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April 14, 2018
Hello to the family, friends and JST enthusiasts from Aft Port Watch. As this is our first blog entry we’ll introduce ourselves… Mike is our able Watch Leader, with Andy (the Ozzy one), Tim, Ruth, Carter, Chris, Nick, Karen and cadet Alasdair making up the team. We’ve now travelled 493NM from Cape Town, with the […]

April 13, 2018
13 April, 1230 hrs Greetings to the world from the SV Tenacious. We are the Aft Starboard watch. Leader Roly with Stuart, Geertje, Peter, Andy, Paul, Maggie and Bill. Our current position is 30° 08’Ss 13°36’E, 339 nm from our departure at Cape Town travelling on a heading of 320 deg at 7.2 kts, and […]

April 12, 2018
We are on our way! 32 degrees S, 16 degrees E. We left our cosy quay at the V & A Waterfront on Wednesday 11 April, aided by the pilot tug due to strong wind blowing us on to the quay. After joining the ship on the 9th, we had a full day training on […]

April 1, 2018
Today is a glorious day! The sun is shining and it is 18 degrees! The water is calm and twinkling in the light. The perfect day for two birthdays on board, wonderfully celebrated by chocolate cake and sun bathing. April Fool’s jokes have been successful and the Easter Bunny even visited this morning with more […]

March 31, 2018
We are still deep in the heart of the ocean with c. 650 miles to Cape Town but we have a retinue of about a dozen petrels and shear waters. The birds multiplied out of nowhere as soon as they saw Skip fishing of the stern (So far the big one has got away). We’ve […]

March 29, 2018
Beautiful day with the Forward Port Watch.  The sun is shining, a massive wandering albatross is circling close to the boat, and we have sunseekers on the bowsprit.  The wind is on the light side, so we have a course on the foremast, lower topsail, uppertopsail, and a t’gallant on both masts, plus two jibs. […]

March 28, 2018
Port Aft Watch – SV Tenacious 27.03.2018 Time 13.00      Latitude 42’01’ S     Longitude 05’48’ W     Sea temperature 12.5’ Nog  1247 mylen en ons in Suid Afrika You may have been wondering what had happened to this Watch – well…there are 9 of us making us the largest on board and therefore the noisiest by sheer […]

March 26, 2018
No nice consistent westerly’s for us but everything from next to no wind yesterday to 30 knots from SSE during our watch this afternoon. For the first time this voyage we’ve been heeled to port. Fortunately for those of us sleeping on the starboard side the forecast is for brisk westerly’s in the next day […]

March 25, 2018
Sunday 25th F’ward Port Things are pretty steady as we are sailing making 5.2 knots on to Cape Town it’s quite peaceful without the engines and the motion of the ship under sail is lovely. We remain alone in the Ocean, the last time we saw any people was the staff that helped us cast off at […]

March 21, 2018
We are sailing! We are sailing!! More than 24 hours now under sail – Fore Course, lower and upper Topsails and Main lower and upper topsails. Winds gusting 33 knots, but as from behind we are going at 9 knots – so more like 42knots!! Noon to noon travelled 203 nm – but the record […]

March 20, 2018
A glacier before breakfast. It was a bright but chilly morning as we gave three cheers for South Georgia and slipped our berth at King Edward Point watched by bemused Fur Seal pups and the KEP staff. We headed down Cumberland East Bay to look at the majestic Hamberg Glacier where it plunges into the […]

March 15, 2018
After sailing around the southern tip of South Georgia and up the coast, we arrived at King Edward Point just after breakfast. The last few hours were in calm waters but thick fog so the water tight doors were closed. But what an arrival. At the entrance to the bay the fog lifted to reveal […]

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