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March 12, 2016
TNS458 12/03/2016 Day 13: Anticipation of an imminent equatorial crossing is building, the sweep stake to guess the date and time closed at 9am this morning so all bets are in. As yet there have been no announcements from Captain Simon as to when this might take place but we know we will be sailing across, not […]

March 12, 2016
LN894 12/03/2016 So here we are, 1330 on day 5. My watch (Aft Starboard) is on watch.  It is daylight for this watch, which makes a bit of a change from last night when we were steering into the darkness using just the points of the compass and how much rudder helm we had applied. […]

March 12, 2016
TNS458 12/03/2016 How quickly four days comes around, it’s Forward Port giving todays update. Yesterday evening we were treated to a stunning sunset, with a waxing moon and a strange greeny/blue shadowy phenomenon. We had a beautiful clear starry night, with shooting stars and much groaning at Steve and cadet Matts “quality” jokes. We were […]

March 10, 2016
TNS458 10/03/2016 After a glorious lunch prepared by our galley team, now sunbathing at 29 degrees C, on watch 12.30-4pm, cruising at nearly 9 knots, leaning starboard, this is the life on the big Pacific Ocean. It’s a magnificent sight to see all our lovely sails set, even the spanker. So close and yet so far […]

March 10, 2016
LN894 10/03/2016 Hello from Lord Nelson as she makes her way home from the Canaries, first stop the Azores. We are enjoying sailing this afternoon with fair wind and some blue sky. Some of us are still finding our sea legs, after a bumpy start to the voyage when we left Las Palmas yesterday morning, […]

March 10, 2016
TNS458  10/03/2016 Ahoy there, all Tenacious blog fans! Today marks Day 10 of our Pacific adventure – how time flies! – but I should start with a Significant event which I failed to mention in our previous Aft Port blog: on Day 5 we celebrated Kath’s birthday, the first celebration of its kind on this […]

March 9, 2016
LN894 09/03/2016 Blog for day one at sea. Well, as planned, we were up, breakfasted and away from the quay for ninish. We chose the northern route around the island and into the open ocean. The first couple of hours was fairly lumpy. We were motoring out carefully to clear the islands and get some sea […]

March 9, 2016
LN894 09/03/2016 You sleepy sailors, Wake up, wake up, it’s the start of your working day. There’s bunkering, stowage and training then we’ll soon be on our way.   Our first full day on board Nellie revolved around breakfast, intro talks on the management of the ship, bunkering the fuel tanks, then the long hard job […]

March 8, 2016
TNS458 08/03/2016 After a night of anchor watches, we  woke up to the beauty of the Cocos again – surrounding rainforest, lots of bird poop on the decks, rumours of sharks overnight and lots of admiring glances from surrounding dive boats. After the usual breakfast feast we weighed anchored and set our course heading SW, […]

March 8, 2016
TNS458 08/03/2016 Forward Starboard 1800-2000 & 0400-0800 Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening indeed…… as the song goes. Actually, it was rather exciting, very warm and wet. We left the island and hoisted many sails and came on watch after the sun had set to light drizzle. We had turned the clocks back an hour […]

March 8, 2016
TNS458 08/03/2016 After last nights excitement we woke to a more peaceful morning. During our previous watch from 2000- 2400 we watched the wind go up to 30 knots plus from zero. A true tropical storm with torrential rain and thunder and lighting through the whole watch. The Bosun’s Mates and Cadets were called at […]

March 7, 2016
Yesterday we had 2 full watches – warm heavy rain fell most of our 8am to 12:30, & our 8pm to midnight was marked by darkness so thick the occasional star breaking through was almost a point of celebration. Today we awoke at The Cocos Island & after a briefing from the Rangers who protect […]

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