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November 13, 2013
TNS day 8 13/11/13 Today started with ‘good morning, it is a beautiful day in Gibraltar’.  WHAT? Oh no, not backwards. Just a joke, but it definitely woke us. We worked on sail handling and now have a new line to shoot on shore, ‘we tacked, missed stays, boxed the sails and wore ship instead. […]

November 12, 2013
Day 6 I rose early to catch the sunrise to discover we’d stopped for a rest in the Gibraltar straights flanked by two continents, Morocco visible to our starboard and Gibraltar to our port. The clouds formed varying kaleidoscopic shapes, spiralling and streaking as the sun shone through lighting up the famous rock. Navigating into […]

November 11, 2013
A good night was had by all tasting the local tapas served in many small restaurants through the quaint narrow streets of Cadiz. Today, Sunday, we have a full day to explore the town at our leisure. Before we leave the ship Frances from, Aft Starboard, is hauled in a wheel chair up the fore […]

November 9, 2013
Day 4 Today we docked in Cadiz. Happily we were on watch at the time and got to see it all happen up close and personal. Steven won the fight to steer us into our berth. We then had the afternoon off to explore the beautiful town of Cadiz. It has lots of little alleyways, […]

November 8, 2013
Day 3 It’s another glorious day on the good ship tenacious. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing and for 4 wonderful hours on watch we had the sails out, breaking the 5 knots under sail record. We were dolphin spotting from both sides. Forward port managed a quick, refreshing shower before watch change […]

November 7, 2013
Day 2 We have set off from Lisbon, waved off by friends and a few curious admirers of the boat. The ship ventured into the expansive seemingly endless sea and towards a horizon that looks like the edge of the world. The morning started at 8 promptly, lesson learnt: if you are late for breakfast […]

November 6, 2013
Today is day 1 of our trip. The voyage crew arrived at 16.00 hrs, often after long days that have involved trips to the airport, flights and then taxi, or tram rides to join the ship. We were given a very friendly and warm welcome by the First Officer, Richard and the Watch leaders. In […]

November 3, 2013
8 ‘Til Late Watch. 2-6-HEAVE! Start in the dark was an experience, one which rapidly got us sailing at a steady 9 Knots (maybe even 10.5 at times?!). Course and Lower Topsails up and happily luffing in the wind. We longed to see a starry sky, alas a 6/8 cloud coverage was a hindrance. Although, […]

November 2, 2013
06:50 approx 130 miles off Cape Finisterre. Dawn breaking with a warm W x S wind. Stay sails set with a moderate sea after yesterday’s heavy swell. Due to a WNW wind shift, we set topsails and main course yesterday amid flying spray, Tenacious loved it, and the crew spirits were up as we cracked […]

November 1, 2013
Today the Tenacious is in north west corner of the Bay of Biscay making her descent south towards Lisbon. With a south by south west wind it has been difficult to set any sails. The visibility has been cloudy and the sea state has been moderate for most of the morning, but hopefully will get […]

October 31, 2013
Making good headway west 6knts overnight. Weather has eased somewhat, sea calmer but still plenty of pot holes that the helmsmen can’t avoid, many of crew are feeling marginally better. After a big windshift last evening the mizzen, mainmast and foremast stay sails were handed and need to be stowed properly this morning. Dolphins sighted […]

October 5, 2013
TNS 385 day 6 Aft Port reporting. Yesterday saw us finally escaping the clutches of Cherbourg’s boulangeries and bars, staggering back onto Tenacious laden with pastries, cheeses and the odd bottle of wine and beer. With the sails stowed ahead of bad weather, we motored out of Cherbourg in the dark which enabled the crew […]

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