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March 17, 2014
Days 1-3 To the end of the world? As we prepared to leave Ushuaia a military band played on the quayside, unfortunately not for us, but for the Chilean and Argentinian tall ships – Esmeralda and Libertad, which arrived with cadets lining the decks. Several other tall ships were anchored in the bay, giving the […]

March 17, 2014
Happy St Patrick’s day to all at home! Well, here we are, Aft Starboard enjoying a peaceful afternoon watch … including watching Hourglass Dolphins perform for us. Bob (RAB) is on the helm, having taken over from Clive, Tom and W/L Bob are on lookout and Sue and Jenny are below in the bar to […]

March 15, 2014
This is our first blog of the voyage,  Guardian of the Blog, the Medical Purser, Ronan, has been quite busy – on top of keeping us happy during Happy Hour. Currently he is the hero and deals with our medical problems ever so well. We are now under full sail, with the wind southerly, having […]

March 6, 2014
Day 19 The first day of our return across Drake’s passage and for most of the day the wind has not been favourable as it was blowing from the north. While preparing the ship for the forecast wind change to westerly , some excitement happened. We were handing the mizzen staysail when the bridle attaching […]

The Jubilee Sailing Trust have reserved spaces for their fundraisers on Saturday 5th July at various times throughout the day. Abseil the Spinnaker Tower and raise funds for the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Date: Saturday 5th July 2014 £25 Deposit (non refundable) Call 023 8042 6868 to book your abseil. Minimum Sponsorship: £200

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 […]

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