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March 2, 2014
Day 15 Yesterday we attempted to motor south to Vernadsky station (formerly Faraday station) but had to return to Port Lockroy yesterday after we found the Lemaire Channel blocked with brash ice, growlers and bergy bits. We awoke to beautiful sunshine, seeing Port Lockroy in its full glory for the first time. The wind has […]

March 1, 2014
Day 14 Saturday 1st March (St David’s Day) Doug Allen visited the ship yesterday evening to give a resume of his life and career as a wildlife photographer who has worked for the BBC, Sir David Attenborough and others. He started working in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey. From his first film about Emperor […]

February 28, 2014
TNS 398 Day 6 We left Riposto in the afternoon under menacing clouds promising a wet night. This turned out to be true and sooner than we expected the downpour started. The Captains warning of bad weather and strong winds at the end of the week seemed to be coming true. This continued when we […]

February 27, 2014
Day 12 Well guys, things ain’t quite what they should be. No fault of El Capitano but something called the wind and the weather which does not want us to press on south to Vernadsky base. So we have done some patrolling in open waters which has the great advantage of the ship’s system being […]

February 27, 2014
TNS 398 Day 5 Reposta – lovely sunny morning for our watch photo, with Mount Etna in the background. Assisted climbs were done – Sean in a wheelchair on the forward mast and Nikki on the main mast (wearing a pick tutu and sailors outfit (!!) climbed accompanied by her chicken (Cecil) for photo shoot. […]

February 26, 2014
Day 11 Lord Nelson made her regal way into Port Lochroy yesterday arriving to snow and mist. A few snowballs may have been thrown. We were delighted to welcome on board the hardy souls who run Port Lochroy post office, museum run by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. After lunch they spoke to us about the […]

February 26, 2014
TNS 398 Day 4 Clear skies and a smoking Mt Etna provided the backdrop to our entry to Riposte port. Captain Steve navigated Tenacious safely to her berth to a warm welcome from the local port agency. At 10.45 we boarded a bus to make our way up to Mt Etna, some 2020m above sea […]

February 25, 2014
TNS 398 Day 3 First set of night watches completed and it was time for our first wake up at sea under sail. After breakfast we attended to bracing stations to wear ship (gybing to the unfamiliar, or to put it another way changing direction whilst still sailing) followed by a lecture on ships lights […]

February 24, 2014
Day 7                           Saturday 22nd February 2014   Forward Starboard here.  Day 7 of our voyage sees us leaving Deceptio n Island heading for either Cuverville or Port Lockroy, the weather i s cold clear and the sea is relatively calm. Whales were spotted afte r our exit through Neptune’s Bellows and so far this watch […]

February 24, 2014
Day 6                           Friday 21st February 2014   What a contrast! Yesterday evening we were still being tossed around in Drake’s Passage although we only had less than seventy miles to go to Boyd Strait into the South Shetlands.   By early this morning we were in the Bransfield Strait. The sea was c onsiderably calmer […]

February 24, 2014
58 07S 061 53W   Sailing in a SW Force 6 wind with a heavy swell and rough sea. Still making our way across Drake’s Passage with the Southern Ocean g iving us a taste of the poorer conditions for which it is renowned. However having endured a day and night of heaving and rolling […]

February 24, 2014
23rd February – 4th March 2014 Day 1 and 2 onboard Tenacious, leaving Malta, heading for Sicily. The voyage crew arrived and boarded around 4pm, warmly welcomed by their watch leaders and the permanent crew. Bunks were found and to the great joy of some of the female crew, there was more than one little […]

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