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March 14, 2016
LN894 14/03/2016 Just a week into our voyage and we have experienced a whole gamut of sailing conditions. Last night we skidded along in a squall auditioning for Master and Commander. This afternoon we are enjoying the blue sea/blue sky/gentle sunshine variety of sailing, while our laundry spins clean below. While we are on domestic […]

March 14, 2016
TNS458 14/03/2016 Hello, everybody!  Big News today: we have crossed the Equator! – at 11.13 to be precise – and are now in the southern hemisphere.  The excitement and anticipation of this event were considerable, with the sweepstake to guess the date and time of crossing creating unprecedented levels of complex mathematical calculations in some […]

March 13, 2016
LN894 13/03/2016 Forward Starboard watch: Andrew- The Boss Ally- Zookeeper Kate- Ship’s Artist Mick- Number one honcho on the helm Sandy- Resident Ship’s Canadian Joe- Watch Cadet/ Archetypal drunken Scottish sailor David- Font of all “knowledge” Forward Starboard watch, the ‘Dream Team’ are getting to know each other well after their first week together. It’s […]

March 13, 2016
LN894 13/03/2016 We took watch yesterday evening 20:00 – 00:00, we saw a ship in the distance which was the first one for a couple days. Allen and Frankie woke all the wrong people up which was funny. The ship came to an almost stand still, at around 20.00 from the lack of wind so […]

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 […]

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