Dear Readers, it has been another lovely day on the high seas. However, the wind has not been in our favour so we have been motoring around the top point of Kiwi land – spectacularly escorted by a pod of playful dolphins and now on route for North Port. There we will get our mug shots looked at […]

December 2, 2017
TNS VOYAGE 502. MELBOURNE TO AUCKLAND. Saturday 2nd December the voyage crew boarded Tenacious for its final trip out of Melbourne (for a while anyway!) headed for Auckland, New Zealand. Melbourne’s weather was being unkind and therefore we delayed our departure until Monday 4th. In the meantime we went through our paces in training and safety drills. […]

November 18, 2017
Forward Port watch reported to the bridge of the magnificent SV Tenacious for the afternoon watch, on course in splendid weather heading from Portsea to anchor off Altona for our final night. Portsea the Forward Port Watch platypus made a dazzling public appearance just before lunch and officially joined the watch. ‘Portsea’ was found stranded […]

November 14, 2017
It’s a sea voyage! As I write this we are ripping along in the Bass Strait at over 9 knots. The ship is rolling evenly and comfortably enough and every second or third roll the sea flies up past the porthole in the lower mess. Were we to attempt to go so fast on the […]

September 17, 2017
Bula Bula another magnificent day in the South Pacific saw us on Saturday 16th September arrive at the island of Vanua Balavu in the Northern Lau Islands. The village of Delakony awaited us. We approached through the magnificent Bay of Islands with amazing perfect navigation from our Captain Darren Naggs, past coral reefs and narrow […]

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