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January 31, 2018
During their epic passage voyage from New Zealand to the Falkland Islands, the crew of Tenacious have donned their journalist caps and produced this highly entertaining newspaper. We thought regular JST readers would love to read this, so we tracked down a copy from our tall ship in the Pacific Ocean. If you thought The […]

January 30, 2018
Well the Southern Ocean has finally given us a taste of what it’s capable of. Last night we had a busy watch bringing in sails in several passing squalls with winds approaching 40 knots. Just as we were about to go off watch congratulating ourselves on staying relatively dry a much larger than usual wave […]

January 30, 2018
aft starboard watch on watch at 48 degrees South, longitude 150, same time zone as Alaska. Sunny yesterday morning when the main topgallant was restored to its proper place. Sunny again and 8-9 knots in SW winds this afternoon, but our 20.00-midnight watch was spent in a westerly gale force tailwind (with rain).  10 knots […]

January 28, 2018
A cool but smooth sailing morning, saw the significant promotion of “Prince” Adam from BM to cook’s assistant; rumour says he will be demoted back to BM after many cookies going missing. After smoko this morning an inter-denominational church service was held on deck. When we set the main t’gallant sail yesterday it was torn […]

January 27, 2018
Yesterday’s Australia day celebrations ended a little muted for the Aussie contingent when they lost to the Brits in a cricket match played at the TSSCG (Tenacious Starboard Side Cricket Ground).We (Aft Port watch) were on the First Watch (20:00 to 00:00) and after setting more sails, bracing the yards to perfection and turning the […]

January 26, 2018
We’re sitting on deck in the sunshine with a good breeze blowing this afternoon, last night’s fog on the 8pm to midnight watch seems very far away. It was a proper Sherlock Holmes job; thick, shifting banks of damp air that soak right into you. It was mesmerizing too, oddly adding to the growing sense […]

January 26, 2018
It’s Australia Day! Anzac cookies at morning smoko. No more communal singing (yet), but there may be cricket later.  Last night was Burns Night so the Scottish contingent got to sing and declaim poetry, and we all ate the Haggis, (after it had been suitably introduced by the Captain and ceremoniously sliced with his sailing-knife). […]

January 25, 2018
A clear sky last night enabled the midnight to 4am watch to gaze at the stars and contemplate the infinite.  The morning brought clear blue skies, sunshine and numerous aerobatic performances by Northern Royal Albatross and a few Petrels. Flowers were ordered to be sent to ship’s cook Ian to wish him a speedy recovery […]

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 […]

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