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June 6, 2015
06/06/15 TNS439 Arromanche Today was a non-travelling one on board Tenacious. We were woken unusually, by a bugler playing reveille, a nice touch on this, the 71st anniversary of D-Day. Breakfast included a crumpet, which had to be explained to our token American crew Bob. Later in the morning we took part in a moving short […]

June 5, 2015
05/06/15 TNS439 from Pointe Du Hoc Yesterday afternoon most crew went ashore for lunch in Cherbourg, and the fore course was rigged by the Leadership At Sea crew members. An enjoyable evening was experienced by all; delicious food but mussels are in season from July here, and best not to ask for them on the menu […]

June 4, 2015
04/06/15 TNS439 A big bonjour to all our loyal followers and those tuning in for the first time! Welcome to day three of our voyage on-board the beautiful barque “Tenacious” (and what an incredible barque she is!) Coming to you from Cherbourg, France! The intrepid adventurers on-board have been kept busy overnight settling into life at […]

June 3, 2015
03/06/15 TNS439 Today we left Southampton about 10.00 under a sunny sky. Captain Darren gave us an interesting commentary on the vessels we passed including the Danish and Norwegian Royal Yachts. We headed towards Cowes first, on the Isle of Wight, where we were surrounded by yachts of all kinds, racing and cruising, in a […]

June 2, 2015
02/06/15 TNS439 We (the voyage crew) arrived in Southampton and joined Tenacious in dribs and drabs all excited and eager to get under way. As normal the adventure started with the issuing of bunks and watches, followed by kit. Then of course it’s the very interesting and very important compulsory talks. Once the theory was explained […]

May 31, 2015
31/05/15 TNS438 What a change.  Twenty four hours after passing between Land’s End and the Scilly Isles in glorious sunshine, we entered the Needles Channel in rain and mist with poor visibility.  The passage up the Channel had been swift and uneventful with southerly and westerly winds pushing us on at speeds of up to […]

May 30, 2015
30/05/15 TNS438 Friday – Turn left at the mouth of Milford Haven, carefully delivering the pilot and his bag of cakes to the Milford Haven pilot boat, and off we go, endeavouring not to bump into Lands’ End or the Isles of Scilly in the dark. After a wet and dreary morning, the sun has come out, we have […]

May 28, 2015
28/05/15 TNS438 All have arrived for the delivery trip from Milford Haven to Southampton, and many have stayed on from maintenance too, so we now have 49 on board. Some new faces, first time sailors, and some old friends. Tim at the Heart of Oak just across from us has put on tapas for our […]

May 27, 2015
27/05/15 TNS438 One of us is avoiding the hard work that is the human chain, who are passing ships stores from shore to freezer and food stores down below, by slipping away to write the blog! This is the last full day of maintenance and work continues apace as we try to get finished before […]

May 19, 2015
As of very early on Sunday morning Tenacious is out of dry dock and safely on the wall.  Needless to say the work carries on unabated!! There are still numerous engineer type people, both volunteers and professional all over the ship so I’m still grumbling about oily footmarks on the decks down below!  There have […]

May 15, 2015
For those of you who have done maintenance on either ship, particularly if the ship is in Dry Dock, none of what follows will be a surprise to you! The moment the voyage crew left the ship the engineers, in particular, started removing bits.  The main engines and generators also the bow thruster were sent […]

May 1, 2015
Dry dock Milford Haven 1.5.15 Hull water blasted, anchor chain scraped and measured, priming coat on the hull, generators out for overhaul, main engines out for servicing, old air con out to be replaced, keel sealant repaired, needle gunning of capstans, prop shafts out, ship side valves out or inspected….. just some of the many […]

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