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March 22, 2016
TNS458 22/03/2016 Day 23 1pm (Boat time – GMT minus 8hrs) Fwd Stb Watch – Andy (typing, from the comfort of the helming chair), Steve (helming), Mona & Paul (lookouting), Mike (sextanting), Stretch (absent on Mess duty), & Louise (reading The Admiralty’s  Mariners Handbook as she’s finished Game of Thrones). “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!” As alluded […]

March 21, 2016
TNS458 21/03/2016 According to the writer John H Chambers, ‘The South Pacific Ocean … is vast – about 32 million square miles.  It could swallow all of Europe, Asia, North America and much of South America.’  Little wonder then that the last vessel we saw was a full three days ago, and all the more […]

March 20, 2016
TNS458 20/03/2016 Aft Starboard We’re now well and truly into the South East Trades. The wind has been blowing at a consistent 15-20 knots for the past few days and Tenacious has been bounding along at a steady 6-7 knots eating up the miles. We have a comfortable motion with big rolling swells coming in […]

March 19, 2016
TNS458 19/03/2016 Day 20 of the voyage. It’s Forward Port back on afternoon watch and looking forward to the 12-04 watch overnight – although with Second Mate Marianne on watch with us we can be almost guaranteed to encounter rain given her previous track record… Today is Cadet Ryan’s birthday so the home-made chart bunting […]

March 18, 2016
TNS458 18/03/2016 Day 19 Fwd watch – Louise, Stretch, Paul, Mona, Steve & Andy (Mike is on mess duty) Friday 18th March 2016 2000 GMT 1300 Local LAT 07’37.07 S LON 106’39.7 W Heading 265 degrees Speed 7.5 knots LOG 1810 NM Sails set :- Fore Course, Fore Lower Topsail, Fore Upper Topsail, Fore T’Gallant, […]

March 17, 2016
TNS458 17/03/2016 Thursday, 17 March (Day 18). [St Patrick’s Day – no green bread has been served on ‘Tenacious’ today, unlike aboard the ‘Eye of the Wind’ in the Atlantic in 1992!] Today, we are enjoying the best of what the Pacific can offer – bright sunshine; blue waters, with white-crested waves as far as […]

March 16, 2016
TNS458 16/03/2016 Aft Starboard What a difference a day makes…. Yesterday it was typical equator weather – grey, sullen skies, hot, steamy with lots of rain and fitful winds. Today at 6 degrees South we may just have found the elusive trades. The winds have started to blow more or less consistently from the right […]

March 14, 2016
TNS458 14/03/2016 Forward Starboard Watch here (currently Steve, Stretch, Louise, Mike & Andy). Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere appears to be as hot as Spring was in the Northern – 31C in the shade today. We’ve been at sea 7 days now & yesterday saw only a couple of Japanese fishing vessels who are also a […]

March 14, 2016
TNS458 14/03/2016 Hello, everybody!  Big News today: we have crossed the Equator! – at 11.13 to be precise – and are now in the southern hemisphere.  The excitement and anticipation of this event were considerable, with the sweepstake to guess the date and time of crossing creating unprecedented levels of complex mathematical calculations in some […]

March 12, 2016
TNS458 12/03/2016 Day 13: Anticipation of an imminent equatorial crossing is building, the sweep stake to guess the date and time closed at 9am this morning so all bets are in. As yet there have been no announcements from Captain Simon as to when this might take place but we know we will be sailing across, not […]

March 12, 2016
TNS458 12/03/2016 How quickly four days comes around, it’s Forward Port giving todays update. Yesterday evening we were treated to a stunning sunset, with a waxing moon and a strange greeny/blue shadowy phenomenon. We had a beautiful clear starry night, with shooting stars and much groaning at Steve and cadet Matts “quality” jokes. We were […]

March 10, 2016
TNS458 10/03/2016 After a glorious lunch prepared by our galley team, now sunbathing at 29 degrees C, on watch 12.30-4pm, cruising at nearly 9 knots, leaning starboard, this is the life on the big Pacific Ocean. It’s a magnificent sight to see all our lovely sails set, even the spanker. So close and yet so far […]

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