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November 14, 2015
LN885 14/11/15 Day 5 and we now have 120 miles to go before we drop anchor off Funchal and await our berth early on Tuesday and get ashore for a well-earned 24 hours before our next 400 mile leg to Gran Canaria. Our visit to Madeira will include a 7 hour coach tour of the […]

November 13, 2015
LN885 13/11/15 A CANARIES ODYSSEY Busy times have prevented the recent transmission of the blog so a brief resume may be in order. The bulk of the voyage crew (VC) embarked on Tuesday 10th November and we immediately settled into the necessary briefings and safety procedures. However, this did not preclude the usual “crocodile” of […]

November 9, 2015
TNS454 09/11/15 Day 5 Being anchored for the day has given many of the voyage crew the opportunity to complete some of the more miscellaneous jobs of being aboard a tall ship for 2 months. Anna set about repairing her ripped jeans using a sewing kit and a piece of fruit patterned fabric, whilst David […]

November 9, 2015
LN884 09/11/15 We arrived safely in Lisboa yesterday motoring the short distance from Cascais Bay,warm (unseasonably warm) and we berthed on a pontoon behind a NATO fleet. Pretty much everyone who was able/allowed went ashore to sample whatever Lisbon had to offer! Today sadly is departure day, so it’s the end of an eventful and […]

November 8, 2015
TNS454 08/11/15 Day 4 – A day in the life of Aft Port We were all up early at 4am this morning for our first watch at sea. Lots to learn about taking the log, helming, taking bearings and lookout duties. Eagle eyed crew member James spotted two Porpoises’, although he doubted whether he was […]

November 7, 2015
TNS454 07/11/15 Day 3- That’s it – we have waved goodbye to English shores (sort of) and are on our way! The day mostly consisted of loading things in order of priority so we loaded beer, followed by beer, followed by more beer. We also took on some fuel but that seemed less important to […]

November 7, 2015
LN884 07/11/15 Aft Starboard; Henry, Maria, Bryn, Stan, Charlotte Watch Leader extrodinaire Esme and honorary watch members Mark MP, Anna from ORCA. Yesterday we left Porto to sail down to Cascais Bay hopefully managing a swim whilst anchored there, about midday after waiting for our pilot . Which meant that some people could either get […]

November 7, 2015
TNS454 06/11/15 Day 2 – It’s raining, it’s pouring, but the Tenacious crew are happy and raring to go (and no one so far has bumped their head). The day started with a sail setting talk given by Fliss, the Mate. It was full of long words and terminology that, if we don’t know now, […]

November 6, 2015
LN884 06/11/15 Alex’s first watch was eventful, starting at 4am “watch” in a squall (30kn wind and horizontal rain). 2 hrs in there was a loud wild flapping, and excited shouting from our cadet Daniel, who was pointing at the torn and now loose main stay sail. 1st mate Richard promptly whisked away the other […]

November 5, 2015
TNS454 05/11/15 Joining day started with a slightly larger vessel looming over Tenacious in Southampton docks. The Queen Mary had followed Queen Victoria into the birth next to us. Preparations continued all through the morning before the voyage crew started to arrive. Signing on, issuing of wet weather gear and familiarisation then commenced. The afternoon […]

November 4, 2015
Well the list of names is all confirmed, the stores are on board, the bunks are waiting –Tenacious is ready and waiting for her crew!It was a busy last day of preparation, including stowing a heroic amount of food (even the Christmas turkeys) and bending on a few more of the oh-so-crucial sails. And all […]

November 4, 2015
Our CEO Duncan Souster joined Julian Clegg on BBC Radio Solent to discuss Tenacious’ epic voyage down to Australia. You can listen to the full clip here.  

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